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The Family Attic

Updated: April 30, 2008

Military Links of Interest to Canadians

Debert Military Museum: Built in 1939-40, Debert (Nova Scotia) was a staging area for an estimated 30,000 soldiers being shipped overseas to fight for our freedom in World War II. For many of them, Debert was the last Canadian Base they would ever see. There are dozens of interesting links from the home page of this web site, including museum, war graves and photos.

Canada in Khaki: This report on Canada in the Great War is built around the book "Valour Remembered", subtitled 'Canada and the First World War'. November 11, 1918-1978.

Canadian War Medals and Decorations: This is a web site posted by Veterans Affairs Canada listing and describing the many medals that Canada has awarded during war and peace times.

Johnny Canuck's Wartime History of Canada is a great site on Canada's involvement in the First and Second World Wars.

<>Goldboro War Memorial: Wonderful photos of this war memorial that remembers those from New Harbour to Country Harbour who served in past wars.

Thomas Edward Mont Memorial Page: This site, posted by William Marshall, is dedicated to keeping alive the memory of those brave heroes who were murdered at the Abbaye d'Ardenne in France during during June 1944. In addition, I will endeavour to pay tribute to those other of our Heroic Sons who, so far from their beloved Atlantic Homeland, gave us their most precious gift -- Our Lives and Our Freedom.

The History of the Victoria Cross: This is a very interesting read about how the medal was created, and it's first awarding.

Links Page to Victoria Cross related web sites

The 85th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders which served in the First World War is the topic on this wonderful site by Susan Gowen. There are nominal rolls, letters, biographies, photos and more. Well worth the visit if someone you knew served with this battalion.

The Maple Leaf Legacy Project, a web site dedicated to photographing or obtain a photograph of every Canadian War Grave of the 20th Century. In digital format this archive should be a permanent addition to the National Archives of Canada and a permanent photographic inventory of Canada's War Graves for generations to come. The photos are not yet ready for viewing, but you can help by submitting photos that you have of any grave.

Honour Roll for the Korean War: This page lists every person who lost their lives in the Korean War (1950 - 1953) and Korea Peacekeeping (1953 - 1955). To view the home page for this site, visit Veteran's Tribute Links and Condolences.

North Nova Scotia Highlanders (The): Digital Images of photographs and newspaper clippings. Website is searchable by key word.

Nova Scotia Highlanders Regimental Museum (The): Located in Amherst, Nova Scotia, the museum contains history for the NS Highlanders as well as the North Nova Scotia Highlanders. The museum is open year round.

Casualty List for Canadian Merchant Seamen, Compiled by Billy McGee: This web site includes a 52 page word document, listing the names of 1,554 Canadian Merchant Seamen, lost during WWII from Canadian, British and foreign ships. Incorporated into the list are British Seamen lost on Canadian owned/managed ships.

Veterans Affairs Canada Merchant Navy War Dead Database: The Canadian Merchant Navy War Dead Database is an index that can be used to search for the names of Canadian Merchant sailors 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.

Victoria Cross: Britain's Highest Award for Gallantry (The): Included in this website on the Victoria Cross you will find an index of individual VC holder's names and a list (by County & Country) of the location of graves of VC holders in the United Kingdom, Ireland, and the rest of the world. Also displayed in this website is the location of all VCs when held by public bodies, world-wide.

History Report: Kurt Meyer, 12th SS Panzer Division, and the Murder of Canadian Prisoners of War in Normandy: An Historical and Historiographical Appraisal by P. Whitney Lackenbauer, Ph.D. Student, Department of History, University of Calgary.

Hong Kong WWII History and Canadian Soldiers: This website has lots of history on the war in the Pacific during WWII, and lots of interesting links. It was created by the son of WWII, veteran Major Maurice A. Parker, Commanding Officer, "D" Company, of the Royal Rifles of Canada. He dedicates it to his father and to the brave men and women who fought a long ago nearly forgotten battle for the Island of Hong Kong. It was a battle that some say should never have been fought, but it was.  should never be forgotten.

A short History and Photographic Record of 106th Overseas Battalion C.E.F. Nova Scotia Rifles. The page includes names, ranks, regiment numbers, home towns and photos of the soldiers.

