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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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Andrew Hurst Skidmore was born in Areola, Saskatchewan in 1894. Skidmore enlisted in September, 1914 and served overseas during the war with the 1st B.C. Regiment, being wounded several times. The collection currently consists of three newspaper clippings, three postcards, and one photograph from his time in hospital in England.

Malcolm David Sloan was born in Norwood, Ontario in 1896 and was recruited in 1917 under the Military Service Act and served in England in 1918.  Sloan was one of the correspondents with Reverend Arthur Mansell Irwin from Norwood, Ontario whose collection is also contained in this project.  The collection currently consists of one letter.

Arnold Smith was born in Carholm, Ontario in November, 1892.  He enlisted with the Canadian Grenadier Guards in December, 1915 in Montreal, Quebec and served overseas with the 87th Bn., and then returned to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of several letters, postcards, and his diary from 1917.

Arthur Calvin Smith was born in Dunnville, Ontario in April, 1897. Smith enlisted in February, 1916 in Dunnville, Ontario with the 114th Battalion, Brock's Rangers. While overseas he was transferred to the 19th Battalion. He was wounded in the Battle of Lens August 16, 1917 and died the same day. The collection currently consists of more than forty letters, photographs, postcards, and other miscellaneous items.

Henry Crozier Smith was born in Scotland in 1875. Sometime prior to the war he emigrated to British Columbia, Canada where he worked as a rancher. Smith enlisted in Vernon, British Columbia in May, 1915 and then served overseas in France until his death in November, 1916. The collection currently consists of seventeen letters.

Joseph Handley Smith was born in Lincoln, England in November, 1890. He emigrated to Canada prior to the war and enlisted in September, 1914. Smith served overseas until he was demobilized in 1919. The collection currently consists of his paybook, postcards, and miscellaneous personal items.

William Forder Smith was born in Bassingstoke, England in August, 1874. Prior to the war he emigrated to Armstrong, British Columbia where he was a rancher. Smith enlisted at Vernon, British Columbia in October, 1917 and served with the 29th Battalion in France. He was killed in action on September 6th, 1918. The collection consists of two personal letters, official reports and letters concerning his death, and three photographs.

Hugh Charles Sproule was born in Toronto in January, 1898, the twin brother of Noble Sproule listed below.  Sproule enlisted in September, 1914 and sailed as part of the First Contingent in October, 1914.  He served with the 3rd Battalion until his death sometime between the 22nd and 26th of April, 1915.  The collection currently consists of nine letters from Hugh, official correspondence, and one postcard.

Joseph Goulding Sproule was born in Toronto, Ontario in June, 1897, the younger brother of Hugh and Noble Sproule.  Sproule enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in October, 1915 with the 81st Battalion and served overseas in France with the 3rd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps.  He was discharged at the end of the war and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of more than twenty five letters, as well as numerous postcards and photographs.

Noble Sproule was born in Toronto, Ontario in January, 1895, the twin brother of Hugh Sproule listed above.  Sproule enlisted in September, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, and sailed overseas with the First Contingent in October, 1914.  Sproule served with the 3rd Battalion until he was killed July 9, 1916.  The collection currently consists of five letters, two postcards, and several miscellanous items.

William Fraser Stagg was born in Inverness, Scotland in May, 1876. He emigrated to Canada prior to the war and enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in January, 1916. Stagg served overseas during the war with the 10th Field Coy., Canadian Engineers. While returning back home at the end of the war, Stagg was killed in a train derailment outside of Edmunston, New Brunswick on December 31, 1918. The collection currently consists of thirty letters, photographs, telegrams, and  postcards.

William James Stares was born in London, England in November, 1884.  Prior to the war he emigrated to Norwood, Ontario and enlisted in Kingston, Ontario in November, 1914.  Stares served overseas with the 21st Battalion until his return to Canada following a medical discharge in June, 1917.  The collection currently consists of more than forty letters.

Eric Gauntlett Steele was born in Hamilton, Bermuda in 1891 where he enlisted in August, 1916. He served overseas and was killed in action July 7, 1917 at Vimy. The collection consists of a copy of the Bermuda Colonist & Daily News 1918 and various documents and letters concerning Steele's death.

George Edward Steele was born in Rutland, England in October, 1889. Steele emigrated to Canada prior to the war with his two brothers. He enlisted in September, 1914 and served overseas until the end of the war. Terrence Steele was born in Rutland, England in October, 1894 and emmigrated to Canada with his brothers prior to the war. He enlisted in November, 1914 and served overseas with the 21st Battalion until the end of the war. The collection currently consists of three photographs.

George Arthur Henry Stevens was born in London, England in August, 1887. He emigrated to Canada sometime prior to the war and enlisted in Brandon, Manitoba in March, 1915. Stevens served overseas with the 45th Battalion and returned to Canada at the end of the war. The collection consists of two letters, several photographs, some personal items, and an extensive collection of postcards sent to his wife.

Thomas Roy Stevenson was born in Lower Woodstock, New Brunswick in 1888. During the war he joined the British Army as a sapper. The collection consists of four letters written to his sister and brother in Lower Woodstock in 1917 and 1918.

Wesley Andrew Stevenson was born in Norwood, Ontario in November, 1898.  He enlisted in August, 1916 at Kingston, Ontario with the 74th Battery, C.F.A.  Stevenson was one of the correspondents with Reverend Arthur Mansell Irwin from Norwood, Ontario whos collection also apppears in this project.  The collection currrently consists of one letter.

Thomas Otto Stewart was born in Ottawa, Ontario in December, 1888.  He later moved to Fort William, Ontario where he enlisted in October, 1914 with the 68th Battalion.  Stewart served overseas with the 68th until he was killed June 6, 1916.  The collection currently consists of one letter to his friend Harry Evans whose brother, Charlie, had been missing since April, 1915.

Wilfred Hrnry Stoll was born in July, 1898 in Nottawa, Ontario and enlisted at Collingwood, Ontario in March, 1916. He served overseas in France until he was discharged in 1918 for medical reasons. The collection consists of one photograph and one postcard.

Like other Women's Institutes across Canada, the Stony Plain Women's Institute of Alberta was an important link between the soldiers overseas and the homefront. Through their members they contributed financial aid to organizations such as the Red Cross as well as sending parcels to overseas soldiers. The collection consists of thank-you letters from soldiers, acknowledgement cards for parcels, receipts for the Institute's donations to the Red Cross, and miscellaneous correspondence.

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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