Discussion in 'Canadian' started by Tullybrone, Jul 22, 2015.

  1. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member


    I've been aware that WW1 Canadian army service records have been available online via Library & Archives Canada (LAC) free of charge for sometime. There is an ongoing digitisation project so at the moment some 180,000 service files out of 640,000 are available online - for the remainder only the 2 sided attestation paper is available.

    It is only today that I have discovered that LAC have embarked on a similar project for the 44,000 service personnel who lost their lives in WW2 service. Files are being digitised as requests are made by interested parties.

    For members who are not aware here is a link to the LAC WW2 database - WW2 CANADIAN SOLDIERS Database


    Steve Y
  2. Deacs

    Deacs Well i am from Cumbria.

    Cheers Steve, well done Canada in digitising the documents.

    Cheers Mike.
  3. alieneyes

    alieneyes Senior Member

    Hi Steve,

    I think we'll all be long gone by the time this exercise is over.

    They began this in 2010 by cherrypicking selected documents from an entire file. These were placed in a manilla folder in front of the file and marked "for digitization project". Only problem is that if there was a two page letter to NOK, sometimes only one page was included.

    To date, there are 1,372 digitized files online. Rather than enter a name you're looking for it's best to check "yes" in the box for "digitized" and a list of all 1,372 files comes up.


  4. Tullybrone

    Tullybrone Senior Member

    Thanks Dave,

    Hope you are keeping well?

    I remember 100 each of WW1 and WW2 dead personnel Files went on the internet as part of an LAC educational project some years ago.

    I was aware of the ongoing WW1 digitisation project but wasn't aware LAC had decided to digitise and release all 44,000 WW2 dead personnel files as and when they were requested by an interested party.

    From this side of the pond it's just great to see how much paperwork has been retained and is released. We are lucky to get a dozen pages from MOD and they never release medical information.

    I hope once the WW1 digitisation is completed they may consider starting in WW2 files.

    Best Wishes



    Having read a handful of these files I must say how moved I have been to read the many poignant letters of enquiry sent to the authorities by bereaved friends and relatives of the deceased service personnel.

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