In recognition of the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, the Region of Peel Archives has released a searchable collection of rare service cards from the Peel War Records Board.
It took volunteers one year to create the index of cards-- on long-term loan from the Brampton Public Library-- which were prepared for local men and women who enlisted in Peel County. They contain a variety of genealogical and biographical details, including each veteran's employment history, religious affiliation, military service and honors.
"We are excited that these cards are now readily available for research by the public," said Peel reference archivist Brian Gilchrist. "This is an important homage to our veterans whose heroic actions helped establish the freedoms we enjoy today."
An alphabetical list of names is available to search online at http://www.peelregion.ca/scripts/phc-ww2.pl. If a name is listed, the veteran's card can be found in the archives. The cards are only available by visiting the archives in person or by hiring a staff member to do research for you. Details about available research services may be found at http://www.peelregion.ca/heritage/archives-research.htm.
More information about the Database of Second World War records may be found at http://www.peelregion.ca/heritage/veterans/index.htm