After war with Germany was declared in 1914, the Canadian Pacific Railway put the entire resource of its transportation system at the disposal of the British Empire.
This included not only the trains and tracks of its transcontinental railway, but its ships, hotels and telegraph network. Over fifty CPR ships were eventually pressed into service, and twelve were sunk by U-boats during the war.
But by far the greatest contribution were the 11,300 CPR men and women who enlisted to serve in the war effort. By the end of the conflict, over 1,100 servicemen were killed and 2,100 were wounded. Two CPR employees received the Victoria Cross and another 385 were decorated for valour and distinguished service.