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Canada. Department of Militia and Defence British Columbia--Emigration and immigration
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Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission

  • GR-1315
  • Series
  • 1915-1929

This series contains records from the Returned Soldiers' Aid Commission. It includes documents of the provincial government agency established in 1919 to assist with the resettlement of Canadian and Imperial war veterans. Papers include correspondence with various ex-servicemen's associations, reports on military hospitals, and accounts regarding war services gratuity payments.
The RSAC papers consisted principally of three large files:
"25F" series - files pertaining to veterans of the Canadian armed forces
"35I" series - files dealing with veterans of the Imperial armed forces resident in British Columbia
"50" series - files pertaining to local branches of the Provincial Returned Soldiers' Commission and other veterans' associations
The papers also include records pertaining to War Services Gratuity payments, account books, cancelled cheques, reports, and correspondence concerning veterans' training, employment, and land settlement schemes.
The RSAC papers were microfilmed by the Provincial Secretary's Department in 1956. The microfilms were transferred from the Central Microfilm Bureau to the Provincial Archives of British Columbia in 1983.
Originally, the RSAC papers also included documents which were designated "R" series files. These files have yet to be identified. Although a card index to the files was included when the papers were filmed in 1956, the documents themselves appear to have been destroyed.

British Columbia. Returned Solders’ Aid Commission