Posts Tagged ‘Remembrance Day’

Dieppe and the Veterans

Monday, November 11th, 2013

If you have been researching your family’s military past, then you might find the video documentary series The Veterans, of interest.  This project is oral history at its best, consisting of interviews with Veterans of WWll through to Afghanistan.

The first interview of the series (included below), was with Pte. Jack Bennet, who was among the first wave of Canadian troops to hit the beach at Dieppe.

Heritage Photos of the Day: November 11, 2012

Sunday, November 11th, 2012

Canadians marching through the streets of Mons on the morning of 11 November, 1918.

Canadians marching through the streets of Mons, on the morning of November 11th 1918

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

Infantrymen of The West Nova Scotia Regiment in a Universal Carrier en route to Rotterdam are surrounded by Dutch civilians celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands, May 9, 1945

Infantrymen of The West Nova Scotia Regiment in a Universal Carrier en route to Rotterdam are surrounded by Dutch civilians celebrating the liberation of the Netherlands, May 9, 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

Heritage Photos of the Day: November 9, 2012

Friday, November 9th, 2012

Infantrymen of The Highland Light Infantry of Canada aboard LCI(L) 306 of the 2nd Canadian (262nd RN) Flotilla en route to France on D-Day, 6 June 1944.

Infantrymen of The Highland Light Infantry of Canada aboard LCI(L) 306 of the 2nd Canadian (262nd RN) Flotilla en route to France on D-Day, 6 June 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

View looking east along ‘Nan White’ Beach, showing personnel of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade landing from LCI(L) 299 of the 2nd Canadian (262nd RN) Flotilla on D-Day

View looking east along 'Nan White' Beach, showing personnel of the 9th Canadian Infantry Brigade landing from LCI(L) 299 of the 2nd Canadian (262nd RN) Flotilla on D-Day

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

Heritage Photos of the Day: November 8, 2012

Thursday, November 8th, 2012

Supermarine Spitfire IXE aircraft of No. 412 (Falcon) Squadron, RCAF, preparing for takeoff, March 22, 1945

Supermarine Spitfire IXE aircraft of No. 412 (Falcon) Squadron, RCAF, preparing for takeoff , March 22, 1945

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream 

Unidentified aircrew with Avro Lancaster B.II aircraft DS848 QO:R of No. 432 (Leaside) Squadron, RCAF, 1944

Avro Lancaster B.II aircraft DS848 QO:R of No. 432 (Leaside) Squadron, RCAF, 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 7, 2012

Wednesday, November 7th, 2012

Canada’s Nurses and Nursing Sisters:

WW1

After a Bombing Raid in Étaples, France, 1918

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nursing Sisters at a Canadian Hospital voting in the Canadian federal election, France, Dec 1917

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WWll

Nursing sisters of No. 10 Canadian General Hospital, Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Nurses Arrive Overseas, France 1944

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Heritage Photo of the Day: November 6, 2012

Tuesday, November 6th, 2012

Today we have 2 heritage photos of Canadian Soldiers in WWI:

A Canadian drying his socks over a roughly made fire, July 1917.

A Canadian soldier drying his socks over a roughly made fire , July 1917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

Canadians buying oranges and chewing gum from little children. The little French girls carry their gas masks. July, 1917

Canadians buying oranges and chewing gum from little children in France, July, 1917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

Heritage Photo of the Day: November 5, 2012

Monday, November 5th, 2012

View over the crest of Vimy Ridge showing the village of Vimy , which was captured by Canadian troops , May 1917.

View over the crest of Vimy Ridge showing the village of Vimy , which was captured by Canadian troops, May 1917

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Library and Archives Canada: BiblioArchives / LibraryArchives’ photostream

A branch memorial project

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

Today’s first post talked about the provincial memorial database project. Toronto Branch has a memorial project as well, focused on schools.

Toronto Branch of OGS launches new database of war memorials

 

Image: Tina Phillips, link at bottom

The Toronto Branch of the Ontario Genealogical Society is honoured to mark Remembrance Day 2010 with the launch of For King and Country, a new on-line database of war memorials in Toronto schools.

 Many Toronto schools display lists of former students and teachers who volunteered for active service during the two world wars. A much smaller number of memorials exist for other conflicts. Some name only those who died, but most include all who enlisted.

 The Toronto Branch of the OGS has taken on the ambitious project of transcribing and indexing these memorials. The product of this work is a searchable database, For King and Country, which will be a valuable resource for students of local, social, military, educational and family history.

 The Toronto school memorials take a wide variety of forms, including books of remembrance, bronze plaques, photo displays, sculptures, stained glass, bronze bells and special plantings, but most are hand-lettered lists, framed under glass. Many of these lists were designed by Group of Seven artist A.J. Casson and are headed “For King and Country”. This heading inspired the title of the Toronto Branch project.

 While other records exist to document military service, school memorials connect the young men and women who volunteered to their family and friends, and show us the impact of war on their communities. For King and Country also offers a new source of information about the history of the schools themselves, with links to other useful school and community websites.

 For King and Country is a work in progress. The database now includes just over 20,000 names, drawn from memorials in 50 elementary and secondary schools, and those numbers will continue to grow. At the moment, the focus of the project is on the nearly 600 schools of the Toronto District School Board, but memorials from Catholic schools, private schools and post-secondary institutions will be added in the future. Users can search the database by surname, forename, school and/or keywords and access a full transcription for each entry.

 To explore this new database, visit www.torontofamilyhistory.org/kingandcountry/.

 For more information about the For King and Country project and how to contribute, contact: Martha Jackson at kingandcountry@torontofamilyhistory.org.

 For more information about the Toronto Branch and how to become a member, e-mail info@torontofamilyhistory.org or leave a message at 416-733-2608.

If your branch also has a war memorial project, let OGS blog know so we can share it: blog@ogs.on.ca

Image: Tina Phillips / FreeDigitalPhotos.net

Remembrance Day

Thursday, November 11th, 2010

It’s Remembrance Day and there are ceremonies all across the province to remember and commemorate the sacrifices made by Canadian soldiers in wars all around the world.

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If you can, you may wish to attend one of the services.

As genealogists, we are drawn to the past. We seek it out when we try to learn who our ancestors were and we preserve it when we collect the information and write it down.

Communities across Canada have shown a similar desire to preserve the memories of their fallen soldiers by memorializing them on plaques and monuments. OGS is collecting a database full of these war memorials (along with memorials to fallen police officers and firefighters) to honour those who have served our country and make it easier for the genealogists to find their ancestors among them.

The database includes descriptions, locations and images of memorial monuments around the province and a list of the names and any other information shared on the monument.

The Memorial Database is on our website, accessible to members of OGS only.

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