Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947 on Ancestry

Discussion in 'Canadian' started by mikky, Sep 16, 2015.

  1. mikky

    mikky Member

    I don't have a worldwide subscription, but, it would appear that Canada, WWII Service Files of War Dead, 1939-1947 are online Click

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  2. Tricky Dicky

    Tricky Dicky Don'tre member

    Hi Mike

    Just looked that up and it says that there are 29,126 records - I dont know for sure but that seems a little light in number terms - perhaps others can verify

  3. mikky

    mikky Member

    pleased to host selections

    " More than 44,000 individuals are documented in the Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead held by Library and Archives Canada (LAC). is pleased to host selections from the service files for almost 100 Canadian soldiers as part of LAC’s “Lest We Forget” educational initiative, which allows students to discover the stories of Canada’s fallen through primary documents. Only records for those who died while serving during the Second World War are available to the public. However, the files that are included in the collection can be rich in content. Each contains multiple documents related to a soldier’s enlistment and service. "

  4. Mr Jinks

    Mr Jinks Bit of a Cad

    Perhaps the most informative line is

    Kyle :(
  5. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    I flagged this up some weeks ago that the files are available online for free via LAC website.

    However nothing like 29,000 files!

    Some 44,000 Canadian personnel lost their lives in WW2. LAC have decided that when a relative/interested party requests a file they will provide a digital file (for a fee) but then make the digital file available for free on the internet.

    Clearly they had a "bank" of digital files as some 1,400 full files are available via the LAC site although details of all 44, 000 casualties are searchable.

    Steve Y
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  6. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    The operative word here is "selections".

    On average, let's say using an RCAF service file as an example, a file can be anywhere from 200 pages and up.

    Using the LAC's database to search you'll note the use of the word "Volume". Each volume is a cardboard banker's type box holding between 6-10 full files.

    Each file now has a manila folder at the beginning with selections from the file, The folder has a sticker on it saying it's part of the "digitization project".

    I'll stick with the full files as mentioned by Steve above.



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