Soldiers of the First World War - CEF

Over 600,000 men and women enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War (1914-1918) as soldiers, nurses and chaplains. The CEF database is an index to those service files, which are held by Library and Archives Canada.

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Comments

  • Megan

    2014-04-08

    Once upon a time a person was able to search the Soldiers of the First Wold War Database with little issue. I have now spend 20minutes following links in circles and still cannot find the database...can you please fix this, or make it even vaguely user friendly?

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-07

    Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database is available at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx. Thank you and we hope that helps.

  • Lynne Willoughby

    2014-04-09

    Right. I'm with Meagan. Not going to waste my time though.

  • jeff lodge

    2014-04-09

    Change the site back to what it was. Your people have made a mess of something that was fast and easy to use.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-04-10

    The following comment is posted on behalf of Library and Archives Canada : "Thank you for your feedback. We will work towards improving this web service in the future.” PS: The Soldiers of the First World War database is available at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx Thank you, data.gc.ca (for Library and Archives Canada)

  • Ben

    2014-04-10

    To search Soldiers of the First World War database, please try these 2 links: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/canadian-expeditionary-force.aspx http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx

  • lorne sedore

    2014-04-10

    where is everything? what a mess!!

  • Guest

    2014-04-17

    Money wasted fixing what didn't need fixing! But now it does need fixing: "Regiment Number"?! Is that supposed to be "Regimental Number" or the number of the formation the soldier served in? How could this new page get to the point of publication with such an obvious and elementary mistake!?

  • J.Kaye

    2014-04-18

    How many degrees does one need to find service files? It should be as easy as putting in name and regimental number! Just like our government to make something worthwhile too difficult to navigate, therefore rendering it useless to the average taxpayer.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-07

    Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx should be of help. Thank you.

  • Marc L.

    2014-04-18

    As stated by many others, you guys fixed something that really did not need fixing. You should reinstate the older version of the site. As it stands it takes forever to find something if you can even find it.

  • Hugh A. Halliday

    2014-04-18

    There is no question that the revised website is TERRIBLE. What once was easy to find is now impossible t find. You have created a steam-powered mousetrap. Please restore the former format.

  • Bruce

    2014-04-18

    Soldiers of the First World War database: It was a good information site. Wish it was available again. The only place some info could be found. Where is everything.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-07

    Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database resides at Library and Archives Canada's web site: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx Thank you and we hope that helps.

  • mark

    2014-04-19

    totally a waste of time, what a mess compared to the old site!

  • Karen (Casey) James

    2014-04-21

    This site is a real mess. Only documentation I was able to find was my grandfathers Attestation Paper, which I already had. I am trying to find his actual service records for my Aunt (his daughter) as my father died back in 1976. We want to find my grandfather's actual service record - what he did, where he was stationed, etc

  • smith

    2014-04-21

    Round and round in circles, with no result.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-04-24

    Comments left in this section should be regarding the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War. For comments about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) please contact LAC directly by email: webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca Thank you. data.gc.ca (on behalf of Library and Archives Canada) --- Les commentaires dans cette section devraient porter sur le « jeu de données » des Soldats de la Première Guerre mondiale. Les commentaires à propos de la « base de données » des Soldats de la Première Guerre mondiale (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/fra/decouvrez/patrimoine-militaire/premiere-guerre-mondiale/premiere-guerre-mondiale-1914-1918-cec/Pages/recherche.aspx) de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada (BAC) devraient être transmis directement à BAC par courriel : webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca Merci. donnees.gc.ca (au nom de Bibliothèque et Archives Canada)

  • Rita

    2014-04-26

    very confusing,,, i want to find out my grand dads info and keep going in circles.. i have his attestation papers,, now i want any other info that may be on here.. how do you find it????????? I am very computer literate, but find this site ridiculously confusing.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-04-28

    Comments left in this section should be regarding the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War. For comments about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) from Library and Archives Canada (LAC) please contact LAC directly by email: webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca Thank you.

