How do you look up Canadian military records from World War II?


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Canadian military records from World War II may be accessed using the Service Files of the Second World War - War Dead, 1939 to 1947 search screen, managed by Library and Archives Canada. The screen requests surname, given name and service number to initiate the search.

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An advanced search option requests rank, unit number, place of birth and address at the time of enlistment. Once the information is found, users may order a copy of the file from the Consultation Services department. Another option is to order a genealogy package which only includes selected documents from the file along with a summary of the service record.

Files may be obtained in person at the Library and Archives Office in Ottawa. Files are usually stored at another location so it's best to call and request the files before visiting. Only files from WWII service members who died in the line of duty are available to the public.

Additional information on WWII veterans is available at Veterans Affairs Canada. One of their featured databases is Faces of the Second World War. This is a collection of photographs from the department of defense that are labeled with the soldier's name, regiment, location and date taken. Photos may be printed off the computer or a copy may be requested from Library and Archives Canada.

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