The collection consists of personal items, photographs, stories, scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and memorabilia relating to the experiences of some Edmontonians in the Second World War. There are also two books – ‘The Royal Canadian Legion 1926-1986’ (369.271 ROY SWI 1986) and ‘Valour Remembered: Canada and the Second World War 1939-1945’ (940.540 GIE c. 2).
The fonds consists of one photograph of the 1st Depot Battalion (Alberta). Depot Battalions were created in central locations across Canada to handle the training of the final allotments of recruits. The recruits received minimal training at the Depot Battalions and were then sent to reserve battalions in England where they received the rest of their training. The 1st Depot Battalion was formed in 1917 and 1918 to provide reinforcements for the 10th, 31st, 49th and 50th Battalions through the 21st Canadian Reserve Battalion. It is possible an ancestor or relative of Audrey Bourget is in the photo but this is not confirmed.
The fonds consists of a panorama photograph of the 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles, ‘C’ Squadron from Edmonton. The 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles was organized in December 1914 under the command of Lieut.-Col. F.O. Sissons and mobilized at Edmonton and Medicine Hat. The troops left Montreal in June 1914 aboard The Megantic and arrived in England in June 1915. By September the troops were in France. In January 1916 the troops were absorbed by the 1st and 2nd Battalions, Canadian Mounted Rifles. They were disbanded in December 1917. There are no Dale’s listed in the 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles Nominal Roll. However, ‘Cruikshank’ is written on the back of the photo and Charles Cruikshank is listed in the nominal roll as the next of kin for Private David Ritchie Richardson of Edmonton, AB.
The fonds consists of materials largely related to the life and death of Robert M. Aitken. Although his early life in Edmonton is represented through his yearbooks and clippings regarding his sports activities with local leagues, the majority of the records focus on his military career beginning with the Royal Canadian Airforce (R.C.A.F.) through to his transfer to the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy. Besides material created by Robert in the course of his duties, records created by Marjory Aitken, his mother, are present throughout the fonds, most notably in letters received from correspondents regarding her son’s death. The photographs consist of images taken and collected by Marjory throughout Robert’s life, including of his childhood, military service, and eventual gravesite.
The fonds consists of documents and photographs related to Anthony Shute’s police career and activities in the Boxing and Wrestling Commission. . File List: File 1: Certificate of military instruction for infantry, non-commissioned officers, for Corporal A.G. Shute, 1917; File 2: Appointment as Justice of the Peace to Anthony G. Shute, signed by Robert George Brett, Lt. Gov. of Alberta. Sept. 8, 1920 (formerly known as EA-10-3206); File 3: Citation for Silver Jubilee, Buckingham Palace, May 6, 1935. File 4: Letter, Anthony G. Shute to Wm. Murphy, Secretary-Treasurer, Edmonton Boxing and Wrestling Commission, January 13, 1958. (Note: given Anthony Shute’s death on January 14, 1958, this is possibly the last letter written by him). For photograph of Anthony Shute, see EA-10-2784.
The fonds consists of photographs that reflect the involvement of John Chorley and Thomas Brown in the Canadian military and cover WWI and WWII time periods. The photographs pertaining to John Chorley are training and parade photos of the 51st Battalion, CEF, based out of Edmonton (1915) (EA-296-1 to EA-296-4). The photographs pertaining to Thomas G. Brown include group portraits of officers, sergeants and platoons of the 51st Battalion and Edmonton Fusiliers (EA-296-5 to EA-296-8, EB-42).
The collection consists of records accumulated by Alfred Bramley-Moore including a Northern Alberta Land Registration District Duplicate Certificate of Title belonging to Jonathan Hoffman, 1898, the Canadian Expeditionary Force, Divisional Cavalry - 19th Alberta Dragoons Roll of Officers, 1915 and an obituary of John J. Thompson, 1959.
This fonds consists of a bank book and deposit slips documenting the fund-raising for the Edmonton Cenotaph and copies of the programmes for the unveiling and re-dedication of the cenotaph. File List: File 1: Bank book and deposit slips File 2: Programmes - Unveiling of the Edmonton Cenotaph, August 13, 1936 (3 c.); Re-dedication of the Edmonton Cenotaph, August 26, 1946 (3 c.)