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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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Ralph Tilburt was born in Michigan in 1893 and emigrated to Canada in 1907. He enlisted in 1917 at Sussex, New Brunswick, served overseas, and returned to Canada after his discharge in the spring of 1919. The collection consists of one letter and one photograph.

Frank Tilbury was born in London, Ontario, in 1877 and enlisted in the 135th Battalion on 13 December 1915; he listed his occupation as musician, and noted that he had previous service in the 26th Regiment and the 1st Hussars. The diaries, which run from August 1916 to August 1917, cover his training in England and his service at the front with the 60th and 116th Battalions.

Roderick Anderson Todd was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1890 and emigrated to Canada prior to the war. He enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia in February, 1914. He served overseas in France and was wounded in 1917. The collection currently consists of fifteen letters written by Todd, most of them while in hospital.

The Women's Alliance of the First Unitarian Congregation of Toronto sent packages of food and other items to members of the congregation serving overseas. The collection consists of twelve letters of thank you from recipients to the Women's Alliance for the items they received.

Thomas Franklin Townsend was born in Harrowsmith, Ontario in February, 1889.  Townsend enlisted with the No. 9 Field Ambulance in Montreal, Quebec in January, 1916.  He served overseas with the Canadian Army Medical Corps until his return to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of letters, his diary, and numerous photographs.

George Henry Tripp was born in London, England in July, 1897. He emigrated to Huttonville, Ontario and enlisted in July, 1915 at Toronto, Ontario with the 74th Battalion. Tripp served overseas with the 19th Battalion and was killed May 9, 1917. The collection consists of fifteen letters he wrote to his friend Lola Passmore. For more letters to Lola Passmore, see the collection of that name in the WWI collections.

Bernard Freeman Trotter was born in Toronto in 1890 and graduated from McMaster University in Toronto in 1915. He began graduate work at the University of Toronto before leaving for England in March, 1916. Although ill health prevented him from being accepted into the Canadian army, he was determined to serve and was able to secure a commission in the British Army. Trotter went to France in December, 1916 with his Leicestershire Regiment, and was killed by a shell on May 7, 1917. The collection consists of 87 letters home to his family from March 1916 to his death in May 1917. Trotter was also a noted poet. His poems were collected by his father in 1917 and published later that year by McClelland and Stewart as A Canadian Twilight. The complete Trotter fond is located at McMaster University. All materials ©McMaster University and used with their permission.

Arthur Lawrence Turner was born in Liverpool, England, in 1890 but was living in Lachine, Quebec, when he enlisted in the 148th Battalion in Montreal on 8 March 1916. He was later transferred to the 24th Battalion. The collection consists of twelve letters to a woman he refers to only as Miss Lola.

Norman Stanley Vandusen was born in Turnerville, Ontario in June, 1888.  He enlisted in April, 1916 at Chatham, Ontario with the 186th Battalion, and served overseas with the 18th Battalion.  Vandusen was wounded in 1917 and returned to Canada in 1919 with demobilization.  The collection currently consists of two letters, one photograph, and his hospital equipment list while wounded.

William Henry Walker was born in Clinton, Ontario in 1897. He worked as a drug clerk until his enlistment at Clinton, Ontario on January 20, 1915. Walker served overseas and was killed December 19, 1916 at the age of nineteen. The collection consists of one photograph of Walker.

Owen Walsh was born in Quebec, February 18, 1888. We know very little about him. Prior to his enlistment he listed his residence as Montreal, his occupation as boilermaker, and he had served three years with the 8th Royal Rifles of Quebec and three years with the Queen's Own Hussars. Walsh enlisted in Montreal September 1, 1915. He saw action in France and was killed in action April 20, 1916. The collection consists of one letter of condolence to his wife.

Pte. Richard David Walton was born in London, England on December 22, 1896, son of Richard and Louisa Walton. He enlisted with the 33rd Overseas Battalion in Clinton, Ontario on August 18, 1915.

Shipping for England on board the S.S. Lapland in March of 1916, Walton proceeded to France in June of 1916 and was transferred to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles on his arrival.

He was killed in action September 15, 1916 and was buried near Albert, France. Subsequent fighting saw his grave lost, and he is now commemorated on the Vimy Memorial.

External links:
Pte. Richard Walton’s Service Record (Serv/Reg# 401511) can be viewed/downloaded in pdf format through Library and Archives Canada.
Burial information is available at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission.
A memorial page honouring Richard Walton can be visited online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.

Alfred Frank Warn was born in Christchurch, Hampshire, England in November, 1889. Prior to the war Warn emigrated to Canada. He enlisted with the 75th Battalion in August, 1915 at Niagara-on-the-Lake. The collection currently consists of one photograph of Warn.

Edgar Cecil Warren was born in Liverpool, England in January, 1888,  Prior to the war he emigrated to Canada and enlisted in September, 1914, part of the First Contingent that sailed in October, 1914.  Warren served with the 1st Divisional Supply Column until January, 1917 when was discharged to take a commission with 1st Battalion, London Regiment (Royal Fusiliers).  Edgar Warren was killed May 3, 1917.  The collection currently consists of twelve letters and two photographs.

Ludlow Jackson Weeks was born in Truro, Nova Scotia in September, 1899. Weeks enlisted with the No. 10 Halifax Siege Battalion in Halifax in May, 1917, having previously been rejected for being underage. He served overseas in 1918. The collection currently consists of more than forty letters, as well as postcards and photographs.

Albert Edward Wellman was born in Rawdon Township, Ontario, in July 1895.  Wellman enlisted with the 155th Battalion in December 1916 in Marmora, Ontario.  He served overseas with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry until his discharge at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of six letters and three postcards.

Murray Welsh was born in Kincardine, Ontario in August, 1889. Welsh enlisted with the Fort Garry Horse in June, 1915. He served in France and earned the DCM before his death on March 30, 1918. He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. The collection currently consists of nine letters, photographs, and personal items.

Alfred Henry West was born in Muskoka District, Ontario in May, 1889.  West enlisted with his brother Charles on January 18, 1916 in Victoria, British Columbia with the 103rd Battalion.  He served overseas with the 54th Battalion. West was wounded in July, 1917 and was discharged as medically unfit in 1918.  The collection currently consists of five letters.

Charles Edgar West was born in Muskoka District, Ontario, in July, 1891.  West enlisted with his brother Alfred on January 18, 1916 in Victoria, British Columbia with the 103rd Battalion.  He served overseas with the 54th Battalion until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of three letters.

Garfield Willard Weston was born in Toronto, Ontario in February, 1898. Weston enlisted in February, 1917 in Toronto with the Divisional Signallers, Engineering Company. Weston served overseas during the war, and following the war he was a successful businessman, philanthropist, and served as an MP in the British Parliament during WWII. For further information on Weston, see the W. Garfield Weston Foundation site. The collection currently consists of one letter and three photographs.

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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