  • Trish Nevin Keleher

    2014-04-27

    This is the worst site to even try to navigate. the database for Soldiers of the Frist World War WAS very easy to locate and use. Just like to government. Easy to use, but hey, lets fix it, so no one can use it. I am not even going to attempt to navigate this!! Change it back to the user friendly verson!!

  • open-ouvert

    2014-04-28

    Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) at Library and Archives Canada's web site should be of help. Thank you.

  • Sher Leetooze

    2014-04-28

    Like all the others who have left comments - this site is the pits!! Why does our government have to make things so hard to use??? What's wrong with a search box to enter a name? Where is the old site? Surely you didn't destroy it when you put this monstrosity online! Just go to the cache and bring back the proper version.... there are so many of us out here who pay our taxes on time and expect to be able to use this site whenever we need it. I for one am researching a book and the valuable information you hold is now no longer available to me. I tried using the "new" digitized version of the attestation papers and could only find a portion of what I used to find. You have destroyed a perfectly good working site! I hope you are all happy about that!

  • open-ouvert

    2014-04-28

    Hello, Library and Archives Canada's "Soldiers of the First World War" database at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx should be of help. Thank you.

  • John Edwards

    2014-05-01

    worse site ever, never did open up

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-01

    Thank you all for your feedback. We have shared your comments with Library and Archives Canada, and they are working on improving the Soldiers of the First World War "database" in the future. We would encourage you to share any comments that you have on the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War (http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/6a6e6a79-9e2a-48cc-99ec-163da26d15e9) here, and direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) to webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.

  • mary lou

    2014-05-03

    get a high school student to fix this mess, at least they know how to work web sites

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-06

    Thank you all for your feedback. We have shared your comments with Library and Archives Canada, and they are working on improving the Soldiers of the First World War "database" in the future. We would encourage you to share any comments that you have on the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War (http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/6a6e6a79-9e2a-48cc-99ec-163da26d15e9) here, and direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) to webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.

  • Ian Smythe

    2014-05-06

    The online search used to be so simple and user friendly. I can't even find out where to search for attestation papers now. Whoever vandalized this service should be fired!

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-06

    Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database resides at Library and Archives Canada's web site: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx Thank you.

  • Douglas Wigginton

    2014-05-06

    Can't you people leave anything alone that works? I always could find information about my relatives who served in both world wars . But now I can't because some genius thinks they have a better idea, well they don't . they whoever they are have made a mess of a great working site that was easy to access. I have tried and tried to access the world war one records site but can't anymore . Thank's for screwing up the great previous site.Whoever you are.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-07

    Hello, The "database" * of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx (Library and Archives Canada's web site). * Not to be confused with the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War Thank you and we hope that helps.

  • JA

    2014-05-06

    “REALLY “ What has happen to this database? Even if you had planed to make this database confusing , you couldn't have made it any harder to use. What a waste of my time.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-07

    Hello, The Soldiers of the First World War database resides at: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx, as part of Library and Archives Canada's web site. Thank you.

  • James Baker

    2014-05-16

    I've followed every link suggested and am nowhere. I know the files on my relatives are available, just a horribly, poorly designed site. The authors of this should be fired!!

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-16

    Hello, The following URL should link directly to Library and Archives Canada's The Soldiers of the First World War database: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx. You are welcome to direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about this database to Library and Archives Canada at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. Thank you and we hope that helps.

  • karla kaphaem

    2014-05-22

    I opened a new window and copied the link that was given in a previous message: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx... It worked just fine! Found my Great Grandfather!

  • Lynne Willoughby

    2014-05-26

    Hi all. Although I know about this subject I keep ending up on this page rather than the database for the Soldiers of the First World War. Perhaps this should be under notes to users rather than where it is. Perhaps that might help eliminate all the negative comments. This should be some sort of priority for LAC given all the hard work that is going on at the moment to digitize all these files to commemorate the anniversary of WW1.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-05-27

    The following response has been posted on behalf of Library and Archives Canada : "Hello Lynne, LAC will shortly be removing the links to the CEF dataset from our Web pages. It is our hope that this will prevent clients from inadvertently ending-up at the data.gc.ca site and end the frustration that this causes. Thank you very much for your comments". Thank you.

