's Fallen Comrades

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Canadian Information Sources

Who to contact:

National Defence Headquarters:

Privacy Section (DCA-4)
National Defence Headquarters
OTTAWA, Ontario
K1A 0K2

NDHQ can be contacted for information about current or recently released members of the Canadian Military.

Library and Archives Canada

Web Resources: You can request the complete military file for the person you are interested in by writing to:

Canadian Genealogy Centre
Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON K1A 0N4

Fax: (613) 995-6274

Or you can obtain Regimental War Diaries and related information by writing to:

Library and Archives Canada
395 Wellington Street
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0N4

The National Archives are quite busy and will caution you that a reply will take from 120 to 160 days. National Archives states that "There are no restrictions placed on information relating to an individual who has been dead for more than 20 years, however, proof of death is still required if the individual did not die while in service." Provide them with as much known information as possible. (Name, date of birth, date of death if known, serial number (regimental number), unit, birth place, parents names, etc.)

Researching Canadian Soldiers of the First World War

Michael M. O'Leary has a definitive resource on researching and locating Canadian soldiers from WW I:

The Regimental Historian

Specializing in Canadian Army History

Services available: Research, presentations, study packages, source location, proofreading, editing and some formatting of publications. I am also an acknowledged guide for battlefield tours dealing with the Seven Years' War in North America, the War of the American Revolution, the War of 1812 and Canadian military operations in Italy during the Second World War. Tour packages include all background reading information and detailed on site narratives. I have conducted tours with over a dozen units, schools and headquarters of the Canadian Regular and Reserve forces. Please contact me for further information.

Contact Information:

John R. Grodzinski
(613) 547-0184

-- Pristinae virtutis memores --

The Royal Canadian Artillery

Royal Canadian Artillery Museum
CFB Shilo
Box 5000 Stn Main
Shilo MB R0K 2A0

Phone: 204-765-3000 ext 3531

The Royal Canadian Regiment

Capt. D.D. McMillan (e-mail)
Regimental Adjutant
The Royal Canadian Regiment
Wolseley Barracks
London, Ontario
N5Y 4T7

Phone: (519)660-5173
Fax: (519)660-5344


Second Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment

2nd Battalion
The Royal Canadian Regiment
Combat Training Centre Gagetown
Oromocto, NB
E0G 2P0


Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

The archivist for the PPCLI:

Cpl. McLeod
c/o Museum of the Regiments
4520 Crowchild Trail S.
Calgary, Alberta
T3E 1T8

Phone: 403 974 2867
Lynn Bullock (Curator): 403 974 2831

Merchant Marines:

Merchant Navy Registry
P.O. Box 7700
Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island
C1A 8M9

Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Canadian Agency
Suite 1706 - 66 Slater Street
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0P4

Phone (613)992-3224
Fax (613)952-6826

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission can help locate graves from both the First and Second World Wars.

Friends of the Canadian War Musuem

Allan Joyner is a volunteer researcher with the Friends of the Canadian War Musuem in Ottawa. Allan researches military vehicle markings and cammo of the Second World War. He answers requests for Canadian marking info for vehicle restorers and modellers for the Museum, and for people all over the world. He also identifies the units in photos sent to the museum, based on the uniforms and markings and original documentation on who was in the particular area at the time the photos was taken.

Please note that he has no information on personnel records but recommends going to the official source at the National Archives of Canada.

You can contact Allan Joyner at

The Thunder Bay Military Museum

Curator: L.Col J.J. Young
Address: 317 Park Avenue in the Thunder Bay Armoury
Telephone: 807-343-5175
Fax: 807-346-4022

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Today in Military History

March 1


Following the failure to take the Panamanian Isthmus, and the deaths of Sir John Hawkins and Sir Francis Drake, the remnants of the previous year's expedition to the West Indies was headed home under the command of Sir Thomas Baskerville when it was caught by a Spanish fleet off the north-west coast of Cuba near the Isle of Pines. Thus occurred the only fleet engagement of the Anglo-Spanish war, other than the Armada battles of 1588. The English ships enjoyed the advantage of the wind, but had to fight through the Spanish in order to get away, past a headland. They succeeded in this, and after a desultory pursuit by the Spaniards, finally got clear and eventually reached England without further mishap in May.


Jean-Armand Dieskau 1701-1767 appointed commander of the French regular troops in Canada.


Disbanding of Lower Canada militia after War of 1812.


During the Indian Mutiny, Lieutenant Aikman, commanding a force of 100 infantry, was alerted to the presence of some 700 mutineers, including cavalry and artillery. Notwithstanding the odds, nor the fire coming from an enemy fort close by, Aikman led his men in an immediate attack, and comprehensively routed his opponents, capturing their artillery. In the process, Aikman received a severe sword wound to the face, but survived to receive the Victoria Cross.


80,000 Ethiopians defeat 20,000 Italians at the Battle of Adowa; end of Italian hopes of building an African empire.


The cruiser HMS Exeter, famed for her role in the defeat of the Graf Spee at the River Plate in 1939, and damaged two days earlier at the Battle of the Java Sea, attempted to escape through the Sunda Strait, escorted by the destroyers HMS Encounter and the USS John D Pope. Not far ahead of them, the Dutch destroyer Evertsen, also making a run for the Strait, was spotted at dawn by Japanese ships and sunk. Daylight allowed Japanese aircraft to spot Exeter and her consorts, and two Japanese heavy cruiser squadrons were tasked to deal with them. The already damaged Exeter fought back for over an hour in a most unequal fight, whilst her escorts did their best to protect he with a smoke-screen. Exeter finally went down at 1130, followed shortly afterwards by Encounter. John D Pope survived a little longer by hiding in a sudden squall, before she too was destroyed by the heavy cruisers.


302 aircraft of Bomber Command mounted a successful raid on Berlin, causing significant damage, including to twenty factories. Some 22 acres of the large railway repair workshops at Tempelhof were destroyed.


Dawson Creek BC - Work begins on the Alaska highway.


Founding of the Canadian Women's Army Corps as part of the Canadian forces; CWACs have full military titles and hold commissions.


In an infantry attack at Kervenheim in the Rhineland, soldiers from the King's Shropshire Light Infantry were pinned down by heavy machine-gun fire from a farmhouse. Private Stokes dashed forward alone and, despite being wounded, broke into the building, emerging shortly afterwards with twelve prisoners. He refused medical attention and attacked a second building, where he took five more prisoners. Although by now seriously weakened, he insisted on taking part in a third attack, but was killed twenty yards short of his objective. Private Stokes were awarded the Victoria Cross.


VC won by Maj Frederick Albert Tilston, The Essex Scottish Regiment, The Hochwald, Germany


Medical Company 63rd Infantry Regiment Fort Ord, California

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