Findmypast Weekly Update

FMP announces a new partnership with Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Find two new online databases.

Canada, Military Honours and Awards Index
The first of this week’s new Canadian set contains 113,457 transcriptions. For some records, around 28,000 in total, you’ll find an original image.

Medals cover the War of 1812, Fenian Raids 1866 and 1870, Red River 1870, Egyptian Campaigns 1882-1889, North West Rebellion 1885, and 1900-1969. They range from the Victoria Cross to long-service medals.

Results from a search are first and last name, regiment, rank, medal type, and the date awarded.

One of those with an image is for George A Sparkes; he received the North West Canada Medal for his service with the Ottawa Sharp Shooters during the North West Rebellion (1885). The image includes age, marital status and residence information.

Canada, Courts Martial of the First World War Index
The second Canadian addition is an index of CEF court martial records from the First World War.

All manner of offences – from disobeying orders to desertion and theft are included. Drunkenness is common. Punishments varied widely, from fines and imprisonment to execution in some cases.

In addition to a full name, service number, rank, regiment and unit, these records contain the date of the event, the offence and a microfilm number leading to an unindexed digital microfilm containing images of the original documents at Canadiana Heritage. Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada: Courts martial records, 1914-1919.




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