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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.

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Sidney Bainbridge was born in Carlisle, England in April, 1893. At some point he emigrated to Canada and was a student at the University of Alberta before he enlisted in Montreal in December, 1915. Bainbridge served overseas with the PPCLI. The collection consists of two letters written by Bainbridge in 1916.

Gavin Gibson Baird was a Canadian pilot who served with the Royal Flying Corps, 148 Squadron, in France. The collection consists of several photographs from 1918 and thirteen letters written in 1929. The letters were written to entertain his fourteen year old nephew who had broken his leg. According to the family Baird wrote the letters based on the content of his diaries he had kept while with the RFC.

Harry Baird was born in Grant Settlement, Ontario in February, 1893. Baird enlisted in July, 1915 and served overseas with the 73rd Battalion. He was killed February 4, 1917 and has no known grave. The collection consists of ten letters, one photograph, and an image of his death certificate.

James Stevenson Balfour was born in Regina, Saskatchewan in 1894 and later attended The University of Saskatchewan. He enlisted in April, 1915 and found himself in France in July, 1915, where he served until wounded in June, 1916. He recovered, returned to duty, and in 1917 joined the Royal Flying Corps as an observer. He later trained as a pilot and had qualified as a flying instructor when the war ended. The collection consists of thirty-five extended letters, twenty photographs and one post card.

Hebert (Bert) Franklin Ball was born in February, 1889 in Omaha, Nebraska and grew up in Alberta where his family was homesteading. Herbert enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta in January, 1915 with the 51st Battalion, and later served overseas with the 38th Battalion. Ball was killed November 18, 1916. The collection currently consists of two photographs, one clipping, and ten letters.

Ralph Gooding Ball was born in Hilldale, Alberta in September, 1900. Ball lied about his age and enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia in September, 1916. He was discharged on compassionate grounds in January, 1918 at the request of his parents after the deaths of his two brothers, Herbert and Samuel. The collection currently consists of two letters, one photograph, and one clipping.

Samuel Warren Ball was born in Deer Mound, Alberta in February, 1897. Ball enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta in February, 1915, one month after his brother Herbert. Ball served overseas with the 38th Battalion until his death on June 26, 1917. The collection currently consists of two photographs, two clippings, and eight letters.

Frederick William Barnes was born in Birtle, Manitoba in 1895. Barnes enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba in January, 1916 with the 61st University Battalion and later served with "C" Coy. 8th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), and was awarded the Miltary Medal. He was killed August 31, 1918 at the age of 22. The collection consists of one letter written to his sister in August, 1918.

Joseph Barnes was born in Nottinghamshire, England in February, 1892. Barnes emmigrated to Canada prior to war and enlisted in Toronto, Ontario on November 11, 1914. He served overseas with the 19th Battalion until his discharge in February, 1919. Barnes was wounded in 1917, and was also awarded the Military Medal. The collection currently consists of his paybook, photographs and postcards, letters, and other miscellaneous items connected to his service.

Clair Barrey was born in Cayuga, Ontario in March, 1894.  He enlisted in Dunnville, Ontario in February, 1916 with the 114th Battalion, known as Brock's Rangers.  Barrey was serving overseas with the 7th Battalion when he was wounded in August, 1917 at Hill 70, resulting in the amputation of much of his right leg.  The collection currently consists of one photograph of Barrey, as well as two letters home which were subsequently reprinted in the local newspaper, The Dunnville Chronicle.

