June 23, 2015

“Graves of our Fallen” Project

RC Sigs CrestA project has been launched to gather gravestone pictures of all of our Signals fallen! The goal of the project is to collect gravestone photographs of all the men and women who lost their lives in service to Canada as members of the Canadian Signalling Corps, Canadian Engineer Signal Companies, Canadian Corps of Signals, Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and the Communications and Electronics Branch. It’s hoped that with the involvement of our wide community, this ambitious goal can be achieved.

The project will also develop and maintain a compiled list of the fallen. Why yet another list? There are a number of excellent sources such as the Canadian Virtual War Memorial and the National Books of Remembrance, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission, the History of the Royal Canadian Corps of Signals and of course the recent history publication, Semaphore to Satellite. Unfortunately the lists of names differ between those sources and it’s not easy to update or correct them so this project will strive to refine the list of our fallen.

Assisting with the project is easy! Consult the list of the fallen and see if there are photos needed for those buried close to where you live or where you may be traveling. Then, grab a camera and pay our fallen a visit!

Please see the RCSigs website (link here) for all the details!

0 Comments on ““Graves of our Fallen” Project

Chris Mail
June 23, 2015 at 9:58 PM

Great idea! I will do the two in Victoria this month. The only item missing is the picture format to use for the photos. I would suggest JPEG or JPEG 2000 file format.

Chris Weicker


Joe Costello
June 23, 2015 at 10:10 PM

Thanks Chris, great suggestion! I’ll add that the desired format is JPG/JPEG.


Joe Costello
July 13, 2015 at 11:42 AM

Chris, There is a third in Victoria now….
Veterans’ Cemetery, Esquimalt – Capt Harvey William Bonner – Mil. Sec. Plot 166.

June 24, 2015 at 9:22 AM

Hello Joe,

A worthy project.

Please consider the fellow signallers who wore Navy Blue then green and ploughed the sea rather than the barren field.

On not a few gravestones bearing the Crown and fouled anchor there is the inscription ‘signaler. ’

For your consideration.

Ken Lloyd

Past President

Friends of HMCS HAIDA

Joe Costello
July 8, 2015 at 7:54 AM

There is now a map of the Graves of our Fallen to make visiting cemeteries easier. See: and browse it as you would a Google map.

Natalie De Roij
July 17, 2015 at 4:48 PM

I am aware of the Maple Leaf Legacy Project that has taken photos of over 106,000 photographs of graves thus far around the globe. How exactly does this project differ from that? Would it not be less labour intensive to work with the Maple Leaf Legacy Project in some fashion as they are all volunteers as well? I can see photographing graves of those not covered by this project – but they have a heck of a good start!

Joe Costello
July 17, 2015 at 7:39 PM

Thanks for your interest and your question Natalie. This project differs from the Maple Leaf Legacy Project (MLLP) in a number of ways. First, MLLP is targeted at all Canada’s War Dead while this project’s focus is only Signals related persons. Additionally, this project includes those who died as a result of their service but, not having died ‘in war’ are not within the scope of the MLLP. Graves of our Fallen is not just about the ‘pictures’, it also seeks to produce a clear list of those Signals members who lost their lives as a result of their service and to publish it all on a site where people come to get information about Signals. Within a larger site such as MLLP, it’s not clear who those members are as they’re ‘lost in the noise’.

That’s not to say that the projects aren’t related. First, they both share common data sources, the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Canadian government lists, but we’ve also cross referenced and used other sources as well. Having our own list has it’s advantage in that we can correct erroneous information easier than we can get others to correct theirs. Second, we have been in contact with the MLLP and have been graciously given permission to use any of their relevant photos for this project. To date, over 140 photos for this project have come from MLLP and we are grateful for their support. None of the photos still needed for this project are currently posted on MLLP and so aren’t available to us. Additionally, they have a multi-year backlog of pictures to post and so are not a ready source for those we’re missing. We continue to monitor their site for new pictures and will use any that appear.

Due to the smaller scope of our project, and with support of volunteers, it’s possible for us to gather photos and post them independently of MLLP and likely sooner. We can also tap into a different volunteer base of those who are motivated to complete this Signals project but who may be less motivated towards a general project such as MLLP. At the end of the day, no volunteers for this project will be wasting their time as, if a picture is available to us for posting, from any source, we’ll use it and remove it from our needed list. Response has been good and we hope to be posting new pictures regularly!


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