The memorial is a work in progress. We hope to add soldiers involved in other conflicts in the future.
South Peace Soldiers’ Memorial
The South Peace River country of Alberta supplied thousands of recruits for the World Wars. In 1914, the area was newly open to settlers, many of them bachelors of British descent. They flocked to enlist, even though it meant a long journey often starting on foot, then by train and boat.
Later, during World War II, “on a per capita basis, the Peace Country of northern Alberta sent more soldiers to the front than any region in the Dominion.” (Herald-Tribune, March 4, 1943)
Those who survived the wars were encouraged by the Soldiers Settlement Act of 1917 and the Veterans Land Act of 1942 to take up farming. Since the Peace Country still had land available for settlement, many returning soldiers came here.
The South Peace Regional Archives is creating an online memorial to the soldiers from the South Peace area who were involved in defending our country. We have over 1,600 First World War soldiers and over 2,300 Second World War soldiers listed on this site so far, and the list is growing. As we gather information about each soldier, it will be added to this page and you’ll see something like this when you click on their name:
Our goal is to have all South Peace soldiers acknowledged for their service. If you know of someone who lived in the South Peace and should be listed here, let us know! We also would like to expand on the list of names with a biography and photograph as well as links to where more information can be found about the individual.
Love the idea of our project? You can help! We welcome the public to pick a soldier from our list to research. Contact us and we will make sure no one else also is doing the same soldier. Once you have selected your soldier contact firstname.lastname@example.org and we will identify your soldier as being researched. You can download the form below to help you get started!
|**If you have photographs, letters, or papers of a soldier listed here please get in touch with us so we can add it to this site. All soldiers will be remembered. Contact us at email@example.com
Links for researching a WWI soldier:
Visit this page for a listing of resources that may be useful in researching a World War I soldier. The Using Our Website page will guide you in searching for information on our website, which may also be useful.
Links for researching a WWII soldier: