George Malcolm Roach was born in Boston, Mass., USA in February 1894*. Roach first enlisted with the Canadian Grenadier Guards in November, 1915 in Cowansville, Quebec. He was subsequently discharged as medically unfit in February, 1916 but re-enlisted in May, 1916 with the 117th Eastern Township Overseas Battalion in Magog, Quebec. Roach served overseas and was wounded at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917 and due to his wounds discharged near the end of the war as medically unfit. The collection currently consists of a large collection of post cards sent home to Canada by Roach. *(on his attestation papers of 1916 his year of birth is given as 1895).
James Reid Gillies was born in Dundee, Scotland in October, 1895 and emigrated to Canada in 1906 . He enlisted in May, 1917 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, and served overseas with the C.A.S.C. The collection currently consists of two photographs, a Christmas card, and his discharge certificate. See also the collection of John Gillies his brother.
John Gillies was born in Scotland in September, 1882. He emigrated to Canada prior to the war and enlisted in July, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the 78th Battalion. Gillies went overseas but was discharged in December, 1916 on compassionate grounds, and died in Winnipeg in November, 1918. The collection currently consists of three photographs and his discharge certificate. See also the collection of James Gillies, his brother.
Edward John Wilson Ryan was born in Mille Isle, Quebec in September, 1884. Ryan enlisted in New Westminster, British Columbia in December, 1915 and served overseas with the 102nd Battlaion. He returned to Canada in 1919. The collection currently consists of one photograph, his discharge certificate, and orders given on November 12, 1918 to the 102nd.
Percy Charles Willmot was born in Birmingham, England in April, 1886 and emigrated to Canada prior to the war. Willmot enlisted in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1914 and served overseas with the 25th Battalion. He was invalided back to Canada in 1919 and died in December of that year. The collection currently consists of three letters and one Christmas card written to a schoolgirl, Doris Fulbrook of Benito, Manitoba, whose class had knitted scarves for soldiers in 1915, and Willmot had received her scarf. The complete Percy Willmot collection can be found at the Beaton Institute Archives, Cape Breton University.
John McNeill was born in Hull, Yorkshire in December, 1875. McNeill enlisted in November, 1914 in Victoria, British Columbia with the 30th Battalion. He served overseas with the 15th Battalion until he was wounded in August of 1918, and subsequently discharged as medically unfit in March, 1919. The collection currently consists of more than 75 letters and several postcards.
Marvin Neil Dunfield was born in Quyon, Quebec in September, 1883. He enlisted in July, 1915 in Winnipeg with the 90th Winnipeg Rifles. Dunfield was wounded in July, 1916 and subsequently invalided back to Canada in June, 1918. The collection currently consists of four letters and one postcard.
Frank Cronk Smith was born in Brockville, Ontario in May, 1891. He enlisted in Toronto in February, 1916 with the 169th Battalion. Cronk served overseas with the 169th and the 20th Battalions, was wounded in August of 1918, and demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919. The collection currently consists of one photograph, his officer commissions, a Christmas card, and copy of the Canadian Daily Record from December of 1918.
Marvin Neil Dunfield was born in Quyon, Quebec in September, 1883. He enlisted in July, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the 90th Winnipeg Rifles. While serving overseas Dunfield was wounded in 1916 and again in 1917, and subsequently invalided back to Canada in 1918. The collection curently consists of five letters and one postcard.
George Launchberry Dore was born in Ottawa, Ontario and enlisted at Pincher Creek, N.W.T. in December, 1899 at the age of 23. He served in South Africa with the 2nd Bn. Canadian Mounted Rifles and was discharged in January, 1901. The collection currently consists of two letters.
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.
Lawrence Charles Sinclair was born in Quebec in April, 1895. He enlisted June 5, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the 61st Battalion, CEF. Sinclair served overseas with the 3rd Battalion until his death on April23, 1917 at age 22. He is remembered on the Vimy Memorial. The collection currently consists of more than fifty letters, photographs, postcards, and other miscellaneous items.
