Here are some Great War websites recommended by the CEF Study Group. You should be able to research a fair amount of information from this edited list. The complete is available upon request.
Borden BatteryLibrary and Archives Canada - Military History
This is the fundamental URL Internet address for most Canadian Expeditionary Force researchers. This site contains a wide range of basic links and represents a "starting point" for many people beginning research on the CEF in the Great War. For ease of navigation, several other website recommendations come from this “parent” website.[CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]http://www.collectio...ry/index-e.htmlLibrary and Archives Canada - Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)
Over 600,000 Canadians enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First
1914-1918). The CEF database is an index to those personnel files, which are held by the National Archives. To date, over 800,000 images of Attestation papers have been scanned and are being made available on-line. This material can be downloaded at no charge. The file format is a standard JPEG file. From this basic information a researcher can obtain the necessary information to acquire the full military file of a Great War soldier, however, in this latter case there will be a research fee. The CEF Study Group maintains a list of recommended National Archives researchers. [NOTE: Attestation registers (RG 9 II B8 ) contained in volumes 1 to 654 and may only be consulted at the Library and Archives Canada – they are not yet scanned and on-line.][CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]http://www.collectio...02010602_e.htmlLibrary and Archives Canada - War Diaries of the First World War
This database contains the digitized War Diaries of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) units. From the start of the First World War, CEF units were required to maintain a daily account of their “Actions in the Field.” This log was called a War Diary. The War Diaries are not personal diaries, rather they are a historical record of a unit’s administration, operations and activities during the First World War.
[CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]http://www.collectio...t/020152_e.htmlOfficial History of the Canadian Army in the First World War Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1914-1919,
Colonel G. W. L. Nicholson, C.D., Army Historical Section
This is the classic reference text [the Bible] for any student of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the Great War. The original textbook is very difficult to obtain, however, the document is now available in the Adobe .pdf format directly from the historical section of the Canadian Armed Forces website. This document can be “key-word” searched for specific military units, locations and dates. [Note: The pagination in the on-line document is different than the original document - therefore formal citations with page number references cannot be used.]http://www.forces.gc...ories/CEF_e.PDFThe Canadian War Museum
The Canadian War Museum (CWM) is an affiliated museum of the Canadian Museum of Civilization. The Canadian War Museum, the national military history museum is also a centre for research and the dissemination of information and expertise on all aspects of the country's military past from the pre-contact era to the present. The new museum opened in May 2005. [CEF Study Group - Updated July 2006]http://www.warmuseum.ca/*Canadian Great War Project
This site is intended to be used to research Canadians who participated in the Great War 1914-1919. The content is primarily database driven to facilitate searches for information. The extensive site is, and will continue to be, a work in progress, and is becoming a collaborative effort among those interested in researching Canada and the Great War. The site is also developing a database of recommended books and websites. At present there are almost 70,000 records of individual soldiers in the database. Not all entries have full details, these are being built up, soldier by soldier. We are looking for volunteers to help complete these records, and add new soldiers, primarily based upon their attestation papers. [A Marc Leroux website][CEF Study Group - July 2006 - Updated]http://www.canadiangreatwarproject.comRegional and Regimental Affiliations of the Canadian Expeditionary Force
The following tables from www.canadiansoldiers.com present a clear outline of the many military units which formed the Canadian Corps during the Great War. Readers not familiar with the Canadian Corps and its sub-units are advised to visit this website first to familiarize themselves. [Also See Part 5][CEF Study Group - July 2006]http://canadiansoldi.../cefregions.htm
*The CEF Paper Trail
- Brett Payne Website
An Unofficial Guide to the Official Canadian Army Service Records from the Great War
This project involves collating examples of each type of document found in a soldier's World War 1 Canadian Expeditionary Force Service Records. The guide is designed to show prospective researchers what they may expect in a soldiers' service records. It's important to be aware that you will only find a selection of these records in your particular CEF soldier's file. Brett Payne and other researchers with the CEF Study Group are seeking additional CEF documents. A very well done summary of representative documents and invaluable for any student of the Great War.
[Note: Some images will be slow to load under dial-up access.][CEF Study Group - July 2005]http://freepages.gen...rtrail.html#top*The Matrix Project
- Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group
The Matrix Project is a unique element of the CEF Study Group. Initially developed and hosted on an associated CEF member's website, the project is an integral part of the CEFSG. The Matrix is a web based database of collective information provided by the CEFSG Members and provides information on all of the structure and components of the CEF during 1914 to 1919. The main CEF Matrix (the Army Corps and Army Troops) is supported by a number of "Utility Functions"for both the inexperienced and seasoned researcher. The Utility Functions are: Matrix Updates, Navigation Chart, Unit Summary Tables, Great War Maps, CEF Study Group Recommended Websites, Common Abbreviations, ORBAT Directory, and War Diary Links. The Matrix presents most of the information in a "loosely defined" Order of Battle [OBBAT] format. For detailed information as of [CEF Study Group - May 2006] please see: http://www.cefresearch.com/matrix/