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Researching  servicemembers

Tracing the military service of relatives.

Military forces all over the world are noted for their bureaucracy and tons of paperwork. The good news is that some of these records have survived and can tell us about our relatives etc. 

CANADIAN 

Where no Internet resources have been identified as yet, a "?" is inserted.

US War of Independence

Many Loyalists fled to British North America (now Canada)

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War of 1812

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1837 Rebellion

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1870 Riel Rebellion (Red River)

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1885 Northwest Rebellion 

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Boer War (South Africa)

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/archivianet/020156_e.html

WWI Records (1914-1919)

http://www.collectionscanada.ca/02/020106_e.html

Allied Intervention in Russia (1919)

When the Bolshevics (Bolsheviks) overthrew the Czarist government of Russia, they pulled Russia out of the WWI. The Allies were angry and sent troops to Russia (North, South and East) to overthrow the Bolshevics and reinstate a government that would be friendly.

The fighting in the South, original letters from Air Vice Marshall Collishaw who was a fighter pilot. http://bcoy1cpb.pacdat.net/raymond_collishaw.htm 

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Spanish Civil War (1930s)

Some Canadians volunteered and fought in Spain. 

One casualty was a Cumberland, BC coal miner nicknamed "Moon". A plaque commemorates him in the Cumberland Cemetery.

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WWII Records (1939-1945)

These are still closed by the Public Archives of Canada for privacy reasons. Veterans may request (for a fee) copies of their service file. If the veteran is deceased, next-of-kin may request (for a fee) copies of this service file but they apparently must first prove:

1. Death of veteran (e.g. an obituary)

2. Next-of-kin status. (e.g. proof you are the widow/widower or son/daughter of the veteran. 

For those killed in Battle WWI & WWII - 

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission

http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx

Maple Leaf Legacy Project

http://www.mapleleaflegacy.ca/ 

Korean War

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Vietnam War

Thousands of Canadians, perhaps as many as 10,000,  served in the Vietnam War even though our country was not involved. Some were killed and if you know the name, you may find it on their wall memorial.

http://www.vvmf.org/index.cfm?SectionID=2 

Cold War

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Gulf War (1991)

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No Canadian casualties in that war.

War on Terrorism (Afghanistan)

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GENERAL TIPS ON SEARCHING FOR INFO ON A CANADIAN VETERAN - Maple Leaf Up! Web Site

http://www.mapleleafup.org/locator/research.html 

 

BRITISH

Unfortunately many British service records were destroyed by enemy action during WWII. 

As of 2005, one can trace online the medal records cards which did survive. 

Commonwealth War Graves Commission http://www.cwgc.org/cwgcinternet/search.aspx

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Copyright Colin Stevens Updated: August 24, 2008
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