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Article posted: August 7, 1998

Commonwealth War Graves - Update
By: Ryan Taylor, Biography and Archived Articles

Bill Tufts e-mailed a footnote for last issue's article in Ryan Taylor's Routes To Roots column. Bill shares the address of The Commonwealth War Graves Commision and his experiences.

Address: Veteran Affairs Canada, Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Suite 1707, 66 Slater St., Ottawa, ON. K1A 0P4 1-(613)-992-3224

Bill writes "I have dealt with this office and the staff is very receptive to inquiries.

When inquiring, please give as much detail as possible such as residence, parents, birthdate, where enlisted, regiment, etc. (if known). Giving them his military service number and rank is ideal. This information helps them to select the correct "John Smith" (or whoever).

The information received from them may vary. At times, it gives merely the cemetery, row and site number. Sometimes it shows name and residence of parents and next of kin (usually parents or wife).

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission also has records of ex- servicemen whose families requested assistance when burying veterans, even long after their service had ended. It supplies the same type of grey tombstones that was used for those KIA "(Killed In Action).

Books By Ryan Taylor

Across The Waters, Ontario Immigrants Experiences 1820 - 1850 - by Frances Hoffman & Ryan Taylor, 1999. Riveting first-hand accounts of the immigration and settlement experience, taken from the diaries and letters of 150 immigrants.

Routes To Roots, The Best of Ryan Taylor's columns from the Kitchener Waterloo Record, by Ryan Taylor 1997

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