These collections contains any material relating to Canada from 1914 to 1918 from either the home front or the battlefront. External links in collection descriptions are either to online attestation papers at Library and Archives Canada or casualty and burial information at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
Frank Beecher Doran was born in Iroquois, Ontario in 1894 and was a school teacher in Iroquois when he enlisted in March, 1916. He served in France with the Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) and then later transferred to the Royal Flying Corps. He was killed on August 13, 1917. The collection consists of five letters written home to his sister.
William Keith Dornan was born in Allenford, Ontario in June, 1897. Prior to the war he moved west and enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan in August, 1915. Dornan served overseas until his death on March 16, 1917. The collection currently consists of six letters, clippings, a photograph, and a Christmas card.
William Edward Drader was the eldest of the brothers who went to war. He was born in London, Ontario in 1884. He enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta in December, 1915. He served with the 49th Battalion and the 4th Battalion overseas until discharged in the spring of 1919. William returned to Alberta and died in 1952. Joseph Earl Drader was born in 1887 and enlisted in March, 1916. He served with the 47 Battalion in France and was discharged in February, 1919. Earl returned to the Edmonton area and died in 1973. He was married to Ethel Ball, sister to the Ball brothers. Clarence Wilbert (Bert) Austin Drader was born in 1889 and enlisted with his brother Earl in March, 1916. He served overseas with the 49th Battalion and was discharged in the spring of 1919. Following the war he lived in British Columbia, and died in 1970. Robert Eugene Drader was born in July, 1891 and enlisted in June, 1915 and served with the 49th Battalion. Robert was killed at the Somme on September 16, 1916. This collection consists of the World War One correspondence of four brothers of the Drader family. The collection consists of more than sixty of their letters, as well as photographs.
Walter MacKay Langdale Draycott was born in Leicester, England in February, 1883. Draycott was alread a veteran of the South African War when he enlisted in December, 1914 with The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. He served in France and Belgium during the war and after the war settled in British Columbia, Canada. Draycott died in 1985 at the age of 102. The collection currently consists of an undated typed memoir by Draycott, as well as one photograph.
John Drysdale, the son of William and Flora Drysdale, was born in Glasgow, Scotland in May, 1893. When he emigrated to Canada is uncertain. He enlisted at Sydney, Nova Scotia in September, 1915. Drysdale served in France and was killed October 7, 1918. The collection consists of annotated pages of Songs of a Sourdough, a book Drysdale carried with him in France.
This collection consists of letters of the Duff family from 1914 to 1918. It includes letters from Louis Duff, who enlisted in Moose Jaw in 1914, and his brother Cecil, who enlisted in Winnipeg in March, 1916. As well there are letters between Louis and Cecilís mother Rosa and her sister Lily (Aunt Lily in the correspondence from the brothers), correspondence from Harry Richey, the uncle of Louis and Cecil, and correspondence from Dr. Thomas Leask, related to the Duff family by marriage. The collection consists of thirty-four letters.
Lancelot de Sausmarez Duke was born in Ceylon in October, 1896. He was educated in England and Canada and moved to Victoria, British Columbia, where his father was a doctor. Duke initially enlisted with the 88th Battalion, Victoria Fusiliers, in May 1915. Duke then transferred to the Royal Flying Corps with whom he served until the end of the war. He flew with the 84th Squadron and was awarded the D.F.C. The collection currently consists of letters from Duke, photographs, and his diary from 1918.
This collection consists of more than 30 letters, as well as news items and editorials, originally published in the Dutton Advance newspaper in Ontario. These are letters home from soldiers overseas to family and community, spanning the years 1900 to 1944, which offer a unique glimpse of the ties between the soldiers and their homes. The dates indicated for the letters are those on which the letters were published in the newspaper, not the date of
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Thomas Ernest Eardley was born in Shropshire, England in January, 1890. Eardley moved to Alberta prior to the war, and enlisted in Medicine Hat, Alberta in December, 1914. He served overseas with the Canadian Mounted Rifles until he was taken prisoner in June, 1916. Eardley remained a prisoner of war until his release in 1918. The collection consists of more than eighty letters from 1914 to 1918.
Hadden William Ellis was born in Dundas County, Ontario in March, 1894. He moved west to Weno, Calgary, Alberta and was a student at the time of enlistment. Ellis enlisted in April, 1916 in Calgary, Alberta. He served overseas with the Canadian Light Horse until his death on September 24, 1917. The collection currently consists of thirty letters, photographs, and some miscellaneous documents.
John Walter Ellis was born in Reading, England in February, 1895. At some time unknown he emigrated to Canada and settled in Tillsonburg, Ontario. In May, 1916 he enlisted at Tillsonburg. He served overseas in France, where he was killed on May 13, 1917. The majority of the letters are addressed to his wife Katherine (Kitty) in Glasgow, Scotland who, when her husband enlisted, returned to Scotland to live with her parents. The collection consists of more than thirty letters, several photographs, and a small number of postcards.
Albert Evans was born in Cheshire, England in May, 1889 [his attestation papers give his date of birth as 1899, but it would be likely that the actual date was 1889, as he lists his age as 26 in 1916 at the time of his enlistment. However the Commonwealth War Graves Commission list his age as 29 at the time of his death in 1917]. Evans came to Canada sometime prior to the war and enlisted in Alberta in February, 1916. He served overseas with the 50th Battalion (Alberta Regiment) and died in September, 1917. The collection consists of one letter to his sister from 1917.
James LLoyd Evans was born in 1879 in Wales. He served with the British forces in the South African war and following the war he emigrated to Manitoba in 1903. Evans enlisted in Winnipeg in December, 1914, and went overseas in 1915. He was killed in action September 1, 1918. The collection consists of 79 letters and numerous photographs.
James Henderson Fargey was born in Belmont, Manitoba in December, 1897. He enlisted in July, 1915 in Winnipeg and served overseas with the 43rd Battalion. Fargey was killed in action October 15th, 1916. The collection currently consists of more than eighty letters, as well as photographs, postcards, telegrams, and other miscellaneous items.
Albert Henry Fereday served with the 1st Battalion Prince of Wales Own Civil Service Rifles. He was killed August 22, 1918, at the age of 18. He has no known grave and is commemorated by name on Panel 10 on the Vis-en-Artois Memorial, Haucourt, France. The memorial stands in the grounds of Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery and bears the names of over 9,000 men who have no known grave. This collection consists of more than one hundred letters sent by Pte. Albert Henry Fereday. The letters have been transcribed by, and are used with the kind permission of, Anthony Fereday, the nephew of Albert Fereday. These materials are part of the non-Canadian section of this project
Joseph Roy Ferguson was born in Innisfil, Ontario in July, 1884. Ferguson enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in October, 1915 with the 4th Overseas University Battalion. The collection consists of one extended letter written on the S.S. Lapland during his voyage to England, and two photographs.