About the authors
Meet the grave hunters: British retirees battle overgrown cemeteries to find long-lost Canadian war dead
(A feature by The National Post - April 6, 2017)
(A feature by Global News in July, 2016)
This long-term 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.
The volume 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).
Adrian is 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 3899 WW1 Canadian service men and women commemorated in graves and memorials throughout Great Britain, which are to be found across a staggering 870 different locations. We 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 2019.
We have also written and published articles on Canadian WW1 topics and these can be found on the “Published Articles” page.
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.