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Spiritualism played cultural role in First World War, finds researcher

Wilfrid Laurier University researcher Kyle Falcon has looked back at how spiritualism played a role for many during the First World War - both for soldiers and those on the home front.
Soldier Will R. Bird saw action with the 193rd Battalion and then the 42nd Battalion, known as the Black Watch, during the First World War. In his memoir, he wrote about being awakened one night by the ghost of his brother, who led him away from an area that would later be hit by a German shell, killing everyone. (Submitted by Heather Murray)

During the First World War, spiritualism played a big role both in the trenches and on the home front, says researcher Kyle Falcon.

Falcon is a research assistant at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies and he has done in-depth research into the role that mystical entities played in the Great War. 

You can hear his interview on CBC Kitchener-Waterloo's The Morning Edition below:

Laurier researcher Kyle Falcon has taken a look at how spiritualism played a role for many during the First World War - both soldiers and those on the homefront - and what lessons we can take from that today. 7:14
Dr. Kyle Falcon is a research assistant at the Laurier Centre for Military Strategic and Disarmament Studies. (Kate Bueckert/CBC)