  • Johanne Truchon

    2014-05-30

    Hi, Your bac-lac ..... link does not work at all, I always get a message THIS PAGE CANNOT BE DISPLAYED. Is there a problem? Thanks

  • open-ouvert

    2014-06-02

    Thank you for your feedback. Unfortunately we were unable to duplicate this error. Could you inform us which link you are referring to? [All of the above bac-lac links to their Soldiers of the First World War database (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx) seem functional from the data.gc.ca office.] Thank you, Data.gc.ca

  • Wayne Colton

    2014-07-17

    Why do people fix things that aren't broken. This site is the absolute worst ever

  • open-ouvert

    2014-07-17

    Hello, The "database" * of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx (Library and Archives Canada's web site). * Not to be confused with the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War Thank you and we hope that helps.

  • Jane Cooper

    2014-08-04

    I would like to add my name to the list of people here. The old interface was not broken. Why did you 'fix' it? It was much easier to use, and much faster to find where to look for soldiers. Can we have it back please??

  • open-ouvert

    2014-08-05

    Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response.

  • lmnagata

    2014-08-06

    Totally agree that this is a mess compared to previous availability.

  • Dorothy

    2014-08-06

    Quite right everybody. I can't find the stuff that used to be so simple to find here either. LAC has done this before - take away stuff that works and is findable in the name of making things better. And unless we scream really loud the bright lights running the show at LAC will just keep on giving mediocre service. But this is just so typical of how Library and Archives Canada has been managed for the last number of years.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-08-07

    Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comments to LAC for their response. PS: If the following can be of help: The "database" * of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx (Library and Archives Canada's web site). * Not to be confused with the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War

  • Sue

    2014-08-27

    Thanks for the link, omit the end elipsis next time though please! I can find my grandfather's atestation papers, which I have from a commercial site, and so I assume that his file has not yet been digitised, and I will need to check in now and then for the whole file. Regards, Sue in NZ

  • open-ouvert

    2014-08-28

    Thank you for your feedback. And feel free to direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about the of the Soldiers of the First World War database to Library and Archives Canada at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.

  • Dorothy

    2014-09-03

    I have tried the link you are giving to everybody trying to get information on WW1 soldier military records. It does not work. I agree with everyone else this is a real mess. I copied and pasted the link which you had provided and got a message that it did not exist. Is there not a simple method of accessing these files. Please send me some new info on how to get access to these files - the message you are giving is not working for the public trying to obtain information.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-04

    Thank you for your feedback. We have made adjustments so that all mentions of that link now refer directly to Library and Archives Canada (LAC)'s The Soldiers of the First World War database (i.e. http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx). We have also forwarded your comments to LAC for their response. You are welcome to direct any specific questions or concerns that you have about this database to LAC at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. N.B.: The "database" * of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at LAC's web site. * Not to be confused with the "dataset" for the Soldiers of the First World War, residing here at the data.gc.ca web site.

  • Sylvia Garon

    2014-11-07

    Yikes!!! What a mess, cannot find anything. The old site was easier to use and so much quicker. I have been going around and around and around, I am sure you get the picture!!!

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-07

    Hello, You are probably seeking the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War. The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment to LAC for their response.

  • Linda

    2014-11-07

    How do I find my Grandfathers regiment and regimental Number from the first world war

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-07

    To find service records for Canadian soldiers of the First World War, please visit the "database" page of Library and Archives Canada’s Soldiers of the First World War website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx.

  • Iain Brown

    2014-11-07

    In the past, the Library and Archives site was well designed and easy to use... Somebody made the error of modifying things and as usual, the people who designed the previous search sites who likely employed by the government were either retired away or, they were fired. So somebody hired a private firm to create this mess and some genius who obviously has no clue how to create a user friendly site was put in charge... This frustrates researchers and genealogist. Would somebody in the government please rectify this mistake.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-10

    You are probably seeking the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War. The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment to LAC for their response.

