L. J. Patrick Lafleur is one of more than 44,000 individuals whose service and sacrifice are documented in the Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead held by Library and Archives Canada (LAC). Ancestry.com is pleased to host selections from the service files for Sergeant Lafleur and almost 100 other Canadian soldiers as part of LAC’s “Lest We Forget” educational initiative, which allows students to discover the stories of Canada’s fallen through primary documents.
About the Records
Only records for those who died while serving during the Second World War are available to the public. However, the files that are included in the collection can be rich in content. Each contains multiple documents related to a soldier’s enlistment and service, such as:
- Enlistment records
- Medical and dental charts
- Evaluation reports
- Medal and promotion entitlements
- Letters (personal, military, and recommendations)
- Inventory of personal effects
These documents can include a wide range of details:
- Birth information
- Physical descriptions
- Occupation and employment
- Names of parents, siblings, spouse, and children
- Addresses for family
- Military units, squadrons, or names of ships served aboard
- Cause of death, burial details, and estate records
- Grave locations
- Requests regarding survivor’s benefits
Searching the Records
These records may be browsed by name or searched by a solder’s name, birth date, death date, or keyword. The database includes images of records in the file.
Some items are in French.