Fonds RC0593 - William G. Haydon fonds

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William G. Haydon fonds

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  • 1916-1922 (Creation)

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1 folder of textual records and graphic material.

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Sgt. Haydon served with the Westminster Dragoons in Egypt in 1916-1917. He was wounded near Jerusalem in December 1917. In 1918 the Dragoons lost their horses, were reconstituted as a Machine-Gun regiment and redeployed to the Western Front. It was there that Haydon was killed on 20 October 1918 and eventually buried in the Harelbeke New British cemetery in Belgium.

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The fonds consists of letters to his wife and family, official notification of his death, letters from his fellow soldiers to his wife, a notebook with brief entries of the regiment’s movements and lists of soldiers, and photographs. Most of the photographs were taken in Egypt. They include a railway station, encampments, a football pitch and camel transport, as well a photograph of Sgt. Haydon. Also included in the fonds are photographs of Haydon’s brother Ted and his wife’s brother Peter Ryan, both of whom served in the War.

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The fonds (69-2008) was acquired from V.W. Phillips of Burlington, Ont. in December 2008.


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