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Do you have ancestors that were veterans in the Canadian army, air force, or navy? Canadian servicemen and women have served in the Fenian Raids in the 1860’, the Boer War, the First and Second World Wars, and the Korean War.

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Canadian Veterans

There is a great deal of information available about Canadian veterans online.

For the years before 1914
Canadian Military Heritage Project
http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~canmil/

For the First World War
Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group. This is for the real die hards amongst you it is very technical.
http://www.cefresearch.com/phpBB2/ or http://cefresearch.com/matrix/index.html
Canadian War Museum(also information on W.W.2) http://www.warmuseum.ca/cwm/home/home
Canadian Great War Project http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.com/
Canadian War Brides of the First World Ward blog http://ww1warbrides.blogspot.com/
Library and Archives Canada. For online records of soldiers and other information useful in your research
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/02/02010602_e.html

For the Second World War
Canadian Virtual War Memorial
http://www.vac-acc.gc.ca/remembers/sub.cfm?source=collections/virtualmem
Commonwealth War Graves Commission http://www.cwgc.org/
Library and Archives Canada above.
Legion Magazine: Last Post: Dealth Notices. Most info here relates to servicement who passed away after January, 1989.
For a transcript of a veteran who served in the Second world War you can send away to Archives Canada for copies of their service records. Should you need help getting them let me know and I will guide you through the process.
This is a short list. There is a great deal of information out there.

Also keep in mind that for both World Wars you might also have to access British records as it was not unusual for servicemen to be loaned out to the different services. My uncle, for example was with the R.C.A.F.; however, he flew his Hurricanes with the 65th squadron which was a British outfit, and my father’s Lancaster had a R.A.F. serviceman as co-pilot on his last mission over Germany.

Discussion Forum

Canadian Infantry in World War 1

Started by William Bruce Hillman. Last reply by Karen Jayne Worth Carter Sep 25, 2009. 7 Replies

World War 2 Fighters

Started by William Bruce Hillman Aug 6, 2009. 0 Replies

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Comment by William Bruce Hillman on February 12, 2010 at 8:08am
http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909.007-e.html

Scroll down to Application for Military Service Information form. You can download and print the form.
Comment by Robert Burns on February 12, 2010 at 8:00am
William,

You mentioned something about a form from the National Archives for ordering service records from WWII. I was looking on their website, but couldn't find anything. Would you be able to direct me to it by any chance? Thanks!
Comment by William Bruce Hillman on November 9, 2009 at 1:57pm
Veterans Week (Nov 5th to Nov 11th)

The theme of Veteran’s Week this year is “How Will You Remember”.

The Library and Archives Canada has put on their website "Welcome to Canada at War: a Guide to Library and Archives Canada Recalling the Canadian War Experience".

For information on the role that the Canadian military played during the Second World War, please go to the virtual exhibit called Faces of War at .
Comment by William Bruce Hillman on October 20, 2009 at 8:07pm
I would need his name and if possible the names of the ships he served on. Was he enlisted in the navy. One problem is that many of the veterans were in fact civilians who manned the supply ships, etc. That has been a big problem recently when they apply for benefits.
Comment by Nancy Monnell on October 20, 2009 at 6:36pm
Hi All!
I'm fairly new to this site, so still learning the ropes of it. I do have a question that maybe one of you can answer for me tho. My paternal grandfather was with the Merchant/Mercantile Marines in WW2 and served upon a couple of ships, particularly one that was in the St. Lawrence and involved with the U-Boats. Whenever I've tried to check with the Canadian Government about this, I'm more or less told there's no records. However, since that time the Government has begun to acknowledge the service records of them, but I have yet to find anywhere I can actually get info on my grandfather in particular.
Does anyone know just where I might be able to start tracking down records of his service?? I do have one document, I believe it was an enlistment document (files are stored away at the moment so I can't pull it out to look) - shows his photo and fingerprints too (he had a scar on one), as well a couple old photos of one of the ships he was on.

Thanks for any ideas/suggestions.

~ Nancy
Comment by Joan Lightfoot on August 14, 2009 at 12:29pm
Glenn, I had no idea what was included in the service record. When I ordered it, I gave my credit card details and crossed my fingers. I'm glad it was only 68 pages, not the 300 pages that William had for his dad!
Comment by Glenn Roy Browne on August 14, 2009 at 12:06pm
Joan, I read your blog on your grandfather and appreicated it. A job well done.
Were you able to review the service record before you ordered it?
Comment by William Bruce Hillman on August 14, 2009 at 5:29am
I have both my late uncle Bruce's and my father's service records from World War 2. Uncle Bruce was killed in 1945 so the request was not a problem;however, since dad is still alive I had to get his signature on the request(that was a half hour job in itself). Dad's was about 300 pages. It seems that the Canadian Air Force never threw anything away!
Comment by Joan Lightfoot on August 13, 2009 at 5:33pm
I ordered my grandfather's complete service records and I received 68 pages, mostly 8½" x 11". There was some repetition of the reports and there was a medical report for every time he changed hospitals. It included many financial sheets noting pay to my grandfather and separation allowance paid to my grandmother. I have given my interpretation of his service in the following blog: http://joansgenjottings.blogspot.com/2009/08/william-duckworth-davi...
Comment by William Bruce Hillman on August 13, 2009 at 4:45pm
It is fairly easy to order service records from the First world War. For veterans from the second war you need to provide proof of their death. There are still privacy concerns relating to these veterans. There is a form that you can download available online through the National Archives.
 

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