  • Dawn Goodridge

    2014-11-10

    Incredibly frustrated, like the others. At one time, I was able to see the page where my grandfather was mentioned at Vimy Ridge at this web-site http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.02-e.php?image_url=http://data2.archives.ca/cef/gpc010/490448a.gif&id_nbr=195381 Now, it's a dead link and I cannot, simply cannot, find that Vimy Ridge page. If it wasn't broken, why have our tax dollars gone to this "revamp"?

  • Cindy

    2014-11-10

    This site is terrible!!! How much money went into creating this mouse trap? What a waste of time. What an awful web design! Please reinstate the old site.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-10

    Are you looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded the above two comments to LAC for their response.

  • chardon labrie

    2014-11-10

    i think this site needs a whole lot of work. it is very complicated and confusing. i still don't know how to find the information i want and i am no dummy.

  • John Bremner

    2014-11-10

    What genius set up this disaster? Must have been a job to make it so hard to find information! Worst site ever, FAIL!!!

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-12

    Are you looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded the above two comments to LAC for their response.

  • Sarah1234Canada

    2014-11-11

    This website is impossible to use. Wanting information on great-grandpa and great-great uncle but unable to find much. It should be much easier that this The dataset does not even work.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-12

    Are you looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment to LAC for their response. And thank you for letting us know that the dataset for the Soldiers of the First World War is currently not functioning. We have informed the dataset provider.

  • Vera Marchant

    2014-11-11

    Find it impossible to navigate the Archive changes .. the old system was clear and easy to access. I did find a record of my father's enlistment, but where have the alphabetical list of photos gone??

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-12

    Are you looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? If so, the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx might be of help. In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment to LAC for their response.

  • Jackson osborne

    2014-11-12

    Looking for my late grandpa picture n wer is he buried I don't know what he looks like n never seen him before I am his great great grandson I love to see his picture n been looking for him all these years

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-13

    You are probably looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War. The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment to LAC for their response.

  • Lyall Baskin

    2014-11-13

    I'm sorry to say that your site is useless .

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-13

    Are you looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? If so, the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx might be of help. In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at open.canada.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment to LAC for their response.

  • Ian C.Y. Standring

    2014-11-16

    If you read the comments you can see a common problem. Don't try to defend yourself, just fix the problem.

  • Shirley

    2014-11-17

    What a waste of time and money. Like many others, I've tried the website link that you folks keep recommending but it tells me absolutely nothing. Whatever happened to keeping things simple i.e. typing in a person's name and regiment number to get the information one is looking for? I'm trying to find my uncle's military record from WW1 but this new system is like pulling teeth from a chicken. At the very least to avoid all this frustration, bring back the old system until you've worked the kinks out this fiasco.

  • Doug Drever (not an idiot)

    2014-11-19

    Round and round and round we go, from dataset (whatever the heck that is) to database, to deadend links, and back to dataset (still don't know what it is). So dizzy I think I am going to puke. You should just give all you data to Wikpedia and give up.

  • Derek

    2014-11-20

    Couldn't agree more. This site is useless and a mess. Very unfortunate it had to be tampered with. Obviously a make work project.

  • alan rawson

    2014-11-28

    this web page is a total waste of time ,I am sure it could be made more simple

  • Lyndon

    2014-12-01

    What is the difference between "The Dataset" and "The Database"? I agree with the thousands of preceding comments that the old version of this website was simple to use and yielded results, whereas this site is the exact opposite.

  • David s

    2014-12-06

    So It's just not us Brits who fowl up a perfectly good website. Don't keep posting a link which gets us nowhere.

  • Mona

    2014-12-07

    The link you are providing us with doesn't work http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx

  • Mark Humphries

    2014-09-05

    When I right-click and download the XML version of the dataset, I am unable to open it as it says that the file is corrupt. When I just click on the link it gives the following error message: XML Parsing Error: not well-formed Location: http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/900/f11/001042_20140606.xml Line Number 16, Column 58: http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item?id=200733a&op=img&app=cef -----------------------------------------------------------------------^ I have tried this from my home PC, a mac latop, an i mac, my university office computer, my university laptop, and even a public computer at the library. Clearly it is not working and I have spoken to several colleagues who all have the same issue at different institutions.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-05

    Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response.

