600,000 Canadian life stories added to Lives of the First World War

Gatineau, Quebec, July 2, 2014  —  Imperial War Museums (IWM) and Library and Archives Canada (LAC) announced today that the Canadian Expeditionary Forces databases and attestation papers will now be available through Lives of the First World War, following Canada Day (July 1, annually).

Lives of the First World War, delivered in partnership with DC Thomson Family History, launched in May this year with the records of those who served with the British Army overseas – over 4.5 million men and 40,000 women. Now, the database and attestation papers of the 600,000 Canadian men and women who enlisted and played a crucial role in the war have been added to our site, thanks to the work of LAC. IWM now needs your help to piece together the life stories added, to remember each and every person and share their stories online at Lives of the First World War.

Guy Berthiaume, Librarian and Archivist of Canada said;
"Library and Archives Canada’s index to the Canadian Expeditionary Forces (CEF) records is one of the institution’s most popular database. LAC is delighted that Lives of the First World War features CEF records. This will ensure more people are informed about Canada’s war effort and the contribution made by those Canadian citizens."

Luke Smith, IWM’s Digital Lead for the First Word War Centenary said;
"We are delighted that Library and Archives Canada have contributed the Canadian Expeditionary Forces records to Lives of the First World War. At the moment, many of these new pages in have very little information about each person and we hope that the public in both the UK and Canada will work together to discover and share the life stories of each of the 600,000 men and women, so that we can know how the war affected them and remember them."

For more information, please consult the IWM press release.