In an attempt to document the many courageous men and women of Waterloo County who served Canada in the First and Second World Wars, Kitchener Public Library staff created Soldier Information Cards. The cards were created during and shortly after each war, compiled using newspaper and magazine clippings, photographs, and information contributed by soldiers and their families.
In order to make the cards more accessible to researchers, genealogists and family historians, staff of the Grace Schmidt Room have indexed the collection by surname:
New! A fully-searchable, digital collection of World War I Soldier Information Cards is now available online.
Due to the generous commitment and work of over 100 library volunteers, the World War I cards have been digitized and transcribed. Volunteers have also researched and contributed biographies for soldiers for whom little is known or has been recorded.
As the online collection is not yet complete, and soldier cards are being uploaded daily, be sure to check back often for new content. If you are able to add details to a soldier's story, please click "Comment on this item" when viewing the card to let us know more about that soldier.
* The quantity of information on each soldier card varies, and some cards may not include a photograph.
* Due to the fragile nature of the original soldier cards, access to the collection is limited to online viewing only.
* Uploading of the World War II soldier cards is anticipated to begin mid-to-late 2015.
In Remembrance: Soldiers of Waterloo County
In honour of the contribution of Waterloo County's men and women to Canada’s war efforts, the Grace Schmidt Room is pleased to present the Waterloo County Soldier Portraits digital exhibit.
This exhibit is comprised of a collection of photographs of Waterloo County men and women who proudly served our region and country during the First World War of 1914-1918 and the Second World War of 1939-1945.