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First World War, 1914-1918
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Pigeon Service Message

  • RC0550
  • Item
  • 1918

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

Saarlouis Theatrical Committee fonds

  • RC0552
  • Fonds
  • 1918

The fonds consists of a bound album compiled by E.J. Edward containing a list of all productions, cast lists, written descriptions of the costumes supplemented by watercolour illustrations of the productions, and b&w photographs of the cast in performance. There is also a b&w photograph of the committee in military uniform and a b&w photograph of the orchestra, many who were also members of the committee.

Saarlouis Theatrical Committee

J.N. Weekes fonds

  • RC0554
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1916

The fonds consists of Weekes's journal, a bound manuscript, 88 pages in length. The first entry is dated 4 August 1914 when the ship was "laying in Medway at Sherness". The last entry is dated [June] 9, 1916 when the ship left Brindisi.

Weekes, J. N.

Betty M. B. Houghton fonds

  • RC0555
  • Fonds
  • 1914-1915.

The fonds consists of two albums containing short accounts by soldiers at the hospital of their war-time experiences, as well as poems and addresses.

Houghton, Betty M. B.

Diss (England) Urban Military Service Local Tribunal fonds

  • RC0556
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1918

Fonds consists of a minute book, five letters, 1916-1918, notes, and news clippings. The minutes cover the period from December 1915 to October 1918; the last set of minutes is found loose in the minute book. The bound minute book commences with a name index of those who appeared before the tribunal.

Diss Urban Military Service Local Tribunal

James R. Allan fonds

  • RC0558
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1916

The fonds consists of letters that he wrote to his mother in London, Ont. One of the letters contains detailed information on military actions.

Allan, James R.

C.T. Atkinson fonds

  • RC0560
  • Fonds
  • 1926-1930

The fonds consists six letters to C.T. Atkinson, 1926-1930, regarding the publication of his book. There is one page of holograph notes, perhaps by a reviewer, news clippings of book reviews, and a publisher's circular for 1926 which does not list Atkinson's book. There are also two post cards.

Atkinson, Christopher Thomas

Daniel William Fraser fonds

  • RC0561
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1919

The fonds consists of his Officer's record of service book, his certificate of service, his war service badge certicate, invitations and correspondence, including a letter of 8th October 1917 setting out in detail the tasks performed by the 6th Canadian Railway Troops.

Fraser, Daniel William

Marion S. Simpson fonds

  • RC0563
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1918

The fonds consists of fourteen letters written by soldiers in appreciation of the gifts sent to them as well as one b&w photograph.

Simpson, Marion S.

Canadian military photograph collection

  • RC0565
  • Collection
  • 1916-1918

The collection consists of four photographs:
173th Battalion (Highlanders), Camp Borden, 1916 (oversize)
Mounted Rifles, Eastern Canada, Canadian Expeditionary Force, Hamilton, Ont., 25 January 1916 (oversize)
Lieut. Col. A.B. Carey and officers of the 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Belgium 1918
Canadian solider and officer holding unidentified flag.

Young Men's Christian Association of Canada

  • RC0566
  • Collection
  • 1917

The photographs have been pasted into a scrapbook. Some of the subject matter of the photographs is as follows: dugouts at Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, and other locations, wounded soldiers being assisted, Trump-Line, Maple Leaf Concert Party, athletic events including a horse show, baseball, track and field, boxing, tug-of-war, General Currie, Little Theatre in London, and Khaki University of Canada (London Branch).

Young Men's Christian Association of Canada

William Fingland fonds

  • RC0567
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1920

This fonds consists of 111 letters, the majority of which were written by Fingland to his sweetheart, Etta. There are a few responses from Etta to William. The letters combine Fingland's feelings for Etta with his descriptions of life on the battlefront and his struggle to do the work of the YMCA. He speaks about his travels through the countryside while on leave. There is a wedding invitation announcing the couple's nuptials in August 1920. A photograph-postcard of a group of soldiers is included in this fonds. Fingland is not identified in the photograph.

Fingland, William

J.A. Millen fonds

  • RC0568
  • Fonds
  • 1918-1919

The fonds consists of ten letters written by Millen to his wife, Helen Ethel Millen. The letters outline the day-to-day activities Millen participated in. A letter written in July 1918 comments on the arrival of the "Yankee" troops. A letter written 6 September 1918 provides details of Millen's involvement with the battles along the Hindenburg Line on 2 and 3 September 1918.

Millen, J. A.

Wallace Brett fonds

  • RC0569
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1918

The fonds consists of fourteen letters and envelopes written by Brett to his sister Esther. Esther resided in Toronto. Brett's letters told his sister about the correspondence he was receiving, the individuals from home he was encountering and some of the details of his day-to-day activities both in England where he was drilling and shoveling coal, to his time on the battlefields in France. One letter was written while he was in hospital in Shorncliffe.

Brett, Wallace

Morris Drury fonds

  • RC0573
  • Fonds
  • 1917-1935

The fonds consists of letters written by Drury to his mother, grandmother, grandfather and aunt Fran. The letters discuss Drury's day to day activities, the people he has met and the places he has visited. In the last letter Drury describes his experience with the Fleet Illuminations and includes a newspaper clipping (17 July 1935) covering the event.

The letters are hand written in ink and pencil on varying qualities of paper. A preservation copy was made of a letter written in pencil on poor quality paper. Repair work was done to the newspaper clipping and a preservation copy included in the file.

Drury, Morris

Alfred Langsford Robinson fonds

  • RC0574
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1918

The album contains 191 photographs. Subjects of the photographs include training at the riding school in Ottawa, the troops en route on the Adriatic, and photographs of time spent at Shorncliffe and Crowborough. Some photographs were taken at the Perkins Bull Hospital for Convalescent Canadian Officers and the Shrewsbury Aerodrome AAP. There are also photographs of Ireland, particularly Cork-Killarney.

Robinson, Alfred Langsford

James Henry Reid fonds

  • RC0577
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1925

The album contains 115 b&w photographs. There are photographs of the following: the H.M.S. Megantic; Reid in a graduation gown; soldiers in uniform, on board ship, in tents, and on horseback; medical and dental staff; views of buildings (King’s College, Cambridge, for example), and hospitals and clinics (London General Hospital and the Etchinghill Hospital, etc). Most of the photographs are unidentified. Approximately 30 photographs were taken between 1920 and 1925; they depict Reid, his family, and friends at Severn River and Wood’s Bay. He worked as a dentist in Toronto as late as 1925.

Reid, James Henry

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.

Canadian 54th Battalion collection

  • RC0579
  • Collection
  • 1919

The collection consists of 3 b&w group photographs. They are part of a sequence of photographs, numbered in the top left: 71, 73, 77, 54th Canadians. One photograph is labelled on the bottom: 4th Division Football Champions, 1919; a second is labelled 4th Division, Indoor Baseball Champions, 1919; the third is labelled on the top right, Band. Also in the collection is a card issued by the Food Controller of Canada.

Canadian Army. 4th Division, 11th Brigade, 54th Battalion.

Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force collection

  • RC0580
  • Collection
  • 1918

The collection consists of two photographs taken by S. Thomson of Vancouver, BC:

  1. 16th Field Co[mpan]y. C.E. at New Westminster, B.C. en route to Siberia. 16.11.18.
  2. C.A.S.C. C.E.F.[Canadian Army Service Corps., Canadian Expeditionary Force] en route to Siberia, New Westminster, B.C., Dec. 9th 1918.

Canadian Army. Canadian Expeditionary Force (Siberia)

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