Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of May 2015

As of today, 155,110 of 640,000 files are available online via our Soldiers of the First World War: 1914–1918 database. Please visit the Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Files page for more details on the digitization project.

Library and Archives Canada is digitizing the service files systematically, from box 1 to box 10686, which roughly corresponds to alphabetical order. Please note that over the years, the content of some boxes has had to be moved and, you might find that the file you want, with a surname that is supposed to have been digitized, is now located in another box that has not yet been digitized. The latest digitized box is #3518, which corresponds to the surname “Gilbert”. Please check the database regularly for new additions and if you still have questions after checking the database, you may contact us directly at 1-866-578-7777 for more assistance.

12 thoughts on “Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of May 2015

  1. Pingback: LAC digitizes another batch of WWI service files | Genealogy à la carte

  2. Very exciting! Thank you. I check this blog on the 15th of every month to see if my relitaves service files are done. I’m waiting on surnames starting with the letter “H”, box 3962. Might be online next month. Thanks for all the hard work you guys are doing! — John.

  3. I have relatives Duncan and Elwell and they are not yet digitised, so I don’t understand how the project can be up to Gilbert ??

    • Hello – as noted above sometimes the content of a box has had to be moved for a variety of reasons, and hence a name that is supposed to have been digitized is now located in another box that has not yet been digitized. Hence, the files are in semi-alphabetical order.

      If you want to have additional information,do not hesitate to use the phone number above to talk to someone directly.

  4. Can the ordering and uploading digitization be so erratic that I am unable to find the service records for specific soldiers with these surnames that come before “Gilbert”: DEWITT, DONALDSON, EDMONDS, ELSTON, FARDY, FITZWALTER, FLANAGAN, FORBES, FOSTER, FREED

      • “Patience” hardly describes the expectation you are seeking when you are effectively now making these service records inaccessible through much of the centennial period. For the records I seek, which span the alphabet, I will now be waiting until we have celebrated the Centennial of the Armistice to see the “Ws”.

  5. Thank you for great effort expended so far. I am updating our regimental nominal roll and our museum data base. Access to these files allow us to put a human face on our late comrades.

    I notices a small error. Adamson John 781444 and Adamson John 460222 have the incorrect personnel files. (B0040-S032 and B0040-S031 are switched around).

    Once the project is finished, would you be kind enough to correct this small error.

    Thanking you in advance

    Sgt(retd) M.D. Nickerson
    Assistant Curator QOCH of Canada Museum

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