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When Veterans Affairs was notified of the death of a First World War veteran, a death card was created and those cards are now in the custody of Library and Archives Canada and are used as a finding aid to the personnel records of the First World War. These cards are the extent of this set of records; there are no files relating to the notification of death.
There are approximately 130,000 cards, which are arranged alphabetically in 99 cabinet drawers. The contents of each drawer were digitized as a batch of approximately 1300 cards each. The name on the first card in a drawer is the title of that group of cards.
You can move through the images one by one, or skip ahead by entering a new page (image) number in the page navigation box.
What is in these records?
This collection includes death cards up until the early 1960s for:
It does not include cards for:
Members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who died overseas during the war. For those individuals, please see our War Graves page.
Each death card includes some or all of the following details:
What does it mean?
Dates were written in a standardized format: day-month-year
C.P.C.: Canadian Pension Commission
Death Not Due / Death Not Related: death was not attributed to illness or injury contracted while in service
Death Was Due / Death Related: death was attributed to illness or injury contracted while in service
Farm Records: these records were once stored in a building at the Experimental Farm
Imp.: Imperial (British) Forces
M.D.: Military District
w.: wife / widowOther Records
Service files for members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force:
Civil Registration (Provincial death records)