On June 11th 1996, the Last Post Fund created the “Unmarked Grave Program” whose objective is to provide a permanent military-style marker for eligible Veterans who lie in unmarked graves.
The Program is available to eligible Veterans whose grave has not had a permanent headstone or foot marker for five years or more, and who have not previously received funeral and burial funding from the Last Post Fund or Veterans Affairs Canada.
Proof of military service stating rank and military unit is required. The Last Post Fund may be able to assist with obtaining military service records from Library & Archives Canada if supplied with the full name and date of birth of a Canadian Veteran.
Library & Archives Canada maintains a “Soldiers of the First World War” database that holds the attestation papers for those who served during World War One. This database may be viewed by clicking here.
Please note: The Last Post Fund does not have access to service records for those who served with the Allied Forces. Proof of service for Allied Veterans must be provided by the applicant.
Proof of Death
To process an application, we request that an applicant provides proof of death for the Veteran. This may include a document showing the date of death such as an obituary or card of remembrance, a death certificate issued by a funeral home or government source or a cemetery interment record, etc.
To initiate an application for the Unmarked Grave Program, please contact the Last Post Fund at 1-800-465-7113 and speak with a counsellor.
Grave markers must be ordered through a Last Post Fund supplier to ensure compliance with the inscription standards of Veterans Affairs Canada. Information that is inscribed on the marker may include:
(Religious symbol of choice)
LEST WE FORGET
Depending on the type of marker allowed at the cemetery, the Last Post Fund may place an upright or flat grey granite military-style marker. When necessary, a grave marker of varying dimensions or special material may be ordered to comply with cemetery regulations.