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Banner: From Colony to Country: A Reader's Guide to Canadian Military History

Canadian Military History: An Overview
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First World War
Second World War

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Canadian Military History: An Overview
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Miscellaneous Biographical Information

There is a whole range of other published materials, which can assist the biographer or genealogist. Many are found in other sections of these pathfinders.

Memorial books are a special category to note. In both World Wars, and even earlier in the 19th century, provinces, municipalities, universities, schools, churches and businesses sought to commemorate the sacrifice of their residents, parishioners, graduates or employees who had been killed or died on service, or even to record those who had served outside the community and returned. These contain a wealth of biographical information. The Canadian Bank of Commerce memorial volumes from the First World War and Second are mentioned here simply because they are the very best of their kind, especially the one for the First World War. Other memorial books are mentioned in individual sections of the pathfinders.

Canada. Militia. Canadian Expeditionary Force. 1st Canadian Contingent. Pay and Record Office, comp. - List of officers and men serving in the First Canadian Contingent of the British Expeditionary Force, 1914. - London: H.M. Stationery Office, [1915]. - 353 p.

Canada. Militia Headquarters. - Canadian Expeditionary Force nominal rolls. - Ottawa: King's Printer, 1915-1918. - 13 vol.

  • Issued with Militia orders. The number of volumes varies depending on how they were grouped together.
  • In fact, these are the sailing lists of units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force and by reinforcing drafts proceeding overseas from Canada. They are organized by the name of the unit or draft and contain valuable biographical material, including full name, service number, home address, name of next of kin, date of enlistment and any previous service for every soldier, although published lists do not exist for every soldier who went overseas.

_____. - Official list of casualties to members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force .... - Ottawa: King's Printer, 1914-1919. - 5 vol.

  • As with the Nominal rolls, these were also issued with Militia orders and, again, the number of volumes depends on how they were compiled.

Canadian Bank of Commerce. - War service records, 1939-1945: an account of the war service of members of the staff during the Second World War. - D.P. Wagner and C.G. Siddall, eds. - Toronto: Rous & Mann, 1947. - 331 p.

_____. - Letters from the front: being a record of the part played by officers of the Bank in the Great War, 1914-1919. - Toronto: Privately printed, [s.d.]. - 2 vol.

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