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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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Victor Arthur Green was born in Kent, England in January, 1895. Green emigrated to Canada prior to the war and enlisted in Victoria, British Columbia in November, 1914 with the 88th Fusiliers. He was wounded three times, including at Vimy Ridge, and was awarded the DCM. The collection currently consists of sections of his pay book, telegrams, a newspaper clipping, several photographs, and an undated memoir of his service experiences.

Ralph Frank Greenard was born in Toronto, Ontario in December 1896.  Greenard enlisted with the 103rd Battalion in Victoria, British Columbia in January 1916.  His unit sailed for England in July 1916, and when in France he served in the 29th Battalion.  He suffered a gun shot wound at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917, and after hospital treatments in France and England he returned to Canada in October 1917.  He was discharged as medically unfit due to the complications of the wound. It would appear that in the confusion of the attack he was hit by one of his own machine guns from behilnd.  For that information see his Medical Board sheet in the collection which can be found in his CEF Service File.  The collection currently consists of one letter written while in hospital in May1917 as well as the information from the Medical Board.

Elwood Silverman Greenleese was born in Thurso, Quebec in 1899 and enlisted in Montreal in September, 1916. Greenleese died in 1922. The collection consists of four letters and one photo.

Samuel Greenway, from Cedar (Nanaimo) British Colulmbia was born in May, 1889 and enlisted in Vancouver in January, 1918. He served overseas with the 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment) until his death in September, 1918. The collection currently consists of fourteen letters, several photographs, telegram, and some official correspondence.

Ephraim Gregory was born in Doves Holes, Derbyshire, England in 1889. He emigrated to Toronto, Ontario sometime around 1910 to be with his sisters. Gregory enlisted in Toronto in August, 1915 and served overseas until the end of the war. He returned to Canada at the end of the war, but later returned to England where he died in 1978. The collection currently consist of one photograph of Gregory.

Gudmunder Frederickson Gudmundson was born in Iceland in August, 1891. Prior to the war he emigrated to Mozart, Saskatchewan. Gudmundson enlisted in June, 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The collection currently consists of one postcard from France, three photographs, and a display of his medals.

William Roy Gullen was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1881 and enlisted in Brantford in December, 1915. He served overseas in France and was killed in action May 3, 1917. The collection consists of more than 100 letters and three photos.

George Caldwell Haddow was born in Milton, Ontario in August, 1894.  Haddow enlisted  in March, 1916 in Toronto, Ontario with the 4th Divisional Cyclists and served overseas with the 3rd Machine Gun Company.  He was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of more than fifty letters.

The materials in this collection belonged to Emily Hager, the youngest of a family of nine. Four of her brothers served overseas during WWI. The collection consists of a photograph of her brother Wesley Hager who enlisted in Saskatoon in January, 1916, and was killed in France in November, 1916, a Christmas Day 1917 menu for Canadian troops training in England, and two letters sent to her during the war. One letter is from her brother Allen who was born in February, 1892 and enlisted in November 1914. and the other is from a family friend, Harold Panabaker, who fought at Vimy Ridge and describes in his letter his experiences of the attack.

Robert Hainsworth was born in England in June, 1885. Prior to the war he emigrated to western Canada, where he enlisted in Red Deer, Alberta in January, 1915. The collection consists on one letter written by Hainsworth in 1916, and one photograph.

Robert Hale was born in England in 1893 and emigrated in his late teens to Canada, where he settled in Montreal. He enlisted in February of 1915 and served overseas until his discharge in 1919, being wounded three times during his service. The collection consists of more than forty letters written in 1915 and 1917 to his sweetheart Alice, whom he was to marry in 1920.

Private William Harold Hamilton, known as “Harold”, was born in Sundridge, Ontario, on July 20th, 1897. He enlisted at Burk’s Falls on February 7th, 1916, with the 162nd Overseas Battalion.

Shipping for England on board the S.S. Caronia in November of 1916, he was sent to France in April of 1917 with the 123rd Pioneer Battalion. In November of 1917 he was injured in action and convalesced back to England with gas poisoning, where he was eventually medically discharged on January 30th, 1919, with a partial loss of vision from the gas exposure.

External links:
Pte. Hamilton’s Service Record (Reg/Ser# 657521) is available online through Library and Archives Canada.

The Collection for Pte. W. Harold Hamilton was created from the donation of the Gladys Hornibrook materials. Harold was Gladys’ step-uncle, the step-brother of Gladys’ mother Martha Jane Hornibrook (née Hamilton); after the death of Martha’s mother Eliza Jane Hamilton (née Crowder), their father George Henry Hamilton married Harold’s mother Henrietta (née Raney). Living in the small village of Sundridge near North Bay, Ontario, Gladys was only thirteen years old when World War One began. The majority of her correspondence was with her enlisted uncles Joseph, Charles, and step-uncle Harold Hamilton, but she also saved other letters, photos, and keepsakes from the war years which can be viewed together on the main Gladys Hornibrook Collection page.

Allan Hamm was born in Bunbury, Prince Edward Island in July, 1897. He worked as a carpenter prior to his recruitment in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island in 1917. The collection consists of more than seventy letters, as well as photographs, postcards, telegrams, and other items.

Charles Bovyer Hamm was born in Bunbury, Prince Edward Island in June, 1889. Hamm enlisted in April, 1915. He served overseas, where he was wounded in September, 1916. The collection consists of more than forty letters, as well as postcards and other items.

Sydney Thomas Hampson was born in England in October, 1893. Prior to the war he emigrated to Canada and enlisted in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in January, 1915. The collection currently consists of thirteen letters, excerpts from his diary, photographs, and personal items.

Owen Harper was born in Cheshire, England, in December, 1891. Prior to the war he emmigrated to Canada and settled in Winnipeg, Manitoba, where he worked as a printer. Harper enlisted in June, 1916 in Winnepeg, Manitoba. He served overseas with the Canadian Field Artillery as a driver until his death in September, 1917. The collection currently consists of more than twenty letters.

Wilfred Edgar Hawkes was born in England in 1889. Sometime later he emigrated to Canada and enlisted at Vernon, British Columbia in August, 1915. The collection constist of two letters written to his young nephew Jack, in Victoria, British Columbia, in 1916.

Arthur James Hay was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1895 and enlisted July 22, 1915. Hay served oveseas in France with the 38th Bn. In 1917 he was wounded by a gas attack, and returned to Canada in July, 1918 as a result of his injuries. Arthur James Hay died in 1963. The collection consists of a photograph of Hay and a copy of his pension identification certificate.

Roland Hayes was born in Armstrong, British Columbia in October, 1895.  He worked as a farmer until he was concripted in 1917.  Hayes served with the 72nd Battalion in England and France and returned to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of one letter and two photographs.  We are grateful to the Historic O'Keefe Ranch in Vernon, British Columbia for sharing these materials.

Eric Hearle was born in 1893 and enlisted in Hamilton, Ontario in September, 1914 with the 4th Battalion. As a result of wounds received in France he returned to Canada and studied at the University of Guelph. Following his studies Hearle became an assistant entomologist with the federal government. The collection consists of thirteen letters and twelve postcards. It also contains more than 130 photographs, beginning in 1914 with the camps in Canada and England and including a series from convalescent hospitals in Canada. Hearle died in 1934 at the age of 41.

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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