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BOOK - Documenting Canadian Military Personnel Who Were Prisoners of War During World War One or World War Two
By Kenneth Cox
Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2022

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If your ancestor was a Prisoner of War, either during World War One or Two, their story is worth researching. The tremendous stress of capture and internment, the lack of food, the physical trauma of punishment, the will to escape and mental anguish of living in close proximity to their peers took a toll on your ancestor's physical and mental health. Archival and textual resources can help a family historian complete a narrative of an ancestor who spent time as a prisoner of war. This guide book is designed to help you complete your research successfully. Also included is a list of Canadian Prisoners of War held in Germany during World War Two.

By 1918 during the First World War (1914-1918), 132 Canadian officers and 3,715 other ranks had been captured and imprisoned by Germany. The majority of these men had fallen into enemy hands during the German offensive against the Ypres Salient in 1915 when the 3rd. Toronto, 7th British Columbia, 15th Toronto, 2nd Ontario and 13th Montreal Battalions lost over 300 men each. At Mount Sorel in June of 1916, The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry and the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles added 730 more names to the list of Canadian Prisoners of War. These men, after interrogation were imprisoned for the duration in one of over forty prisoner of war camps. Others were to be added to these numbers as the war progressed. Life in these camps was not easy, taking a significant toll on an individual's physical and mental health. Approximately 300 of these prisoners would die in captivity.

During the Second World War (1939-45), 7,088 soldiers of the Canadian Army, 2,482 aircrew and 92 naval personnel were captured in the European theatre of war. In the Pacific theatre 1,689 Canadian army, 42 aircrew and 2 naval servicemen spent time in Japanese camps. Of this total, 380 in the German and Italian camps and 290 in the Japanese camps would die of injury, disease, wounds or be killed by enemy guards. The majority of Canadian prisoners were taken during the fall of Hong Kong in 1941 when 1,689 Canadians marched into captivity and during the Dieppe fiasco, August 1942, when 1,948 Canadians fell into enemy hands.

Contents include:
  • Putting your ancestors in context
  • Service Records
  • Case files
  • Service medals
  • Referenced texts and webpages
  • Nominal Roll of Canadian Prisoners of War held in Germany during World War Two
Details
    50 pages
    8.5 X 11"
    Illustrations (in color)
    Photographs
    Softcover (coil-bound with colour cardstock covers)
    Published by Global Heritage Press, Ottawa, 2022
    ISBN13: 978-1-77240-192-9 (Softcover)
About the author: Kenneth G. Cox
    Kenneth G. Cox believes it is not enough to just discover ancestors and place their names on a genealogical chart; it is important to understand the place they occupied in our country's history. Click here for more books from Kenneth G. Cox






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