Thursday, 18 October 2018

Military history recognition: "Far From Home"

Since 2007 Kent residents Diana Beaupré and Adrian Watkinson have been pursuing a personal project to visit and record each First World War CEF grave in the British Isles.

The graves and memorials for 3899 First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force soldiers may be found in 872 locations within 90 counties and 9 islands across the British Isles. Many were in remote churchyards and far-flung tiny cemeteries.

Now their work has been recognized by the award of the Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division). The MSM is awarded for achievements over a limited period of time that have brought benefit or honour to Canada. They hope to receive the award in Ottawa from the Governor General early in 2019.
Find out more about the project at www.canadianukgravesww1.co.uk/ which acknowledges "The Directors and Members of British Isles Family History Society of Greater Ottawa Canada" as Gold Sponsors.


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