Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge


Commemorating the Battle of Vimy Ridge

World War I Historical and Genealogy Resources

April 9-12, 2013 will be the 96th anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, which is often described as key turning point in shaping Canada as a nation. To commemorate this milestone, here is a brief list of key genealogical and historical resources for those interested in learning more about Saskatchewan’s involvement in War World I.

Vimy Ridge Memorial image attributed to etnobofin (

Battle of Vimy Ridge

* Ted Barris. Victory at Vimy: Canada Comes of Age, April 9-12, 1917. Toronto, ON: Thomas Allen Publishers, 2007.
940.431 BARRI

* Peter Barton. Vimy Ridge and Arras: the Spring 1917 Offensive in Panoramas. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, 2010.
940.431 BARTO

* Pierre Burton. Vimy. [Toronto, ON]: Anchor Canada, 2001.
940.431 BERTO

* Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Vimy: Vimy Ridge 90. Toronto, ON: Morningstar Entertainment, c2007. NOTE: this is a DVD
PPD 940.43 VIMY

* Michael Krawchuk. The Battle of Vimy Ridge: Wall of Fire. Calgary, AB: Detselig Enterprises, c2009.
940.431 KRAWC

Note: for more books pertaining to the Battle of Vimy Ridge, click on this link.

Saskatchewan's Participation in World War I

* Bill Barry, Doug Chisholm and Beth Parsons. Age Shall Not Weary Them: Saskatchewan Remember Its War Dead. Regina, SK: People Places Pub., 2005.
PHR 355.009227124 BARRY

* James Pitsula. For All We Have and Are: Regina and the Experience of the Great War. Winnipeg, MB: University of Manitoba Press, c2008.
PHR 940.3712445 PITSU

Genealogical Resources

* Soldiers of the First World War Database: Maintained by Library and Archives Canada, this database holds the personnel records for the 600,000 Canadians who enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) during the First World War.

* Kenneth Cox. A Call to the Colours: Tracing your Canadian Military Ancestors. Toronto, ON: Dundurn Press, c2011.
929.371 COX

* Norman Holding. World War I Army Ancestry. Plymouth, England: Federation of Family History Societies, c1997.

* Neil Storey. Military Photographs & How to Date Them. Newbury, England: Countryside Books, 2009.
PHR 929.1072 STORE

Recommended Websites

* Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial: a website dedicated to commemorating Saskatchewan's war dead.

* Canadian War Museum's "The Battle of Vimy Ridge": site examines not only the battle but also discusses the artwork on the Vimy Ridge memorial in France.



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