Sunday, August 15, 2010

The Newfoundland Regiment and The Great War

We are getting away from Southwestern Ontario but anyone with a Newfoundlander in their family tree should be aware of this excellent data base. The data base contains the names of over 6000 men who served in the Royal Newfoundland Regiment during the Great War. If existing the data base contains each soldier’s attestation sheet, troop conduct sheet (yes, the bad boys are there), casualty forms, Medical forms, allotment forms (these forms were used to deduct part of their pay that would go to family back in Newfoundland), and application for pensions. These are a few of the forms as there are more included depending on the soldier involved.

This is the type of data base I would like to see from Library and Archives Canada.  The numbers of men and women involved are of course quite a bit different; however, it could and should be done.

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