This is a free database of service records for those Canadians who died during the Second World War and is useful for family history and genealogy research. Service records for other WWII military personnel are not open to the public. These records are provided by Library and Archives Canada.

“During the Second World War, approximately 709,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders served in the Canadian Army, 200,000 in the Royal Canadian Navy and 250,000 in the Royal Canadian Air Force for a total of over 1,159,000 men and women. Some 55,000 were wounded. A further 44,090 lost their lives: 24,525 served in the Army, 17,397 in the Air Force and 2,168 in the Navy. Only the files for those who died in service during the Second World War are open to the public and are grouped as a collection within the Department of National Defence Fonds (Record Group 24).”

“This collection includes the service files for the following individuals who died between 1939 and 1947: those killed in action; those who subsequently died of injuries related to service; and those who died as a result of accident or illness while in service. The files contain documents relating to: enlistment; military units with which they served (Canadian Army); names of ships on which they served (Royal Canadian Navy); squadrons with which they served (Royal Canadian Air Force); medical records; dental charts; evaluation reports; medal entitlements; cause of death, burial details and estate records.”

“This database provides access to 44,090 references to the files for those who died in service during the Second World War.”

Searches can be made by surname, given name, or service number as well as advanced search options.


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