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Janet Report 26 Jun 2016 05:24

Newfoundland and Labrador Military resources WWI

Newfoundland was not part of confederation during WWI but has traditionally been part of Canadian remembrance.Just a note St John's is in Newfoundland and St John is in New Brunswick also information at the Government of Canada site
.In addition to CWGC the Canadian Virtual War Memorial website is very useful. The very best site for information about the Royal Newfoundland Regiment which served as part of the British Army is There is package of scanned records attached to every soldier listed in the database.The site also has a compete history of the regiment. from local newspaper from 1914-1919 -note copyright site has a good connection to St Johns and will hopefully become even more useful . Worth looking at a memorial initiative at Census information.It's worth looking at a map because Newfoundland outside of the St Johns peninsula is essentially only settled around the coast . The same applies to Labrador. Unfortunately is is very hard to come by complete listings of actual residents.  For example : - in Newfoundland living in other parts of Canada. Assorted partial census information.Other websites essentially refer to the Chebucto site where volunteers have done some transcriptions I suggest just googling to see what comes up. Newfoundland and Labrador  


Janet Report 26 Jun 2016 05:18

Here are the remaining WWI Canadian resources
General Canadian Genealogical Information
I stumbled upon this site while helping a forum friend. There were one or two sources new to me and I could not see exactly who owned the site.

Archive Groups
Site I just discovered and still under construction, among its feature a small searchable data base of CEF papers by occupation etc. Cities so far are Victoria, Saanich, Brantford * , Toronto ( no info so far)

* An excellent site about Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations.

"Remembrance of Things Past " ( under development)
Websites and places to aid in your search


Military Bases
Buildings and streets were named for the fallen and veterans but may have closed. Check out
Canadian Armed Forces Installations across Canada etc.

Provincial Rembrance
British Columbia
under development
Historic Plaques
This is not run by the province
Place names
Prince Edward Island
under development - good blog and worth asking Isaac what he has
Newfoundland and Labrador ( now given its own file as Newfoundland wasn't part of confederation during WWI )
see also information at the Government of Canada site.

Other Resources
By Province
Newfoundland and Labrador
A great site but read their warning about searching it.
Copy of a book about pioneers and prominent citizens published in 1924

Toronto Interesting map
Historical Plaques with a searchable index from Alan L Brown, excellent images

Canadians buried in the UK
Run by a couple who are in the process of visiting every graveyard in the UK with a Canadian connection. They are trying to cover their costs but it's worth getting in touch.


Janet Report 26 Jun 2016 05:08

I am a volunteer co-curator with IWM Lives of the First World War, in case you have never heard of it here's a link.

The volunteers have a closed Facebook group and I maintain the Canadian resources file page . Here's some links added in random order and posted for reference. Eventually it would be helpful if ratings and caveats could be added.

CEF Attestation Papers and follow ups
"Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order. Please note that over the years, the content of some boxes has had to be moved and, you might find that the file you want, with a surname that is supposed to have been digitized, is now located in another box that has not yet been digitized. So far, we have digitized the following files:

Latest box digitized: Box 5003 and Karpuk.
Please check the database regularly for new additions and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact us directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance.".
Great War Project
The quality of the material by far outweighs the fact that it only has partial coverage of the C.E.F. at the moment. If you are researching a C.E.F. soldier it is well worth a look at the entire site. Note that although the home page has a Guest login it is not active, however you can access all the materials at the site THIS SITE WAS OUT OF SERVICE LAST TIME I CHECKED
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Well worth checking in addition to CWGC. There are about 118,00 records AND at least 10% have additional links posted with all kinds of interesting additions from relatives and researchers. Please treat copying them with respect, my practice is to simply refer to them.
CEF Study group Wiki pages .... Explains the whole format of the group lots of links that you should explore.
This is CEF study group forum. Well worth joining and searching and contributing or asking a question.
These are named Americans in C.E.F., not a complete list and I believe they are also remembered at the Arlington Cemetery. I've heard a rumour some of them were dishonourably discharged in the U.S.

