Collection RC0548 - William Windridge collection

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William Windridge collection

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  • Textual record
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  • 1918-2004 (Creation)
    Windridge, William Eric

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2 cm of textual records and 25 items

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William Eric Windridge was born in Bexley, Kent in England on the 17th of July 1895 to Thomas Windridge. His occupation is listed as a clerk when he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in September 1915 and he served with the 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion. He enlisted again in 1942 and served with the Veteran Guards of Canada until September 1945. Between the wars he married his wife, Edith, and they had one daughter, Dorothy, born in 1926. Edith passed away in March of 1943.

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The collection consists of Windridge’s war medals and various military and civilian pins and badges, various service records and discharge papers and a couple of photographs. Included is a matchbox, with a holder made by Windridge with a small Scottie dog figurine, which must have been a good luck charm for him. There is also correspondence mostly from Windridge and his wife to his daughter during the period of the Second World War.

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The collection (2014-053) was acquired from Gord Russell in November 2014.


The material is arranged as follows:
Series 1 – Medals, badges, and mementos
Series 2 – Correspondents and other documents

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Box G041

  1. British War Medal
  2. Victory Medal
  3. Canadian Volunteer Service Medal (green in ribbon)
  4. War Medal
  5. Veterans Guard of Canada – cap badge
  6. King George VI & Queen Elizabeth 1937 – Coronation medal issued by the Town of Brampton
  7. Peel Masonic Medal
  8. Victoria County Honors Her Fallen medal
  9. ID tag on chain
    12a. Handmade tin matchbox holder. Verso reads: “Neuville St. Vaast 1917”.
    12b. Matchbox with little [wooden?] Scottie dog statuette. [Was kept inside holder.] Handle with care.
    King George and Queen Mary Silver Jubilee, 1910-1935, medal. Red box.
    Royal Canadian Legion medal. Blue box.

E.1 - Ribbons
Victory Medal
British War Medal
Canadian Volunteer Service Medal

E.2 – Windridge pins etc .
Overseas Canadian Pioneer Battalion – cap badge
Veterans Guard of Canada – pin locket
Overseas Canadian Pioneer Battalion – pin (lapel?)
Veterans Guard of Canada – pin
Great War Veterans pin
His Majesty’s Army and Navy Veteran’s Society of Hamilton pin
British Empire Service League, Canadian Legion pin
1944-2004 remembrance pin – [50th Anniversary of the Italian Campaign?]
Unidentified medal bar

E.3 – Garner and Windridge pins etc.
Army Class A pin – reads “For Service at the Front”
British Empire Service League, Canadian Legion pins
Army Navy & Air Force Veterans in Canada – pin
Royal Canadian Legion medal with Past Member, Executive Committee and Hon. Secretary bars.
Medal holder

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