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Fonds RC0100 - James F. Westhead fonds

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James F. Westhead fonds

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RC0100

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  • 1942-1946 (Creation)

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12 cm of textual records and graphic material
6 photographs

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Westhead, James F. (1907-1995)

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James F. Westhead (1907-1995) was a member of the Royal Canadian Armoured Corps in 1941, commanding “C” Squadron of the Lord Strathcona Horse. He was promoted to the rank of Major around 1943. In the final years of World War II, Westhead was Deputy to the Military Governor of the Netherlands. In 1947, he re-enlisted with the Militia, eventually becoming Brigadier General of the 18th Militia Group in Northern Ontario. For more biographical information consult Westhead’s obituary, published in The Globe and Mail on 13 November, 1995.

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The fonds contains letters and cards written to Westhead while he was overseas. The letters are from Westhead’s wife, Maud Westhead, his brother, George Herbert (“Herb”) Westhead, his father, George Westhead, his mother, and his sister, May Brown, all written from 878 Windermere Ave., Toronto Ontario. Some letters from Maud are written from the Lakeshore Hotel in Picton, Ontario. Other correspondents include Art and Ethel Clarke, of Toronto, and other friends and family members. The fonds also contains photographs – four of Maud and two of Westhead’s nephew, Douglas Brown, one of which includes Herb Westhead.

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Fonds (11-2009) was acquired in February 2009 from Gord Russell of Alexander Books.

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RC0100

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