Researching Canadian Soldiers of the First World War

Part 19: Veterans Death Cards

By Michael O'Leary; The Regimental Rogue

The online resources at the Library and Archives Canada include the Veterans' Death Cards. Where a returned soldier's death was recorded, these can be an invaluable resource to pick up the research trail by connecting a soldier's service number to a confirmed date and place of death.

The Veterans Death Card for 19721 Private William Gardiner, who served in France and Flanders with the 10th canadian Infantry Battalion.

The Veterans Death Card for 19721 Private William Gardiner, who served in France and Flanders with the 10th Canadian Infantry Battalion.

These cards, although many are incomplete (and some are faded to almost unreadability), can offer the following information on a soldier:

Finding the Card

Like the Circumstances of Death forms described in the page on Casualties, the Veterans Death Cards are viewable in large batches of up to about 1400 cards. The links below lead to the name on the first card of each alphabetical set.

Select the link to the batch that the card you are looking for fall in. Rather than paging through the entire set, use the "Page" number over the top right corner of the shown card to jump through the set until you are close to the right name, then advance (or retreat) one card at a time to your target card. Once you have found it, always check the next image, when information was recorded on the back of a card, it was also scanned.

Index to the Veterans Death Cards

Serial First Surname in File
1.aasen_o-t
2.allen_robert-h
3.armitt_harry
4.badeau_eugene
5.barnes_adam
6.beaudry_arthur
7.berger_albert
8.blackman_alfred
9.bouck_james
10.brebner_john
11.brown_harry
12.bullock_john
13.byers_joseph
14.cannon_charles
15.casson_a-j
16.chipman_abraham
17.clifford_alfred
18.conely_phillip
19.cormier_a
20.crane_albert
21.cunningham_a
22.davie_horace
23.demers_albert
24.dobson_alan
25.draper_alexander
26.durand_adalbert
27.elliot_andrew
28.everest_arthur-p
29.fergusson_alexander
30.flint_george
31.francis_albert-e
32.gagnon_adelard
33.geach_stanley
34.girard_amedee
35.gough_albert
36.green_a
37.gunn_a
38.hammond_a
39.harrison_a
40.hayward_a
41.hewitt_a
42.hodgkinson_a
43.houghton_a
44.hunter_a
45.jackson_a
46.johnson_a
47.jones_leonard
48.kelly_thomas
49.king_a
50.lacey_a
51.larkin_william-j
52.lee_albert
53.ley_a
54.loring_a
55.mahoney_f
56.marshall_l
57.mayhew_athol
58.mccarthy_j
59.mcdonald_e-b
60.mcgibney_r
61.mckay_k
62.mclean_b
63.mcnamee_m
64.miller_h
65.monier_a
66.morrison_b
67.murphy_g
68.neff_omer
69.norman_benjamin
70.olsen_b
71.paquin_a
72.paynter_j
73.phair_george
74.pooley_charles
75.proulx_p
76.raymur_kenneth
77.richards_w
78.robertson_l
79.roseback_john
80.ryan_a
81.schmuck_f
82.sharpe_b
83.simmons_g
84.smith_c
85.smith_william_a
86.standing_w
87.stewart_r
88.sullivan_l
89.taylor_d
90.thompson_e
91.tommas_w
92.turner_m
93.vines_h
94.walters_w
95.wear_j
96.white_a
97.williams_a
98.wilson_r
99.wordsworth_t

Concluding Remarks

It is hoped that the preceding pages will assist you as you embark on the research to build the story of your ancestor or other soldiers of the Canadian Expeditionary Force of the First World War. The internet provides a wonderful opportunity, not only to find information that for many decades would have taken great effort to seek out, but also to share information, resources and research with others on the same journey. Please share the results and experiences of your efforts to assist others that come behind you on this path.

To each and every reader who has found these pages to be useful, I wish you the best of luck with your ongoing research.

Michael O'Leary
The Regimental Rogue

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