From Home” project is scheduled for completion
during 2018 to commemorate the Centennial of the Great War. Our
objective is to create a permanent and comprehensive memorial
to the 3898 casualties sustained by the Canadian Expeditionary
Force in Great Britain during the First World War. It is a little
known historical fact that over sixty per-cent of the CEF were
British born, which explains why so many lie buried in obscure
churchyards and far-flung tiny cemeteries.
would invite like- minded individuals and organisations
to assist us with
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It is vital
that all existing graves in 868 locations which lie within 90
counties and 9 islands across the United Kingdom are recorded
for posterity. Often, there was only a single soldier buried in
a churchyard or cemetery, some of which are in remote locations
or are now disused. A shortage of land has already lead to the
removal of many older graves. It is highly probable that many
more graves and cemeteries will disappear altogether, in response
to the demand across the UK for more land to provide open spaces.
distinctive CWGC headstone can be seen throughout the United Kingdom
many of the Canadians were buried privately, often in a family
plot. Instead of the familiar CWGC stone, individual memorials
were erected but a high number of these have not been maintained
for years. They are neglected and overgrown, with headstones broken
or fallen over with others covered by vegetation.
A large proportion
of the Canadians died in circumstances not directly related to
the battlefield. Illness, accident and suicide claimed a substantial
number of their lives.
Importantly, a profile has been collated on every individual soldier,
sailor or nurse, drawing on research sources in both Britain and
Canada. This includes the cause and place of death, along with
the UK death certificate number. As a personal tribute, each grave
found is visited and personally photographed by the authors using
their own special signature. In addition, inscriptions on the
headstones are recorded.
is intended as a tribute to all those Canadian men and women who
flocked to Britain to fight for the “Mother Country”
between 1914 and 1918. It is important to remember that the CWGC
used the 31st August 1921 for the First World War Casualty cut-off
date. As such a high percentage of WW1 Canadians were British
born, this series will be of great interest internationally, but
particularly on both sides of the Atlantic. These volumes serve
as a unique individual memorial to those buried across the length
and breadth of Britain. The information contained in these CD-ROM’s
has not been produced in any other specialist publication. To
assist researchers, we have included last known family addresses