I am a new member of this forum, although I read it quite often to help for my research. This is a great resource for military historians like myself.
My name is Frederic Smith (call me Fred), I am from Quebec City and I've been working here as a professional historian for the last 18 years, and since 2006 for a government organization.
Despite my last name and my Scottish heritage, I am a French speaker. So please bear with me!
Besides my day job I pursue different interests in military history. In 2012, I published my research about French Resistance in Quebec. And I've been coeditor and webmaster of Le Québec et les guerres mondiales
In 2014 I contributed on-screen to an episode of the French-Canadian version of Who Do You Think You Are?, aired on Radio-Canada. I helped a famous Quebec comedian to retrace his uncle's steps during WWII. We went together to Aldershot and Portsmouth, UK and filmed there.
Many viewers contacted me after the episode aired, asking for my help in retracing the military journey of one of their family members. So last year I got the idea of building a website and offering my services under the name Parcours de guerre
. I get a copy of the military file, I decipher it and put it in context, and print the result as an elegant book. I completed a few projects so far, including one about the Canadian Railway Troops in WWI (a fascinating but quite ignored story) and another about a 22nd Battalion (French Canadian) soldier who died at Courcelette. I am currently working on the journey of a soldier from the Hastings & Prince Edward Regiment who participated in the Sicily landing and the Italian campaign.
Which brings me to this forum. It is definitely one of the best places to find answers when one tries deciphering a Canadian military file. It helped me quite a lot in the past and it will again.
I hope to be able to return the favor by contributing to this forum.