  • Janine Laurence

    2014-09-11

    Same problem as others - link leads me to a page saying error no page! Have a look at Australia's War records and archives. Much easier. I got my grandfathers complete 23 page enlistment online free with a name search. Hoping to find Canadian relatives War records but very difficult.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-11

    The URL should link directly to Library and Archives Canada (LAC)'s The Soldiers of the First World War database. If it can be of help, this URL has been divided between two lines just below. Try copying and pasting the first line into your browser's address field, then copy and paste the second line immediately following (i.e. no spaces) the first line in the browser's address field. www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/ first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx

  • Robert Currie

    2014-09-14

    I, like so many others, have spent endless time trying to get to grips with your site in the interests of obtaining the Personal Service File of CURRIE, James, 42800, 13th Bn Quebec Regiment who was Killed in the Field at St. Julien in the course of Second Battle of Ypres. I have today ordered his personal file but, and it is a big BUT I am left wondering whether I have to pay or not as even in this respect the site is confusing. One is given the impression that armed with the necessary personal details plus the appropriate Reference number and Box Number it is possible to view the details on-line. I finally decided that this was NOT the case and decided to request a digital copy and then found I was drawn into ordering also a textual copy. Undeterred I soldiered on (pardon the pun) and proceeded to order only to find that I was confronted with fields relating to Canadian provinces which required completion and, in turn, contrasted with the fields I was required to complete given that I am resident in the United Kingdom. To cut a long story short, I have today received confirmation of my order, but am no wiser as to whether I will have to pay for textural material which will come to me through the post for payment and/or whether the Personal Service File will be sent to me via e-mail and free of charge. There are serious difficulties with your site that need to be addressed without further delay. Meantime, I await the Personal Service File of Private James Currie, Service number: 42800. 13th Battalion Quebec Regiment. Killed in the Field St Julien 24th April, 1915. Kind regards Bob Currie

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-16

    The following comment has been posted on behalf of the data owner : "Dear Mr. Currie, Thank you very much for your email regarding Library and Archives Canada’s online reproductions order form. Your comments have been forwarded to the Library and Archives Canada section responsible for the form. With regards to the status of your order, Library and Archives Canada staff will contact you by email (if they have not already done so). If you have further questions about Library and Archives Canada’s services, we invite you to contact us directly using the Ask Us a Question Form or one of the other methods listed on our Contact Us page: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/contact-us/Pages/contact-us.aspx . Thank you again for your comments. It is helpful to have feedback on our website and we appreciate you taking the time to put it in writing.”

  • Andre Desmarais

    2014-09-15

    I'm going in circle. Very disapointed. Was easy a couple years ago. Bureaucrats ugh...............

  • Brad Towns

    2014-09-16

    Like so many things in Government if it " WORKS FIX IT". This the first time in a long time I have been on the sight what a mess.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-16

    You are probably seeking the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War. The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/.... In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded the two comments above to LAC for their response.

  • Rod B

    2014-09-18

    Lots of great introductions explaining what can be found on this site, but just try finding it! I thought it was just me but it seems I'm not alone in being disappointed with this site. Can't even find the material that I found several months back. I hope action will be taken soon to fix the problem.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-18

    You might well be referring to Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website, seeking the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War. The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at the LAC website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/.... In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment above to LAC for their response.

  • DJ

    2014-09-20

    I am trying to download the data set as I want to do some research around the 1914 volunteers. Can I? Of course not. What I am getting is the following error message "This page contains the following errors: error on line 16 at column 58: EntityRef: expecting ';' Below is a rendering of the page up to the first error." and then it gives me a portion of a line of soldier name staring Aa The minister was criticized for saying that LAC and Stats Canada weren't going to do much for little old ladies (aka genealogists) in Kingston. It is increasingly apparent LAC doesn't give a hoot about any clients - whether genealogists or historians. All LAC management want to do is sign nice little deals with a US company who we all know - so that living breathing bodies will go away and stop asking for real service.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-24

    Dear DJ, We are sorry that our CEF dataset is causing you problems. We will gladly help you in any way possible. Please get in touch with our Reference Service at refer@bac-lac.gc.ca Thank you, Library and Archives Canada

  • neil

    2014-09-21

    Just like many computer companies catering to the super genius techies

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-22

    Are you are looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? If so, the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/.... In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded the two comments above to LAC for their response.

