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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 23


Sir George Prevost, commanding British forces in Canada, submits a progress report to the British government on the Lachine Canal project.


Texas - General Antonio Lopez de Santa Anna with several thousand Mexican troops starts siege of Alamo mission held by 145 Texans under Colonel Travis, Jim Bowie and Davy Crockett; siege ends March 6 with all the Texans killed.


Capetown South Africa - British troopship HMS Birkenhead sinks off South Africa, killing 420.


At Sultanpore in India, Lieutenant Innes of the Bengal Engineers rode ahead of the advancing British troops to drive the enemy away from an artillery piece. He then charged a second gun, which was being more resolutely manned and was well placed to maul the advancing troops. Innes killed a gunner and captured the gun, which he then defended until reinforcements arrived. He received the Victoria Cross, as did Major Gough, decorated for a series of actions over the previous months, culminating in a skirmish on 23 February when he saved the life of a fellow officer.


During the Boer War, a British colonel fell wounded in the open. Boer snipers kept his body under close watch, and drove back any attempts to reach him. The colonel himself sustained a further eight wounds. Private Curtis of the East Surrey Regiment nevertheless was determined to rescue him. After several aborted attempts, Curtis managed to reach the colonel, and proceeded to dress his wounds, all the time under constant fire. The colonel insisted that he be left, since the risks of carrying him were so high. Curtis ignored him, and managed to carry him back to the British lines, helped by another man who succeeded in coming to his aid. Curtis was awarded the Victoria Cross.


J. A. D. McCurdy flies the Bell designed Silver Dart at an altitude of about 10 metres for nearly one kilometre across Baddeck Bay; first airplane flight in Canada by a Canadian; first powered flight in British Empire.


As British forces once more advanced up the Tigris towards Kut in Mesopotamia, Major Wheeler led a small party of nine Gurkhas across the river and stormed an enemy position. The Turks reacted swiftly to this incursion, and dispatched a force well armed with grenades to retake the trench. The Gurkhas met them with a bayonet charge, during which Wheeler received a severe bayonet wound to the head. Nevertheless, he remained in command and consolidated his defences, having established through his initiative a valuable bridge-head on the enemy bank. He was awarded the Victoria Cross.


Japanese occupy China North of the Great Wall


Ellwood California - Japanese submarine fires on California oil refinery.


Captain Swales, South African Air Force, serving with 582 Squadron RAF, was appointed the Master Bomber to lead a raid on Pforzheim. As he circled the target, controlling the bombing runs, his Lancaster was twice attacked by German fighters. Swales chose not to take evasive action, since this would have interfered with his control of the raid. Two of the Lancaster's engines were knocked out, as well as the rear turret. Swales nevertheless continued to direct the bombing with great accuracy, and only turned for home once the raid was complete. On the way back, the badly damaged aircraft hit turbulent cloud over Belgium, and became uncontrollable. Swales ordered his crew to bail out, whilst he struggled to hold the aircraft steady. They all parachuted safely, but Swales had no opportunity to escape before the Lancaster crashed. He was awarded a posthumous Victoria Cross, Bomber Command's last such decoration.


Iwo Jima Japan - US Marines take Japanese island of Iwo Jima 1200 km south of Tokyo after severe fighting; a bronze statue in Arlington Cemetery showing troops raising the flag on the summit of the island is based on a famous photo.


Canadian troops with 27th British Commonwealth Infantry Brigade make first contact with enemy.

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