British Columbia Military Records

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To learn more about LAC's military collections and ordering copies: [http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909-e.html http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909-e.html]  
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'''British Columbia War Memorials'''
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''British Columbia War Memorials: An Index of Names'', published in 1990 by the British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) is an index of names of war dead as listed on BC war memorials and cenotaphs. Contact the BCGS for more information [http://www.bcgs.ca http://www.bcgs.ca]&nbsp; (This publication is currently being revised for publication in 2014.)
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[https://www.cdli.ca/monuments/bc.htm British Columbia War Memorials], although incomplete, is an on-line source of photographs and details about BC war memorials, originally supported by the We Will Remember educational project.
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'''Other Resources'''
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Many local archives, museums, and Royal Canadian Legion branches have research files or projects on local military service people.
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Information may be found in historical British Columbia newspapers. See British Columbia Newspapers for more information.
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World War I (1914–1918)

Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) service records for soldiers, officers, medical staff and chaplains are held by Library and Archives (LAC) Canada.  Canadian World War I service records are open to researchers. Some files are already on-line; others may be requested. To request information, please see first the LAC on-line index of attestation papers "Soldiers of the CEF - WW I" for the required information - name, rank, and regiment (if known).

Service records give detailed information from enlistment to demobilization (discharge). They may include:

  • Birth date and place
  • Address at time of enlistment
  • Name and address of next of kin
  • Marital status
  • Occupation
  • Personal description (eye and hair color, height, weight, distinctive marks or scars)
  • Religion


Royal Canadian Navy and Naval Reserve (1910-1941) service files, including some records of the Newfoundland Royal Naval Reserve, are also held by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and are sometimes known as "Navy Pay Ledger Sheets". These contain information on officers, cadets and sailors and are almost complete for the period including WW I. Note that as some personnel transferred between the Navy and the Naval Reserve, individuals may have two service numbers and two ledger sheets. These records are not digitized but there is an on-line LAC index and copies may be ordered. Records may include

  • Full name
  • Date and place of birth
  • Occupation
  • Physical description
  • Name and address of next of kin
  • Dates of service
  • Names of the ships served in

Library and Archives Canada website: [Http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca ]

To learn more about LAC's military collections and ordering copies: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/genealogy/022-909-e.html

British Columbia War Memorials

British Columbia War Memorials: An Index of Names, published in 1990 by the British Columbia Genealogical Society (BCGS) is an index of names of war dead as listed on BC war memorials and cenotaphs. Contact the BCGS for more information http://www.bcgs.ca  (This publication is currently being revised for publication in 2014.)

British Columbia War Memorials, although incomplete, is an on-line source of photographs and details about BC war memorials, originally supported by the We Will Remember educational project.

Other Resources

Many local archives, museums, and Royal Canadian Legion branches have research files or projects on local military service people.

Information may be found in historical British Columbia newspapers. See British Columbia Newspapers for more information.