Online Information on Canada’s 1st Black Battalion

The Nova Scotia Archives have made available a valuable historical resource: they have digitized the “Nominal Roll” of the brave soldiers in Canada’s only predominantly Black battalion, the Canadian Expeditionary Force’s No. 2 Construction Battalion, formed in Nova Scotia in July 1916, during the First World War.

This document is available in two forms, as the scanned original and as a searchable text version. It includes each soldier’s name, rank, previous military affiliations, birth date and city of birth, next of kin and next-of-kin’s address. While this Nominal Roll has a lot to offer those interested in genealogy, its online release is also a powerful reminder of the many ways in which people of color, including Creoles of color and their ancestors, are entertwined in the histories and events of the world.

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