Perry Hooper Sanderson was born in Holland, Manitoba in October 1893. He enlisted in Winnipeg in January 1915 and served overseas with the 28th Battalion. Sanderson was killed June 6, 1916 and is remembered on the Menin Gate in Ypres. The collection currently consists of more than twenty letters and seven images.
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.
Charles Henry Savage was born in Eastman, Quebec in September, 1892. Savage enlisted at Sherbrooke, Quebec in February, 1915 and served overseas with the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles until his discharge at the end of the war. The collection consists of an extended memoir written after the war and two photographs.
Private Harold Wilcox Scales was born in Virden, Manitoba in February, 1899. Prior to the war he moved to Salmon Arm, British Columbia, and enlisted in January, 1917 in Victoria, British Columbia. Scales served with the 13th Canadian Field Ambulance and saw service in Europe in 1917 and 1918. This collection currently consists of a diary kept by Scales as a member of the 13th Canadian Field Ambulance from 1917 to 1919.
John Labatt Scatcherd, MC, was born in Batavia, New York State, in October, 1895. At sometime prior to 1914 he emigrated to London, Ontario, where he enlisted in July, 1916. He served overseas in France and was awarded the Military Cross for bravery in 1917. He was killed in action September 3, 1918. The collection consists of five letters written from 1914 to 1915, and one photograph.
George Leslie Scherer, MM, was born in Ridgetown, Ontario, in September, 1896. Scherer enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in January, 1916 with the 134th Battalion (raised by the 48th Highlanders). He reached the front early in 1917, and fought his first major battle at Vimy Ridge in April. He was awarded the Military Medal for gallantry at Hill 70, and a bar to the decoration later in the war. Severely wounded on 2 September 1918, he was discharged back to duty on 6 December 1918. The collection consists of more than fifty letters to Catherine Crawford and to his sister Ruby, who lived in Teeterville, Ontario.
Russell Scriver was born in Norwood, Ontario in October, 1896. He enlisted with the 57th Regt. in December, 1915 in Peterborough, Ontario. Scriver was one of the correspondents with Rev. Arthur Mansell Irwin from Norwood, Ontario whose collection also appears in the project. He was serving with the 18th Battalion at the time of his death on October 9, 1918. The collection currently consists of one letter.
Thomas Arthur Searight was born in Norwood, Ontario in February, 1894. Searight was a student at the time of his enlistment in January, 1916 in Peterborough, Ontario with the 57th Battalion. He served overseas with the 21st Battalion until his death on August 15, 1917. The collection currently consists of six letters, a clipping, and a field service card.
Private Arthur Shannon was born in Fork River, Manitoba on September 19th, 1897. He enlisted with the 210th Battalion in Kindersley, Saskatchewan on June 13th, 1916.
Shipping for England on board the S.S. Northland in April of 1917, he was sent to France in September of 1917, where he soon joined the 46th Battalion. In late October Shannon was badly wounded in action at Passchendaele, requiring the amputation of his lower leg. He was invalided back to Canada the following June, and was discharged in December of 1918.
A letter from Nursing Sister A. Adamson of the 12th Casualty Clearing Station, British Expeditionary Force, was also donated along with Arthur Shannon’s letter.
Pte. Arthur Shannon’s Service Record (Serv/Reg# 255918) can be viewed/downloaded in pdf format through Library and Archives Canada.
Percy Roy Shannon was born in Walkerton, Bruce County, Ontario in December, 1887. Shannon first enlisted in March, 1915 as a stretcher-bearer in the 34th Battalion. At that time he was a medical student at The University of Toronto. He went overseas but was sent back to complete his medical training and graduated in 1917. Shannon received his commission and served with the No. 12 Field Ambulance of the R.A.M.C. He was killed serving with the Field Ambulance on November 3, 1918. The collection consists of two letters and one photograph.
Thomas S. Sharland was born in York Township, Toronto, Ontario in June, 1882. Sharland enlisted in Toronto in April, 1915 and served overseas until 1919. The collection consists of four letters, postcards and several photographs.
