Canuck wrote to pose the following:
I'm trying to find my Grandfather's Canadian military records. When I searched for his records for the Boer War, there weren't any records found. But I know he served in that war.
He also was in WWI and I did find his Attestation paper when he enlisted for the Expeditionary Force that fought in WWI.
One of the question he was asked was if he had previously served, he wrote "12th Field Battery-India 1904." That took place in London, Ontario. His service in the Boer War could have been from England.
He was born in England and emigrated to Canada. He married my Grandmother, who also emigrated to Canada in December 1912. Their marriage took place on Feb 21, 1914. He was declared fit for the Expeditionary Force, September 13, 1915.
I'm hoping you know something about the battery/regiment? When I search for it, there is tons of stuff that pops up. But I don't have enough knowledge to even know if a Field Battery is an artillery or engineering group.. I do know my Grandfather ran wires and was called a sapper. What kind of unit would include sappers?
Or were all soldiers in WWI called sappers and could be attached to any regiment regardless of specialty. In fact, were there many specialists for WWI? Didn't most of the fighting of WWI take place by inches, in their trenches?
Someone needs to find his records. I just don't know how to go about it? Any help you could give me would be most appreciated.
He came home from WWI, unlike my father who didn't make it back from WWII. I once wrote a poem about the soldiers who are buried in the Commonwealth graves, it's very sad:
Row upon row of crosses
On foreign soils
Husbands fathers, brothers, cousins and friends
Lie in graves
No flowers are laid and few have visitors
The grass is cut that won't have sorrowing mourners kneel on it
No tears fall on the ground above the soldiers who lie there
The lettering on their cruciforms
Marks privates, corporals, sergeants, lieutenants, captains, and colonels
Written by workers whose mother tongue wasn't
English or French
Wives didn't get to say goodbye or lay a flower or wreath
Small children will never know the faces of their Fathers
The bodies and the minds that have been silenced don't hear the pain of their mourning families
That extends across the miles of oceans."
Medals are too small and cold to hug--he has been greatly missed.
Thanks in advance for your assistance."