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 (200)

I am looking for the meaning of some capital letters that appear stamped on some my Grandfather’s WW1 service records. They are S, M and H all with circles around them and an H inside a square, a circle the around the square. Any ideas anyone ? I have looked every list of acronyms etc. available on-line and have had no success. Thanks

I have had the odd reference from the Sarnia Observer concerning whether Lambton County was going to buy insurance for each member of the 149th CEF. Did that ever happen?

where did he go??????????????? where there was a file it now says no record ot this name. i guess i do not understand what has happened do you know?

Hi Paul, 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/personnel-records/Pages/search.aspx If you are still having problems, please contact Library and Archives Canada directly: Telephone: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll-free in Canada and the United States) (Select 1 for English, Select 6 for Genealogy) I hope this helps. Momin, the Open Government team.

I have been trying to access the WWI service files today, and cannot get through at all. Is the website down today? It says on this open government page that it is available during the migration....

Hi Judy, the servers might have been briefly down yesterday. They seem to be working now, let me know if you're still having problems accessing the files. Regards, Momin, the Open Government team

Hi back again. First of all thank you for making it easier to get to a web site by adding the ability to just click on the rather long web addresses and being taken to that web site instead of having to one finger type to enter the LONG web address. Feel I should explain that I am an elderly senior. I am not computer literate but I am tenacious. I want to pass on my family's soldier's records to my family. Due to age my time is starting to run out. I took the advice that you found for me, tried the web address and once again it took me right back to where I always land! So once Easter is over I will use the phone numbers you have provided. I keep wondering if the folks who are working on the momin team ever try out the web addresses that are being recommended. If not and clients are being sent round and round in circles it serves to make those folks angry and mad at the team. It must hurt to get such critiques. Thank you for giving me phone numbers to phone. I will try phoning and if that results in success or not I will make an attempt to inform folks of what I found if that's what people would like.

Bernice, there may be no other service records available online. Best bet would be to call them directly as they would be able to best assist you. Please let us know if that worked, we always appreciate feedback from users! Thank you and sorry once again for the inconvenience. Momin, on behalf of the Open Government team.

Until I came upon this page that allows users to comment on what they found out while trying to find information on their relative's World War 1 records I felt I must be computer dense and the only one having this problem. No matter what I tried everything kept bringing me back to a page that recorded my relative's attestation papers. I had already been there many times and I was unable to get any further. Twice I one fingered typed the extremely long web address that you recommend to so many and back I came to that same page that I always end up on. I hope this doesn't get edited as the last email did but has anyone on the team tried the web site that you provide? If someone on the team has tried that web site did it take you to a soldier's CEF personal records? That's what I'm trying to find. If someone on your team was successful finding those personal records can you lead me step by step so that I can be successful? Sometimes I came upon pages with pages of paragraphs that list records held by LAC (I think) that had promising titles that encouraged me to click on that info only to find I couldn't follow what was being said. It just wasn't user friendly. If I was insensitive to the momin team in my last email I apologize but it's because I was so frustrated. That extremely long web address should probably be left out of advice as a way to help user such as me. Can you try out that web site and if you succeed could you tell others like me how you reached a soldier's CEF personal records and if you are not successful can you come up with something else that might work? Hope this comment won't get edited. Thanks, Bernice.

I'm having issues searching too

Bernice, I have contacted our colleagues at Library and Archives for direction on how to best find what you are looking for. I will post a response here as soon as I can. In the meantime, I would recommend you also contact them directly. Their contact information can be found here: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/contact-us/Pages/contact-us.aspx Thank you, Momin, from the Open Government team.

Our colleagues have returned with the following recommendation: 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/personnel-records/Pages/search.aspx If you are still having problems, please contact Library and Archives Canada directly: Telephone: 613-996-5115 or 1-866-578-7777 (toll-free in Canada and the United States) (Select 1 for English, Select 6 for Genealogy) I hope this helps. Momin, the Open Government team.

This web site just takes you round and round. A complete waste of my time.

Hi , we are sorry that you are not satisfied with our website. We are continuously trying to improve our portal and your feedback is important to us. If there is any information that you'd like help looking for, please let me know so I can assist you further. Thank you, Momin, the Open Government team.

Tomorrow Apr.9th, 2017 is the 100th Anniversary of Vimy Ridge. After many attempts today and many other days and an extensive background in genealogy I have failed to win the battle of finding my gr. uncle's World War 1 personal records. Very discouraged trying to navigate this site.

Bernice, we are sorry that you are not satisfied with our website. We are continuously trying to improve our portal and your feedback is important to us. I would encourage you to try this: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx Also, please note that I have edited your comment to remove remarks that violate our rules of engagement. You can consult the following link for more information: http://open.canada.ca/en/rules-engagement Thank you, Momin, the Open Government team.

Unbelievable !!! Unable to find any information on this site or any of the links provided in the comments. The oldest comment listed is from 2014 so that is 3 years of complaints from the public, with no corrections to the site. Whom ever is making the responses to the comments of the people should be ashamed to post anything, because it is of no help and they are doing nothing to correct the problem.

Doug, I am sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with our site. We are continuously trying to improve our portal and your feedback is important to us. If there is any information that you'd like help looking for, please let me know so I can assist you better. Thank you, Momin, the Open Government team.

It took me forever to find the link to the WW1 attestation papers, and then I found the search didn't work. This site is terribly designed for the general public. And this comment above from 2014 gives the whole attitude of customer service and why this website is so horribly laid out: "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" Yeah right, everyone understands that for sure. I think the same folks designed this as designed the Phoenix software.

Hi Tim, we are sorry that you had findability issues with our website. We are continuously trying to improve our portal and your feedback is important to us. If there is any information that you'd like help looking for, please let me know so I can assist you further. Thank you, Momin, the Open Government team.