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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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Harold Keith Davey was born in Enterprise, Ontario in July 1897. Davey enlisted with the 4th Battalion Canadian Engineers in Toronto in June of 1916. He served in France before being discharged and returned to Canada in May 1918. This collection currently consists of two diaries, two photograhs, three postcards, and a letter.

John (Jack) Davey was born in Somerset, England in September, 1888. He emigrated to Canada 1911-1912 and enlisted in September, 1914. Davey was wounded and taken prisoner in April, 1915. While a prisoner he had his leg amputated, and then was later returned to England during a prisoner exchange. The collection consists of more than fifty letters between himself and his wife Kate.

Victor Leslie Davidson was born in September, 1892 in Chippawa, Ontario. Davidson enlisted in November, 1914 in Toronto, Ontario and went overseas with the 20th Battalion. In 1916 he married Emelia Sears, a nurse in England. The collection currently consists of postcards and photographs, as well as an autograph book kept by Emelia Sears from the hospital in which she was working.

Harry Davies was born in Hamilton, Ontario in December, 1897. He enlisted in March, 1916 in Hamilton, Ontario with the 205th Battalion. Davies went overseas in 1917, was wounded in August, 1918, and invalided back to Canada in early 1919. The collection currently consists of his diary from December, 1916 to June, 1919, as well as several photographs.

Robert Davis was born in London, England in 1896 and enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in London, in September, 1915. Davis served in France and he was killed April 9, 1917 in the assault on Vimy Ridge. The collection consists of two letters and one photograph.

Jules Julien De Cruyenaere was born in 1894 in Rollegham, Belgium. In 1912 he emigrated to Canada to join his brother Alfred, with the rest of his family arriving in 1914. He enlisted in 1916 with the Winnipeg 100th Grenadiers. He survived the war and returned to Winnipeg, where he died in 1980. The collection consists of four letters written home between 1916 and 1918, and five photographs.

Alexander Decoteau was born on the Cree Red Pheasant Indian Reserve near Battleford, Saskatchewan in November, 1887. He later moved to Edmonton, Alberta where he worked as a police officer and was champion distance runner. Decoteau also competed in the 1912 Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. He enlisted in Edmonton in April, 1916. Decoteau served overseas in France and Belgium, and died during the Battle of Passchendaele on October 30, 1917. The collection consists of four letters written by Decoteau.

Gordon Alexander DeGear was born in Battleford, Saskatchewan in 1891. Prior to the war DeGear had served in the Saskatchewan Light Horse and enlisted for overseas service at Battleford in May, 1915. He served in France and returned to Canada in 1919. When completed the collection will consist of more than one hundred letters from DeGear to his family.

Levi Dendoff was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in October, 1898. Dendoff enlisted in Nanaimo with the 102nd Battalion in February, 1916 and served overseas until his return to Nanaimo at the end of the war. The collection currently consists of more than a dozen postcards, some photographs, and images of a trench art souvenier.

Wellington Murray Dennis was born in April 1894 in Maplewood, Ontario.  He later moved west to Weyburn, Saskatchewan where he worked as an implement dealer. Dennis enlisted in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewa in April 1916 with the 229th Battalion.  He served overseas with the 5th Battalion Canadian Infantry and was killed on August 9, 1918.  The collection currently consists of more than thirty letters from Margaret Munro, his fiance, and letters from Murray to Margaret, as well as postcards and photographs.

John Melody Dever was born in Montreal, Quebec in June, 1897. He enlisted in August, 1916 at Kingston, Ontario. Dever served overseas in France until the end of the war, when he returned to Canada. The collection consists of several postcards, photographs, his signalling certificate, and a copy of Arthur Currie's special order for the troops of March 27, 1918.

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.

George Dorman was born in Vancouver, British Columbia in July, 1893. Dorman enlisted in June, 1916 and served overseas with the 11th Canadian Mounted Rifles. The collection currently consist of one letter, reunion materials, miscellaneous documents, and more than twenty photographs.

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.

Calrence Wilbert (Bert) Drader was born in London, Ontario in February of 1889 . Drader enlisted with the 66th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Edmonton, Alberta in March of 1916. He served in France and earned before being invalided back to Canada in March of 1919. This collection currently consists of over ten letters and a single portrait.

 

Eugene Robert Drader was born in London, Ontario in July of 1891. Drader enlisted in Calgary, Alberta with the 51st Battalion in June of 1915. He served in France and was killed in action while with the 49th Battalion on September 16, 1916. This collection currently consists of over 20 letter and 4 pictures.

Joseph Earl Drader was born in London, Ontario in March of 1887. Drader enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta with the 138th Battalion, British Expeditionary Force in March of 1916. He served in France until his return to Canada at the end of the war. This collection currently consists of over ten letters and two photographs.

 

William Edward Drader was born in London, Ontario in April of 1884. Drader enlisted with the 66th Canadians in Edmonton, Alberta in December of 1915. He served in England before returning to Canada in April 1919. This collection currently consists of six letters and one photograph.

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.

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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