Military Cemeteries and Memorials
Military cemeteries contain the graves of, or memorials to, those who served in the Canadian military. They contain standard markers that show the name, military number, rank, unit name, age and date of death. The badge of the unit is found above the name. Many cemeteries in Canada will have special sections set aside for veterans with a distinctive grave marker. Veterans Affairs Canada has developed a website that provides information about graves and memorial sites of more than 116,000 Canadians and Newfoundlanders who died in service to Canada. It includes memorials of more than 1500 soldiers who died since the Korean War, including peacekeeping and other operations.
The search page will direct one to information about the person who is buried in a Commonwealth War Grave Commission Cemetery or to the page in the Book of Remembrance where the name is found.
The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website enable one to find information about those who died in active service and are buried in Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemeteries. The information can include; name, rank, unit and regiment, regimental service number, age, date of death, the cemetery name and a picture of the cemetery. There can be information about the family if this is known. One can also write to the Commission for this information. This is free for family members but there is a small charge for others.
Commonwealth War Graves Commission
2 Marlow Road
Maidenhead, Berkshire Sl6 7DXUK
3. Books of Remembrance
The Books of Remembrance contain the names of Canadians who fought in wars and died either during or after them. All the books are kept in the Memorial Chamber located in the Peace Tower on Parliament Hill. Each day a different page is displayed. The Canadian Virtual War Memorial search page can take one directly to the page where a particular name is recorded.
A registry of the merchant seamen who died in the First or Second World War and their ships. The Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database is an index that can be used to search for the names of Canadian Merchant seamen who were killed while serving in Canada's Merchant Marine. It can also be used to search for the names of Canadian Merchant Navy vessels. You can enter the name of the Canadian Merchant Navy war dead, the vessel they served on, or both.
This site provides the burial locations of service members and their dependants who died outside of Canada and the USA but were not returned to Canada.
This webpage lists cenotaphs, monuments in parks, cemeteries and public areas. There are currently 6293 memorials listed by province and then community. Under the detail section there will be a picture and a transcription of the plague. Sometimes there is a list of those who are being recognized.