Ingvald Olsen was born in Hoyholm, Helgeland, Norway in March 1889. Prior to the war he emigrated to Canada and became a naturalized citizen. Olsen was recruited in Vancouver,
British Columbia in November, 1917, served overseas with the 29th Battalion and was wounded in June, 1918. He returned to Canada at the end of the war. The collection currently consists of one letter (in Norwegian with a translation) written to his brother shortly after the Armistice.