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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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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.

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.

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.

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.

Charles Roy Stratton was born in Brockville, Ontario in September, 1890 and then later moved to Montreal. Stratton enlisted with in Kingston, Ontario in February, 1916 with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillery. The collection currently consists of a portion of his diary, more than forty photographs, and some miscellaneous documents.

John Pritchard Sudbury was born in London, England in 1894. He emigrated to Montreal where he worked for the Montreal Gazette before enlisting in Montreal in July, 1915. He was sent to Belgium in February, 1916. He served throughout the Front including the Ypres Salient in 1916, the Somme in September of 1916, Vimy Ridge in April of 1917, and at Passchaendaele in October of 1917, where he was wounded. The collection consists of more than sixty letters written to his family, photographs, a poem, a pay book, a Christmas card, and two magazines.

Earl Winstel Sutherland was born in Hamilton, Ontario in 1885. He enlisted in September, 1914 and served five years overseas until he returned to Hamilton in 1919. The collection consists of one letter written from France in 1919.

Daniel James Sweeney was born in London, England in September, 1896. Sometime prior to the war he emigrated to Canada and worked as a labourer in Ontario. Sweeney enlisted in Cobourg, Ontario in June, 1915. He survived the war but unfortunately nothing else is known about him. The collection consists of one photograph of Sweeney and others (seated, left) taken in 1915.

Edward Freeman Sweet was born in Switzerville, Ontario in January, 1898 and was a farmer prior to the war.  Sweet enlisted with the 146th Battalion in Kingston in January, 1916, just after his eighteenth birthday.  He died in Kingston, Ontario February 4, 1916.  The collection currently consists of one photograph of Sweet at the time of enlistment.

Andrew Ernest Tait was born in Durham, England in February, 1879. Prior to the war he emigrated to Canada and enlisted in May, 1916 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tait served overseas with the 72nd Battalion until his death in March, 1918. The collection currently consists of eight letters, one photograph, and one miscellaneous item.

Charles Taylor was born in Sheffield, England in 1895. He enlisted in Ottawa in February, 1915 and served overseas with the 11th Field Ambulance until his return to Canada in 1919. This letter is to his sweetheart and future wife Florence (Flo) Welch in 1917.

Malcolm Theodore Taylor was born in Herefordshire, England in May, 1897 (a note on his attestation papers says that his birth certificate shows his date of birth as 1899). Prior to the war Taylor emigrated to Canada and enlisted in May, 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the 107th overseas Battalion. The collection currently consists of three photographs and one postcard.

The collection consists of letters of Ernest Mosley Taylor and Wilfrid Entwisle (Bill) Bury from Vermilion, Alberta. They were related by marriage, as Ernest's brother Raymond had married Wilfrid's sister Elisabeth in 1914.

Ernest Mosley Taylor was born in England in May, 1885, the youngest of a family of eleven. He emigrated with his brother Raymond to the Vermilion, Alberta area in 1905, where they took up farming. Ernest enlisted at Vermilion in January, 1915 and served with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment). He was killed May 7, 1916 and is buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery in Belgium.
Wilfrid Entwisle Bury was born in England in 1881, the fifth child of seven of Edward and Augusta Bury. Wilfrid moved to the Vermilion area in 1909 where he took up farming. He enlisted in Vermilion in January, 1915 and served in the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment). He was killed November 5, 1917 and is buried in the Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.
The collection consists of 20 letters from the two soldiers.

Arthur George Teer was born in Toronto, Ontario in September, 1893. He enlisted in Toronto in June, 1915 and served overseas in Belgium and France until the end of the war. The collection currently consists of 20 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