This week we have seen many articles about World War One as the 100th anniversary of the start of the war is remembered.
When visiting France it is very moving to visit any of the many war cemeteries. Several articles have involved Canadians. Mons was liberated by Canadian troops and is the only place where German and British Empire troops share a cemetery.
Trivia question: who was the last British Empire soldier to be killed in the war? Answer: George Price, a Canadian, who was born in Nova Scotia, and conscripted while living in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. He was shot by a sniper just 2 minutes before the armistice ceasefire took effect at 11 a.m. on 11 November 1918.
Our last article published on 27 July was also about World War One – https://pfhn.wordpress.com/ – and included reference to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. Our ancestors, however, may have fought on either side in the Great War. Can you find information about German war graves? Go to the wiki at FamilySearch.org (under the menu Search) – search for Germany – then select Military. You will find interesting information! This includes http://www.volksbund.de/ . If you are using Google Chrome you should be given the option to get the German translated! There is also a British flag in the upper right that translates the front page. In the upper right is a link “Grabersuche Online” that will take you to a page to search for tombs of your German Ancestors. This database includes both World Wars One and Two. We hope this helps you find information about your German ancestors.
This Great War was a tragedy for so many families.