Wednesday, May 23, 2012
One place where Canada is starting to plan commemoration of the First World War in 2014 is Kenora, Ontario.
Canada declared war on Germany August 5, 1914 following Britain who had declared war a day earlier.
Over the next four years, 620,000 Canadians, and over 400,000 would serve overseas on the battlefields of France. 67,000 Canadian servicemen, and women died, and 173,000 were wounded. There were over a thousand local men from Kenora who joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force.
The Lake of the Woods Museum, in conjunction with the Kenora Public Library, and local genealogy group Ancestor Seekers of Kenora are undertaking a huge project of producing a data base where they will list every local man and woman who served in the First World War. They will also make biographical sketches on the soldiers, and put any other information that can be supplied by the public for each man and woman.
Right now, there are over two dozen people who are working on the project, but more are needed.
Tomorrow at 7 p.m. the museum will be hosting an information, and training session for volunteers who would like to help with research.
If you want more information, you can go to the Ancestor Seekers of Kenora webpage at http://askgen.ning.com to read more about the project.