James DeArze Gill McKie served with the Princess Patricia Canadian Light Infantry and the 2nd Canadian Guards. During World War ll he served with the PPCLI in Italy. McKie retired with the rank of Sgt. Major in 1962, having served in the Canadian Army since 1937. He died in 1987. The collection currently consists of three letters and one photograph.
John McCallum LeRoy was born in Quebec in October, 1886 and later moved with his family to Bogend, Saskatchewan. LeRoy enlisted in January, 1915 in Humboldt, Saskatchewan. He served overseas with the 5th Battalion Canadian Infantry until his death on April 28, 1917. The town of LeRoy, Saskatchewan, formerly Bogend, is named after him. The collection currently consists of two photographs.
Thomas Joseph Roche was born in Toronto, Ontario in April, 1918 and enlisted with the RCAF where he served as WO II. He served overseas with the 106 Sqdn. Roch'e aircraft and crew were lost on a raid against Hamburg, Germany on July 28, 1943. The collection currently consists of one letter, and two photographs.
Walter Thomas "Tommy" Robus was born in Shoreditch, England in August of 1893. Robus was the first man to enlist from the town of Norwood, Ontario. He enlisted in August of 1914 with the Second Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, arriving in France in February of 1915. Robus served in France for the duration of the war as a member of the colloquially-named “Suicide Club” First Canadian Contingent bomb squad, and saw the Second Battle of Ypres and The Somme. Robus was wounded on four occasions, returning to France each time before his final return to Canada in December of 1918. This collection currently consists of Robus’ letters written to Rev. A. M. Irwin of Norwood, Ontario and newspaper articles written after his death.
Wilfred Entwisle Bury was born in England in 1881 and moved to the Vermillion, Alberta area in 1909. Bury enlisted in Vermillion in January, 1915 and served overseas with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles (Saskatchewan Regiment) until his death on November 15, 1917. See also the Ernest Mosley Taylor, also from Vermillion, to whom he was related by marriage. The collection currently consists of six letters.
Humewood School is a school in Toronto, Ontario which during WWII sent parcels to ex-Humewood students who were serving during the war. This unique collection currently consists of more than forty letters of thank you back to the school for Christmas parcels sent for Christmas of 1944.
Jack Crawley was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in October, 1893. He enlisted in December, 1914 in Brandon, Manitoba and served overseas with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles. Crawley was killed June 5, 1916. His photograph is also a part of the Perry Sanderson collection. Sanderson mentions him in his letters and he was killed one day after Crawley. The collection currently consists of one photograph.
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.
Malcolm David Sloan was born in Norwood, Ontario in 1896 and was recruited in 1917 under the Military Service Act and served in England in 1918. Sloan was one of the correspondents with Reverend Arthur Mansell Irwin from Norwood, Ontario whose collection is also contained in this project. The collection currently consists of one letter.
Russell Scriver was born in Norwood, Ontario in October, 1896. He enlisted with the 57th Regt. in December, 1915 in Peterborough, Ontario. Scriver was one of the correspondents with Rev. Arthur Mansell Irwin from Norwood, Ontario whose collection also appears in the project. He was serving with the 18th Battalion at the time of his death on October 9, 1918. The collection currently consists of one letter.
Erle Beavis Laing was born in Havelock, Ontario in August, 1895. He was recruited under the Military Service Act and served in England until his return to Canada in 1919. Laing was one of the correspondents to Reverend Arthur Mansell Irwin from Norwood, Ontario, whose collection is also contained in this project. The collection currently consists of one letter.
Arthur Mansell Irwin was born in July of 1867 in Dalyrimple, Ontario and came to Norwood, Ontario between 1913 and 1914 as Pastor of Norwood Methodist Church. As a church and community leader, Irwin mentored Norwood's youth and maintained diligent correspondence with many young men serving overseas during WWI. Irwin's son Karl also served overseas, leaving Norwood in 1917. This collection consists of multiple clippings and articles pertaining to Canadian servicemen from Norwood, as well as one letter and two telegrams. Irwin's correspondence with numerous Canadian soldiers from Norwood comprise multiple collections on this website and are linked to this collection.
