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Walter Daniel | WWI, Quebec | Evelyn In Montreal

Margaret Blank requested information about Reginald Walter Daniel and Amy Bunce Daniel, who might have originally come from England. Walter died in WWI and was buried in France. They had three offspring (Harold, Ivor and Reginald).


This family is in the 1911 census which  states that Daniel Walter and Amy, as well as their first son H. Harold were all born in England, whereas the last son Ivor (?) Alfred was born in Quebec. It also states that they emmigrated to Canada in 1907 and that they were Anglicans.  If you haven’t used the census before, note that you can consult the typed index, but then you should hit the ‘split screen’ tab at the top where you will find the original document and LOTS more info! Continue reading

March 1, 2010 Posted by | . | , | 1 Comment

Evelyn in Montreal | Some Dunns of Fox River Who Perished during WWI

“My grandmother Josephine (CLOUTIER) BOIS had 3 cousins that were in the first world war. Two died in/around Vimy Ridge, Belgium. I would like to know any information about them such as their regiment, where they are buried at and any information about them. They are Adollard Dunn & Eucariste Dunn & Odilon Dunn. The mother was Marie Cloutier married Jean-Baptiste Dunn. I am going to visit their graves in Belgium in April. If you know any thing about them I would appreciate it.


Hello Ronald,

I think it is admirable that you are taking the trouble to visit your relatives’ graves in Belgium. As the years continue to pass I thought that these graves, and what they commemorate, might begin to be forgotten, but it seems that more and more people continue to visit them and honour our war dead.  For what concerns your question, today I can point you to  information about one of your ancestors – Adelard Dunn


Information 1

When researching Canadian soldiers of WWI, the first place to visit is: Soldiers of the First World War – CEF –  www.collectionscanada.ca  where you will find the attestation papers that were filled by new recruits.  The full-sized version of these forms are a great resource for family historians because they include such details as the recruit’s home address, occupation, religion and physical details. You will find one of your ancestors under the name of  Adelard Dunn.


Information 2

If you are trying to find the burial place of a member of the Canadian Expeditionary Force who passed away in Europe during WWI. then you will want to consult  The Canadian Virtual War Memorial. I found an entry for your Adelard Dunn, and if you view this form you’ll find date of his death, his military information and medals and other information including what you are seeking, the exact place of burial right down the plot number! You will also find a link to a beautifully work of calligraphy that honours the war dead and which include Adelard Dunn’s name.

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http://www.cefresearch.com (Forum Site)
http://www.cefresearch.com/matrix (CEF Details – Richard Laughton’s project)



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January 14, 2010 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

You’re In The Army Now! Marmaduke Lawrence Harvey In The Canadian Expeditionary Force

Dear Gabrielle,

As I promised you the other day I’m continuing to post material that relates to your great-grandfather’s brother Marmaduke Lawrence Harvey. I know he’s of particular interest to you because you and your Grandpa Harvey share the same middle name as Marmaduke. What a great Harvey family tradition!

Yesterday I published your wonderful photograph from the Harvey Family Archives which shows Marmaduke in his military Uniform. Today I’m showing you something I found last summer – your great-uncle’s enlistment papers which I obtained from the Soldiers of the First World War Database . Military enlistment papers are a terrific resource for family historians because they contain all sorts of information like the person’s home address and religion, but also information that you don’t usually find anywhere else such as height and hair colour – which are pretty hard to tell from black and white photographs!

One last note – you may be asking yourself why I’ve bothered to transcribe some of the information when we can read it so clearly on the enlistment form. The reason is that search engines cannot read images. So if we want  fellow researchers to find us, we need to have text that the “search bots” can read.

Bye for now,

Auntie Evelyn

Information from Marmaduke Lawrence Harvey’s Enlistment Papers

Marmaduke lived at 176 Congregation St. In Montreal, Quebec.  He belonged to the Methodist Church (probably

Continue reading

January 2, 2010 Posted by | . | , | 1 Comment

Marmaduke Lawrence Harvey At The Turn Of The Twentieth Century | The Harveys of Quebec | Links Related

This is a historic image of Marmaduke Lawrence Harvey (see also:  Baptism, 1897)  taken at the time of the First World War. We have not yet identified the lady to his left.

Can anyone confirm whether this is a Black Watch uniform?

January 1, 2010 Posted by | . | , , , , | 2 Comments

11.11.11 | Remembrance Day 2009


In Flanders Fields

November 11, 2009 Posted by | . | , , , | 1 Comment

Valcartier, Quebec. World War I – Links Restored

World War I – Valcartier – Wash Day

Valcartier – Wash Day

Since today is Remembrance Day in Canada, I’m sharing a vintage postcard of what is now known as CFB Valcartier. Valcartier was first used as a military base at the beginning of World War I.

It was built in what was originally St-Gabriel-de-Valcartier, and although it’s not far from Quebec City much of the area was originally settled by United Empire Loyalists from Connecticut and then by English-speakers from England, Ireland and Scotland. This was a deliberate strategy on the part of the British government to settle the area with more people English-speaking Protestants who were perceived to be more loyal to the British Crown.

Further Reading:

Canadian War Museum – Valcartier Training for World War I

History of Valcartier

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Vintage Postcards of Quebec



November 11, 2009 Posted by | . | , , | Leave a comment