Captain Cecil Bruce Ferris, born in Kingston in 1885, enlisted to become a part of the 2nd Field Company, Canadian Engineers in September, 1914. While fighting in France, he received a G.S.W to the chest, and spent time in Convalescent hospitals in England. While on leave, he married his sweetheart, Clara ‘Rosie’, in Deal, England. Included in the collection is their marriage invitation, and dozens of letters between ‘Bruce’ and Rosie to his mother, Alice, who Bruce kept well informed on his life, both on the front and back in England. For his service he was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and the Croix de Guerre in 1916. Post-war he was heavily involved with his unit, eventually rising to the rank of Commanding officer. Due to this, his collection involves some of his unit’s war diaries, as well as other paperwork that would have come with commanding a company. Captain Ferris died in 1965 in Toronto, Ontario.
The two Iceton brothers enlisted in the 124th Battalion in Toronto in December 1915, but only one returned home after the war. Family members put together a small collections of letters, photographs, and other keepsakes as a tribute to their service and sacrifice.