The Fallen

A New Way
To Remember

The Fallen is an interactive experience, created exclusively for the iPad, giving Canadians a way to remember those who have given their lives in service to our country from the Boer War, through the World Wars, Korean War, our Peacekeeping Missions and Afghanistan. It is a way to become immersed within those past lives.

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Explore & Remember Those Around You

No matter where you are in the world, take some time to navigate around the main maps of The Fallen – you’ll find there is a fallen Canadian laid to rest nearby who should be remembered. The app allows you to filter by War or branch of the Armed Forces, search by a location, or zoom in to those buried nearest to wherever you might be. The choice is yours on how you chose to navigate and remember.

The more you explore the more you will learn about our history of sacrifice and become immersed by those who have fallen on far-flung battlefields. This release of the app is the first step for the project. Behind every poppy on the maps of The Fallen, and for every poppy a Canadian wears on Remembrance Day, there is a uniquely human story of courage and fear, sorrow and tears. We hope in the future to uncover these narratives and here is a glimpse of what those stories could be.
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Global Map of Soldiers

Search Past Family Members & Friends

Although we don't have the burial locations of all past soldiers, we have over 118,000 in a searchable interface where you can search by first or last name, location, or filter by War or branch. Take a moment to look up past family members and help our project grow by submitting any new information you may have about them.
Were They Neighbours?

Were They Your Neighbours?

Our most ambitious undertaking relies on you: We currently have the last known Canadian addresses of servicemen and women from the Toronto area from the First and Second World Wars – browse through our Toronto map and you can see the impact . It is our goal to gather this information for every city and town and location country wide.

You can search through any and all of our soldiers and if you have more information we would ask that you to take the time to update the data with their last known Canadian address or any other information you might have.

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About the Project

This project was born out of the desire to experiment and adapt static data for evolving media and technology. A different way to experience the act of remembering by breathing context into data and creating a new framework to memorialize The Fallen.

They came from farms and towns and cities across the country and many lie in manicured cemeteries or lonely graves around the world or in seldom remembered plots here in Canada. To remember is to honour and The Fallen serves as a contextualized means to understand, learn and remember the sacrifices made by so many Canadians in bringing light into a dark world.

Data for this project has been gathered from the Commonwealth War Graves Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada, the work of Patrick Cain, as well as other online sources - comprising over 118,000 unique data points. The two most predominant categories are individual statistics (e.g. name, rank, branch, unit) and where they have been laid to rest, whether at home or abroad. Although we will be working with data from the CVWM and other sources to expand and evolve The Fallen, sometimes the most accurate information will come from the families and loved ones of those who served.

At Good Digital Culture we are a team dedicated to building good digital products with uniquely defined visions and compelling stories to tell. Because our culture should be defined by the good that we do. We hope you find The Fallen as compelling, immersive, emotive and heartbreaking as we do.

The Fallen is a new way to remember for a new generation.
Not just for Remembrance Day, but forever.

TheFallen.org thanks all who have worked with us on and supported this project. Thanks to Kathy Vey, Wilf Dinnick, Craig Silverman, Jane Armstrong and Liam Maloney who worked with us on the original Toronto PoppyFile in 2010.



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The Real Band of Brothers

When the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry stormed the beach at Dieppe on August 19th, 1942 three brothers, Acting Corporal Wesley and Privates Arthur and Lewis Barber, sons of Aquila Barber of Simcoe, Ontario, were amongst the first ashore. As Lieutenant John Webster, RHLI, told us many years ago:, one brother, Arthur, was hit by machine gun fire and fell immediately. His older brother, Wesley stopped to try to drag him to the seawall. Webster went back to pull Wesley away, but too late. Lt. Webster, his legs shot up, and a small group still managed to blow a hole in the wire and creep along the seawall to their objective, the Casino, only to be eventually captured along with the third and youngest Barber brother, Lewis. They both spent the rest of the war in a German POW camp.

The RHLI lost 197 dead that day. The Barber brothers, Arthur and Wesley lie buried close to where they fell, two of the 582 Canadians who rest in the cemetery on Chemin des Canadiens, at St Aubin sur Scie, just south of Dieppe.

Barber, Arthur Oliver. Barber, Wesley David. 1942-08-19. Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery, Hautot-sur-Mer, France.

The Victoria Cross, Starship Troopers and Casa Loma

In the middle of the night of February 26th, 1945, near the village of Mooshof, Germany, Sgt. Aubrey Cosens of the Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada, his platoon under heavy attack, directed a tank to ram some farm buildings from which the Germans were firing, then rushed the buildings killing some of the enemy and taking the rest prisoner. On his way back to report to his unit, he was killed by a sniper. For his actions that night, the 23 year old Cosens was awarded the Commonwealth’s highest honour, the Victoria Cross.

