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

As of today, 171,771 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. So far, we have digitized the following files:

  • A to Dagenais (boxes 1 to 2257)
  • Free to Gorman (boxes 3298 to 3658)

Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances, the following boxes were skipped in the digitization process, but will be done in the next few months.

  • Dagenais to Fredlund (boxes 2258 to 3297)

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 July 2015

  1. That explains why the Donaghy file (Box 2577) hasn’t been done yet; thank you for addressing the issue.

    I look forward to seeing his records online within the next few months. 🙂

  2. Thanks Guys,
    Its a monumental task you guys are doing. Its very hard work, and we really do appreciate the effort you are putting into Digitizing these files.

    I will check back again on the 15th of August. Thanks for the update guys!
    John.

  3. Thanks for the update. My research includes a soldier in the skipped boxes. Can it be expected these will be digitized in the next month or two?

  4. This issue was raised over 3 months ago by a number of respondents, so hardly ‘ unforeseen circumstances’. something odd going on here. Please come clean, when will the ‘missing files’ be digitised ?

  5. A number of us are working on the tentative stages of a grass roots/ organised effort to enter/remember these soldiers at the IWM Lives of the First World War website. It is a difficult enough process without these oversights particularly as we should eventually rally the general public to aid our efforts. Dead links are already an embarrassment and it as just as well I have recently met some keen (ex- military) historians or I might have already given up.

  6. With the overwhelming file’s of enlistment orders, troop movement, battalion absorption , training, pay records, maps, orders of action, causalities/killed in action and the list goes on…… This coupled with the fact of improperly filled boxes (at the best of times), Worst yet, age degraded copies of records which pose many problems. 100 years of storage and unintentional mishandling takes it toll to.
    However with the over whelming offers of assistance of amateur historians I’m sure that poses many, many issues in it’s self.
    (Stand strong and hold on, this battle to will be won. )
    Thank you for your efforts of this vital part of Canada’s coming of age and independence.
    Sincerely Richard.

  7. This is a fabulous project. I’m also interested in acquiring a complete Open Data dataset (older, incomplete set here: ).
    If my understanding is correct, all attestation records are now complete(?), so it is conceivable that a complete Open Data dataset should be possible now. Right?

  8. Greetings. I am just wondering why there has not been an update posted for August or September? Is the update posted someone else that I am not seeing?
    Thanks so much
    Elizabeth

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