If you haven’t yet explored the Toronto Branch For King and Country database, make it a New Year’s resolution to take a look! Branch volunteers have added about 3,000 new names since the fall of 2013 to this searchable database of school memorials commemorating Toronto students and staff who volunteered for active service in the two World Wars and other military conflicts. It now contains more than 35,000 names and 90 schools, with transcriptions and photographs of school war memorials, along with historical background and links to other useful school and community websites.
The newest schools in the database are Oakridge Public School and Danforth Technical School. Danforth Tech holds the distinction of being the alma mater of a staggering 2,235 volunteers—students, graduates, teachers and other staff—more than any other school in the British Commonwealth—and it maintains an impressive archive of records, housed in its War Memorial Library. To find out more about these records, visit the For King and Country blog, and please contact our project co-ordinator if you would like to help with the work of researching and cataloguing memorials in Toronto schools. We’d be happy to hear from you whether or not you actually live in Toronto—volunteers for this project can work from home.