Alike other English immigrants who enlisted to fight the conflict across the Atlantic, Edith’s brother, Arthur (Tom) Fleetwood, wanted to defend his home country. Consequently, in August 1915, he joined the 46th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
In the 1930’s, there was a boom of immigrants as those seeking haven from the Great Depression migrated to Fleetwood. Fleetwood’s land and access were condusive to surviving the economice strife. The Drought in the Prairies also saw the migration of Canadians westward, and resulted in an increased Fleetwood population. Poultry farming became the occupation of choice in the area, and Fleetwood became a residential hub for families both working in the immediate area and abroad.