Available online at Library and Archives Canada: Veterans Death Cards: First World War.
Here is the card for Charles Alexander Sullivan, son of James Edward Sullivan and Anna (“Annie”) Moran:
A Canadian recruiting poster from World War One:
“Your flag” is of course the British Union Jack, because Canada did not yet have its own flag (and was not yet an independent nation).
My second-favourite BBC Horrible Histories video ever has to do with the contribution of the colonies to the British war effort during World War I. ‘Where can I find the British regiment?’ ‘Zat way, my chum.’ And: ‘Alley [Allez] in, Collect your bumf [toilet paper], your fleabag [sleeping bag], and your daisies [boots] from the devil dodger [army chaplain]…’ So excellent.
My absolute favourite BBC Horrible Histories video ever has to do with the causes of World War I. ‘Why war? Because an Austrian has been killed by a Serb in Bosnia, and that means war.’ ‘So: where is Bosnia, again?’ So, so excellent.
From Let Them Be Kids — St. John Catholic Elementary School, an account of the dedication of a new playground to “two local fallen Canadian Forces heroes and one local Veteran.” All three came from Perth (Lanark Co., Ontario); all three served in World War II. The two fallen soldiers are Flying Officer William Kyle and Corporal James Michael McGlade. The veteran (who happily returned from the war to marry a woman named Rose, with whom he raised a family of seven children) is Corporal Francis E. DiCola.
James Michael McGlade was the son of Patrick McGlade and Elizabeth Cahill.
One of my favourite genealogy blogs is John Reid’s Anglo-Celtic Connections. I don’t know how he does it, but he always has the latest scoop on the LAC (everything from hirings and firings to new collections to updates of existing collections, and so on). Yesterday at Anglo-Celtic Connections, I read the following notice from the LAC:
Ottawa, July 14, 2011 – Library and Archives Canada (LAC) is pleased to announce the addition of 484 digitized microfilm reels representing 1,125,141 new images regarding British military and naval records (RG 8, “C” Series) to its website. These records include a wide range of documents related to the British army in Canada, Loyalist regiments, the War of 1812, the Canadian militia, and more. Both microfilm reels for the nominal card index and the archival documents have been digitized and are now accessible online. Through the research tool “microform digitization,” you can browse the microfilm reels page by page.
Since I’m currently looking for military records pertaining to my 3x great-grandfather Denis Killeen, this sounded promising. So I followed the hyperlink provided by John Reid.
Here’s how I found a record of Denis Killeen’s recent arrival at Québec:
To prevent any improper use being made of this Discharge, by its falling into other Hands, the following is a Description of the said Denis Killeen. He is about thirty two Years of Age, is five Feet ten Inches in height, fair Hair, Grey Eyes, Swarthy Complexion; and by Trade or Occupation a Carpenter.1
1 The National Archives of the UK (TNA), WO 119/70, Kilmainham Ref: [None] (Index No = 16), folio 43.
James Michael McGlade was born at Perth, Co. Lanark, Ontario on 17 September 1905, the son of Patrick McGlade and Elizabeth (“Lizzie”) Cahill. He died in the Second World War, at the age of 39.
Search tip: If someone’sU.S. World War I Draft Registration card lists his occupation as “Twine worker” and his address as the Minnesota State Prison in Stillwater, Minn., the guy’s an inmate at the prison.
Albert Austin Massey was born in London, England about 1884,* the son of Thomas Massey and Mary Armitage (his parents’ names come from his RC parish marriage record, and also from the Ontario civil marriage record which was based on that parish register). He emigrated to Canada around 1895 (at about 10 or 11 years of age), where he ended up in Renfrew Co., Ontario.
Nowadays, people tend to think of militiamen and citizen’s militias and the like as a peculiarly American phenomenon, but that’s not really historically accurate. The whole apparatus of the citizen’s muster rolls was imported from England, actually, and can be found in Upper Canada from a relatively early phase.