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William Blanshard Strathcona Horse, Winnipeg


David_Blanchard
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Hello,

I think I have traced my Great Grandfathers brother. I have discovered a Canadian Service record which suggests he had already served in the Strathcona Horse in 1896. Do I assume he was recalled in 1916/17? And fought in the cavalry in the FWW?

http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/image.aspx?Image=247766a&URLjpg=http%3a%2f%2fdata2.archives.ca%2fcef%2fwell2%2f247766a.gif&Ecopy=247766a

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Hi,

I presume you have his full file from LAC as surname letter B's have now been digitised?

I'm on my iPhone so haven't looked for the full record so make the following comments "blind" -

Attestation paper says LSH in 1906?

Attestation paper is of the "volunteer" type (rather than post 1917 Canadian Military Service Act conscript type) and has AMC stamp which I presume denotes service in (Canadian) Army Medical Corps rather than "recall" to LSH.

Steve Y

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No, I haven't got his record - never traced a Canadian soldiers record before.

Could you please send me a link please.

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Hi,

Sorry for the delay - I was out at the Albert Dock, Liverpool when I penned my earlier reply and have just returned home.

I have had a look on LAC site and found William has 51 pages in his file. There is usually some duplication in Canadian files as well as 15 or more sheets showing payment of their wages.

I'm on my iPhone and have attached the link below to LAC CEF search engine.

Just enter William Blanchard and click search and it will turn up 2 possibles - click on the 2nd one - DOB 1879 - and it will turn up the Attestation page you already have (rear of form also available).

GOING FROM MEMORY - IF YOU ARE ON A PC -

On the screen to the right of the attestation page will be a link to a downloadable PDF of the full record - just click on the link and it will download.

If you are struggling send me a PM and I'll

email a link to the PDF. I can't do it on iPhone.

Regards

Steve Y

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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Hi Steve,

Thanks for all your efforts- I managed to download all his file. I don't think he actually saw active service due to poor teeth!

However,

I have also just discover that his son Harry Clifford Blanshard served as a Major in the Canadian Armoured a Corps in WWII and I think his records may be harder to get hold of.

Thanks for all your efforts with my original enquiry.

David

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Hi Dave,

Pleased you managed OK. As you say he only got as far as UK and was classed as Dentally Unfit.

You can order the ww2 service file online. Costs $0.40 per page. I did that with a WW1 file some years ago.

There are a small selection of WW2 files available on line - for deceased personnel.

Link to search engine is in below topic I posted on WW2talk. Don't enter a name just click on search and you can look at files to see what sort of material you may receive.

http://ww2talk.com/forums/topic/58424-canadian-ww2-war-dead-service-records-free-online/?fromsearch=1

Regards

Steve

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