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Canadian Expeditionary Force sous-fonds [multiple media]. 

Sous-fonds consists of


1912-1923, predominant 1914-1919

Place of creation

No place, unknown, or undetermined

782.97 m of textual records
204 maps mss., some ink on tracing linen, some blueprints, hand col., some brownline prints, hand col. 124 x 142 cm or smaller.
38 technical drawings chiefly ink on tracing linen, some blueprints 74 x 107 cm or smaller.
6 pieces 4 ink on tracing linen, 2 blackline prints 46 x 67 cm or smaller.
5 architectural drawings mss., 1 ink on tracing linen, 3 blueprints 98 x 77 cm or smaller.

Scope and content

Sous-fonds consists of records created and/or maintained by units and formations of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, which were sent periodically to the Canadian Record Office and the Canadian War Records Office for safekeeping.

Archival reference no.
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Terms of use

Copyright belongs to the Crown.

Biography / Administrative history

Shortly after the British declaration of war in August 1914, Canada had offered an initial contingent of twenty-five thousand men for service overseas. A second contingent was offered in the autumn of 1914. The 1st Canadian Division was formed from units of the first contingent in January 1915, and was fighting in France the following month. In September 1915 the Canadian Corps was formed, incorporating the 1st and 2nd Canadian Divisions, and the Canadian Cavalry Brigade. Further contingents and reinforcement drafts continued to be sent overseas. At the time of the Armistice in November 1918, the Canadian Corps had expanded to include four infantry divisions and corps units. Other Canadian units, including some artillery batteries, engineering companies, and railway and forestry troops, served directly under British command in France and Belgium. Still other units, responsible for administrative support, training, forestry, and medical care, served in England. The Canadian Expeditionary Force, as our military forces raised during the First World War were popularly designated, grew in the course of the war to enrol 619,636, of whom 424,589 served overseas.

Additional information

Source of title
PC 2067, 6 August 1914/ Debates, House of Commons

Subject heading

1. Canada. Canadian Army. Canadian Expeditionary Force
2. Canada. Armée canadienne. Corps expéditionnaire canadien


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