When Eric Andrew’s daughter asked him for help her with a speech for Remembrance Day, he had no idea he would soon write a blog about the 18th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World World — and provide a go-to website for genealogists researching their WWI ancestors.
Now, several years later, Mr. Andrew’s has published more than 1,000 blog posts about his grandfather William Robb Dewar’s battalion and stories about about many of the men who served in it.
Mr. Andrew’s blog, War Diary of the 18th Battalion CEF: A Journey of One Man’s War by Researching Many, is a good resource for anyone researching their Canadian ancestor who served during WWI, especially the 18th Battalion.
While he does not intend to be the authoratative source about the 18th Battalion, Mr. Andrews does want his blog to be a “starting point for people interested in Canadian history and matters specific to the 18th Battalion.”
In addition to writing about each soldier’s military service, he writes about the lives they lived before and after the war. The stories are illustrated with images of attestation papers, photos of the men, their homes, and headstones, and newspaper clippings.
Genealogists will empathize with how easily Mr. Andrews becomes distracted in other areas when conducting his research. While transcribing the 1915 diaries, one of his “problems” is that there are “references to places, people, and other things that I want to research.”
Tabs provide additional info
The tabs across the top of the blog include headings, such as 18th Battalion Unit Action & Battles, Honour Roll of the 18th Battalion, Soldiers Found from Other Sources, Soldiers from other Battalions with Relationship to the 18th, and The Dewar Family.
Links to other WWI resources
Even if your ancestors did not serve with the 18th, there is plenty of information about researching WWI ancestors. )I was pleased to see a link to a website about my grandfather’s 19th Battalion.)
Make sure you look at the links to WWI resources in the side margin.
Here is just the beginning of the list of links: British Artillery Fire Control, British Home Children of Canada, British Home Children Who Died in the First World War, British Red Cross Volunteers of World War 1, Bruce in Khaki, Canada’s First World War Experience, Canadian Courts Martial of the First World War, Canadian Letters and Images Project.
If you missed the link above to the blog, you can also visit it here.