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Sponsorship for “Far From Home”

The “Far From Home” study commenced in 2007 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 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 remote churchyards and far-flung tiny cemeteries.

Although we recognise the excellent work of the countless organisations who are photographing war graves internationally, this is an unique project which sets out to ‘personalise’ each casualty.

“Far From Home” has now been completed for mainland England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, leaving just three off-shore islands to be visited. However during 2016 several other burial locations were identified for Canadians whose names were only to be found on the Brookwood Memorial Wall in Surrey, or in one of the Books of Remembrance.

In June 2015, we completed our journey through Scotland over a 26 day road trip identifying the 307 casualties (see our Campaign Diary page).

Until 2015, all our costs had been entirely self-funded by us. However, with substantially increased motoring costs and expenditure on ferry crossings, we launched an extremely successful search for Sponsorship to offset some of the expenses of our lengthy trip around Scotland.

To see a list of our Sponsors (click here):

In 2017, our current plan is to visit the Isle of Man. The ultimate journey will be to the Channel Islands, firstly to Jersey and then to finish with the final UK Canadian buried at St Peter Port on the Isle of Guernsey. All of these trips will involve expensive ferry travel.

With continued pressure on our financial resources, we are still seeking Sponsorship contributions towards our motoring, accommodation and ferry expenses in 2017-2018. All other expenses (such as food, road tolls and other incidental items) will continue to be self-funded.

We would invite like-minded individuals and organisations who wish to support the objectives of "Far From Home" to get in touch with us. Initially, potential sponsors are invited to contact us on: info@canadianukgravesww1.co.uk

Cheques payable please to: Far From Home (mailing address given via email) or make an instant contribution here:

All contributions will be acknowledged on the site and highlighted in any hard copy reports or seminar papers produced by us.

We are offering four levels of sponsorship:

Platinum – for contributions of £250 or more

Gold – for contributions from £100 to £249

Silver – for contributions from £50 to £99

Bronze – for contributions up to £49

Any Sponsorship however modest, will be a massive contribution to our project and will definitely enable us to complete “Far From Home” on schedule by the end of 2018.

It is widely accepted in Canada that their contribution in the two World Wars has largely been ignored and undervalued.

This Project seeks to redress that balance.

Can you please help us?

 

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