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Tips on ordering a CEF service file

Library & Archives Canada have digitized the First World War Attestation papers for the majority of Canadian soldiers. You can search the database and view these pages free of charge. If you wish to view the complete service file you will need to order it from Library & Archives Canada. […]

The Christmas Truce – 1914

Contributed by Sidney Allinson. Shortly after dawn on Dec. 25, 1914, the first Christmas Day of the First World War, hundreds of British and German troops spontaneously climbed out of their trench fortifications and crossed the usually deadly No Man’s Land between to shake hands with their enemies, exchange gifts, […]

The B.C. Bantams

Contributed by Sidney Allinson. The little men in khaki seemed impossibly short to be Canadian soldiers. Barely over five feet in height, they marched proudly, four abreast, to tunes of their brass band, smiling at the cheering crowds that lined Humboldt Street, Victoria, that bright morning of February 10, 1917. […]

B W Robertson – Sep. 18, 1917

This is a letter written to his brother Ted at which time the 58th Howitzer Battery was positioned near Carency, just southwest Lens. ┬áThe 58th was one of four batteries from the 14th Brigade, C.F.A. to move into their new position on September 6th (and four members of the 58th […]

B W Robertson – July 4, 1917

A letter written to his mother from . Note: he dated his letter “1916” but this was a typo as he was in the 115th Battalion (infantry) before transferring to the Artillery in November 1916. Note: Beah and Dot are his sisters and Ru and Ted are his brother. Transcription: […]

B W Robertson – Jan. 15, 1917

A letter written to his father on Canadian Field Artillery letterhead on January 15, 1917. The “Dot” referred to at the end of his letter is his younger sister Dorothy. Note: he dated his letter “1916” but this was a mistake as he was in the 115th Battalion (infantry) before […]

B W Robertson – Jan. 2, 1917

A letter written to his older sister Margaret (“Beah”) from Lark Hill Camp on January 2, 1917. Note: he dated his letter “1916” but this was a mistake as he was in the 115th Battalion (infantry) before transferring to the Artillery in November 1916. Transcription: “January 2, 1916 #743179 58th […]

B W Robertson – Nov. 25, 1916

A letter written to “Min” from Godalming on Nov. 25, 1916. Min is likely his younger sister Mary. Transcription: “November 25, 1916 #743179 58th Howitzer Battery, CFA c/o Army Post Office London England Dear Min, Your fudge came this afternoon. It was great. In good condition to. Not a bit […]

B W Robertson – Nov. 24, 1916

A letter written to his sister Margaret (“Beah”) on Nov. 24, 1916. Transcription: “November 24, 1916 #743179 58th Howitzer Battery c/o Army Post Office London, England Dear Beah, A new address, and a new home. I got my transfer all right. I came down to the Artillery Tuesday of this […]