Find your ancestors in Canada, Courts Martial of the First World War Index

What can these records tell me?

This index typically includes the following information for each individual:

  • Given Name and Surname
  • Regiment
  • Rank
  • Unit
  • Date of event
  • Offence
  • Reason for Courts Martial

Discover more about these records

This index includes only the surviving courts martial references, thus is not comprehensive for the duration of the Great War. It covers the Canadian Expeditionary Force and is provided in partnership with Library and Archives Canada (Record Group 150-8). It is well worth pursuing the original case file for the courts martial in question, as they average 20 – 25 pages in length and can include the officers who sat in judgement, the evidence presented in court including statements by the accused and witnesses, and in cases of conviction, the records documenting the sentence. The original records have been digitized and are available on Heritage, organized by microfilm number.

Ministry of the Overseas Military Forces of Canada: Courts martial records, 1914-1919