  • Guest

    2014-09-25

    I wanted to find a soldier's Service File so I went to the link at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/... This took me to a search page titled Search: Service Files of the First World War, 1914-1918 – CEF. According to the title, this should be the search page for service files; however, there are NO SERVICE FILES here. Someone has incorrectly connected the search engine on this page that should be for SERVICE FILES to ATTESTATION PAPERS instead. Library staff need not reply with comments about database and dataset because that is not going to help anything. Nothing is going to help until someone connects the search engine to the right data.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-09-26

    We have forwarded your feedback to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for their response. For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.

  • Beryl

    2014-09-30

    Please keep posting the link to the search feature! At least that gave me the tools to find what I needed.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-10-01

    Thank you for your comment. We appreciate it and are happy that the link to search the Soldiers of the First World War database helped you find what you were seeking. We have forwarded your feedback to Library and Archives Canada (LAC) for their possible response

  • annabeth sioui

    2014-10-05

    I don't know if this is the right site to ask this but here goes.i HAVE A PICTURE OF 39 SOLDERS ,ONE WHO IS MY GREAT UNCLE.IT WAS LEFT TO ME WHEN MY DAD PASSED AWAY SOME TIME AGO.along with it there is a like copper enlarged penny .written on it is my uncle's name william richard batten and the words he died for freedom and honour.The overseas battalion is 96th camp hughes.the no. looks like 1916-1918.iT IS TRULY a good picture of the solders after all this time.maybe one of these fine men is some one you are looking for.--annabeth

  • open-ouvert

    2014-10-06

    Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider, Library and Archives Canada (LAC), for their response. Feel free to contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca.

  • Elliott

    2014-10-17

    The XML here is not valid; URIs are listed with unescaped ampersands. They should be & in XML, not just plain &. Also, I don't know what that Data Dictionary is supposed to be. The type is XML, but it appears to be some sort of Word document that doesn't open.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-10-17

    Thank you for your feedback. We have forwarded your comment to the dataset provider for their response.

  • Terry

    2014-10-17

    My father's Uncle signed up on June 4, 1917 at the age of 29. He died in 1926. I have tried going through the suggested website but cannot find any discharge information. Can you direct me to some other site? Thanks.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-10-21

    Hello, Try enquiring with Library and Archives Canada (LAC). You can contact them directly using the Ask Us a Question Form or one of the other methods listed on LAC's Contact Us page: http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/contact-us/Pages/contact-us.aspx. Thank you and we hope that helps. The data.gc.ca team

  • Tom

    2014-10-24

    I have tried to download the dataset using the link on the "http://data.gc.ca/data/en/dataset/6a6e6a79-9e2a-48cc-99ec-163da26d15e9" page. The link tries to open "http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/900/f11/001042_20140606.xml" With Firefox, this results in the following error "XML Parsing Error: not well-formed Location:http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/obj/900/f11/001042_20140606.xml Line Number 16, Column 58:http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item?id=200733a&op=img&app=cef". With Chrome no particular error is given but the page is "unresponsive" and will not load. Please fix the link.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-10-28

    Thank you for your comment. The following response has been posted on behalf of the data owner "We are aware that the XML file is causing problems and are in the process of creating a replacement. Please bear with us, the link will be replaced by mid November".

  • Genevieve

    2014-11-02

    This was so hard to access. Trying to find a document was like going around in circles. One thing would take me to another page, and I could never actually find the documents that the website said were there.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-03

    Are you are looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? If so, the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/.... In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment above to LAC for their response.

  • Gen

    2014-11-03

    Your link brings one back to this same page. Please make this page user friendly. It should have terms that are understandable to all and links that actually work.

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-03

    Are you are looking for the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War? If so, the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/.... In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment above to LAC for their response.

