Column: What was the Imperial War Service Gratuity?

Between today and Wednesday, my genealogy column, Roots to the Past, is available in the following Atlantic Canada newspapers:

Saturday: The Citizen (Amherst)

Saturday: Times & Transcript (Moncton)

Wednesday: The Lunenburg County Progress Bulletin (Lunenburg County)

Title: What was the Imperial War Service Gratuity?

Snippet: An ancestor’s experience is often lost to history. The release of new records by Library and Archives Canada (LAC) and other organisations help researchers uncover this experience. When the Soldiers of the First World War records were released, I searched for individuals with surnames connected to my family and to my surprise, I found dozens. Many were previously known to me, but some were not. So not only did the records add interesting details to people already in my family tree, it added people to my tree.

LAC recently announced Imperial Gratuity records were added to the Personnel Records of the First World War collection on their website (http://www.bac-lac.gc.ca/eng/discover/military-heritage/first-world-war). But what was the Imperial War Service Gratuity and what information will we find in the files?

According LAC, individuals within these records were Canadians who served with the British Imperial Forces during the First World War. These files are in their possession and found in the Department of Militia and Defence fonds (RG9 II F10).

. . . To read more, pick up one of the above noted newspapers.

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