Thursday, 16 October 2014

LAC starts posting WW1 Service Files

Canadian Expeditionary Force personnel service files are becoming accessible via Library and Archive Canada's Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database. The first batch, 76,330 files are now available online. It appears to cover most surnames beginning with A and much of B.

The complete file is served as a pdf. While download isn't particularly rapid the quality of the images is good. Even the envelope, which sometimes contains the date of death, is imaged.

Regular uploads of about 5,000 files will take place every two weeks. All digitized files are searchable by name, regimental number and rank.

Search from http://goo.gl/NSkDkv

2 comments:

Dorothy Kew said...

John, I didn't have any luck finding names that begin with "B". I did find one "A". It's going to be a slow process.

Jean said...

Guess I'll still be waiting quite some time for my USHER files to be available!