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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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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.

William Henderson was born in Wick, Caithness, Scotland in 1892 and emigrated to Canada in early 1914. Henderson enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in August, 1915 with the 48th Highlanders and eventually served with the 24th Battalion Queen Victoria Rifles in France, with whom he was awarded a MM in August, 1918.

Albert Ernest Henry was born in Sombra, Ontario in 1877 and enlisted in March, 1916. He served overseas with the Canadian Forestry Corp. The collection consists of two letters.

James Hepburn, born in Scotland in 1891, enlisted in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in 1915. He was badly wounded at the Somme, losing his right arm. The collection consists of one letter written to his father from the hospital in England, while he was recovering from his wound, as well as pages from his paybook and some miscellaneous items.

The collection consists of one letter from May Grenville, a nurse who had served overseas with the A.E.F. home to her mother in Thorold, Ontario, at the end of the war in 1918.

Victor Hicks was born in Toronto, Ontario in 1889 where he worked as a teamster until he enlisted in Toronto in July, 1915. He served overseas in France and was killed July 13, 1916. The collection consists of one letter written to his mother in 1916.

Edward Robert Hill served with the 58th Battalion. He was killed at Passchendaele in October, 1917. His brother, William Lowrie Hill served with the 49th Battalion until his death at Mount Sorrel in June, 1916. The collection currently consists of one letter and two photographs.

William Lowrie Hill was born in Harrington West, Ontario in December, 1888. Hill enlisted with the 49th Battalion in Edmonton in January, 1915. He served overseas with the 49th until his death at Mount Sorrel in June, 1916. He was the brother of Edward Robert Hill who was killed at Passchandaele in October, 1917. The collection currently consists of two photographs and one 49th Battalion card.

Lucien Victor Hogarth was born in April, 1898 in Stephen Township, Ontario.  Hogarth enlisted in May, 1916 in Exeter, Ontario with the 161st Huron Battalion.  He served overseas in France with the 47th Battalion until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currrently consists of four letters, Christmas cards, and numerous photographs

William Lloyd Hollett was born in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia in September, 1913.  He served overseas with the Lincoln and Welland Regiment, R.C.I.C. until his death on October 26, 1944, age 33.  The collection currently consists of more than forty letters.

Ira Layton Holmes was born on Prince Edward Island in July, 1893. Holmes enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan in January, 1915 and served overseas. The collection currently consists of two letters, a short diary from 1916, photographs, and miscellaneous items.

James Stuart Holmes was born in Spencerville, Ontario in November, 1897. Holmes enlisted in March of 1916, and went overseas with the 156th Battalion. The collection currently consists of three letters written by Holmes.

Harold Holt was born in Manchester, England in May, 1897. Prior to the war he emigrated to Victoria, British Columbia. Holt enlisted in September, 1915 in Victoria and served overseas until his discharge. He was the brother of James Henry Holt, who served as James Henry. The collection currently consists of four photographs and some miscellaneous personal items.

James Henry Holt was born in Manchester, England in October, 1892. Prior to the war he emigrated with his family to Victoria, British Columbia. Holt enlisted in December, 1914 in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and served under the name of James Henry. He was the older brother of Harold Holt. Holt served in France with the 25th Battalion until his death in October, 1916. The collection currently consists of a memorial ribbon commemorating his death, and a photograph of his grave.

William John Howe left Valcartier with the 1st Contingent in September 1914, arriving in England in October. He was killed in action on 24 April 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, while serving with the 3rd Battalion. Private Howe’s body was never found; he is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The collection consists of four letters he wrote to his wife in Toronto, including one written just two days before his death.

John Hudgins was born in Aylesford, Nova Scotia in November, 1889 and enlisted in Halifax, Nova Scotia in November, 1915.  Hudgins served overseas with the 85th Battalion until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919. He was the brother of Major Hudgins.   The collection currently consists of more than sixty letters from his time in the service.

Major Hudgins was born in Aylesford, Nova Scotia in September, 1891.  Hudgins enlisted in Halifax, Nova Scotia in November, 1915 and served overseas with the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) until his death on June 27, 1917.  He was the brother of John Hudgins.  The collection currently consists of more than twenty letters.

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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