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CEF Study Group - 1 Jan 2019 List of Recommended Great War Websites

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The CEF Study Group Discussion Forum has published the latest update of the "List of Recommended Great War Websites - 1 January 2019". 

Send me a Private message if you wish to have an Adobe pdf copy for your files.  There are over 750+ websites listed in 30 categories.


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Sample of over 1,000 Entries


Library and Archives Canada - Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)

Over 622,290 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918). The CEF database is an index to those personnel files which are held by Library and Archives Canada. As of 15 August 2018, all the files have bee digitally scanned and placed online. This material can now be downloaded at no charge.  From this basic information a researcher can also acquire the full military file of a Great War soldier.  The process and cost to research a Canadian soldier is now greatly simplified.

[CEF Study Group - Updated January 2019]


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And extremely useful it is too!


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Good Morning Nigel.  If you wish the latest copy - just send me a private message.  A further update will occur on 1 March 2019 and am hoping to start to add "Recommended Great War Books" as Chapter 31.  Comments and suggestions on good books are welcome.


The following books provide an initial introduction to the Great War from a Canadian soldier's perspective.  It should be noted there are many other books on this subject.


Marching to Armageddon - Canada and the Great War 1914-1919

Desmond Morton and J. L. Granatstein, Lester & Orpen Dennys (1989)

- provides a good initial overview of the conflict from a CEF perspective


When Your Numbers Up - The Canadian Soldier in the First World War

Desmond Morton, Random House of Canada (1993)

- details training and life of a typical Canadian soldier


The Journal of Private Fraser - Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1918

CEF Books, Edited by Reginald Roy (1998)

- personal journal on one man's direct experiences


The Embattled General – Sir Richard Turner VC

Bill Stewart, Publisher McGill-Queen’s University Press (2015)

- a modern day re-assessment of this forgotten, gifted officer of the Canadian Corps


Canadians on the Somme - the Neglected Campaign

Bill Stewart, Publisher Helion & Company August (2017)

- a meticulous examination of the CEF at the Somme and resulting later esprit corps


The Secret History of Soldiers - How Canadians Survived the Great War

Tim Cook, Publisher: Allen Lane (2018)

- how soldiers found entertainment, solace, relief, and distraction from the relentless slaughter


Great War Commands: Historical Perspectives on Canadian Army Leadership 1914-1918

Kingston: Canadian Defence Academy Press, 2010. Edited by Major Andrew B. Godefroy, PhD

- free downloadable eBook; in-depth study of the senior leadership of the CEF


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Another Sample from a List of approximately 1,000 websites:


Nurse Helen FairchildAunt to Nelle Fairchild Rote – Book is Sold-out

Helen was born on 21st November 1884. At the age of 32 Helen volunteered to serve as a nurse as soon as the United States of America entered the war in April 1917. She volunteered to serve at the Front and travelled with a nursing team at the end of July to the rear area of the Ypres Salient battlefield and Casualty Clearing Station (CCS) No. 4 at Dozinghem. At that time the Third Battle of Ypres was launched and many casualties were being dealt with by this CCS. Conditions were extreme. While Helen was at Dozinghem the CCS was attacked in the night of 17th August by aerial bombing from German aircraft. The nursing staff and patients had to be evacuated and Helen travelled back to the base hospital at Le Treport. In November 1917 Helen became seriously ill after suffering from tonsillitis. She recovered from the tonsillitis but she died on 18th January in the No. 3 British General Hospital of a Gastroenterostomy operation. She was 33 years old. She had suffered from a large stomach ulcer which was considered to have been caused, or if not caused made worse, by exposure to Mustard gas. It is believed that on the night of the bombing at the CCS she had given her gas mask to a soldier and thereby exposed herself to gas.”

[CEF Study Group - Dec 2018]




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