Friday, November 10, 2006
To commemorate Remembrance Day 2006 in Exeter, Ontario CANADA a blog has been created to allow all those interested to learn more about the soldiers of Exeter who served and lost their lives in the Great War (1914 - 1919). This site will contain the list of all soldiers (and others) who are listed on the Exeter Cenotaph, or are interned in Exeter's Public Cemetery Veterans' Plot.
This project is a joint effort with the staff and student's of South Huron District High School Book of Remembrance, under the direction of David MacCleod. I worked with David on the project to recover the medals of Lt. Thomas Penhale, who was initially in the CEF 32nd Battalion with my grandfather. It is presumed that with the restructuring of the CEF in 1916, Penhale and Laughton went to Oxford together for Officer Training prior to taking a commission in the Imperial Army. Lt. Penhale was unfortunately killed at the same battle of Arras where my grandfather won his Military Cross.
From the links on this blog, you will be able to access the Attestation Papers of the soldiers, as well as the Memorial Certificates published by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission. As we progress, we will link the soldiers names to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, the Canadian Great War Project, and finally to the units in which they served as detailed on the CEF Matrix.
If you have additional information on any of the soldiers on the list, we would be pleased to add the details to each soldiers profiles.
For additional details on the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the Great War, please visit the CEF Matrix Web or the counterpart CEF Matrix Blog. Here you will find details on the structure of the CEF during the Great War and the Army Corps and Troops that made up the CEF ranks. In addition, the Matrix provides you with a number of Matrix Utilities to support your continued research.