Canadian Jewish casualties

Prior to WWI there were provincial militia (volunteer) units but no formal standing army . The local units had camps but nothing large enough for the enormous effort of training raw recruits.
Canadian National Exhibition (CNE)Grounds Toronto
Use this in conjunction with War diaries and you have a wonderful source of information. I suspect there are hundreds of hidden lives here as well.
Unlike the CNE this camp was built from scratch and there is a lot to research!! There's a whole battalion I believe attached to the building and maintenance of it.
Most of the training took place in Scotland and all is well covered at for a start

Free look up for 1901 and 1911 Canadian census
GREAT links to Soldiers of the First World War,Canada Virtual War Memorial, and the Canadian Dictionary of Biography all free sites as well. The links come up in a column so you can immediately know if you've found the right census for the Life. Unfortunately not all Soldiers records have been properly digitised yet but the automated site also has a list of the soldiers with a 1901/1911 census reference.

1921 Canadian Census
Currently accessible with a subscription to, and through most public libraries in Canada,
Might be for free from IF you have a Canadian I.P. address. Looks as if this is no longer the case (Jan 2016) Fragmented references in archives etc across Canada.
Absentee Voters during WWI - information
These are named Americans in C.E.F., not a complete list and I believe they are also remembered at the Arlington Cemetery. I've heard a rumour some of them were dishonourably discharged in the U.S.

Canadian Jewish casualties

Lost Cousins Forum

British Home Child (ren) (BHC)
If you come across a BHC and they are not already part of your family tree please check with one of the organisations that advocate on their behalf. While they have no control over a public web site such as LOTFWW they can make recommendations on how you should proceed. Some new records were made available by LAC in November 1915 but as they contain information about people possibly still alive there is a rigorous process to obtain access.

Political Cartoons
A great way to understand the political climate c WWI , one I particularly like is in the Province of Ontario Archives in Toronto .

Canadians recipients of the Victoria Cross
Lives has all the VC's listed and a lot of their stories have been told. A complete list of all Canadians holders of the V.C. from Balaclava to 1945. Original illustrations are included. The Directory of History and Heritage for the Canadian Armed Forces (DND) Excellent bios of Canadians.
"For Valour: Canadians and the Victoria Cross in the Great War" 2015 update edited by Gerald Gliddon and available in a number of formats. Useful facts about all the countries with Victoria Cross recipients.


sandra Report 8 Jun 2016 19:06

Hi Tony
Many thanks for HUGE list of Aus and NZ research lists for the 2 Wars


sandra Report 8 Jun 2016 18:55

hi Joy
This is really useful information.
Many thanks
Sandra :


Andysmum Report 21 Mar 2016 14:21

I hope this link hasn't already been posted, but for anyone searching for WW1 ancestors it is an excellent site.


Anthony Report 21 Dec 2015 18:25

My father served in the Royal Artillery through the second world war and I have his Army service number 1503095 .. However he does not appear in the records here .
Does anyone know why or are there missing records

Thank you

Cornish Susie

Cornish Susie Report 26 Aug 2015 09:37

Just noticed some new records on Ancestry - Foreign and Overseas Register of British Subjects 1628-1969. It says that it includes a significant number of British and Allied Servicemen killed in WW1, not all of whom are on the CWG website. Also says that even if they are on that site, the new records show certificates that have more info.


MarieCeleste Report 24 Apr 2015 15:56

Have come across a few useful (free) sites lately so thought worth adding:

Hart's Army Lists

1912 List


There are several more on Internet Archive

Also, for WW1 prisoners of war:


Unknown Report 27 Dec 2014 01:53

My son was born at BMH Rinteln, Germany in 1993. Does anybody know where I can find information on children born to service families in Germany. I would be most appreciate if anybody could let me know.


amanda Report 23 Dec 2014 18:29

Hi I am trying to track down my grandfather Francis Mclaughlan and great grandfather John McLaucklan war records, does anyone have any tips please.

Beginner x <3

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 11 Nov 2014 12:03

MILLITARY RESEARCH TIP for those who are in charge of GR.....

Today, the 11th day of the 11th month, is Armistice Day, also known as Remembrance Day. This is the date (one hundred years ago, as it happens) when the Armistice was signed at 11am, and it signalled the official ending to World War 1. It is a memorial day observed by Commonwealth of Nations member states (and some non Commonwealth states) to remember their armed forces who have died in the line of duty .

It comes around at the same time every year, so for most people it is very easy to remember, and is commemorated by the wearing of, or showing, a red poppy, as a mark of respect to all those who have fallen in war.
Note - many GR members have used a picture of a red poppy as their avatar this week, as a mark of respect, but GR itself has used no such marker.


Caroline Report 30 Aug 2014 19:22


I'm trying to find out information about my great uncle, who was in the RE (Royal Engineers) in WW1. If I know his service number, is there a way to find further information about regiment, service record etc?

I'm very new at researching military matters, so any advice would be most appreciated.

Thank you,


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 1 Jun 2014 09:18

Hi Polly

WW2 records will still be with the MOD. See the link on the first post on this thread for the forms to order them. Unless he or his widow can sign them, they will cost you£30 with a likely wait of up to 9 months.


+++DetEcTive+++ Report 13 Dec 2013 12:03

Deceased on Online hold many military burial records

Overseas Sites Burial Dates
Cyprus: Polemedia Camp Military Cemetery 1882 - 1984
Egypt: Abbassieh Garrison, Helmich Garrison 1927 - 1946
Egypt: Ismailia Cemetery 1929 - 1978
Egypt: New British Cemetery, Cairo 1897 - 1914
Egypt: Port Said, Cairo 1902 - 1918
Malta: Misc. island-wide military burials 1823 - 1946
Malta: Garrison of Malta Burial Ground 1891 - 1999
Malta: Imtarfa Military Cemetery 1899 - 1908
Malta: Rinella Military Cemetery 1890 - 1908
Malta: The Quarantine Bastion Cemetery 1939
Singapore: W D Cemetery, Pasir Panjang 1947 - 1959

UK Sites Burial Dates
Aldershot Military burial ground, Aldershot, Hampshire 1856 - 1911
Bordon Garrison Military Cemetery, Bordon, Hampshire 1910 - 1985
Camp at Colchester Cemetery, Colchester, Essex 1857 - 1859
Canterbury Garrison, Kent 1808 - 1958
Greenwich Royal Hospital and Chapel, Greenwich, London 1844 - 1966
Haslar and Clayhall Royal Navy cemeteries, Gosport, Hampshire 1826 - 1911
Royal Victoria Hospital, Netley, Gosport, Hampshire PO12 3NR 1864 - 1975
Royal Garrison Church of St George, Woolwich, Greenwich, London 1937 - 1964
Sandhurst Royal Military College Chapel, Sandhurst, Camberley, Surrey GU15 4PQ 1829 - 1978
Sheerness Dockyard Church, Isle of Sheppey, Kent 1756 - 1826

Free to search - purchase credits to view


Andysmum Report 1 Nov 2013 12:35

One found the other day while looking for Naval records. It contains lots of snippets of fascinating information for anyone with Royal Navy ancestors. (Did you know that sailors were issued with knitted drawers?) :-) :-)

Karen in the desert

Karen in the desert Report 13 Sep 2013 00:33

I couldn't find my uncles' names listed on the Forces War Records PoW site, however I did find one on another site, Captive Memories, which includes an Oral History Project where I was able to hear him speaking in 2 short clips, presumably from a longer interview . You may find your PoW ancestor here too...

For Far East Prisoners of War (FEPOW) information and websites...

And one more, on this one you can search for your PoW. I found both my uncles listed here, yet they do not appear on other lists


ArgyllGran Report 12 Sep 2013 09:51

Search Japanese POW records 1939 - 45 free:

And lots of other stuff on the site in general:


JoyDean Report 11 Sep 2013 18:32



JoyDean Report 1 Sep 2013 19:35

My thanks to Roy (Porkie_Pie):

WW1 soldier wills digitised for online archive