  • Terry MacLean

    2014-11-05

    The Beaton Institute at Cape Breton University just released an image of the 1917 Cadet Corp from the Sydney Academy (Corp. #306). Is there a sub-set of the national defense archives that would contain cadet images? Maybe, with attribution information?

  • open-ouvert

    2014-11-05

    Hello, If we understand correctly, your query concerns the "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War, i.e. rather than the “dataset” of the Soldiers of the First World War. The "database" of the Soldiers of the First World War resides at Library and Archives Canada (LAC)’s website at http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/.... In contrast, the “dataset” for the Soldiers of the First World War is accessible from here at data.gc.ca. (The dataset drives the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, but it is not the actual database.) For comments on the database of the Soldiers of the First World War, please contact LAC directly at webservices@bac-lac.gc.ca. We have forwarded your comment to LAC for their response.

  • Mark Lawson

    2014-11-05

    I Have my Grandfathers Attestation Papers, and now I am looking for his service files. After numerous hours and much patience, I am told His name is not on file. This is a last ditch effort to learn something about my Grandfather and his service. This site is the most user unfriendly site I've ever used!!!!

  • Dorothy

    2014-12-15

    I prefer the old system. It was much easier to navigate and far less frustrating. I see from the numerous comments that I am not alone and am wondering how much feedback is needed to effect a change?

  • fred

    2014-12-22

    how long does it take for you to fix this shitty site.never Never mind telling us were to go just but it back.....

  • Hazel

    2014-12-30

    This is just another wasteful blunder by overpaid people that think they know how to fix things this site is totally useless -frustrating and who ever put it together should go to the shame house at the back of the line --totally crap!

  • Judy

    2015-01-03

    You have changed everything including finding files for NWMP and now nothing makes sense!!! typical government - lets start over and have a user friendly website.

  • Denton Hooker

    2015-01-07

    typical government website. after punching in all the characters that i was led to beleive would take me to a magical place that you might be able to find someones name i was not surprised to end up at the exact same confusing website.wow. i have lost respect for the people that do this kind of work. good thing its a govt. job

  • Nicole Duncan

    2015-01-10

    Sorry...cannot find anything on this website. Very frustrating. Was so hopeful when I heard of all the hard work that was being done to digitize war records. I can't find the records for WW1 attestation papers....and yes I've used the link you've suggested 100 times. It just brings you back as to HOW to do it, not the actual database. I'll come back in a few months and hope that it will be changed so it's easier to navigate. All that hard work and no once can find anything....truly heartbreaking.

  • James Mason

    2015-01-16

    to paraphrase.......Never before in the history of human conflict has so much been screwed up by so few. Once you could put a name in and immediately find a file. Now I get this: QueryRecords: Cannot logon with credentials obtained from Secure Store Provider. Sorry,but I can't be the one person commenting saying what a great job you have done.Unbelievable how you took something that worked perfectly well and then turned it into an utter disaster.Sad,sad,sad.

  • Debby Bowsher

    2015-01-17

    I wasn't aware of this site previous to improvements, but honestly this site sucks, simply a redirect..

  • peter sturdy

    2015-01-24

    You obviously have a lot of people who have nothing to do but play around on the taxpayer's dollar. To say the new approach is a mess is a gross under statement. The new system is so unfriendly that it could have only approved by the LAC the location of a number of other horrors of how to access material. You are clearly out to torpedo the research efforts of the public

  • Don

    2015-01-27

    This is the least user friendly site I have been on in the last decade. It is now badly broken.

  • Jack Haines

    2015-01-28

    What a complete waste of time trying to find soldiers of the First World War! It was so much easier before.

  • Nina

    2015-01-29

    I agree, this is absolutely the worst revamp of a database. On the old system I found the attestation papers of my great uncle who served in the Navy in WW1, now he's not even listed in the records! I have a photo of him and other information, but now with your "improvements" these online records are lost! What a waste of taxpayer money. And yes, I did go to the links you mention every time you respond. He is not there.

  • Olivia - Orkney

    2015-02-21

    I was excited to think I might be able to find out what my grandfather did in the First World war as he went from Orkney to Canada to work and while there joined the CEF but I can't get anywhere with this website, other than accessing the Attestation Paper which I already have. Can anybody tell me of any website that is more user friendly please.

