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1,500 more names from school war lists

As this year’s students and teachers headed back to their classrooms, Toronto Branch volunteers were busy deciphering, transcribing and recording more than 1,500 new names of students and teachers from the past, from war memorials in the city’s schools.

Our growing For King and Country database now contains almost 46,000 names of individuals who volunteered for active service during World Wars I and II, and other conflicts, as well as details about the memorials themselves and the history of the schools where they are or were found. The database is online and available to search free of charge — by surname, first name, keyword, school or memorial code.

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First World War memorial for members of the Aura Lee Club

The latest schools to be added are Duke of Connaught School, or “Duke”, on Woodfield Avenue north of Queen Street East, which opened in 1912; Palmerston Avenue Public School, near Bathurst and Bloor Streets, which opened in 1889; and Forest Hill Village Schools, east of Spadina Road between Eglinton and St. Clair Avenues, which opened in 1924. All three grand old elementary schools are still in operation.

We’ve also added the first non-school organization to our database – the Aura Lee Club, a social and sports group active from 1887 to 1925. To find out why, and learn more about the work our volunteers have been doing, visit the For King and Country website.

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Toronto Branch Meetings

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Did you know?

That Toronto Branch OGS has more than 600 members? That members get a discount on publications, and course and workshop registration fees?