Edwin "Eddie" Frederick Patzer was born in Yorkton, Saskatchewan in August, 1920. He was a star defenceman with the Yorkton Terriers during the 1940-41 and 1941-42 seasons. Patzer enlisted with the RCAF and was flying with the 432 Squadon when he was shot down and killed over Germany, February 21, 1945. The collection currently consists of personal and official correspondence, photographs, as well as miscellaneous items as clippings and cards.
Thomas Leo O'Keefe was born in Okanagan, British Columbia in January, 1889. At the time of his enlistment in Victoria, British Columbia in February, 1915 he was a law student. O'Keefe served overseas with the 7th Canadian Cavalry as an ambulance driver until he was discharged in the spring of 1918 on compassionate grounds. The collection currently consists of his discharge certificate and two photographs.
Francis Joseph O'Keefe was born in August, 1892 in Okanagan, British Columbia. O'Keefe enlisted with the 172nd Battalion in Kamloops, British Columbia in February, 1916, but died on March 21, 1916 of pneumonia while training in Kamloops. He was buried at the O'Keefe Ranch cemetery, on the family ranch in Vernon, British Columbia. The collection currently consists of one postcard and one photograph.
Kenneth Wheatley Priske was born in 1923 and joined the RCAF. He was part of 10 Squadron RCAF when he was shot down and killed May 2, 1944. The collection currently consists of two newspaper clippings, a telegram, and a photograph.
Frank Honeywell Magee was born in Lowell, MA, USA in June, 1894. Magee enlisted in Vancouver, British Columbia in March, 1915 with the 11th Canadian Mounted Rifles and served overseas with the 7th Battalion CEF until his death on January 24, 1917. The collection currently consists of three letters and one field service card.
Sydney Brown was from North Bay, Ontario. He was born in 1918 and enlisted with the RCAF. Brown was flying with the 420 Snowy Owl Squadron when his Wellington bomber was shot down and he was killed April 15, 1943. The collection currently consists of a dozen photographs and some miscellaneous materials. See also the collection for Zave Brown, his brother, who was killed in 1945.
Zave Brown was born in September, 1925 and enlisted with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. Brown served overseas with the RHLI until his death in Holland on March 9, 1945. The collection currently consists of a number of personal photographs of Zave and of his time in the service. See also the collection of his older brother Sydney who was killed in 1943.
Alexander Windram was born at Eyemouth, Berwickshire, Scotland in February 1881. Prior to the war he emigrated to Canada, and settled in Fraser Mills, British Columbia. Windram enlisted with the 131st Battalion in New Westminster, British Columbia in February, 1916. He served overseas with the 7th Battalion and was killed at Vimy Ridge on April 9, 1917. Windram also had two brothers, William and John, who also served in the CEF and who were both killed in 1917. The collection currently consists of seven postcards from Alexander Windram and one photograph. Materials used with the kind permission of The City of Coquitam Archives.
Hughie Patrick "Sandy" Brown was born December 29th, 1935 in Trail, British Columbia. He enlisted in 1953 in Vancouver, British Columbia and served as a Para Rescue SAR Tech and later SAR Jumpmaster with the R.C.A.F. until his honourable discharge in 1979. He completed 735 aircraft jumps in the peacetime service and rescue of both civilians and military personnel over his career, and retired with the rank of Sergent. This collection consists of three photographs and Brown's flight log.
John McGuire Taylor was born in November of 1917. Taylor served with the RCAF during WWII until his aircraft was shot down over North Africa, where he was taken prisoner in November of 1941. He remained a prisoner of war for the remainder of WWII. After being taken prisoner in Africa, Taylor was a POW in Italy, and then finally sent to Germany, where he spent time in Stalag Luft 3. The collection consists of an extended, illustrated memoir written while as a prisoner, as well as photographs, letters, cards, and his flying log.
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.
Walter Elliott Middleton enlisted with the Royal Army Service Corps in Winnipeg, Manitoba in July, 1940. During the war he served overseas in the United Kingdome, Europe, and in the Mediterranean before being demobilized in September, 1940. The collection currently consists of his discharge certificate and one letter from 1944.