  • Brian

    2015-02-27

    what are you doing at the Archives? This is a chore of frustration. I am searching the site for WW1 soldier and it is now one hour and forty-seven minutes and all I've managed is to go around and and around in circles. What is our money going towards? This is supposed to help generations find our forefathers. By the time I find them I'll be one of them. This is terrible waste of our money. If I worked like this I'd be fired.

  • Nathanael from Winnipeg

    2015-02-28

    Like so many others who have submitted comments, I had been hoping to access information on behalf of a friend whose First Nations grandfather from Northern Manitoba served in WWI. He had discovered the medals after his mother recently passed away. Rather than enabling us to restore pride in his People and heritage through his grandfather's service, like so many other dealings between Aboriginal Peoples and the Federal Government, what we have instead discovered is a great electronic goose chase. Having earned a Master of both Public Administration and Education and being myself a former Assistant Deputy Minister and Senior Policy Advisor for the Province of Manitoba whose career included promoting joint federal provincial citizen centred service delivery enhancement initiatives, I therefore join my voice with those of my fellow Canadians and call for the restoration of what was formerly a user friendly interface that served to promote openness and transparency while serving, in those rare instances, to potentially afford citizens like my friend the opportunity to regain a sense of self and a sense of pride in who they are and where they have come from. It is so very unfortunate that these citizens' voices have been ignored in favorite of a form response. One which, I would add, contains a broken link that no longer functions. In a time where point of contact service standards are defined by the citizens ability to retrieve information in three interactions or less, navigating websites and following the trail of broken links only serves to reinforce apathy among, and disempowerment of the very electorate whose taxation revenues underwrite your operating grants and sustainability as a public organization. I write these comments and submit this feedback not expecting any response and in fact would likely be further insulted by any attempt to issue the same form response that others have already received. Therefore, my only interest is in the communication of a key message: that people need to be placed above policy and process and any public sector organization that fails to appreciate this truth will, in the longer term, find its operating sustainability in jeopardy as those who would have come to voice support for your organization and operations in tough fiscal contexts and times of reduction will have had no personal stake or interest that would lead them to defend or promote that myriad of form responses and labyrinth of broken weblinks. PS, http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/... (link abbreviated for efficiency) is now broken.... However http://www.iccs-isac.org is fully functional and offers incredible perspectives on how to streamline processes and points of contact between government and its citizens.

  • Anonymous

    2015-03-04

    http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war After reading all the negative comments, I decided to try it myself. I clicked on the link above and went right to the search for my Grandfather. I found all his records from WWI, all 66 pages of them, and it was instant. No wait at all.

  • RonMPlatt

    2015-03-07

    Site navigation stinks! You don't need improvements: Just put it back the way it was!!!!

  • Sharon

    2015-03-14

    I agree with Meghan and the others, change it back. It was less confusing the last time I tried to access info. Pls fix it.

  • kathy

    2015-03-23

    Please, please put the old site back up.

  • alan rawson

    2015-04-08

    did laurel and hardy set this web page up [a nother fine mess] what is wrong with typing in the service number and getting the answer .its not rocket science

  • Ruth

    2015-04-12

    I just tried the "Download" for this: Dataset XML Bilingual (English and French) ... and came up with at BLANK page ... is that all there is to this dataset?

  • ruth

    2015-04-12

    How can I comment on something I cannot see?

  • G.McSween

    2015-04-17

    You have posted the following link several times as the link to search the war records for ww1 soldiers .... it does not work it takes you right back to this page or to a yahoo search engine ...go back to the old system that you could punch in a name and do a search and get results...this system leads to nothing but frustration for many many, would be users www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx

  • G.McSween

    2015-04-17

    You have posted the following link several times as the link to search the war records for ww1 soldiers .... it does not work it takes you right back to this page or to a yahoo search engine ...go back to the old system that you could punch in a name and do a search and get results...this system leads to nothing but frustration for many many, would be users www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war/first-world-war-1914-1918-cef/Pages/search.aspx