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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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Jack Malcolm Brown was born in Ontario in 1895. His only sibling, Olga Brown was born in 1903, and the two of them were orphaned when Olga was about one year old. The two children were then split up, with Jack going to live with a family in Lyndhurst, Ontario, and Olga going to live with her aunt in Frankville, Ontario. When Jack was eighteen he moved west to Saskatchewan to homestead. He worked as a teamster and enlisted at Prince Albert in December, 1915. Brown served overseas in France and returned to Canada in 1919. The collection consists of over fifty letters written by him to his sister between 1914 and 1918.

Robert Gordon Brown was born in Beamsville, Ontario in March, 1896, and enlisted at Kingston, Ontario in January, 1916 while a student at Queen's University. He went overseas in 1916 as a gunner but later joined the Royal Flying Corp, with which he served until the end of the war. He returned to Canada in 1919 and finished his education, graduating from Queen's in 1920. The collection consists of more than one hundred letters covering the period from 1916 to 1919, as well as diaries and photographs from his service.

John George Bryce Hall was born in England in December, 1876.  Prior to the war he emigrated to Canada where he worked as an acountant in Toronto.  Bryce enlisted in August, 1915 in Toronto with the 83rd Battalion.  He served overseas in England and France with the 124th Battalion and returned to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of thirty postcards and his medals.

Wilfred Lasca Buck was born in Norwood, Ontario in August, 1897 and enlisted in Cobourg, Ontario in August, 1915.  Buck served with the 38th Battalion and the 171st Battalion.  The collection currently consists of one letter and two postcards.

Douglas George Buckley was born in Guysborough, Nova Scotia in January, 1891.  Buckley  in Toronto, Ontario in November, 1914 and served oveseas with the 19th Battalion until his discharge on medical grounds in October, 1917.  The collection currently consists of forty letters, postcards, and miscellaneous personal items.

Hugh Buie was born in Colonsay, Scotland in August, 1898. In 1913 he emigrated with his family to Montreal, Quebec. Buie enlisted in Kingston, Ontario in March, 1916. He served overseas with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, and was killed at Passchendaele on October 26, 1917. Buie has no known grave. The collection consists of four photographs and his newspaper obituary.

Charles John Bunbury was born in Burhampore, East Indies in November, 1871. At the time of his enlistment in July, 1916 with the 143rd O/S Batt. he was the Chief of Police in Kamloops, British Columbia. The collection currrently consists of an undated book of poems entitled "Disarmament and Other Poems" likely written during the war and published after his death.

Wilfred Entwisle Bury was born in England in 1881 and moved to the Vermillion, Alberta area in 1909.  Bury enlisted in Vermillion in January, 1915 and served overseas with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment) until his death on November 15, 1917.  See also the Ernest Mosley Taylor, also from Vermillion, to whom he was related by marriage.  The collection currently consists of six letters. 

John (Jack) Butterworth was born in Manchester, England in August, 1894 and emigrated to Canada prior to the war.  He worked as a farmer in Ingersoll, Ontario, where he enlisted in February, 1916.  Butterworth served overseas with the 5th Battalion CEF until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of a small diary and two 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