100th Anniversary - Arrival of the Canadian Forestry Corps in France

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, June 22, 2017 to Sunday, June 25, 2017

The 'Lumberjack Trail' project in France honours the American, British and Canadian Forestry troops who arrived in France in Summer 1917 and whose fatalities are buried in the local cemeteries. The Trail is the result of the work of a volunteer group in France, 'Corps Forestiers en Aquitaine'. Aquitaine is in the south-west of France and includes the Bordeaux region.

Banner Corps Forestiers en Aquitaine

The portion of the trail in the Gironde Département will be inaugurated in June 2017 while that segment in the Landes Département will be inaugurated in October. If you are interested in learning more about this project and the activities scheduled for Summer 2017, please email: find.ww2.cfc.vets@gmail.com

Some 140 WWI Canadian Forestry Corps soldiers are buried in France and about one-third of them were buried in small cemeteries in the Aquitaine region of France. The “Corps Forestiers en Aquitaine” has researched and identified the Final Resting Locations of those in the Aquitaine region.

There are 30 Canadian Canadian Forestry Corps soldiers were buried in the Gironde Département  (four were subsequently exhumed and re-buried in Military Cemeteries.  Thirteen more Canadian Forestry Corps soldiers were buried in the Landes Département  (two were subsequently exhumed and re-buried in Military Cemeteries). Plaques are being erected in the applicable cemeteries.

If you know a WW II Canadian Forestry Corps veteran or if you are interested in learning more about this project and the activities scheduled for Summer 2017, please email: find.ww2.cfc.vets@gmail.com

In addition to these Canadian-centered events in June, a further series of commemorative activities will take place in October 2017 to include American and British foresters. The complete Schedule of Events can be downloaded here.

Contact Details: 
find.ww2.cfc.vets@gmail.com
Canada