the grave hunters: British retirees
battle overgrown cemeteries
to find long-lost Canadian war dead
feature by The National Post - April 6, 2017)
British couple takes on personal mission to put
names to graves of Canada’s war dead
feature by Global News in July, 2016)
study entitled “Far From Home”
is a post-retirement and not-for-profit undertaking by published
authors Diana Beaupré & Adrian Watkinson, who live
in the southeast region of England.
Diana is half
French-Canadian and has a deeply personal fascination for anything
Canadian. Her 1st Class Honours Degree in American and Canadian
Studies at Canterbury Christ Church University was completed in
2007. Her period of study served to fuel Diana’s long established
passion for research.
on Shorncliffe in Folkestone and featured on this site, has its
roots in Diana's final year Dissertation at University. Subsequently,
a paper entitled: "En Route To Flanders Fields: the Canadians
at Shorncliffe During The Great War" was published by the
London Journal of Canadian Studies. (Volume 23: "War and
Peace in Canadian History"™ is available online).
a Graduate in Hotel and Catering Management at Hendon College
of Technology, London (1969) and has expanded his lifelong interest
in history into this current project. He also dedicates much of
his time to genealogy research.
Diana & Adrian are undaunted by the huge challenge of finding,
photographing and producing profiles for the 3898 WW1 Canadian
service men and women commemorated in graves and memorials throughout
the UK, which are to be found across a staggering 868 different
locations. They are determined to complete the biggest part of
the study in time for the Centennial anniversary of The Great
War and plan to finish it completely by 2018.
Lyette Brochu, a friend and dedicated genealogist with an ex-military
background, is on hand in Quebec to help out with research when
needed. Without her help, this project would have been considerably
delayed. We greatly appreciate her unstinting work and support.