Fonds RC0636 - Roy Stephenson fonds

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Roy Stephenson fonds

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  • 1914-1936 (Creation)

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3 cm of textual records, realia and graphic material
8 photographs

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Norman Roy Stephenson, son of William Howard and Caroline Emily Stephenson (née Farrow), was born in Toronto on 1 February 1890. He was one of eleven children. Four Stephenson brothers (Edwin Howard, John Carleton, Henry Arthur, and Roy) served in World War I. Roy Stephenson served with the 4th Battalion, the Royal Canadian Regiment, in northern France. He was wounded twice in battle: a gunshot in the shoulder at Ypres on 26 March 1915 and shrapnel in the leg at Canal du Nord near Arras on 10 September 1918.

After the war on 26 November 1920, he married Elfrida Bourne. They had four children. Although Stephenson was an electrician by trade, in the 1920s he worked at odd jobs, selling family produce. He also went out to western Canada during harvest time. In 1930 he applied and passed the Post Office exams and was a postman in Hamilton until his retirement. He died on 2 February 1959.

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The fonds (seven numbered files, files 10-16) consists of the following: (10) correspondence, 1914-36, including a postcard from Captain W.J. Peppiart about Stephenson’s enlistment, a letter from Edwin, 2 greeting cards from Norma (his sister), and a photocopy of a letter from Roy to Harry (Henry Arthur Stephenson, 22 October 1918); (11) 8 b&w photographs (several being reproductions), including group photograph of the Burlington Volunteers, 1st Canadian Contingent, and the grave site of A.T. Thomson at Mount St. Eloi Cemetery; (12) black notebook of WWI news clippings and other clippings of the period; (13) ephemeral publications, including Thanksgiving Service Canadian Corps Vimy Ridge (April 9th 1917), Regimental Songs Canadian Expeditionary Force 1914-1915, The 1st Canadian Division in the Battle of 1918, The Listening Post (no. 22, 15 February 1917), The Rose of No Man’s Land (music score), Bruce Bairnsfather’s Fragments from France, part VI, and the War Pictorial (embarkation number, part four); (14) WWI medal and brass buttons from Stephenson’s coat; (15) discharge certificate, 2 June 1919; (16) information about Stephenson’s war record from Gwendoline Stephenson, his daughter, and a copy of Stephenson’s attestation papers.

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The fonds (72-2010) was acquired from Doug Smith on 2 November 2010.


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