Whether you've been researching a soldier or nursing sister in our Postcards from the Past project, or exploring our Presents from the Past entries about WWI Next-of-Kin or WWI Graves in Kingston-Frontenac, we hope the following links will lead you to even more discoveries about those who lived in our community during the Great War.
UNITS and REGIMENTS
Infantry: 21st Battalion, 39th Battalion, 59th Battalion, 80th Battalion, 146th Battalion, 253rd Battalion, 259th Battalion
Artillery: Royal Canadian Horse Artillery Brigade (RCHA); Canadian Field Artillery--3rd Battery, 22nd Battery, 32nd Battery, 33rd Battery, 45th Battery, 46th Battery, 52nd Battery, 72nd Battery, 73rd Battery, 75th Battery
Canadian Army Medical Corps: No. 15 Canadian Field Ambulance, No. 5 Canadian Stationary Hospital (Queen's), No. 7 Canadian General Hospital (Queen's)
Find out who lived in the household: parents, siblings, spouse, etc.—their ages, occupations, religious affiliation, etc.
- Before the War
- Search the 1911 Census of Canada.
- Type the soldier's surname.
- Choose Ontario from the dropdown menu.
- Click Hide/Show Advanced Search Options.
- District Name: Kingston
- Sub-district Name: Kingston
- Leave the other fields blank.
After the War
- Search the 1921 Census of Canada online from Ancestry.com
- Library and Archives Canada has partnered with Ancestry.com to provide access to this census.
- Ancestry.com will ask you to make a free account (email address, password) in order to view the census.
- If you prefer not to make a free account, you are welcome to use Ancestry-Library Edition free of charge at your local KFPL branch (in-library use only).
- WWI graves in Kingston-Frontenac
- Canadian Virtual War Memorial [search for a soldier]
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission [search for a soldier]
- Queen's University Archives: An Archival Look at WWI [online exhibit]
- Call to Duty: Canada's Nursing Sisters (Archived) [Library and Archives Canada]
- Oral Histories of the First World War: Veterans 1914-1918 (Archived) [Library and Archives Canada]
- Try searching the Images database of Queen's University Archives.
- 21st CEF (Canadian Expeditionary Force) website - click the "enter" screen and scroll to the bottom of the page. You can search for a soldier by the first letter of his surname.
- Kingston Volunteers: The Thing to Do : Biographies of Those from Kingston and Frontenac County who Died in the Great War, by Peter Gower.
- Kingston During the Great War : A Driving Tour of Kingston Sites Associated with the Great War, by Peter Gower
- More. . .pick up your copy of our special WWI Great Reads booklet, with recommendations hand-picked by our librarians. You'll find it at your local KFPL branch--free of charge.
No index exists for the Kingston newspapers during the War years, so it is not possible to look up a person or topic to find out whether they were mentioned in the paper.
However, if you know the exact date of an event (or if you just wish to browse through the Kingston newspapers on microfilm), visit our Central Branch on Johnson Street.
If you'd like to browse some WWI newspapers from other Canadian cities--try these:
- McGill Daily
- Ottawa Citizen
- Toronto Sunday Work (1914 and 1915 only)
- Vancouver Daily Sun (1917 and 1918 only)
See also The Illustrated First World War, from the archives of The Illustrated London News (1914-1919)
WHAT DID YOU DISCOVER?
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