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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.

William Stanley Lane was born in June, 1891. Lane was a law student at his time of enlistment in November, 1914 with the 29th Battalion. He served in France as signaller and was killed on April 6, 1916 in the Battle of St. Eloi. Three of his brothers also served - James Eldon Lane, Robert Wallace Lane, and Walter Ross Lane.  The collection currently consists of seven photographs, four newspaper articles, and several miscellaneous items.

Hart Leech enlisted in Winnipeg in 1914 and served as a lieutenant with the 61st Battalion in France. He was killed in September of 1916. This collection consists of a letter by Hart to his mother written in 1916 just before his death but not found until 1928, a letter by his former captain to his father written in 1928, his obituary, an article published in 1928 which describes the circumstances of the delayed letter, and one photograph. All the written materials were published in The Manitoba Free Press.

Reginald John Paul was born on December 14, 1895 in Burin, Newfoundland. He enlisted on December 21, 1914 and served with the Royal Newfoundland Regiment. Paul served both at Gallipoli and on the Somme and was killed on the first day of the Somme, July 1, 1916. The collection consists of two letters from the chaplain to his family, and one photograph.

James LLoyd Evans was born in 1879 in Wales. He served with the British forces in the South African war and following the war he emigrated to Manitoba in 1903. Evans enlisted in Winnipeg in December, 1914, and went overseas in 1915. He was killed in action September 1, 1918. The collection consists of 79 letters and numerous photographs.

Walter Hill Moodie was born in Quebec, PQ.  In October, 1899 at age 28 Moodie enlisted in Kaslo, British Columbia with the 2nd Bn. RCR.  He served overseas in South Africa until his discharge in October, 1900.  The collection currently consists of a series of letters that he wrote during that time back to the Kaslo newspaper, The Kootenaian.

John "Jack" Fenton Humphrey was born in Nanaimo, British Columbia in October, 1922.  He enlisted with the RCAF and trained as an aircraft mechanic in 1941 and was sent overseas to Britain.  In 1943 Humphrey trained as a rear gunner  and then was sent again overseas.  He returned to Canada at the end of the war.  The collection currently consists of more than thirty letters written by Humphrey during the war.

Frank Clifford Cousins was born on October 24, 1893 in Belmont, Ontario. He began his university studies at the University of Toronto in 1911, and then moved west to the Regina area where he taught school and attended university. Cousins enlisted in Regina, Saskatchewan in July, 1917 and arrived in England in December of that year. In April 1918 he was sent to France where he took part in the Battle of Amiens in August. Later that month he was wounded and sent to England for surgery and to recuperate, and remained in England until the end of the war. Upon returning to Canada he resumed his teaching and his university studies, received his L.L.B. in 1924, and was called to the bar in 1926. He was a partner with the future Prime Minister John Diefenbaker in the firm of Diefenbaker, Cousins & Godfrey. Frank Cousins died in his sleep in June, 1927.This collection consist of ninety letters and other miscellaneous materials.