Cosens is mentioned as the name of one of the “little ships” in Robert Heinlein’s Starship Troopers. His Victoria Cross is on display at the Queen’s Own regimental museum in Casa Loma, Toronto. Although he died in Germany, as did many others, the Canadian Army forbade burial of Canadian soldiers on German soil. Sgt. Cosens is just one of the 2331 Fallen who now lie the Groesbeek Cemetery in Holland, with another 100 commemorated at the nearby Groesbeek Memorial.

Cosens, Aubrey. 1945-02-26. Groesbeek Canadian War Cemetery, Groesbeek, Netherlands.

A Canadian from HMCS Uganda in Rio

In the Gamboa British Cemetery in Rio de Janeiro, nearby the first favela, with a caution not to visit alone at night, lies the grave of a single Canadian sailor, Leading Seaman George Eaton Stuart, Royal Canadian Navy. Stuart served on the light cruiser HMCS Uganda, Pennant 66, which after serving in the Mediterranean at Sicily and Salerno, was transferred to the Pacific and won honours at the battle of Okinawa in April, 1945. In May, the crew, 87% of whom were reservists, famously voted against volunteering for further action against Japan since the war against Germany was over and she sailed back to Esquimault, B.C. arriving on August 10th, the day Japan surrendered.

Little is known of Leading Seaman Stuart, who was buried in Rio in April of 1946, almost a year after WWII was over. Details of his life, where he served, how he died, how he came to be buried in Brazil and whether the Uganda ever put into port there are unclear. He is commemorated as a WWII casualty on page 590 of the Second World War Book of Remembrance in the Peace Tower in Ottawa.

Stuart, George Eaton. 1946-04-11. Gamboa British Cemetery, Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.

The Canadians who died in Russia after WWI was over.

13 Canadians are memorialized in Archangel far to the north of Russia. They were sent and died there because Canada sent two artillery brigades and supporting troops to Russia in 1918, as part of an Allied intervention in World War One to try to stop the Bolshevik revolutionaries under Lenin, who had made peace with Germany at the treaty of Brest-Litovsk. Tragically, two of our soldiers, Gunner Walter Colville and Corporal Stanley Belben Wareham of the 16th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, died on the day World War One was officially over: November 11, 1918. Most of the others died in 1919.

17 more Canadians who died fighting the Russians in WWI lie far to east in Vladivostok, among them Private William John Henderson, Royal North West Mounted Police (now RCMP), a Mountie attached to the Canadian Army. A generation later, two more Canadians were memorialized in Russia, now our ally in World War II, and lie to the far northwest near the border of Finland, in Murmansk. Flight Sgt. Walter Tabor, RCAF and Fireman & Trimmer George Auger, Canadian Merchant Navy both died in 1942 as part of the Canadian war effort to get convoys safely to Russia to sustain the fight against Nazi Germany.

Archangel Allied Cemetery, Archangel Memorial, Vladivostok Memorial, Churkin Russian Naval Cemetery, Severomorsk Cemetery and Murmansk Russian Cemetery, Russia.

The Sisters of Mercy

Over 2500 Canadian Nursing Sisters, part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps, served overseas in WW1. They were also known as Angels of Mercy or ‘bluebirds’ because of their blue uniforms and white veils. 53 of them died while serving, including all 14 aboard the Llandovery Castle, a Canadian Hospital Ship that was torpedoed off Ireland in June 1918 by the German U-boat U-86. One of those was Matron Margaret Marjory Fraser, daughter of the Lt.Governor of Nova Scotia.

The Sisters of Canadian Hospital No1 had a theme song, some of which went:

We came out to nurse our own troops,
But were greeted with measles and whoops.
Now I'll be a granny, and sit on my fanny,
And keep warm with turpentine stupes.

In my sweet little Alice Blue gown,
When I return to my home town
They will bring out the band, give the girls a big hand,
Being a nurse in the force, I'll be quite renowned.

Almost 100 years later, Canada became one of the few armies in the world to allow women in frontline combat roles.

Captain Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery, was the first female Canadian solder to die in combat, killed while fighting the Taliban in Afghanistan in 2006.

Margaret Marjory (Pearl) Fraser. 1918-06-27. Fort Massey Cemetery, Halifax
Nichola Kathleen Sarah Goddard. 2006-05-17