Clifford Shaver was born in Mountain, Ontario in 1896, one of ten children of William and Jessie Shaver. He enlisted on February 1, 1916, went to England in October of 1916, and then to France in May 1917. He was killed by a shell October 30, 1917 at the age of 21. His body was never recovered and he is commemorated at the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial in Belgium. The collection consists of six letters that he wrote home, three letters of condolence written to his parents and published in the newspaper, as well as several photographs.
Charles Gordon Shaw was born in Ottawa, Ontario in 1895 He later moved to Peterborough, Ontario, where he enlisted with the 247th Bn. C.E.F. in October, 1916 and served overseas with the 3rd Canadian Reserve Battalion. The collection consists of two letters.
Russell Shaw was born in Arthur Township, Ontario in July, 1894. He was a farmer before his enlistment in Arthur, Ontario in March, 1916. Shaw served with the 47th Battalion in France. The collection consists of one letter and one photograph of Shaw.
Terence Sheard was born in Toronto, Ontario in February, 1898. Sheard enlisted at Cobourg, Ontario with the Cobourg Heavy Battery and served overseas in France until his return to Canada and discharge in 1919. The collection consists of two letters and five photographs.
Robert Shortreed was born in Guelph, Ontario, on 26 January 1891. A salesman, he enlisted with the 64th Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery, in Guelph on 6 November 1916, transferring to the 12th Canadian Siege Battery after arriving in England. The collections consists of letters written to his parents and sisters Elizabeth, Evelyn, and Isabel (Bell), and covers his early training in Canada to his return to England to await return home.
Gordon Merritt Shrum was born in Smithville, Ontario in 1894 and enlisted in April, 1916 while a student at The University of Toronto. He served overseas and returned to Canada to teach in 1919. The collection consists of two letters written to Helen Nickle of Smithville. Other correspondents to Davis include the Bill Grassie Collection, the Daniel Austin Lane Collection, the Fred Nickle Collection, and the William Grassie Collection.
Albert John Simpkins was born in Walthamstow, London, England in November, 1878. He was a mineral water manufacturer. Prior to the war he had travelled and worked in Canada, living for some time in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Simpkins was back in England during the war, and enlisted at Seaford Sussex in May, 1918. He served overseas with the 8th Battalion, and was killed in action on September 29, 1918, age 39. The collection currently consists of numerous letters, photographs, postcards, and digital images of his personal effects returned to the family after his death.
Harold Henry Simpson, MM, was born in March, 1897 in Bayview, Prince Edward Island. Simpson enlisted in September, 1915 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and served overseas in France, Belgium, and Germany until his return to Canada at the end of the war. The collection consists of more than one hundred forty letters from 1915 to 1919.
Sergeant Thomas Nesbit Simpson, MM, was born in Northfield (present day Nanaimo), British Columbia, on August 16, 1890, son of William and Elizabeth (neé Good) Simpson. He enlisted with the 31st Regiment British Columbia Horse on August 13, 1914, followed by a transfer that September to the 5th Battalion, 2nd Infantry Brigade, and three weeks later shipped for England.
The following February of 1915 he arrived in France where he continued to serve with the 5th Battalion. Simpson was awarded the Military Medal “for bravery in the field” one month prior to his being killed in action while taking part in the Somme offensive at Courcelette. The date of his death is anomalously recorded throughout official records as September 26/27, 1916. He was buried at the Courcelette British Cemetery, Courcelette, France.
Simpson’s name is listed on the Ladysmith Cenotaph along with forty other soldiers who were born, lived, or worked in Ladysmith, B.C., and who died during the First World War. Seven of these soldiers, including Simpson, had wartime letters published by The Ladysmith Chronicle newspaper (see links below).
The complete list of soldiers in the can be found in the Ladysmith and District Historical Society collection.
Sgt. Simpson’s Service Record (Serv/Reg# 13306) 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 him can be visited online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.
Simpson’s name is inscribed on the Ladysmith Cenotaph, Rotary Memorial Peace Garden, Ladysmith, B.C.
The awarding of Simpson’s Military Medal was published in The London Gazette on August 23, 1916 (# 29719, p. 8365).
A collection of WWI soldiers' letters published in The Ladysmith Chronicle was undertaken by the Ladysmith & District Historical Society through their work with the Ladysmith Archives.