The Sniper is Back

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by sniper, Mar 23, 2008.

  1. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Hi All,

    Sorry for my absense over the last couple of months but i had some difficulties which i had to sort out, mainly my job.

    But now The Sniper is back, bigger and better than before.

    The Commonwealth Roll of Honour is also back on track so keep those photos of Commonwealth headstones coming and they will be put up onto FREE databases as soon as i can get them up. As most of you know i have been collecting these for sometime now and have a number of relationships with private and Goverment websites where these photos can be obtained FREE of charge and in any amount. I have two websites in Canada which i use, 'The Canadian Great War Project and The Canadian Virtual Memorial. I'm also in talks with 'International Forces', here in the UK and also The Auckland War Museum in New Zealand.

    If anyone has any suggestions on websites i can contact in South Africa, India and Australia i'd love to hear from you.

    Its great to be back and hope to talk to you all soon.

    Mike (Sniper) :peep:
  2. Kyt

    Kyt Άρης

    Woohoo, welcome back Mike. Good to see you again, and glad to hear that you are keeping well. And good to hear that the project is going well.
  3. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    Welcome back mate! I have been a bit scarce due to work commitments myself.

    Glad everything is back on track.

    Speak soon.
  4. morse1001

    morse1001 Guest

    Welcme back, Spidge and Sniper, hope you stay around for a bit!
  5. rlaughton


    I answered your PM about the local grave stones where I live in Ontario Canada.

    The main site for the Canadian headstones is the Maple Leaf Legacy Project:


    The fellow that runs that is Steve Douglas and it is all volunteer.

    The Virtual War Museum is run by Veteran's Affairs Canada and contains the CWGC record of the soldiers death (so if not on CWGC not on VWM) along with additional information sent in by family or researchers. That site is located here:

    The Canadian Virtual War Memorial - Veterans Affairs Canada

    The Canadian Great War Project is a private project of Marc Leroux and Chris Wight of the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group. Many of us who are researching soldiers complete the service record data sheet for that soldier and then upload it onto Marc's site. He also has a number of other databases, such as Grandson Michael's war diary summaries and the town memorials. Marc's site is also the home to two very important utility programs that you can download for free. One searches the Soldiers Records (with wild cards allowed) and the other searches the War Diaries. Both of these data bases are at Library and Archives Canada. Marc's programs allow you to extract complete sections (such as a whole battalion of soldiers) or a complete war diary (set the time specifications). You will find Marc's site here:

    Canadian Great War Project

    You can also save you own sub-searches on that site, such as I have done when I am researching the battalion that my grandfather served with in Canada, prior to joining the BEF.

    Any other questions about Canada sites, just ask and I will respond as best I can. Like any good government, records are spread all over the place!

    Last week I finally took the step to fill in the forms and send them in for my parents to get their WWII records (they are deceased or you need their permission). I have never done a WWII record request before so we will see how it works out and I will report back, probably at the end of the month. There are no restrictions if the person has been dead for more than 20 years. You do need a death certificate, photo of a grave stone, newspaper announcement or some other form of document to prove the person is dead. For me the tough part was proving I was in fact their son, as all our family records were lost in a fire in 1967 so I don't have my original birth certificate.

  6. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    I've answered your PM Richard.

    Many thanks

    Mike (Sniper) :peep:
  7. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    welcome back Mike, we missed you :D
  8. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Thanks all, its good to be back and i can't wait to get back into the swing of things again.

    Mike (Sniper)
  9. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    And i really must get those photos to you
  10. sniper

    sniper Active Member

    Yes you must, lol. No worries Kitty, just as and when your able to.

    Sniper :peep:
  11. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Welcome back, Mike, great to see you again. We're moving cities and jobs soon so we'll be pulling a disappearing act in the near future.
  12. spidge

    spidge Active Member

    All went well then!

    Speak to you soon.
  13. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    I'm still waiting to hear from my work, Spidgeman, but we'll be moving anyway. Timetable is flexible.
  14. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    where you moving to Andy?
  15. Antipodean Andy

    Antipodean Andy New Member

    Melbourne, Kitty. No set date as yet. Might be in four weeks if I can get a transfer or it may be when we sell the house here if I have to find a new job.
  16. Kitty

    Kitty New Member

    Oh dear. best of luck Andy. I'm sure it'll work out fine
  17. Hugh

    Hugh New Member

    Good to have you back aboard Sniper.

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