J. Clements

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I have been researching Veterans and photographing cemeteries since 2000.

CURRENT PROJECT: Uploaded approx. 1,300 records (Apr 15, 2020), 1,900 records (Apr 19, 2020), 1,500 records (Apr 22, 2020) and 4,300 records (Sep 30, 2020). To view the date the record was added scroll down to the very bottom of the page. PLEASE DO NOT submit any edits to any of these records. 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 well over 3,000 photos to upload.
I will post here when this project has been fully completed.
Photo uploads - working on Capilano View, North Vancouver and Mountain View cemeteries.
Spouse linking - approx. 95% done.
Family linking - approx. 45% done.
I look forward to seeing what contributions are sent after the project is complete. If you are working on a name that you would like me to update, before I have a chance to get to it, please just send me a message letting me know the name (no need to send edits) and I will try to get to it within a week. Thanks.

Primary interest is military graves in British Columbia, Canada.
I do this to honour ALL the people that gave me the freedom I enjoy to day!
If you find my Poppy Cross flower you will know they served.

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


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