In memory of those who died this day during the Great War
- 1915 1234/X Peter Benoit, Newfoundland Royal Naval Res
Buried at Woodlands Cem, Gillingham, Kent
- 1915 16213 Henry Morris, Infantry
Buried at Church Cemetery, Bulford, Wiltshire
- 1917 443340 William Wills, Pioneers
Buried at Churchyard, Bleasdale, Lancashire
- 1918 1084249 Clarence Walter Rothwell, Infantry
Buried at Military Cemetery, Shorncliffe, Kent
- 1918 69937 Frederick Jacob Snelgrove, Infantry
Buried at Cemetery, Seaford, Sussex
- 1919 1105264 Charles Benson, Infantry
Buried at Cemetery, Buxton, Derbyshire
- 1919 2500826 Robert Lawrence King, Railway Troops
Buried at Cemetery, Lenham, Kent
- 1921 257962 Harold Wrench, Forestry Corps
Buried at St Lawrence Chyd, Frodsham, Cheshire
Sponsorship for “Far From Home”
The “Far From Home” study commenced in 2007 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019 to commemorate the Centennial of The Great War.
Our objective is to create a permanent and comprehensive memorial to the 3902 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 were 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 generally been completed for mainland England, Scotland and Wales along with the Channel Islands and Isle of Man. There are now just 20 Canadians in our project to be visited, with two whose burial places currently remain unknown.
Firstly, #150166 Pte Samuel ‘Sam’ McNeice (79th Bn Canadian Infantry) died at Ballymena in County Antrim, Northern Ireland. Despite extensive research, including input from the local authority, his exact burial location has yet not been found.
Secondly, we have now established the place of death for #1084382 Private John Smith (8th Bn Canadian Infantry, Manitoba Regiment) but have not been able to locate his grave. However, we have determined from his Death Certificate that his real name was Charles Frederick Brown.
To see a list of our Sponsors (click here).
Our ultimate journey will be to traverse Great Britain during 2019 locating and recording the remaining casualties for whom we do have burial locations. With continued pressure on our financial resources, we are still seeking Sponsorship contributions towards our motoring, accommodation and ferry expenses to enable us to complete this marathon venture. 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" project to get in touch with us. Initially, potential sponsors are invited to contact us on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cheques payable please to: Far From Home (mailing address can be provided 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 2019.
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?