Fonds RC0476 - Hutcheson family fonds

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Hutcheson family fonds

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  • 1939-1945 (Creation)

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20 military medals and pins
1 WWII military coat
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1 b&w photograph
2 pencil drawings.

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Eric Harry Hutcheson and Robert Bazett Hutcheson, two brothers who served in the armed forces in World War II, were the sons of Harry McCamus (a lumberman) and Laura Phyllis Hutcheson (née Bazett, daughter of a pioneer surveyor) of Huntsville, Ont. Trained at No.2 Air Navigation School, Pennfield Ridge, New Brunswick, Eric Harry Hutcheson was a Flying Officer in the Royal Canadian Air Force. He died on 11 February 1944 at the age of 23.

Born on 7 July 1918, Robert Bazett Hutcheson graduated with a Bachelor of Commerce from Trinity College, University of Toronto. From 1940 to 1945, he was an officer (achieving the rank of Lieutenant Commander) with the Royal Canadian Navy on the HMCS Sherbrooke, HMCS Annapolis, HMCS Roxborourgh, and HMCS Kincardine. After the war, he returned to Huntsville and joined the family business, Muskoka Wood Products Ltd. He was the director of four different boards of the forest industry and served on other boards of a philanthropic and sport-related nature in the Huntsville community. He and his wife, Lecily, had three children. He died on 8 April 2004.

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The fonds consists of: five Canadian military medals in original boxes with ribbons, including the Atlantic Star, War Medal 1939-1945, the Defence Medal, the 1939-1945 Star, and Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; 15 other medals and pins (the Atlantic Star, the 1939-1945 Star (2), two War Medals 1939-45, two 1939-1945 Canada Voluntary, RAF wings, two inscribed white cross pins, the France and Germany Star, the Italy Star, the Defence Medal, maple leaf, and Navy bracelet (inscribed R. Bazett Hutcheson); Royal Canadian Navy black double breasted “Undress Coat” with eight gilt buttons, with rank insignia of Lieutenant Commander; 45audio disc (vinyl), 78 rpm, being “a message to some nice people” by Eric [Harry Hutcheson]”, 9-6-42 [9 June 1942]; framed b&w photograph of Sub-Lieutenant R. B. Hutcheson, R.C.N.V.R., July 1941, by Chimo of Halifax, Nova Scotia; two framed pencil drawings of Eric Harry Hutcheson by Debenham Gould, Bournemouth.

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The fonds (84-2010) was acquired from A.G. Russell on 17 December 2010.


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