Wartime Memories Project- RAF Croft: Croft is one of the most northerly of the airfields built during the Second World War for use by Bomber Command. Construction work started in 1940 and it was developed into a standard bomber airfield with three concrete runways. Known officially as Croft but frequently called Neasham by local inhabitants, the airfield opened in 1941 as a satellite for Middleton St. George.

Information on the HMCS Bras d'Or of WWII: Welcome to this page which is a tribute to the Canadian World War Two minesweeper HMCS Bras d'Or and the men who served on her. When Canada declared war on Germany on September 10th, 1939, the Royal Canadian Navy (RCN) was tiny in size and possessed only a few ships. There was a desperate need for naval vessels to undertake the many duties involved in protecting Canada's coastline, but until Canadian shipyards began producing new minesweepers and corvettes later in the war, the RCN had to make do with whatever ships they could find.

Comprehensive Japan POW web site: POW Website Fills Gaps for Some WWII Family Histories Thanks to Fred Beisser, who found a story by Colin Joyce of the London Daily Telegram, which appeared recently in the Washington Times Insider we learn that: Nearly 60 years after the end of World War II, Japanese researchers have compiled a comprehensive database detailing the fate of the 3,526 Allied prisoners of war who died in Japan between 1941 and 1945. The database was created by the POW Research Network Japan, a group of independent researchers who built on the records of the Commonwealth Graves Commission. A breakthrough came with the discovery in the National Diet Library in Tokyo of a forgotten microfiche, almost illegible in places, of records made by the post-war Allied occupation authorities, who had garnered details of the fate of POWs by questioning camp survivors and former guards.

MTB or better known as Motor Torpedo Boats: These coastal forces boats were built for fighting in, not for living on. They were, therefore, a wartime requirement only, and were operational only in war zones. Out of sight, out of mind. This site has history and pictures of these Canadian war ships, including a picture of Samuel Knight Jarvis of Canso who served aboard MTB 465.

The Canadian Letters & Images Project “In their own words”: The objective of the Canadian Letters and Images Projects is to let Canadians tell their own story in their own words and images by creating a permanent online archive which preserves Canada's wartime correspondence, photographs, and other personal materials, from the battlefront and from the home front. Too often the story told of Canada at war has been one of the great battles and great individuals, an approach that unfortunately misses the 'ordinary' Canadian and the richness of their wartime experience.

Kings County Veterans: There are months if not years of information (social, racial and political) leading up to the Second World War which is not included in this collection. We have decided to start with Britain and France and their Declaration of War against Germany and then (eventually) come back to the Kings County families and how it changed their lives. Phil Vogler of Berwick, Nova Scotia maintains this website.

Canadian War Amps: Supporting Veterans since the First World War, the website contains information on obtaining war documentaries, as well as how to support the programs.

Cape Bretoners in World War Two: This website, hosted by Wayne Macvicar, is a summary of the people currently in his database of over 13,500 individuals from Cape Breton Island who served in the Second World War.

Military Links for the Unites States of America

National WWII Memorial, Washington, D.C.: The World War II Memorial honours the 16 million who served in the armed forces of the U.S., the more than 400,000 who died, and all who supported the war effort from home. On this site, you can search the electronic World War II Registry of Americans who contributed to the war effort, or add the name of a loved one. Among the names, you will find Canadians who also served in the American Forces.

Tricorn Commemorative Medals, LLC:  Tricorn Medals, LLC was founded by Gary and Brian Laube, whose relatives have participated in nearly every American war, starting with the French and Indian Wars that began in 1755. Both are history buffs who participate in Revolutionary and Civil War battle re-enactments. Both are serious collectors of early American artefacts and have extensive knowledge of war-related matters dating back to the formation of the country.  The Laube's launched Tricorn as a means of combining their love of history with their deep commitment to honouring American Veterans past and present.

United States National Archives: World War II Enlistment Records Available Online (as of June 2004): This site, part of the Access to Archival Databases (AAD) System, provides World War II enlistment records for over nine million Army soldiers, some Guysborough County veterans. (You can skip all the introduction, and start at the search page)

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Copyright@since2005 Diana Lynn Tibert