Monday, 11 November 2013

Index to Commonwealth War Graves Registers - First World War

This weekend, held another of their "freebies", with access to Canadian Military records for the past 5 or so days. In general, I assumed that I already have most of the information since they were available from the previous freebies as well as free on the Government of Canada or CWGC sites. However, I took a look anyway, just in case.

One new thing that I found was the "Commonwealth War Graves Registers, First World War" (also known as the Black Binders, volumes 39 to 144 of the series Accession RG 150, 1992-93/314). It's not that new, in fact, as they were digitized in 2011. As pointed out here, the real advantage of the Ancestry site is the integrated search, as most of the information is on the CWGC site, but with a slightly less capable search.

However, there are small bits of additional information, and if you're like me, you'd like to have as many references as possible (even if just scanned). The trouble is that the Ancestry site will no longer be free in a few hours. One could use the Library and Archives Canada site but it is completely unsearchable. I don't know why they couldn't have listed the names included in each set. After all, they went through the trouble of labelling the names on Page 2 of every set. The time it would take to type this up is surely much shorter than the time taken to scan the binders (or else something is terribly wrong).

Anyway, I decided to do so, and it didn't take too long. The index is available below:

IndexNameLocationFirst PersonLast Person
131830_B016669France, Belgium, etc.AaronAllan
231830_B016673France, Belgium, etc.AllansonAngst
331830_B016674France, Belgium, etc.AngusAstley
431830_B016672France, Belgium, etc.AstonBaker
531830_B016677France, Belgium, etc.BakysBarrow
631830_B016663France, Belgium, etc.BarryBeebe
731830_B034750France, Belgium, etc.BeechBerner
831830_B016668France, Belgium, etc.BernhartBittle
931830_B016662France, Belgium, etc.BjarnasonBolger
1031830_B016667France, Belgium, etc.BolinBowes
1131830_B016666France, Belgium, etc.BowhayBriden
1231830_B016665France, Belgium, etc.BridgeBrown, I. F.
1331830_B016671France, Belgium, etc.Brown, J.Buist
1431830_B016670France, Belgium, etc.BulbickBytheway
1531830_B016591France, Belgium, etc.CabanaCanning
1631830_B016590France, Belgium, etc.CannonCave
1731830_B016589France, Belgium, etc.CavelleChristmas
1831830_B016594France, Belgium, etc.ChristoCobley
1931830_B016593France, Belgium, etc.CoburnCoogan
2031830_B016592France, Belgium, etc.CookCotton
2131830_B016595France, Belgium, etc.CottrellCrewe
2231830_B016596France, Belgium, etc.CribbesCyrs
2331830_B016600France, Belgium, etc.DabateDawson
2431830_B016597France, Belgium, etc.DayDickie
2531830_B016599France, Belgium, etc.DickinsDostie
2631830_B016598France, Belgium, etc.DotyDunbar
2731830_B016602France, Belgium, etc.DuncanEdwards
2831830_B016601France, Belgium, etc.EdworthyEzric
2931830_B016606France, Belgium, etc.FaberFincham
3031830_B016605France, Belgium, etc.FinderFord
3131830_B034751France, Belgium, etc.FordyceFreymuth
3231830_B016604France, Belgium, etc.FrickerGaston
3331830_B016609France, Belgium, etc.GateGingras
3431830_B016608France, Belgium, etc.GinnGotze
3531830_B016607France, Belgium, etc.GoucherGreen
3631830_B016611France, Belgium, etc.GreenawayGysin
3731830_B016610France, Belgium, etc.HaasHancox
3831830_B016675France, Belgium, etc.HandHarty
3931830_B016676France, Belgium, etc.HarveyHelms
4031830_B016680France, Belgium, etc.HelpsHildreth
4131830_B034451France, Belgium, etc.HillHolmden
4231830_B016679France, Belgium, etc.HolmesHowles
4331830_B016678France, Belgium, etc.HowlettHutson
4431830_B034447France, Belgium, etc.HuttJames
4531830_B016681France, Belgium, etc.JamesonJohnsson
4631830_B034450France, Belgium, etc.JohnstonJuteau
4731830_B034449France, Belgium, etc.KaarKernick
4831830_B016682France, Belgium, etc.KerrKnibbs
