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William Worth Davis was born in Mitchell, Ontario in May 1891.  Davis enlisted in London, Ontario in May 1916 and served overseas with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in both England and France.  He was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.

Alfred John. Arthur Killough ("Arthur") was born in Regina, Saskatchewan on January 12th, 1896. After training with the 2nd Contingent in Victoria, he enlisted in November 1914 in Quebec with the 23rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry.  Corporal Killough was serving in France with the 3rd Battalion at the time of his death on September 4, 1916, when a shell explosion caused a trench cave-in.  He is buried in the Sunken Road Cemetery, Contalmaison, Somme, France.

The oldest of 8 siblings, most of the letters in the collection were written to and from Arthur's family from their home on the Merryfield Fruit Ranch in Castlegar, British Columbia:
Capt. Joseph Arthur Killough - father
Lillian Emma Killough - mother
May, Annie, Gwen, Myrtle & "Baby" - sisters
Joe & Harry - brothers
"Auntie" F.A. Clark 

The collection currently consists of nineteen letters, a diary of his voyage overseas, photographs, and other misc. items. 
Many of the early letters in the Killough collection are unusual in that the majority of CLIP's war letters (and especially those in most WWI collections) were written by service members and then sent home to family & friends.  In the Killough letters we get an uncommon glimpse at the other side of the story – letters written to a soldier by his family and then sent to Arthur while he was still in training here in Canada. How and when these letters were returned to his family in Castlegar is unknown.

Corporal Killough is also remembered online through the Touchstones Nelson Museum of Art and History "First World War Kootenay Soldiers" online photo album.

Robert John Conners was born in Montreal, Quebec in October 1890.  Conners enlisted in Montreal in January 1917 and served in France with the Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company.  He was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of one letter and two photographs.  See also the collection of his brother, Horace Kelvin Conners.

Thomas William McAloney was born in River Hebert, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia in August 1889.  McAloney enlisted with the 89th Battalion in November 1915 in Calgary, Alberta.  He served overseas with the 89th, was twice wounded, and returned to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of an untranscribed diary from November 1918 to January 1919, his discharge certificate, and two photographs.

John Edgar Hamilton was born in Montreal, Quebec in November 1881.  He enlisted at Valcartier in June 1915.  Edgar was serving overseas with the 60th Battalion when he was wounded at Ypres in June 1916, resulting in the amputation of his leg.  He returned to Canada in 1918.  The collection currently consists of one postcard to his sister Kate.

Lieutenant Thomas Alexander Rowat was born August 19, 1878, in Winchester, Ontario. He enlisted on January 14, 1915, in Haileybury, Ontario, serving overseas with the 38th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action at Avion, France, on June 28, 1917, and is buried in the Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-au-Bois, Pas de Calais, France. Lieutenant Rowat is commemorated on the Cenotaph in the Major Edward Holland VC Memorial Park in Cobalt Ontario. 

The collection contains 35 letters, 1 photograph, 1 newspaper clipping and 1 postcard. Most of the letters were written by Alex Rowat to the following members of his family:
Rev Andrew Rowat - father
Margaret McKenzie Rowat - mother
Donald - brother
William ("Willie") - brother
Rhoda -  sister-in-law (Donald's wife)
Ina ("Tina"?) -  sister
Margaret- sister

Note: The original handwritten letters have been lost but typed transcriptions were made sometime after the war. It is the scans of these typed copies that have been included with each letter. 

John Alexander Selter Thompson was born in Denver, Colarado, USA in October 1897.  Thompson enlisted with the 196th Battalion in September 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.  He was killed at Passchendaele on October 26, 1917 while serving with the 46th Battalion.  Thompson is commemorated on the Menin Gate.  The collection currently consists of twenty-eight letters and some miscellaneous items.

Charles Eric Robertson was born in Walkerton, Ontario in April 1889.  After taking private flying lessons he was given a commission in the Royal Flying Corps on December 7, 1915.  At the time of his death on July 12, 1917 he was commanding the 11th Sqdn. RFC.  The collection currently consists of 121 letters, as well as  photographs and other miscellaneous items. Although the original letters have been lost, these transcriptions are from a typed version of the letters done following the war.

Roland Philips Nash was born in Gorrie, Ontario in March, 1894.  He enlisted with the 161st Battalion in January 1916 in Wroexter, Ontario.  Nash served overseas with the 18th Battalion until he was demobilized and returned to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection curretly consists of nine letters.

Edward Beverly Nash was born in Gorrie, Ontario in April 1887.  He enlisted in December 1915 with the 161st Battalion in Wroexeter, Ontario.  Nash served overseas with the 47th Battalion and the Canadian Machine Gun Corps until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of sixteen letters.

Milford Earl Nash was born in Gorrie, Ontario in August 1892.  He enlisted in March 1916 with the 161st Battalion in Wroxeter, Ontario.  Nash served overseas with the 1st Battalion until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of twelve letters.

Henry Errol Beauchamp Platt, known as Errol Platt, was born in London, Ontario in May 1891.  When war broke out he took a commission with the Queen's Own Rifles in Toronto, and then proceeded overseas with the 35th Battalion.  Platt was serving with the 3rd Battalion at the time of his death on May 5, 1916. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.

