The most important text for Canadians undertaking research on the Canadian
Expeditionary Force (CEF) in the Great War is the text of Colonel G. W. L.
Nicholson, C.D. of the Army Historical Section, This is also an important
reference for research of any CEF soldier who transferred to the BEF (as is the
case with both of my grandfathers).
||I initially obtained a copy of
the text from the Milton
Public Library after I had noted many on-line reference to the
text. Fortunately, the library was not aware of how rare this book
was and its historic and financial value. It was from that copy I
scanned the maps, which are now available on this web site.
In October 2004 I was able to track down a copy of the Nicholson
text, now one of my most prized possessions. I routinely share
information from this text with other researchers, across Canada and
internationally. I am currently (February 2006) seeking permission
from the Canadian Government to have a complete archive copy of this
text made in PDF format. The current PDF version provided by the
Canadian Department of National Defence (DND) is "text only"
and is not paginated to match the original version.
For access to the original document on this web site, follow this
link to the NICHOLSON
TEXT, SKETCHES and MAPS.
As part of the service to the Canadian Expeditionary Force Study Group (CEFSG) I
have also now scanned and posted all of the Nicholson Appendices from the text,
all of which you can find at the Matrix Project:
If at any time you have any specific requests from the Nicholson text, please
e-mail me and I will send you the information that you require. In the
interim, I would suggest you go to the CEFSG Forum and look at all the Nicholson
quotes and tid bits of information that have been posted: