BOOK - Canadians at War 1914-1919, A Research Guide to World War One Service Records
By Glenn Wright
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010
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It has been nearly a century since the first shots were fired in the Great War. On memorials and cenotaphs in communities through
out Canada are etched the names of those who died in the Great War, silent witnesses to an epic struggle that affected every family
in Canada in some way.
Over the course of World War One, over 500,000 men and women volunteered and tens of thousands more were conscripted to serve
in the Canadian army or the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) as it was known; over 450,000 served overseas, some 60,000 gave
their lives to the cause, and over 170,000 were wounded or disabled in the conflict.
The war was also fought at sea and several thousand Canadians joined the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) and the Royal Canadian
Navy Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR). Thousands of Canadians fought their war in the air with the Royal Flying Corps (RFC), the Royal
Naval Air Service (RNAS) or the Royal Air Force (RAF). In addition, tens of thousands of men, who emigrated to Canada before the
war returned to the United Kingdom and served in the Army, the flying services, the Royal Navy and in other capacities, ranging
from inland water transportation to civil defence.
In Canada, thousands volunteered to defend the home front, men who were too old to serve in the CEF, men who had served in the
CEF but had returned home as physically or medically unfit, and those who, for whatever reason, preferred to do their bit at home.
Canadians at War 1914-1919 identifies which records survive for those who served during World War One, where those records are, how to access them, and the author provides many helpful tips on how to interpret them.
Click here to view the Table of Contents (2 pages in .pdf)
- Source: Ontario Genealogical Society's journal Families, November 2010, Elizabeth Lapointe, editor.
Book Review: Canadians at War 1914-1919: A Research Guide to World War One Service Records
Everyone who has had someone in their family involved in the First World War has gone to the Library and Archives Canada website to look up the information in the Attestation Papers, but do you know the fu1l extent of the information awaiting you? This is a very detailed book on the resources available to a researcher on Canadians who fought in the First World War, 1914-1918. It is written by Glenn Wright - a military archivist at the Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and the RCMP before his recent retirement who has left no stone unturned in his description of the resources available
to the researcher. Not including parts on military records at the LAC and other material, the book is divided into six major sections (with detailed sub-sections) - "Service Records of the Canadian
Expeditionary Force"; "Officers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force"; "Records Worth Noting"; "The War Dead: Commemoration and Remembrance"; "Royal Canadian Navy"; and "Canadians in British Service, 1914-1919". While the author gives the reader the resources needed to research the prople involved in the Great War, a great deal of care and attention has been put into listing the best literature
available in the "Select Biography" section. It is also recommended that you read both "Appendix 1: Internet Resources", and "Appendix 2: Other Archival Repositories and Resources" to familiarize yourself with additional information the author has provided. The book is written in a relaxed manner, and is a book that you should have by your side when researching your ancestors of the First
World War. Historians, scholars, and students will be also inters ted in this book because it not only tells the story of the people who were involved in all aspects of the Great War, but also the
story of their lives as told through the Assessment Papers and diaries of the First World War. As quoted from a passage in the "Concluding Remarks" - "The War is being examined, studied and discussed
in presentations, at conferences and online. All across Canada, the War is being researched and written about - the names on cenotaphs and memorials are no longer mere names, they are stories to be told."
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Illustrations (mostly examples of documents)
Softcover (coil-bound with laminated colour cardstock covers)
Published by Global Heritage Press, Milton, 2010
ISBN13: 978-1-926797-46-5 (Softcover)
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