J. Clements ~ BC, Canada

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My primary interest is military graves. I do this to honour ALL the people that gave me the FREEDOM that I enjoy to day! If you find my Poppy Cross flower you will know they served.

I have taken several courses in Genealogy and have been researching Veterans and photographing local British Columbia, Canada cemeteries since 2000. I'm excited to be able to share my 7.5 GB of research on this wonderful site. It will take some time to edit my records, so please be patience. When you upload you are not able to include place of birth or death. I have ALL the information and will be editing them over the many months to come!

ALSO, I have about 10,000 photos to upload. Photos are uploaded first and record completed later so I can double check I have uploaded correct photo.

***NOTE - Jan thru Mar 2021 - I have claimed or received transfers of memorials in several cemeteries in the Vancouver, BC area. I would like to thank these members for their prior research! If you see another users name as the creator, please give me some time to add my info.

In an effort to edit my records, and not be flooded with edits, I ask for patience please. If I'm contiunally dealing with edits for info I already have, I have no time to add the info for my records.

I look forward to seeing what contributions are sent in the future. If you are working on a family name that you need me to update, before I have a chance to get to it, please just send me a message letting me know the family name and I will try to get to it within a week. Thanks.

EDITS - Please use "Suggest Edits" to send your requests. Please also include source information you used for the request in "Suggest a Correction". This can speed up your request.
PLEASE include a MEMORIAL NUMBER for any name when sending me a message. This makes it easier for me to respond.

My father was with the Royal Air Force in England during WW 2 and bought my first year membership in the Royal Canadian Legion in 1978. He traced our family tree as far back as he could go and taught me that "nothing lies like a document". My Grandfather fought in WW 1 and I have his medals.

Recipient of the West Vancouver Heritage Award in 2007 and from the Government of Canada, the Minister of Veterans Affairs Commendation in 2014.


1) Why are there white crosses in your photos of headstones at Capilano View Cemetery?

In 1957, Joe Chamberlain, a South African Veteran, made and painted the first group of white crosses to mark Veterans' graves and these were placed on the morning of Remembrance Day. This practice of putting crosses on Veterans' graves, supplied by the Royal Canadian Legion West Vancouver Branch 60 continues today, however, they are placed approximately two weeks before November 11th. All Veterans' graves in Capilano View Cemetery are now marked with a cross at this time. The number of crosses needed has grown over the years. The cemetery staff and Legion members put up over 1,250 crosses in November 2020.

In 1960, the first Remembrance Ceremony at the cemetery took place on the morning of Remembrance Day at the Veterans' section in front of a flag pole. In 1963, this ceremony was changed to the afternoon of the Sunday before November 11th and continues to this day. The ceremony is now attended by the Branch Colour Party, Veterans, Branch Chaplain, firing party from the 6th Field Engineers, a trumpeter, pipers and the public.

2) What is a Privy Council Marker?

From 1922 to 1953 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission produced Veteran grave markers for Veterans Affairs Canada's Funeral and Burial Program. The authority was contained in a series of Privy Council Orders. After 1953 Veterans Affairs Canada manufactured its own Veteran grave markers.
The thing to note about the Privy Council markers is that they look exactly like a war grave marker having the Maple Leaf logo on it. The only way to tell they are not a war grave is to study the date of death carefully against the service. ie WW I Veteran dies during the period of WW II.

C. Tremblay
Senior Officer
Canada Remembers Ottawa
Veterans Affairs Canada

3) What sources do you use?

I use the following sources to do my research and I do not copy and paste information posted on these sites as they are dynamic and corrections and updates have occurred and will continue in the future. Remember that these paper files have been transcribed by people and we all make mistakes. So, please don't post INDEX photos of these items on my records.
- Official cemetery websites
- Library and Archives Canada
- Canadian Virtual War Memorial
- Commonwealth War Graves Commission
- British Columbia Vital Statistics ***note as of 2020 children under 2 years are no longer available online
- other Canadian Provinces Vital Statistics

4) Why do my prefix abbreviations differ from FAG?

I follow the Library and Archives Canada Standard Military Abbreviations:
BDN - Bandsman
BQMS - Battery Quartermaster Sergeant
BSM - Battery Sergeant Major
BDR - Bombardier
BG - Brigadier General
CDT - Cadet
CPT - Captain
CHP - Chaplain
COL - Colonel
CSM - Company Sergeant Major
CON - Conductor
CPL - Corporal
DVR - Driver
GNR - Gunner
LCP - Lance Corporal
LSG - Lance Sergeant
LT - Lieutenant
LCL - Lieutenant Colonel
LGN - Lieutenant General
MAJ - Major
NS - Nursing Sister
ORS - O/R/Sergeant
PNR - Pioneer
PTE - Private
QMS - Quartermaster Sergeant
RSM - Regimental Sergeant Major
RFN - Rifleman
SPR - Sapper
SGT - Sergeant
SM - Sergeant Major
SIG - Signaller
SS - Staff Sergeant
SSM - Staff Sergeant Major
TPR - Trooper
WO - Warrant Officer

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