Soldiers of the First World War - CEF Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. The CEF database is an index to those service files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada. This is a list that contains data about service files, not the actual service files themselves. To search for full service files by name or regimental number, visit Library and Archives Canada’s database. (​​http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) 1995-06-20 2016-12-01 Library and Archives Canada open-ouvert@tbs-sct.gc.ca Militarymilitarywarsoldiercanadaexpeditionary forceceffirst world warwwi19141918 DatasetXML http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/900/f11/001042_20141124.xml Supporting DocumentationHTML http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx Supporting DocumentationHTML http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/fra/decouvrez/patrimoine-militaire/premiere-guerre-mondiale/premiere-guerre-mondiale-1914-1918-cec/Pages/corps-expeditionnaires-canadien.aspx Data DictionaryXML http://data.gc.ca/commonwebsol/fileuploads/2/D/2/2D283451-5640-45FB-8F78-9D3AF936CB59/001042-txt-f.xml Data DictionaryXML http://data.gc.ca/commonwebsol/fileuploads/B/B/3/BB31EB47-4586-44BE-9D5D-C564C8CEF840/001042-txt-e.xml

Soldiers of the First World War - CEF

Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. The CEF database is an index to those service files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada.

This is a list that contains data about service files, not the actual service files themselves. To search for full service files by name or regimental number, visit Library and Archives Canada’s database. (​​http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx)

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Comments (199)

Thanks for the link, omit the end elipsis next time though please! I can find my grandfather's atestation papers, which I have from a commercial site, and so I assume that his file has not yet been digitised, and I will need to check in now and then for the whole file. Regards, Sue in NZ

Quite right everybody. I can't find the stuff that used to be so simple to find here either. LAC has done this before - take away stuff that works and is findable in the name of making things better. And unless we scream really loud the bright lights running the show at LAC will just keep on giving mediocre service. But this is just so typical of how Library and Archives Canada has been managed for the last number of years.

Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comments to LAC for their response. PS: If the following can be of help: The "database" * of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx (Library and Archives Canada's web site). * Not to be confused with the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War

Totally agree that this is a mess compared to previous availability.

I would like to add my name to the list of people here. The old interface was not broken. Why did you 'fix' it? It was much easier to use, and much faster to find where to look for soldiers. Can we have it back please??

Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response.

Why do people fix things that aren't broken. This site is the absolute worst ever

Hello, The "database" * of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx (Library and Archives Canada's web site). * Not to be confused with the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War Thank you and we hope that helps.

Hi, Your bac-lac ..... link does not work at all, I always get a message THIS PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED. Is there a problem? Thanks

Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately we were unable to duplicate this error. Could you inform us which link you are referring to? [All of the above bac-lac links to their Soldiers of the First World War database (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) seem functional from the data.gc.ca office.] Thank you, Data.gc.ca

Hi all. Although I know about this subject I keep ending up on this page rather than the database for the Soldiers of the First World War. Perhaps this should be under notes to users rather than where it is. Perhaps that might help eliminate all the negative comments. This should be some sort of priority for LAC given all the hard work that is going on at the moment to digitize all these files to commemorate the anniversary of WW1.

The following response has been posted on behalf of Library and Archives Canada : "Hello Lynne, LAC will shortly be removing the links to the CEF dataset from our Web pages. It is our hope that this will prevent clients from inadvertently ending-up at the data.gc.ca site and end the frustration that this causes. Thank you very much for your comments". Thank you.

I opened a new window and copied the link that was given in a previous message: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx... It worked just fine! Found my Great Grandfather!

I've followed every link suggested and am nowhere. I know the files on my relatives are available, just a horribly, poorly designed site. The authors of this should be fired!!

Hello, The following URL should link directly to Library and Archives Canada's The Soldiers of the First World War database: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx. You are welcome to direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about this database to Library and Archives Canada at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. Thank you and we hope that helps.

“REALLY “ What has happen to this database? Even if you had planed to make this database confusing , you couldn't have made it any harder to use. What a waste of my time.

Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database resides at: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx, as part of Library and Archives Canada's web site. Thank you.

Can't you people leave anything alone that works? I always could find information about my relatives who served in both world wars . But now I can't because some genius thinks they have a better idea, well they don't . they whoever they are have made a mess of a great working site that was easy to access. I have tried and tried to access the world war one records site but can't anymore . Thank's for screwing up the great previous site.Whoever you are.

Hello, The "database" * of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx (Library and Archives Canada's web site). * Not to be confused with the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War Thank you and we hope that helps.

The online search used to be so simple and user friendly. I can't even find out where to search for attestation papers now. Whoever vandalized this service should be fired!

Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database resides at Library and Archives Canada's web site: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx Thank you.

get a high school student to fix this mess, at least they know how to work web sites

Thank you all for your feedback. We have shared your comments with Library and Archives Canada, and they are working on improving the Soldiers of the First World War "database" in the future. We would encourage you to share any comments that you have on the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War (http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/6a6e6a79-9e2a-48cc-99ec-163da26d15e9) here, and direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) to webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.

worse site ever, never did open up

Thank you all for your feedback. We have shared your comments with Library and Archives Canada, and they are working on improving the Soldiers of the First World War "database" in the future. We would encourage you to share any comments that you have on the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War (http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/6a6e6a79-9e2a-48cc-99ec-163da26d15e9) here, and direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) to webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.

Like all the others who have left comments - this site is the pits!! Why does our government have to make things so hard to use??? What's wrong with a search box to enter a name? Where is the old site? Surely you didn't destroy it when you put this monstrosity online! Just go to the cache and bring back the proper version.... there are so many of us out here who pay our taxes on time and expect to be able to use this site whenever we need it. I for one am researching a book and the valuable information you hold is now no longer available to me. I tried using the "new" digitized version of the attestation papers and could only find a portion of what I used to find. You have destroyed a perfectly good working site! I hope you are all happy about that!

Hello, Library and Archives Canada's "Soldiers of the First World War" database at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx should be of help. Thank you.

This is the worst site to even try to navigate. the database for Soldiers of the Frist World War WAS very easy to locate and use. Just like to government. Easy to use, but hey, lets fix it, so no one can use it. I am not even going to attempt to navigate this!! Change it back to the user friendly verson!!

Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) at Library and Archives Canada's web site should be of help. Thank you.

very confusing,,, i want to find out my grand dads info and keep going in circles.. i have his attestation papers,, now i want any other info that may be on here.. how do you find it????????? I am very computer literate, but find this site ridiculously confusing.

Comments left in this section should be regarding the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War. For comments about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) please contact LAC directly by email: webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca Thank you.

Comments left in this section should be regarding the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War. For comments about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) please contact LAC directly by email: webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca Thank you. data.gc.ca (on behalf of Library and Archives Canada) --- Les commentaires dans cette section devraient porter sur le « jeu de données » des Soldats de la Première Guerre mondiale. Les commentaires à propos de la « base de données » des Soldats de la Première Guerre mondiale (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/fra/decouvrez/patrimoine-militaire/premiere-guerre-mondiale/premiere-guerre-mondiale-1914-1918-cec/Pages/recherche.aspx) de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC) devraient être transmis directement à BAC par courriel : webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca Merci. donnees.gc.ca (au nom de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)

Round and round in circles, with no result.

This site is a real mess. Only documentation I was able to find was my grandfathers Attestation Paper, which I already had. I am trying to find his actual service records for my Aunt (his daughter) as my father died back in 1976. We want to find my grandfather's actual service record - what he did, where he was stationed, etc

totally a waste of time, what a mess compared to the old site!

Soldiers of the First World War database: It was a good information site. Wish it was available again. The only place some info could be found. Where is everything.

Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database resides at Library and Archives Canada's web site: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx Thank you and we hope that helps.

There is no question that the revised website is TERRIBLE. What once was easy to find is now impossible t find. You have created a steam-powered mousetrap. Please restore the former format.

As stated by many others, you guys fixed something that really did not need fixing. You should reinstate the older version of the site. As it stands it takes forever to find something if you can even find it.

How many degrees does one need to find service files? It should be as easy as putting in name and regimental number! Just like our government to make something worthwhile too difficult to navigate, therefore rendering it useless to the average taxpayer.

Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx should be of help. Thank you.

Money wasted fixing what didn't need fixing! But now it does need fixing: "Regiment Number"?! Is that supposed to be "Regimental Number" or the number of the formation the soldier served in? How could this new page get to the point of publication with such an obvious and elementary mistake!?

where is everything? what a mess!!

To search Soldiers of the First World War database, please try these 2 links: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx

The following comment is posted on behalf of Library and Archives Canada : "Thank you for your feedback. We will work towards improving this web service in the future.” PS: The Soldiers of the First World War database is available at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx Thank you, data.gc.ca (for Library and Archives Canada)

Change the site back to what it was. Your people have made a mess of something that was fast and easy to use.

Right. I'm with Meagan. Not going to waste my time though.

Once upon a time a person was able to search the Soldiers of the First Wold War Database with little issue. I have now spend 20minutes following links in circles and still cannot find the database...can you please fix this, or make it even vaguely user friendly?

Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database is available at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx. Thank you and we hope that helps.