4931830_B034448France, Belgium, etc.KnightLandymore
5031830_B034452France, Belgium, etc.LaneLeach
5131830_B016603France, Belgium, etc.LeachmanLevine
5231830_B016614France, Belgium, etc.LevingsLockie
5331830_B016613France, Belgium, etc.LockleyLyttle
5431830_B016612France, Belgium, etc.MabeeMarsden
5531830_B016617France, Belgium, etc.MarshMay
5631830_B016616France, Belgium, etc.MayallMillens
5731830_B016615France, Belgium, etc.MillerMoir
5831830_B016620France, Belgium, etc.MoisleyMorley
5931830_B016619France, Belgium, etc.MorphewMuir
6031830_B016621France, Belgium, etc.MuirheadMyson
6131830_B034752France, Belgium, etc.McAdamMcCoubrey
6231830_B016618France, Belgium, etc.McCourtMcDonaugh
6331830_B016622France, Belgium, etc.McDonellMcIntire
6431830_B016626France, Belgium, etc.McIntoshMacKenzie
6531830_B016625France, Belgium, etc.McKeoghMcLeman
6631830_B016624France, Belgium, etc.McLennanMcNaughton
6731830_B016623France, Belgium, etc.McNaulMcWilliams
6831830_B016630France, Belgium, etc.NadeauNicoletti
6931830_B016629France, Belgium, etc.NicollOlivier
7031830_B016628France, Belgium, etc.OlliffPapworth
7131830_B016627France, Belgium, etc.PaquetPattison
7231830_B016633France, Belgium, etc.PattonPerry
7331830_B016632France, Belgium, etc.PerrymanPlow
7431830_B016631France, Belgium, etc.PlowmanPrice
7531830_B016635France, Belgium, etc.PrickettRamsey
7631830_B016634France, Belgium, etc.RanceReid
7731830_B016638France, Belgium, etc.ReileyRizza
7831830_B016637France, Belgium, etc.RoachRoffey
7931830_B016636France, Belgium, etc.RogerRoy
8031830_B016641France, Belgium, etc.RoyalSaunders
8131830_B016640France, Belgium, etc.SauvageSelfe
8231830_B034455France, Belgium, etc.SelkirkSholds
8331830_B016644France, Belgium, etc.SholertSmales
8431830_B016643France, Belgium, etc.SmallSmith, P. M.
8531830_B034454France, Belgium, etc.Smith, R.Spence
8631830_B016642France, Belgium, etc.SpencerSteven
8731830_B016647France, Belgium, etc.StevensSt. Pierre
8831830_B016646France, Belgium, etc.StraceySyvret
8931830_B016645France, Belgium, etc.TabbenerThom
9031830_B016639France, Belgium, etc.ThomasTizzard
9131830_B034453France, Belgium, etc.TobiasTurnbull
9231830_B016649France, Belgium, etc.TurnerVyse
9331830_B016656France, Belgium, etc.WabanosseWarby
9431830_B016651France, Belgium, etc.WardWebb
9531830_B016653France, Belgium, etc.WebberWhitcutt
9631830_B016654France, Belgium, etc.WhiteWilley
9731830_B016655France, Belgium, etc.WilliamsWilson
9831830_B016658France, Belgium, etc.WiltonWorsley
9931830_B016652France, Belgium, etc.WorsterZykoski
10031830_B016657United KingdomAbbottByrt
10131830_B016650United KingdomCadieuxEwens
10231830_B016661United KingdomFaggHolmes
10331830_B016648United KingdomHoltumMeads
10431830_B016660United KingdomMeehenOzanne
10531830_B016659United KingdomPackhamSmith
10631830_B016664United KingdomSmolletZinck

Wednesday, 23 October 2013

On GPG/PGP Keys...

Way back in 2010, I attended the GSoC Mentors Summit. I thought that would be a perfect time to get a new GPG key signed by a lot of people. Unfortunately, I decided to do this the night before flying out to Mountain View. With the lack of sleep, long flight, and busy weekend, I promptly forgot the passphrase to that key.

For quite a while, I tried to remember or somehow guess the passphrase, to no avail. I even wrote a Python script to try out combinations of fragments I thought might be in it. Alas, I had no success.1

Since I just attended another Mentors Summit this past weekend, I had no choice but to come up with a new key. The new key ID is 0x8D86E7FA E5EB0C10 and eventually it will accumulate some signatures from the event as I go through them. The old key, 0xACA35FE6, really didn't have too many signatures2, so I guess it's no great loss.

1 Okay, I realize you have no way of trusting this statement if you've already trusted the old key, but I can't really do anything about that anymore.

2 At least you can check this statement on the keyservers, though.