The collection consists of 83 letters, 3 photographs, and other miscellaneous items. 

Within the letter collection, the main correspondents are:
Fern McIntyre, sweetheart/fiancée
Helen Platt (“Nennie”), mother
Arthur Thomas Platt, father,
Catherine Platt (“Kae”), sister
Madeline Platt (“Molly”), sister
Lieutenant George Lawrence Bisset Makenzie, close friend/fellow soldier

Additional remembrances of Lieutenant Platt can be found at both the The Canadian Virtual War Memorial and The Great War Law Student Memorial Project (pg 112).

Note: The original handwritten letters have been lost but typed transcriptions were made sometime after the war. It is the scans of these typed copies that have been included with each letter. 

George William Cochrane was born in July 1893 in Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.  Cochrane enlisted in March 1916 in Winnipeg, Manitoba with the 196th Battalion.  He served overseas with the 46th Battalion and died of wounds April 14, 1917.  The collection currently consists of three letters,  three photographs, and two newspaper clippings.

Joseph William George Robinson was born in Camden East, Ontario in August 1889.  He enlisted with the 59th Battalion in Brockville, Ontario in February 1916.  Robinson served overseas with the 60th Battalion until he was killed on September 16, 1916.  The collection currently consists of one letter from Robinson.

Oscar James Fearman was born in Middleport, Ontario in January 1893.  Fearman enlisted with the 125th Battalion in Brantford, Ontario in December 1915.  He served overseas with the 1st Battalion until his death on April 9, 1917.  The collection currently consists of one letter and one postcard.

Percy Lytton Bonsall was born in Poltimon, Quebec in May, 1891.  Bonsall enlisted in Montreal, Quebec in April 1916 with the Canadian Railway Construction Corps.  He rose to the rank of Major before being demobilized and returning to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of three letters.

Thomas Lytton Bonsall was born in Brantford, Ontario in 1871.  He attested with the 238th Battalion in July, 1916 and served overseas with that Battalion until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of three letters.

Albert Edward Wellman was born in Rawdon Township, Ontario, in July 1895.  Wellman enlisted with the 155th Battalion in December 1916 in Marmora, Ontario.  He served overseas with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry until his discharge at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of six letters and three postcards.

John Caldwell Strang was born in Usborne Township, Ontario in June, 1897. He enlisted at the age of eighteen in May of 1916 in Exeter, Ontario. Strang served overseas with the 58th Battalion. He was killed in action on August 23rd, 1917, and is buried at La Chaudiere Military Cemetery. The collection consists of eleven letters.

Malcolm James MacDonell was born in Lancaster, Ontario in December, 1896.  He enlisted at the age of eighteen in September, 1915 in Montreal, Quebec.  MacDonell served overseas with the 73rd Battalion and 42nd Battalion, both of the Royal Highlanders of Canada, until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919.  The collection currently consists of thirty-three letters, seven photographs, a document of thank you from his church, and a diary. 

Please note that the diary has not been transcribed.  The digitized only format is meant to be temporary, and is a result of resource and manpower issues at this time.

William John Smallacombe was born in Clinton, Ontario in August 1896.  He originally enlisted with the 81st Battalion in St. Catharines, Ontario  in September of 1916, and then transferred to the 4th Machine Gun Company with whom he served with in France.  Smallacombe returned to Canada and was demobilized at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of one photograph and one letter written April 10, 1917 at Vimy Ridge.

Donald Sinclair Jamieson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in June 1924.  He enlisted with the RCAF and served with the 426 Squadron.  On December 16, 1943, while returning from a mission over Germany, his Lancaster crashed on return to England.  Five crew members were killed immediately, one later died of injuries, and Jamieson walked away with only ten stitches (see his letter of December 1943).  While returning from a mission over Germany on June 28/29 1944 his his Halifax was shot down, but all the crew bailed out successfully over France and were sheltered by French citizens of the village of Honguemare.  Jamieson and another crew member were captured on July 14 and held in prison.  They were taken out of the prison on the night of August 21, 1944 and executed.  Their bodies were never found and they are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial.  Jamieson was twenty years old at the time.  The collection currently consists of two letters and one photograph

John Patrick Crawford Higgerty was born in Medicine Hat, Alberta in March 1891.  Higgerty enlisted with the No. 10 Forestry and Railway Depot in Winnipeg in February 1918.  He was discharged in July, 1918 as medically unfit.  The collection currently consists of his discharge certificate.

Frederick Charles Higgerty was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in November 1893.  Higgerty enlisted in Winnipeg in December 1915 with the 108th Battalion.  While in England Higgerty took a commission in the Imperial Army in August of 1917.  He then served with the London Regiment (Post Office Rifles) until he was killed November 30, 1917.  Higgerty is commemorated on the Cambrai Memorial.  The collection currently consists of a poem, a clipping, and one photograph.

Eric Morgan Finn was born in December 1920, the son of Arthur and Hilda Finn of Toronto,  He enlisted with the RCAF and served in Newfoundland as part of a Liberator crew engaged in anti-submarine activity.  Finn was on his way home for leave on Liberator Harry when it crashed in Quebec on October 20, 1943, killing all twenty four on board.  It remains the worst accident in Canadian military aviation history.  The collection currently consists of one letter written by Finn and two photographs.