The research work on Milton Soldiers was started in the form of a Web Blog (http://miltonsoldiers.blogspot.com), developed as part of a national program to honour community soldiers in the Great War. This was completed in conjunction with the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (CEFSG), starting in 2005. The blog site has been retained, as is a good summary of the work that was completed and the resources that are available for other researchers.The Blog went “live” as part of the 2006 Remembrance Project by members of the Milton Historical Society.
The basic structure was updated as part of the 2007 Remembrance Project for the Victoria Park Cenotaph, to include details of the units where the soldiers served and died, as well as the battles they fought.
The 2008 Project, added all of the soldiers on the Haltonville Cenotaph. Since then, work has now been completed the soldiers, reported to be from Milton or to have connections with Milton, that are not on either of the cenotaphs.
Considerably more detail has now been added to the individual soldier files, with hyperlinks to most of their on-line records in Canada and Europe. Where possible, we have added information that tells not only where they died, but how they died, and what the historical records tell us of the battles at that time. You can now “fly” to many of the soldier’s grave sites using Google Earth (see information below).
Grave site photos have now been retrieved from Evergreen Cemetery in Milton, Ebenezer Cemetery in Nassagaweya, and Woodlawn Cemetery in Guelph (photos by Richard Laughton). Grave site photographs from a wide selection of Military Cemeteries in France and Flanders have also been provided by the Maple Leaf Legacy Project (courtesy of Steve Douglas, Ypres Belgium).
Shortly after the release of the Milton Soldiers to “Google Earth” it was upgraded by the Moderators to a “History Illustrated – Moderated” status, with the highest possible rating of 5 stars! The new tour on Google Earth will take you to the cemeteries in Canada and Europe where Milton’s soldiers are buried. To take the tour, follow this link and the instructions. If you are not familiar with Google Earth, contact us for instructions.
Milton’s Soldiers on Google Earth
Following Remembrance Day 2011 the Milton Soldier’s web site took a significant step forward, to start work on the addition of Milton’s Soldiers from the Second World War (WWII 1939-1945) to the site. Prior to that time, only Milton Soldiers of the Great War (WWI 1914-1919) were on the web site.
As 2012 commemorated 200 years since the War of 1812, the site was once again expanded to add the Milton Soldiers that could be traced back to that conflict. A number of local grave sites were identified and some soldier’s stories extracted. In order to keep the Remembrance Projects alive, work was also completed to add the Milton stories from the South African War (Boer War 1899-1902); the Korean Conflict (1950-1953) and the Korean Peace Keeping Mission (1953-1957).
The information that is available for the men and women of Milton in the World Wars varies considerably and this is reflected in the level of information presented in the sub-directories for WWI and WWII. The Milton Historical Society (MHS) has published two books on these conflicts, which you will find on this web site here: Milton Remembers WWI 1914-1919 (add link) Milton Remembers WWII 1939-1945 (add link) In addition to covering those “lost in action or died of wounds“, the publications covered many of those “that served“.
Prior to the Second World War (WWII) there was no reference to the First World War (WWI) as there was no knowledge that there would be a second great conflict in the century. Historically, the First World War (WWI) is known as “The Great War” of 1914-1919. To be considered a “Casualty of War” by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission” (CWGC), the man or woman would have had to have died with the specified time period. There are cases in Milton where the soldier was wounded in the war, was treated in Europe and back in Canada, but did not recover and died of his or her wounds. Despite pleadings from many groups, the CWGC has not (nor will they ever) accept those men and women as official war casualties. The dates are as follows:
- WWI: August 4, 1914 – August 31, 1921
- WWI: September 3, 1939 – December 31, 1947
The Milton Soldiers’ Project has also been expanded in connection with the Maple Leaf Legacy Project, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and the Department of Defence National Inventory of Canadian Military Memorials. On these web sites you will find many changes to the grave site photographs of the Milton Soldiers and the updated names and photographs of all the local memorials, all of which were incomplete. The CWGC site now contains photographs for the cemeteries in Milton Evergreen, Nassagaweya Ebenezer and Guelph Woodlawn, taken as part of this project. For all these years there had been no photographs submitted. Supplementary work related to the Milton Soldiers is also contained in this section of the web site, such as the research into Milton’s War Trophy (Victoria Park), Milton’s Rolls and Memorials and Milton’s Commemorative Gold Watches. Research for this project has received the gracious assistance the members of the Royal Canadian Legion (Branch #136 Milton) and the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (CEFSG).
Errors on the Milton Cenotaphs are reported under Cenotaph Errors.