William John Howe left Valcartier with the 1st Contingent in September 1914, arriving in England in October. He was killed in action on 24 April 1915, during the Second Battle of Ypres, while serving with the 3rd Battalion. Private Howe’s body was never found; he is commemorated on the Menin Gate in Ypres, Belgium. The collection consists of four letters he wrote to his wife in Toronto, including one written just two days before his death.
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.
John Hudgins was born in Aylesford, Nova Scotia in November, 1889 and enlisted in Halifax, Nova Scotia in November, 1915. Hudgins served overseas with the 85th Battalion until he was demobilized and returned to Canada in 1919. He was the brother of Major Hudgins. The collection currently consists of more than sixty letters from his time in the service.
Major Hudgins was born in Aylesford, Nova Scotia in September, 1891. Hudgins enlisted in Halifax, Nova Scotia in November, 1915 and served overseas with the 85th Battalion (Nova Scotia Highlanders) until his death on June 27, 1917. He was the brother of John Hudgins. The collection currently consists of more than twenty letters.
William Arthur Hughes was born in North Wales in 1894 and emigrated to Canada sometime prior to the war. He enlisted in Vancouver, British Columbia in September, 1915, and served overseas until his death on September 2, 1918. The collection consists of one letter written in 1916.
Private John Allan Hunter was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in 1892 and later moved to Meteor, Saskatchewan. He enlisted at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan in March of 1916. He served in France in 1917 and died of wounds in November, 1917. The collection currently consists of six letters and one photograph.
John Goldthorp Hutchinson was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba in January, 1890. Hutchinson enlisted in September, 1914 and was part of the First Contingent to France, where he served with the 8th Battalion. He was wounded in April, 1915 at the second battle of Yprres. Hutchinson was killed on June 14, 1916. The collection currently consists of two letters to the mother of Charlie Evans whom he served with and went missing April 24, 1915.
Willard Hogarth (Bill) Hutchinson was born in Dorchester, New Brunswick April 16, 1897 and enlisted in Fredericton, New Brunswick in January, 1916. He served overseas in France and returned to the Maritimes in 1919. The collection currently consists of eleven letters written from 1916 to 1919.
Gordon Budd Irving was born in Toronto on 16 May 1888, the only son of Mary Maude Irving and William Henry Irving, of the legal firm of Kilmer, Irving, and Davis. He worked for the National Trust Company in Toronto before joining the Royal Flying Corps in May 1917. After training at Camp Borden, Gordon Irving was sent to England in July 1917, and then to France, where he was posted to 19 Squadron. He rose to the rank of Captain, was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, and was credited with twelve enemy aircraft downed. On 11 August 1918, he was reported missing, believed killed in action. His body was never recovered. The correspondence consists primarily of letters from Gordon to his father and his sister Fern (Mrs. M.C. Purvis). There is also official correspondence from military authorities, and letters from one of W.H. Irving's business associates in England.
Harold Lawrence Irwin was born in Franklin, Manitoba in March, 1894. He later moved to Vancouver, British Columbia and enlisted in Vancouver in June, 1915. Irwin served overseas in England and France until his death on July 3, 1918 while serving with the 1st Tramway Coy., Canadian Engineers. The collection currently consists of more than one hundred letters, as well as numerous photographs and postcards.
Herbert Laurier Irwin was born in Weston, Ontario in 1896. Irwin enlisted in Toronto, Ontario in October, 1915 with the 41st O.S. Battery and served overseas in France and Belgium. The collection consists of twelve letters, four postcards, and two photographs.
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.
Raymond Ellsworth Ives enlisted in 1916 and served overseas in France, including Vimy Ridge. The collection consists of four letters, ten photographs, and a short personal memoir from enlistment to Vimy.
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.
Henry Harry Jackson was born in Cumberland, England in November, 1893. He moved with his family to Namaimo, British Columbia sometime after 1901 and enlisted in September, 1915 with the 72nd Battalion, the Seaforth Highlanders. He trained in England in the summer of 1916 and was in Belgium for only a few weeks before he was killed on September 16, 1916. The collection consists of a photograph and note from Jackson, a family photograph as a young boy, and a letter of condolence to Jackson's family from his commanding officer.
John James Jackson was born in Dudley, Worcestershire, in 1883 and emigrated to London, Ontario, around 1911. He worked as a foreman in a brickworks and spent two years in a militia artillery unit before joining the 142nd Battalion in London on 14 December 1915. The collection consists of a long letter, written to his wife and children, describing the battalion’s voyage to England in 1916.
Thomas Frederick Jackson was born in London, England in November, 1876. At the time of his enlistment in Vancouver, British Columbia in September, 1915 Jackson was living in Vancouver and was married. Jackson served overseas with the 47th Battalion and was killed April 13, 1917. The collection consists of one letter and one photograph, as well as a thank you letter from Buckingham Palace.
William Harry Jennings was born in Forest, Ontario in 1883. He enlisted in August,1914, and served overseas in France where he was wounded in 1915. He returned to Canada sometime before the end of the war and died in 1925. The collection consists of two letters and two photographs.
Lawrence Earl Johns was born in Elimville, Ontario in December, 1893. Johns enlisted at Exeter, Ontario on April 11, 1916 with the 161st Huron Battalion, C.E.F. He served overseas with the 58th Battalion and died September 12, 1917. The collection consists of more than one hundred twenty letter as well as a rich visual component of photographs, postcards, and other personal items.
Wesley Johnson was born in Papineauville, Quebec September, 1893 and enlisted in April, 1915 in Port Arthur, Ontario. Johnson served overseas with the 52nd Battalion until his death on September 7, 1917, age 23. Please note that at times his name is also spelled Johnston, both in letters and in his service file.
Thomas William Johnson was born in April, 1877 and enlisted at Swift Current, Saskatchewan in March, 1916. The collection consists of more than sixty letters that he wrote to his future wife 'Lulu'.