About the First World War Index

The Archives of Manitoba has created an electronic index of Manitoba soldiers killed in the First World War. This index was generated from a series of index cards created by the Government of Manitoba for the purpose of documenting Manitoba casualties of the First World War. The original index was made during and after the war but was not a complete record. As a result, this electronic index is also not a complete list of Manitobans killed in the First World War.

The original index is a set of 1092 index cards, with each card containing information on an individual soldier. The cards are handwritten and include name, rank, battalion, date of death, and may also include additional personal information such as community of residence and next of kin. Some have an obituary glued to them. The Archives does not have complete information about the creation or history of these cards. They were found in a sub-basement of the Manitoba Legislative Building and appear to have been assembled by the Department of Public Works for the purpose of creating an honour roll. Likely at least some of the information was submitted by family members.

This electronic index includes fields for the standard information that was collected on the cards. Like the original index, the electronic index is organized alphabetically by surname. The index is fully keyword searchable. When no information was collected on the card for a particular field, the field was left blank in the electronic index. When a card includes an obituary, this is indicated in the “Notes” column.

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Four examples of index cards are shown here:

Archives of Manitoba, A 0156, Index cards identifying soldiers killed in World War I, GR8115

index card with newspaper article and picture of Clifford Aberdeen Enlarge image Rotate image

Card reads as follows:
Aberdeen, Pte Clifford A.
Brandon
999
K.A. [Killed in action] April 4, 1918

index card with newspaper article and picture of Chas Lovatt Enlarge image Rotate image

Card reads as follows:
Lovatt, Chas W.
Souris
643
Medical Services
K.A. [killed in action] 18/11/17
523640

index card with writing Enlarge image

Card reads as follows:
Cooper, Pte. Harry   
M. S.
711
No. 71462
K.A. [killed in action] on April 4th, 1916  
Born in England   
Kin: [Jos] Cooper, 30 Dunton Leyton London E 
Enlisted October 26, 1914 in the 27th C [Company] of Wpg [Winnipeg] under Lieutenant Colonel J. R. Snider.
Overseas May 17, 1915

index card with writing Enlarge image

Card reads as follows:
Nicholl, Hubert Mansell 
Manitou
208 
D. O.W September 11, received September 9, 1917
Pte. 186652.
Kin: Bro. G. H. of Manitou 
Enlisted 90th [battalion] on Nov. 1915, transferred to 8th
Born in England. Educated there – All Saints  
Church of England    
Farmer  
Had just gone back after being wounded on Arres front in Feb. 1917 
See also 917 – Brother, this one evidently older, went after death of his younger brother.