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J.C.B. Goes to Canada

Type: Document

There is an eye-witness account of the life of a soldier recruited for the Troupes de la Marine in Canada. Joseph Charles Bonin, called 'J.C.B.' joined in 1751, bored with his life as a clerk. After a seasickness filled Atlantic crossing, J.C.B. reached Quebec.

Site: National Defence

First World War - Personal Stories - Family History

Type: Document

General advice for Canadians who wish to research the records of family members who served their country during the First World War.

Site: Library and Archives Canada

L’Anse aux Meadows National Historic Site of Canada: Early Contacts: Lesson Plan

Type: Sound

The site of an 11th century Norse settlement on the Northern tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, L’Anse aux Meadows is the earliest known European settlement in North America. Students learn about this national and world heritage site through archaeological and documentary evidence that combine to tell a rich tale of early exploration, colonization, and possibly conflict.

Site: Parks Canada

My Times: An Autobiography

Type: Document

A digital copy of My Times: An Autobiography by Walter John Siwak. This autobiography gives Siwak's accounts of the Second World War.

Site: University of Calgary

All Good Things - Helen P. Mrosla - My Grandmother's Wartime Diary - Canada and the Second World War

Type: Document

A woman recollects her years as a schoolteacher and shares her memories of the children she taught, including one special pupil who was later killed in Vietnam.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Sir Eugene Fiset returns to service…

Type: Document

Eugene Fiset is an example of a unique French Canadian officer who rose to high rank and distinguished recognition while serving his country in the Boer War. He later rose to the position of Director General of the Army Medical Service. Following military service he was a Deputy Minister of Militia and Defence, a Major-General, a Member of Parliament, and finally the Lieutenant Governor of Quebec.

Site: National Defence

Nicknames

Type: Document

It was very common among lower class civilians and almost universal amongst French soldiers of the period to have a nickname. These were even recorded on official muster rolls, and often referred to an individual's past profession, character, appearance or region of origin.

Site: National Defence

Sources - Remembrance Day

Type: Document

Here is a list of reference materials on three major Canadian conflicts of the twentieth century. Personal accounts as well as volumes of war poetry are given.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada

Canadian Forces Headquarters (CFHQ) Reports, 1965-1980

Type: Document

From 1965-1980, Colonel C.P. Stacey organized the Directorate of History out of the three former separate Service historical sections. He introduced the practice of writing historical narratives of current operations or on topics of contemporary interest. The Canadian Forces Headquarters Reports deal with peacekeeping, naval aspects of the Second World War, and the organization and structure of the Canadian Armed Forces and the Department of National Defence from colonial times.

Site: National Defence

Beryl May-Wheeldon - My Grandmother's Wartime Diary - Canada and the Second World War 1939-1945

Type: Document

An autobiographical account of living through two great wars. After witnessing the carnage of the First World War as an ambulance driver, she waited anxiously for any news of her three sons who fought in the Second World War.

Site: Veterans Affairs Canada