This collection consists of three letters from the Cape Breton region from WWI which are part of the collections of the Beaton Institute, University College of Cape Breton. To Lieutenant James Murphy from his mother, April 2, 1917.  James Murphy was born in Cape Breton (Margaree) in 1893 and worked in coal mine at an early age until he enrolled at St. Francis Xavier to complete his high school education. During his first year at college war broke out and he was selected to go to the Royal Military College where he obtained his commission as Lieutenant. His army career began in 1916, serving at Somme and Vimy Ridge, where he was wounded and received the Military Cross. After the war Murphy moved to the United States and settled in Detroit. He died in 1972.   To Gerald Liscombe from his mother, Mrs. Edward Liscombe, January 17, 1919.   From Alex Morrison to his mother, Bessie Morrison, August 26, 1917.   Alex C. Morrison Alex Morrison was born in Sydney in 1897 and enlisted with the Cape Breton Highlanders 185th Battalion in 1916 and later transferred to the 25th Battalion in 1918. He fought in the battle of Amiens for which he was decorated with the Military Medal. He died in Sydney in 1998 at the age of 100. From Lieutenant Percy Willmot to his sister Dorothy, November 1, 1917

Reverend William Beattie was born in Fergus, Ontario in April, 1873. After his graduation from college in 1900 he moved to Cobourg, Ontario where he was the minister in the Presbyterian Church. Beattie enlisted in September, 1914 and sailed with the first contingent to France as the Chaplain to the First Canadian Brigade, and then later served as the Senior Chaplain of the Second Division. Beattie was created a Commander of St. Michael and St. George in recognition of "...his most conspicuous gallantry and distinguished conduct at the gas attack at St. Julien and through all the subsequent severe fighting of the period. Working unremittingly, with complete disregard to danger, he assisted in collecting wounded on many fields of action."   He later returned to Ottawa in 1918 to organize the Chaplain Service of Canada and was at that time promoted to the rank of Colonel. The collection currently consists of thirty-four letters and two photographs. There are however other Beattie letters in the Cobourg World collection in the Special Items section, as he also sent letters back to the local newspaper for publication.

John Jackson Beck was born in Sheffield, England in June, 1882. Prior to the war Beck worked as an architect in England, Toronto, and New York before serving with the 32nd Siege Battery. Beck was a prolific writer, writing several hundered letters betweeen 1915 and his demobilization in April, 1919.

Herbert Stanier Beckton was born in Cannington Manor, Saskatchewan in June, 1892. He later moved to British Columbia and served with the 88th Victoria Fusiliers. Beckton enlisted in February, 1915 while overseas. The collection consists of an undated memoir, one letter, and five photographs.

Lt.-Col Lewis Herbert Beer was born in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in December, 1873. Beer enlisted initially in October, 1914 and then received his commission as Lt.-Col. in 1916. The collection consists of a portion of his diary from May to August, 1917.

William Henry Bell was born in Chatham, Ontario in 1897 and moved to Innisfree, Alberta to farm with his family. Bell enlisted at Vegreville, Alberta in February, 1916 with the 151st Battalion. He was killed at Vimy Ridge, April 10, 1917. The collection consists of twenty letters and one poem.

Andrew Byron Bennett was born in Spencerville, Ontario in July, 1890.  Bennett enlisted with the 202nd Battalion in Edmonton, Alberta in July, 1916 and served overseas in France with the 31st Battalion.  The collection currently consists of one letter written by Bennett.

George Byron Bennett was born in July, 1897 in Spencerville, Ontario. Bennett joined the CEF in early 1918 and was sent overseas to England in 1918. The collection currently consists of two letters written by Bennett.

James Howard Bennett was born in Spencerville, Ontario in 1894, enlisted in February, 1916, and served overseas in France. The collection consists of more than three dozen letters covering the period 1916 to 1918.

James Simeon Bicknell was born in Birmingham, England in August, 1888. Bicknell emigrated to Canada sometime before the war, residing in Calgary. He enlisted in December, 1914 in Calgary, Alberta and served overseas with the 50th Battalion. The collection currently consist of his paybook, a notebook, and his discharge certificate.

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Latest Readings from World War One collections

James Moore

Reads a 09/21/1916 Letter by Drader, Eugene Robert from World War One collections. View full Letter

RH Thomson

Reads a 07/06/1917 Letter by Mayse, Amos William (Will) from World War One collections. View full Letter

RH Thomson

Reads a 07/05/1917 Letter by Mayse, Amos William (Will) from World War One collections. View full Letter