Digitized Canadian Trench Newspapers: Part 3 of 3

One of two digitized issues of “Canadian Base Depot Magazine”. Source: Library & Archives Canada

This is the final article in my three-part series on digitized Canadian Trench newspapers. In the first post I featured newspapers published by numbered infantry and artillery units while the second focused on publications by Canadian Medical units. The final instalment includes newspapers published by a variety of units including the Canadian Army Service Corps and the Canadian Engineers as well as publications from a variety of Military Camps, Training Schools and Headquarter’s units located in Canada, Britain and the field.

The Library and Archives Canada (LAC) collection also includes four digitized trench newspapers from the Middlesex Regiment and the Machine Gun Corps, both British units, and I’ve included links to those as well.

LAC is my ‘go-to’ resource due to their large collection and the fact that you can download PDFs of each issue. The British Library (BL) is another helpful resource and I’ve provided links to their collection when a digitized issue was unavailable at LAC.

One of 23 digitized issues of “C.R.O. Bulletin” published by the Canadian Records Office. Source: Library & Archives Canada

There are other resources too, such as Early Canadiana Online and the Canadian War Museum (CWM), although as far as I know they do not include digitized issues that are not already available at LAC. The CWM Military History Research Centre compiled a list of Trench Newspapers of the First World War which can be viewed in person and in some cases photocopied for a fee.

If you find a broken link or if you know of other resources for digitized Canadian trench newspapers please contact me or leave a comment below and I will update my list accordingly. Thanks in advance.

Unit Publication Name Resource
Legion of Frontiersmen The Frontiersman LAC:(1) No. 57 (War Number 1918)
Canadian Machine Gun Service The Canadian Machine Gunner LAC:(18) No. 1 (Jan 1917) to No. 18 (Jan 1919)
Canadian Engineers The Canadian Sapper LAC:(15) No. 1 (Feb 1918) to No. 15 (Apr 1919)
Army Troops Coy, Canadian Engineers The Busy Beaver LAC:(1) No. 7 (Xmas 1916)
Canadian Army Service Corps The Canadian Army Service Corps News LAC:(7) No. 1 (Dec 1916) to No. 7 (Jun 1916)
GHQ, 3rd Echelon La Vie Canadienne LAC:(15) No. 1 (Dec 1915) to No. 15 (Xmas 1918)
Canadian General Base Depot Canadian General Base Depot Magazine LAC links not currently working so I’m temporarily hosting them myself: No. 1 (Jun 1916), No. 3 (Apr 1917), No. 4 (Sep 1918)
Canadian Postal Corps Mail Slingers Gazette LAC:(6) No. 1 (May 21, 1916), No. 4 (June 11, 1916), No. 5 (June 18, 1916), No. 7 (July 2, 1916), No. 8 (July 15, 1916) and No. 9 (July 29, 1916)
Canadian Postal Corps Mail Slingers Gazette LAC:(3) No. 2, 3 and 6 not currently digitized
Khaki University The Beaver LAC:(26) No. 1 (Dec 1918) to No. 26 (Jun 1919)
Canadian Records Office C.R.O. Bulletin LAC:(22) No. 1 (Jun 1918) to No. 22 (Mar 1919)
Canadian Records Office C.R.O. Bulletin BL:(1) War Souvenir Xmas 1918
Canadian Army Pay Corps Maple Leaf Magazine BL:(4) No. 5 (1916) to No. 8 (1917)
Canadian Field Comforts Commission Field Comforts LAC:(3) No. 1 (Oct 1915) to No. 3 (Oct 1916)
Canadian Discharge Depot, Buxton Souvenir LAC:(1) Souvenir
Canadian Reserve Artillery The Barrage LAC:(1) No. 1 (Nov 1917)
Canadian Training School, Bexhill Chevrons to Stars LAC:(1) April 1917
Camp Borden Khaki Life LAC:(1) Vol. 3 (Aug 1916)
Canadian Corps Training School, France Tchun! LAC:(5) No. 1 (Dec 1916) to No. 5 (Dec 1917)
Bramshott Camp Bramshott Souvenir Magazine LAC:(1) not currently digitized
Various Social Event Programmes LAC:(4) 1917 to 1918
Middlesex Regiment (British) Fall In LAC:(3) No. 9 (Apr 1916), No. 15 and No. 16 (Jul 1916)
Machine Gun Corps (British) Machine Gun Corps Magazine LAC:(1) Vol. 2 (Oct 1918)
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7 replies

  1. Great work as always but please be advised that the links to the two articles related to the Canadian General Base Depot linked to two completely unrelated PDF files. One was the “The Canadian Home and School & Parent-Teacher Federation Book of Reports 1986” and the other was “Weekly Punjabi Edition of ‘Indian and Canada’ Monthly”. I would like to report this but will have to research how to do so.

    • Hi Eric … good grief, you’re right. The links worked when I first put together my list last fall. It’s too bad they don’t have a “report a problem” feature on these pages. They do have an email link on the top of the page but it doesn’t refer directly to the page with the issue.

      Fortunately I downloaded both PDFs so I will temporarily host them on my blog until LAC can sort it out. I have a third copy as well. Thanks for pointing out the bad link, if you notice any others please let me know.

      I’ll post a reply to your comment once my PDFs are online.


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