Staff Sergeant Robert James Duncan served during World War II with the Canadian Postal Corps. Initially stationed in Britain, he was transferred to France in the summer of 1944, and then to Belgium with No. 1 Canadian Postal Tracing Unit in December of 1944. In May of 1945 he joined the No. 1 Canadian Army Base Post Office, remaining with that unit until his return to Britain in July of 1945. Both units established operations in the Belgian village of Lot, southwest of Brussels.
Most collection correspondence was written by Duncan to his wife, and especially to his daughter Patricia Carroll Duncan, back home in Calgary, Alberta. Photos are a mix of personal and military; postcards mainly scenic Britain and France.
The newspaper section contains two trench-type newspapers, with one edition of “The Maple Leaf,” and eight editions of Operation Spartan’s “Advance Post” (transcriptions of which have been posted in the Special Items Collection created for this rare and distinctive newssheet).
S/Sgt. Duncan’s service record (Serv/Reg# C97269) is not open to public access through Library and Archives Canada at this time.