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 3899 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 now been completed for mainland England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, leaving the Isle of Man to be visited. However, during 2016 and 2017, 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.
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).
The ultimate journey will be to traverse Great Britain again locating and recording all of the casualties who have either been discovered in recent years or whose names were originally on the Brookwood 1914-1918 Memorial Wall. Burial places for all but two of these casualties have now been found but need to be visited.
With continued pressure on our financial resources, we are still seeking Sponsorship contributions towards our motoring, accommodation and ferry expenses in 2018 and 2019. 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?