Beginning in Canadas earliest days, our ancestors were required to perform some form of military service, often as militia. The discovery that an ancestor served during one of the major conflicts in our history is exciting. When you find a family name on a Loyalist muster roll, a Canada General Service Medal with an ancestors name engraved on it, a set of First World War attestation papers, or a box of Second World War medals, you realize that one of your ancestors faced challenging events beyond the scope of ordinary living. There are ways to trace their journeys and thus flesh out a more complete story of the history of your family.
A Call to the Colours provides the archival, library, and computer resources that can be employed to explore your familys military history, using items such as old photographs, documents, uniforms, medals, and other militaria to guide the search. The book is generously illustrated with examples of the sorts of artifacts and documents you can find.
About the Author
Ken Cox is a retired elementary school principal who has been collecting military memorabilia since he was a teenager. He lives in Toronto.
Table of Contents
Preface: How to Make the Best Use of This Guide 15
Chapter 1 The War of 1812: Were My Ancestors Involved? 23
Chapter 2 The Rebellions of 1837-38: 1 Think My Ancestors Were Rebels! 57
Chapter 3 1866 to 1898: My Ancestors May Have Defended Canada or Served in the Sudan 79
Chapter 4 The Boer War: I Think My Ancestors Served in South Africa 105
Chapter 5 The Great War: I Believe My Ancestors Fought with the CEF 130
Chapter 6 The Second World War: I Need Help Finding My Family's Records 175
Chapter 7 Women in the Military: Great-Grandma Has a Set of Medals! I Didn't Know She Served 210
Chapter 8 Discovering Your Canadian Air Force Ancestors 227
Chapter 9 War on the Water: My Ancestors May Have Served with the Navy 280
Appendix A Websites and Other Useful Resources 313