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War Memorials in Schools

For King and Country: A project to transcribe the war memorials in Toronto schools

Many of the more than 600 schools in Toronto have war memorials listing the names of students and staff who served in Canada’s armed forces during WWI, WWII and other conflicts. Finding someone’s name on one of these memorials connects that person to a school and a community.

This project involves photographing and transcribing the memorials in each of the schools. The names are made available as they are transcribed in a free searchable online database on the For King and Country website.

The “For King and Country” project is also becoming a centralized source for Toronto school history.

Currently, the project covers only Toronto District School Board schools and one independent school. We plan to include Roman Catholic schools, other independent schools, colleges and universities as soon as possible.

The committee would welcome your help. Volunteers are needed for the following tasks:

  • visiting schools to photograph the memorials
  • typing the names onto an Excel spreadsheet
  • proofreading the transcribed images
  • researching school histories and finding images for the website

NOTE: We will supply guidelines for school visits, photography, transcribing, proofreading, etc. To avoid duplication, please don’t visit schools until you have checked with us.

If you are interested in volunteering for this project, please contact the committee