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Canadian Great War Project

Discussion in 'Canada' started by Heilan Lass, Mar 28, 2013.

  1. Heilan Lass

    Heilan Lass LostCousins Member

    This Canadian Great War Project is endeavouring to identify every Canadian or other nationality who served in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in World War 1. Work on the database is ongoing with over 151,955 entries of individual soldiers (at the time of this post).

    The site can be searched by name here, and the sort of information you can find includes Unit in which served, place and date of enlistment, next of kin, date and place of birth, cause of death, etc.
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  2. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    Based on the project for Remembrance day this year this excellent geo map was created in a newspaper article and aptly named grief's geography.
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  3. peter

    peter Administrator Staff Member

    The Canadian Great War Project seems to have stalled - it was mentioned in Dick Eastman's newsletter today as having 'over 159,681' records, which isn't much of an advance in the past 6 months. Library & Archives Canada has 600,000 records, including images of attestation forms, so it's probably the best place to start.
  4. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    The Great Canadian War Project is back on line, it has not been updated much but what it has is brilliant so here's the link
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  5. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    The Great Canadian War Project has set up a partnership with the University of Victoria with a new search engine which is worth looking at in its beta version. You can now search for a soldier using 14 parameters. Ideally you would use at least one beside surname and I was able to narrow down a search where there was a missing digit from the soldier number. The search results provide a link to the C.E.F. records and to other information that volunteers had shared about individual soldiers.
  6. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    The GCWP now links to the new version of the CWGC (Commonwealth War Graves Commission) records , check out this example. Sadly their old format will not link to the new version.
  7. Britjan

    Britjan LostCousins Star

    Just a reminder that the links to the original site are still viable. It's a very useful way to check out the basic details for many of those who served in WWI. One of the most useful for my personal projects is WWI Canadian Nurses particularly as most of the links to the digitised CEF records work.

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