This Remembrance Day, the newspaper will again ask readers for help in honouring one of Canada’s war dead.
In each of the past seven years, the Citizen has assembled a one-day biography of the Canadian Forces member whose name is published on Remembrance Day at 11:11 a.m.
The name of that soldier will be randomly issued this Sunday at 11:11 a.m. by an online memorial: a Twitter account, @WeAreTheDead.
The automated account publishes 24 names each day from the list of 119,531 uniformed Canadians who have lost their lives in service to this country. A new name is published at random from the list at 11 minutes past every hour; the account will continue to issue a new name in this fashion until 2025.
As in past years, the newspaper will need your help Sunday to produce its Remembrance Day profile.
Crowdsourced material is essential since the majority of Canada’s war dead were killed in the First World War, which ended 100 years ago Sunday. The named person can be from any branch of the service and hail from anywhere in Canada.
Sometimes, biographical material is difficult to find.
In the first year of the project, for instance, Leading Aircraftman Chancy Melvin Simpson was the subject of our story. The 24-year-old New Brunswicker left a hard-to-find footprint after dying from stomach cancer in a Nova Scotia hospital in 1944.
The project has more fully portrayed John Cawley, an Irish immigrant and Saskatchewan farmer who died at Vimy Ridge; Joseph Aldéric Boucher, the son of a Quebec cheesemaker who perished at the Somme; Pte. Henry Rohloff, of Manitoba, who died in the late stages of the Second World War when he stepped on a live electrical cable; and Pte. Edwin Booth, a British immigrant and farmer who died in the Battle of Mount Sorrel in June 1916.
Two years ago, a rich portrait emerged of Flight Sgt. Stanley Spallin, a 20-year-old pilot from Edmonton who died in a crash while patrolling the English coast in November 1942. He left behind a daughter who was unborn at the time of his death, Yvonne Holden, whom the newspaper found in Mount Lehman, B.C.
Last year, the newspaper told the story of First World War Gunner Faus Metcalf, who died at the beginning of the end of the war. Metcalf, 19, was killed in August 1918 during the Second Battle of Arras at the start of a decisive offensive known as The Hundred Days.
This year, we will again crowdsource the research, and we invite genealogists, historians, military buffs and all readers to help us develop the profile, which will be published online late Sunday.
If you’d like to help, please follow @WeAreTheDead and watch for the name tweeted at 11:11 a.m.
You can also tweet information directly to @citizenduffy, @GetBAC or @drakefenton. We’ll be using the hashtag #wearethedead.
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