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The War Amps is committed to improving the quality of life for Canadian amputees.

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The War Amps is celebrating its 100th anniversary!

Our programs have grown over the years from assisting war amputees – whom we still serve – to all amputees, including children. Today, we still have much to do to ensure amputees have the artificial limbs they need to lead independent and active lives. With the public’s continued support of the Key Tag Service, our vital programs for amputees will carry on long into the future.

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Danita Chisholm
Executive Director, Communications
613-731-2952 (Ottawa) 1 877 606-3342
Cell Phone: 613-797-1654
communications@waramps.ca

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  • The War Amps was formally chartered in 1920 as the Amputations Association of the Great War.

  • Anticipating the next generation of war amputees coming back from the front lines of the Second World War, the Association changed its name to The War Amputations of Canada in 1939.



  • The evolution of key tags from 1960 to 1974.

  • Since its inception in 1946, the Key Tag Service has returned more than 1.5 million sets of lost keys to their owners.


  • The origins of The War Amps trace back to September 23, 1918, when the Amputation Club of British Columbia held its first meeting.

  • Ethelbert “Curley” Christian lost all four limbs in the Battle of Vimy Ridge and became a leading member of the newly established War Amputations of Canada.

  • Lt.-Col. Sidney Lambert, an Army Padre who lost his leg during the First World War, was named the first Association president in 1920.

  • A First World War amputee veteran is fitted with an artificial arm.

  • A First World War amputee veteran is fitted with an artificial leg.

  • An artificial limb workshop after the First World War.

  • The Key Tag Service debuted in 1946, creating jobs for war amputees in the sheltered workshop.


  • The War Amps Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program provides financial assistance towards the cost of specialized and everyday artificial limbs.

  • With war amputees’ needs well-served, the Association, led by CEO Cliff Chadderton, turned its attention to child amputees by beginning the Child Amputee (CHAMP) Program in 1975.

  • The War Amps programs have grown over the years from assisting traditional war amputees – whom we still serve – to all amputees, including modern-day veterans and children.

  • Cliff Chadderton was CEO of The War Amps from 1965 to 2009.