Fonds RC0573 - Morris Drury fonds

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Morris Drury fonds

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  • 1917-1935 (Creation)

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4 letters and 1 news clipping.

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Morris Hayne Austin 'Boy' Drury, OBE, CD, was born in Sherbrooke, Quebec on 10 October 1896. Drury was a member of the Royal Canadian Dragoons Permanent Force when he enlisted with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force in December 1915. Prior to enlisting Drury also had experience as a Lieutenant with the 11th Hussars and had completed one year at the Royal Military College as a cadet. After the First World War, he formed the Canadian Army Equestrian Jumping Team, which entertained spectators throughout the Great Depression. He retired from the military in 1946 and became Commandant of the Toronto Division for twenty-two years. He died in 1977.

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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.

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The fonds (44-2002) was purchased from The Alexander Gallery in November 2002.


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