Online database features illustrated WWI bios of Newfoundland soldiers

Died in Service is a fairly new online database featuring more than 1,300 illustrated biographies of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians who died in the First World War with the (Royal) Newfoundland Regiment, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, the British Army, and the Australian Imperial Force. It was launched last fall by The Rooms Provincial Archives of Newfoundland and Labrador.

The biographies were researched and compiled by researcher Alistair Rice who donated them to The Rooms for public use.

The biographies in the WWI database, ‘Died in Service,’ were prepared over several years by Alistair Rice. Photo: The Rooms website,

WWI service records are also available on the provincial archives website, along with information about how Newfoundland entered the war, battles, a soldier’s life and uniform.

During WWI, Newfoundland was not a part of Canada, but a British colony. At the outbreak of the war in 1914, its population was about 240,000.

Another source for learning about Newfoundland’s involvement in WWI is Newfoundland and Labrador in the First World War on the Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website. This website is a non-commercial, public history project created to provide school students and the general public with a wide range of authoritative information on the province’s history, culture, and geography. It is based at the Memorial University of Newfoundland.

The WWI websites mentioned in this blog are listed in the Military section of my Genealogy Research Toolbox. The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage website can be found in the Canada section.

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One Response to Online database features illustrated WWI bios of Newfoundland soldiers

  1. Thank you for posting this information. Now I can track the men who returned with war brides.

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