From Home” project is scheduled for completion by the
end of 2014 to commemorate the Centennial of the Great War. Our
objective is to create a permanent and comprehensive memorial
to the 3885 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 835 locations in 87 counties and 8
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.
Although the 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 memorial
stones 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.
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. The bulk of the information in our series
is not available on the Internet. As a personal tribute, each
grave has been visited and personally photographed by the authors
using their own special signature. In addition, inscriptions on
the headstones have been recorded.
This work 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 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