Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of April 2016

As of today, 275,299 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:

  • Latest box digitized: Box 4617 and Hunt.

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.

3 thoughts on “Digitization of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Personnel Service Files – Update of April 2016

  1. This has slowed down considerably. I’m waiting for the letters “J” & “K” and it has now taken 4 months just working on the letter “H”, and still not complete. At this rate, it will take a couple of years to get to J & K. This seems very odd when everything up to “H” was done fairly quickly, considering it was just recently released.
    Bill Kitchen

    • Hello,
      The digitization team hasn’t slowed down, it’s just the way the names are distributed alphabetically. About 7% of the entire collection’s surnames start with the letter ‘H’, contained in 776 boxes with approximately 42,000 individual soldiers files. By comparison, the letter ‘F’ is contained in 376 boxes with around 20,000 files – which is less than half the H’s.

      The next big letters are L, M and S. We are starting to scan the Js and they should start showing up online next month.

  2. My American wife’s Canadian grandfather Ernest Rider was killed the 3rd day of World War I in France. We have no medals he earned or information. Is some contact location available?

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