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Item First World War, 1914-1918
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Military vehicles report

  • RC0488
  • Item
  • 1919

Report, prepared by a Lieutenant Colonel of the Royal Army Service Corps stationed in Baghdad, describing the performance and maintenance record of military vehicles in Mesopotamia and Persia. It is dated 20 March 1919 and was sent to A.D.T, M.T, at General Headquarters. It contains a complete and detailed report on the work of this depot from 2 March 1918 to 31 January 1919.Carbon typescript, unsigned, 80 pages, plus tabulated lists, drawings, etc., pp. 81-108, followed by drawings, numbered 1-24, of automotive parts and shops.

Pigeon Service Message

  • RC0550
  • Item
  • 1918

The message notifies Headquarters, RGA, of a successful attack by the 2nd Battalion, Royal Welsh Fusiliers.

E.S. Copeland letter

  • RC0578
  • Item
  • 1915

The letter he wrote is dated June 1915 somewhere in France and is addressed to Mrs. Newell. The letter concerns the death of her son, Lawrence Gunn Newell, on 23 April 1915 from wounds sustained during the advance on Ypres. The letter also concerns another son, Claude, and other soldiers from the Watford area. The Newell brothers were the sons of Thomas and Sarah Newell. Gunn Newell was the first Lambton County solider to die in the Great War. Copeland asks her to have the essence of his letter printed in the Watford newspaper.

Copeland, E.S.

Petrolia (Ont.) Mayor's Office

  • RC0594
  • Item
  • 1914-1918

Subscripton list to purchase Webb equipment, military field glasses and Colt automatics for presentation to Captains M.D. MacKenzie and R.D. Caldwell of the 34th, Canadian Expeditionary Force. This list contains signatures of those willing to donate.

19th Battalion scrapbook

  • RC0835
  • Item
  • 1915-1964

The scrapbook contains approximately 55 black and white photos (approximately half are originals, the others are good quality reproductions), 3 colour photographs, news clippings, maps, and other material related to the Battalion.

19th Battalion (Central, Ontario), Canadian Expeditionary Force

Maintenance Log Book for M-Class Destroyers in the British Royal Navy

  • RC0855
  • Item
  • 1917

Bound log book titled “Information concerning P.V. Gear in 13th Flotilla”. There is an index of the 26 ships listed in the log: Medway, Moresby, Narborough, Nepean, Nictator, Nereus, Norseman, Obdurate, Octavia, Oracle, Onslow, Oriana, Orpheus, Oriole, Orsis, Oberon, Pelican, Paladin, Penn, Petard, Pigeon, Paisley, Pylades (all Admiralty M-Class); Nerissa and Rival (Yarrow M-Class) and Patrician (Thornycroft M-Class). Following the index, beginning on page 100 are entries about each ship. Paravanes (P.V.) are devices towed behind a vessel at a regulated depth, so that the cable to which it is attached can cut the moorings of submerged mines. It was a new weapon in World War I. In addition to information about the paravanes, the log also contains maintenance and circuit test notes. Two of the destroyers, Oracle (p. 149) and Pasley (p. 169) had collisions with submarines.