Canadian Matrix Project

Discussion in 'Resources' started by rlaughton, Mar 19, 2008.

  1. rlaughton


    Just an introduction, from a new member, about my work on the Great War 1914-1918. Both my grandfathers served in the Great War, each first in the Canadian Expeditionary Force (as Privates) and later each in the British Army (as Officers). Apparently trench life was not in the works for these UK born lads, but they gave it a shot and both did their time in the trenches. I will tell you more about them later in the post.

    In searching their records I first started in the UK as I did not know about their CEF service. Then I had to track them back to Canada and I got totally lost in all the Divisions, Brigades and Battalions. On a challenge from a fellow CEF and GWF member, I undertook to put together the structure of the CEF from 1914 to 1918. Although only 2 years old this March (2008) the MATRIX has grown to include not only the original Summary Sheets of all the units but also many of the pages for the individual units. Much more has been added into the "Matrix Utilities", which includes everything from the CEF Battle Maps on Google Earth to a fine collection of Cap Badges.

    Come visit the Matrix here:

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group - Matrix Project

    If you are not familiar with the CEF, take a quick ride on the Navigation Chart. I would really like to also hear back from any counterparts in the other COLONIES if there are similar projects to this, as it would be nice to tie them all together.

    Be sure also to take a quick stop by at the Matrix Utilities as there is a nice collection of everything for everyone interested in Military Research:

    The Matrix Utilities - What You Need to Know about the CEF

    My favourite project was to put together a FLUID ORBAT (Order of Battle) for the Canadian Forces from 1914 to 1918. Everyone said it could not be done, so that made me just more determined to get it done. It isn't perfect and it may not be 100% complete, but it sure has a lot more than anything else I have ever found. Comments and critiques welcome, new information anticipated:

    The CEF Fluid ORBAT Project 1914-1918

    You also might like how we tied this together for our 2007 Vimy Ridge Project:

    VIMY RIDGE - 90 YEARS LATER - The War Diaries of the Units

    Well so much for the Great War, back to that other war,

    Richard of Canada
    Grandfather Laughton in the Great War
    Grandfather Kennedy in the Great War
  2. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    I think I just fell off my chair!
  3. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

  4. rlaughton


    Chronology of the Great War

    I have just added another utility function to the Matrix.

    Chronology of the Great War 1914-1920

    The index page also has 2 tables to summarize who declared war on who and when, as well as those who severed ties or signed treaties.

    This Matrix Utility is "international in scope" so world-wide-members can send in their additions for column 3.

    Not all dates from all references agree, as you will see.
  5. rlaughton


    I have not been here for a while - the site looks different? In fact I don't recognize the title of the site either?

    We have moved the server from the USA to CANADA and so the new links for the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (CEFSG) are as follows:

    Main Site:
    Upgraded Forum:
    New Wiki Site:

    In order to make these changes I have had to learn a lot about the forum and wiki programs. A great learning experience.

    I will have to spend some more time here now that winter is coming!

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