Thomas William McAloney was born in River Hebert, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia in August 1889. McAloney enlisted with the 89th Battalion in November 1915 in Calgary, Alberta. He served overseas with the 89th, was twice wounded, and returned to Canada at the end of the war. The collection currently consists of an untranscribed diary from November 1918 to January 1919, his discharge certificate, and two photographs.
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.
John Alexander McArthur was born in Poplar Hill, Ontario in 1893 and enlisted in the 134th Battalion at London, Ontario in January 1916. He was wounded in 1918 and spent time in a convalescent hospital in England until he returned to Canada. The collection consists of more than forty letters written by McArthur from 1916 to 1918.
Corporal William Alexander McArthur was born in Grey County, Ontario, on September 17th, 1891. On February 2nd, 1916, he enlisted in Owen Sound, Ontario, with the 147th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
Shipping for England on board the S.S. Olympic in November of 1916, he was called-up to action in France with the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in April of 1917. Following the end of the war McArthur returned to Canada and was demobilized on March 19th, 1919.
The McArthur Collection was created through the donation of the Private W. Nelson Campbell Collection, which contained the letter written by William McArthur to Essie Douglas, cousin of Nelson Campbell.
Cpl. McArthur's Service Record (Reg/Ser# 838777) is available online through Library and Archives Canada.
Joseph McCartney was born in Liverpool, England in 1882 and emigrated to Canada sometime prior to the war. He enlisted in Calgary, Alberta in May, 1916. McCartney had worked for the Allin family near Whitby, Ontario, and continued to corresponded with their daughter Curtie during the war. He was killed in France on April 8, 1918, age 36 years, and is buried in the Thelus Military Cemetery at Vimy Ridge. Three of the letters were written by Joe to Curtie, and one letter was from Curtie to Joe. That letter of March 8, 1918 was returned to Curtie following Joe's death in France. One letter is from his brother in England to Canada requesting the return of Joseph's personal effects. This collection consists of five letters written between December 1917 to September 1918.
Alexander McCheyne was born in Scotland in April, 1893, and sometime before the war he emigrated to Manitoba where he worked as a farm labourer. McCheyne enlisted in January, 1915 at Virden, Manitoba. He served overseas and was awarded the Military Medal for his actions on October 30, 1917 at Passchendaele Ridge. The collection currently consist of thirty six letters he wrote to his sister Mary.
Harry Austin McCleave was born in Stewiacke, Nova Scotia in February, 1892. McCleave won the Rhodes Scholarship for Nova Scotia in 1915 and admitted to Balliol College, Oxford University. Unfortunately due to the war he was unable to enroll. He enlisted in September, 1915 in Halifax, Nova Scotia with the 64th Overseas Battalion. Oversead McCleave served overseas with the 13th Battalion until his death in October, 1916. The collection currently consists of his diary from 1916 and a newspaper clipping announcing his death.
Victor McDonald was born on Prince Edward Island in 1895. He enlisted in December, 1915 and served overseas during WWI. Due to exposure to gas during the war he spent the rest of his life in hospital in Nova Scotia after his return to Canada. He died in hospital shortly after the war ended. The letters are to his brother Leo, who was at the time studying to be a teacher in Charlottetown. The collection consists of twelve letters written by Victor to Leo, both during his time of service and from the hospital shortly after his return.
John Alexander McDougall was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1892 and later moved to Calgary, Alberta. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in December, 1915, and served overseas in France. The collection consists of more than twenty letters and several photographs covering the period 1915 to 1918.
Harold Bruce McLagan was born in Carluke, Ontario in September, 1884. McLagan enlisted in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in January, 1916 with the 128th Battalion. He served overseas with the 9th Canadian Machine Gun Corps until his death on November 4, 1917. The collection currently consists of fourteen letters from McLagan.
David McLean was born in Aberdeen, Scotland in 1880. He emigrated to Canada sometime prior to the war and enlisted in Toronto, Ontario on January 16, 1916. McLean served overseas in France with the 48th Highlanders and was killed April 20, 1917, leaving behind a wife and infant son. David McLean appears to have been a prolific letter writer for according to his 1916 Vest Pocket Reference Annual where he noted each letter, he sent over 150 letters and other forms of notes from August 31, 1916 alone. It is also noted that from November 17, 1916 onwards he received 55 letters and packages. The collection consists of more than fifty letters and one photograph.
William Menzies McLeish was born in Edinburgh, Scotland in 1891. He emigrated to Canada sometime prior to World War One, where he lived in St. Verdun, Quebec and worked as a clerk. McLeish enlisted in September, 1914, served overseas, and was taken prisoner sometime prior to December, 1917, based on information in a Red Cross Letter. He remained a prisoner of war for the duration until repatriated back to England. The collection consists of one letter from the Red Cross, photographs from England, and photographs and musical programs from the prisoner of war camp.
Sapper Ivan Donald McLellan was born on Pelee Island, Ontario, on October 19th, 1895. He enlisted with the Canadian Engineers Training Depot in Windsor, Ontario, on November 27th, 1916.
He embarked for England on board the S.S. Grampian in February of 1917. Called-up to action in France beginning in June of 1917, he was transferred in October to the 4th Division Engineers where he remained until returning home for demobilization on June 23rd, 1919.
Spr. McLellan's Service Record (Reg/Ser# 506473) is available online through Library and Archives Canada.
WIlliam John McLellan was born in Edmonton, Alberta in 1894 and was a student at The University of Alberta at the time of his enlistment in February, 1916. The collection consists of more than one hundred letters and more than twenty photographs.
Francis Harold McLorg was born in Moosomin, Saskatchewan, worked as a barrister,and then enlisted for overseas duty in October, 1914. He saw duty in France, where he was wounded in 1916. McLorg recovered and continued to serve until the end of the war, by which time he had been promoted to the rank of Captain. The collection consists of eight letters, telegrams, and photographs.
John Ernest McLurg was born in Prospect Hill, Ontario in 1875 and enlisted in September, 1914. He served in France and Belgium until he was taken prisoner at Ypres in April, 1915, when he was then transferred to a prisoner of war facility for officers at Heidelberg, Germany. McLurg remained at Heidelberg until he was paroled to Switzerland in 1916, spending a year there until he returned to Canada in 1918. The collection consists of a memory book kept while at Heidelberg, which includes photographs of the camp and his fellow officers, artwork, and miscellaneous inscriptions.
Howard John McMaster was born in Norwood, Ontario in February, 1891. McMaster enlisted in Peterborough, Ontario in December, 1915 and served overseas with the 52nd Battalion until his return to Canada at the end of the war. He is the brother of William McMaster. The collection currently consists of twelve letters and several postcards.
William McMaster was born in Hastings, Ontario in July, 1886. He enlisted in Trenton, Ontario in February, 1917 with the 257th Battalion. McMaster served overseas with the battalion until he was wounded and subsequently discharged as medically unfit in late 1918. He is the brother of Howard McMaster. The collection currently consists of two letters.
Neil McMillan was born at Uragaig, Scotland in May, 1885. Sometime prior to the war he emigrated to Canada, settling in Toronto, Ontario where he worked as a teamster. McMillan enlisted at Toronto in February, 1916 and served overseas with the 48th Highlanders. McMillan was killed on August 8, 1918. The collection consists of one photograph of McMillan, photographs of the Colonsay War Memorial and of his CWGC headstone.
William James McNabb was born in Desboro, Ontario in March 1891. He enlisted in December 1915 in Owen Sound, Ontario with the 147th Grey Battalion. McNabb served overseas in France and Belgium until his death in October, 1918. The collection currently consists of one letter, obituaries, a field service card, and his circumstances of death report.