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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

February 28


Sir Andrew Murray, the Guardian of Scotland, took advantage of Edward III's distraction by the French threat to his Gascon possessions, and spent the month of February eliminating English garrisons in northern Scotland. The last day of the month saw St Andrews fall after a three-week siege, which had seen its walls assailed by "Buster", a formidable siege engine.


Francis Drake, on his extended raiding circumnavigation of the world in the Golden Hind, captured the Spanish Nuestra Senora de la Concepcion off the Ecuadorian coast, carrying 26 tons of silver.


Indians from Canada attack Deerfield, killing 40, and kidnapping 100.


Louis-Joseph, Marquis de Montcalm-Grozon (de Saint-Véran) 1712-1759


Robert Nelson 1794-1873 raids Lower Canada from Vermont with Cyrille Côté proclaims republic; stopped by militia.


US defeats Mexico in battle of Sacramento.


Relief of Ladysmith


Troops from Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry engage in one of the war's first trench raids. One hundred of the Patricias set out in the hours before dawn to capture and destroy a German sap trench. They suffer 20 casualties for this effort, but the enemy trench is destroyed. As the war progresses the Canadians will become particularly adept at the trench raid.


Emergency decree suspends civil liberties in Germany


Japanese Navy sinks two more Allied ships on the second day of the Battle of Java Sea; Japanese land on the island of Java, the last Allied bastion in the Dutch East Indies.


Nine Norwegian commandos sabotage German heavy water installations near Ryukan; part of German A-Bomb research


German counter-attack against Anzio beachhead


US and allied forces cease fire at 8 am Kuwait time, after 42 days of the Gulf War; Iraq tells its army to stop fighting.

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