Hartley Samson Ivey was born in Campbellford, Ontario in June, 1894. He enlisted with the 73rd Battalion in Kingston, Ontario in February 1917 and served overseas until his return in 1919. Ivey was one of the correspondents to Reverend Arthur Mansell Irwin from Norwood, Ontario, whose collection is also contained in this project. The Ivey collection currently consists of one letter and one newspaper clipping.
William Edward Drader was born in London, Ontario in April of 1884. Drader enlisted with the 66th Canadians in Edmonton, Alberta in December of 1915. He served in England before returning to Canada in April 1919. This collection currently consists of six letters and one photograph.
Andrew Byron Bennett was born in Spencerville, Ontario in July, 1890. Bennett enlisted with the 202nd Battalion in Edmonton, Alberta in July, 1916 and served overseas in France with the 31st Battalion. The collection currently consists of one letter written by Bennett.
Eugene Robert Drader was born in London, Ontario in July of 1891. Drader enlisted in Calgary, Alberta with the 51st Battalion in June of 1915. He served in France and was killed in action while with the 49th Battalion on September 16, 1916. This collection currently consists of over 20 letter and 4 pictures.
Joseph Earl Drader was born in London, Ontario in March of 1887. Drader enlisted in Edmonton, Alberta with the 138th Battalion, British Expeditionary Force in March of 1916. He served in France until his return to Canada at the end of the war. This collection currently consists of over ten letters and two photographs.
Calrence Wilbert (Bert) Drader was born in London, Ontario in February of 1889 . Drader enlisted with the 66th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Edmonton, Alberta in March of 1916. He served in France and earned before being invalided back to Canada in March of 1919. This collection currently consists of over ten letters and a single portrait.
George Roderick Chisholm was born in Pictou, Nova Scotia on March 15, 1897. Chisholm enlisted with the 78th Battalion of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in April of 1916. He served in France and was killed at Vimy Ridge April 9, 1917.This collection consists of a note written by Chisholm three days prior to the attack on Vimy Ridge and his Circumstances of Death record.
Ernest Corbett was born in Orangeville, Ontario in February, 1893 and later resided in Wellington, British Columbia. He enlisted in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan in March, 1916 and served overseas with the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles. Corbett was killed August 21, 1917. The collection currently consists of one letter and one photograph.
Donald Elwood Pinder was born in Guelph, Ontario in 1924. During WWII he served in the Merchant Marine, as well as in the Canadian Navy. Pinder served on the Nipigon in convoys in the North Atlantic, and for a short time on the Haida. The collection currently consists of numerous photographs and documentation from his time in the navy.
Leslie Neufeld Abram was born in Nipawin, Saskatchewan in 1922. Neufeld was part of the 1st Canadian Parachute Battalion, "C" Coy, some of the first Canadians to land in France on D-Day, June 6, 1944. He was killed early on the morning of the 6th in an assault on a concrete bunker. The collection consists of his last letter home written on June 4th, a photograph, and some poems written by Neufeld while in high school.
Cuthbert King Matthews was born in London, England in June, 1892. He emigrated to Canada at age nineteen, where he began homesteading in Saskatchewan. Matthews enlisted in Winnipeg, Manitoba in March, 1916. He served overseas in Belgium and France until wounded in August, 1918 and returned to Canada in 1919. The collection consists of eleven letters written by Matthews.
Edward (Ted) Brock served overseas with the 48th Highlanders and fought in the Italian campaign and later in Holland. As a Lieut. Platoon Commander is was Brock's duty to write letters to the families of men killed or missing from his platoon. The collection consists of a letter of condolence, reponses from families to whom he wrote, and a short memoir.
John Alexander McDougall was born in Cheyenne, Wyoming in 1892 and later moved to Calgary, Alberta. He enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in December, 1915, and served overseas in France. The collection consists of more than twenty letters and several photographs covering the period 1915 to 1918.