Military and Peacekeeping

Library and Archives Canada holds an extensive collection of records of the Canadian men and women who have served their country in the military and in the early years of the North West Mounted Police. There are records relating to Loyalists, the War of 1812, the Rebellions, the South African War, the First World War and the Second World War, many of which are featured in databases, research guides and virtual exhibitions. The records include muster rolls, military service files, unit war diaries, medal registers, photographic collections, documentary art and posters, as well as published sources.

  1. Databases
  2. Digitized Microforms
  3. Electronic Collection
  4. Open Data
  5. Research Aids
  6. Thematic Guides
  7. Virtual Exhibitions


  1. Courts-martial of the First World War
  2. Faces of the Second World War
  3. Loyalists
  4. Military Medals, Honours and Awards, 1812–1969
  5. North West Mounted Police (NWMP) - Personnel Records, 1873-1904
  6. Photographs: War Records-Manufacturing (WRM) Series - National Film Board of Canada
  7. Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead
  8. Service Files of the Royal Canadian Navy, 1910-1941 - Ledger Sheets
  9. Soldiers of the First World War - Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF)
  10. South African War, 1899-1902 - Service Files, Medals and Land Applications
  11. War Diaries of the First World War

Digitized Microforms

  1. British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - Documents (Archived)
  2. British Military and Naval Records (RG 8, C Series) - Index only (Archived)
  3. Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War
  4. Commonwealth War Graves Registers, First World War
  5. Veterans Death Cards: First World War (Archived)
  6. War of 1812: Board of Claims for Losses, 1813-1848, RG 19 E5A (Archived)
  7. War of 1812: Lower Canada Nominal Rolls and Paylists, RG 9 1A7 (Archived)
  8. War of 1812: Miscellaneous Records (Archived)
  9. War of 1812: Upper Canada Returns, Nominal Rolls and Paylists, RG 9 1B7 (Archived)

Electronic Collection

  1. Victory Bonding: Wartime Messages from Canada's Government, 1939-1945 (Archived)

Open Data

  1. Open Data from LAC
  2. Open Data Set - Soldiers of the First World War

Research Aids

  1. Battle of Passchendaele: Resources at Library and Archives Canada
  2. Land - Genealogy and Family History
  3. Lest We Forget: Cenotaph Research
  4. Military Heritage
  5. The War of 1812 at Library and Archives

Thematic Guides

  1. Guide to Sources Relating to Units of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
  2. Halifax Explosion
  3. Internment Camps in Canada During the First and Second World Wars
  4. Louis Riel, the Red River Rebellion and the North West Campaign
  5. Rideau Canal
  6. South African War - Thematic Guides

Virtual Exhibitions

  1. Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters
  2. Canada and the First World War (Archived)
  3. Canadian State: Documents and Dialogue (Archived)
  4. Canadian War Industry During the Second World War (Archived)
  5. Faces of War (Archived)
  6. Framing Canada: A Photographic Memory (Archived)
  7. Mary Riter Hamilton: Traces of War
  8. Oral Histories of the First World War: Veterans 1914-1918 (Archived)
  9. Posters and Broadsides (Archived)
  10. Through a Lens: Dieppe in Photography and Film (Archived)