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Military records


Canadian Armed Forces Museums
This directory, maintained by Canada's Department of National Defence, lists Canadian Forces museums alphabetically by province.  Please note if the official name of the museum begins with the word, 'the', the listing will be filed under the letter 't'. 

Canadian Forces of the Second World War, 1939-1945
Military personnel files include documentation about enlistment, discharge, military units served with, and may also include other documents concerning medical history, medals awarded, personal evaluation reports and dental charts. There is no online database for these records held by Library and Archives Canada.

Canadian Great War Project:  Canadians in the First World War
This fully searchable dastabase of Canadians serving in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the Great War (1914-1919) includes biographical information, newspaper extracts and war diaries.

Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Excellent site that provides information about the more than 118,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who fought and died while representing their country since Confederation. The site also contains digital images of photographs and personal memorabilia about individual Canadians.

Commonwealth War Graves Commission
This website allows you to search for individuals who died in World War I or World War II as part of the Commonwealth Forces (Australia, Britain, Canada, India , New Zealand, South Africa, and other former colonies).  The casualty database lists the names and place of commemoration of 1.7 million men and women.  It also records details of the 67,000 Commonwealth civilians who died "as a result of enemy action" in the Second World War. 

Last Post - Legion Magazine
Legion Magazine's historical archive database goes back to January 1985.  It contains almost 193,000 short death notices for Royal Canadian Legion members with military backgrounds.

Library and Archives Canada - Military Heritage
Library and Archives Canada holds extensive collections of military records. Use the left-hand menu to select the period or type of records of interest to you. Each section provides information about available sources, links to relevant databases and links to Web sites of other institutions that hold military records.

NOTE:The 1921 Census for Canada, District 102 (Middlesex East), Subdistrict 32 (found on Ancestry) includes census information on: 1. the staff of Westminster Military Hospital (now Parkwood Hospital) and 2.  wounded World War One soldiers who were patients at the hospital in 1921.  

Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918
Over 600,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918). The CEF database is an index to those personnel files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada. To date, over 800,000 images of attestation papers have been scanned and are being made available on-line.   As of 2016, 387,710 of the 640,000 personnel files have been digitized, up to the surname Murray and uploaded to this site.   

U.K. and Ireland Genealogy - Military records
A description of how to locate British military records