J.R. Sams Families War Scrapbook

Lieutenant Joseph Reed Sams enlisted in 1943 and fought with the Royal Hamilton Light Infantry. While he was on the front, his family kept a scrapbook of the major battles that they thought Sams may have been a part of. Throughout the scrapbook are items that are more personalized, such as the telegram informing the family that Sams had been wounded. Other interesting items are; Nazi insignia badge, Sams campaign ribbon, and a fifty Reichsmark bill. Post-war, J.R. Sams went on to become an insurance agent, and in 1963 was elected to be the Conservative Member of Parliament for Wentworth, Ontario .

Canadian Army Medical Corps Photo Album with Various Scenic Photos and Portraits

This photo album comes from London, Ontario. It features several photos with handwritten captions on photos that depict various elements of life at this time. We see photos of Mr. and Mrs. Dechtro, Miss Frances McCabe as a child, Mr. Frank Lafleur, Mr. Thomas Cat, Mrs. Emma Seven Oaks and sister, Lydia Jahnke, Mrs. Grace Raubolt and son, Miss Agnes Davies, Mr. Nick Poulas, Sergeants McFee and Shaw, “Frenchy and Scotty,” Geo Latimer, Sergeant Major McDonald, Harriet and Isabell Raubolt, Mr. and Mrs. Higgivson, the “Riot Squad” in London, Ontario, Isabell Powell, Sergeant D. G. Powell, Jack Timney, Lance Corporal Borke, and Nellie Bronk. There are also photos in locations such as Dallas, Texas, Cleveland, Ohio, London, Ontario, Niagara, Hyde Park, England and Toronto, Ontario. Along with these photos, there are several shot so the Canadian Army Medical Corps which was founded in London, Ontario in 1916 and these photos depict various men in the CAMC camp in London. There are photos of troops aboard the STR Casandria, the 13th battalion of Canadian Engineers and an unidentified London nurse who was buried at sea. There are also several captioned photos that do not contain names or location, as well as some scenic shots including one of an iceberg taken off the coast of Newfoundland.

Captain Cecil Bruce Ferris

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.

"They gave their own lives"

Although this service was held after the Second World War, its content and symbols were redolent of the First.

A Vimy pilgrim's travel arrangements

Ross McIntyre of Komoka, Ontario, served in the Black Watch rather than in the Canadian Corps - but he still made the trip to France in 1936 for the unveiling of the Vimy Memorial.

The Dead of Assiniboia

The memorial, which lists 39 dead from the First World War and 15 dead from the Second, was moved and repaired in 1982. The soldier had to be removed because of damage caused by vandals.

Old Boys in Brantford

Toronto's 84th Battalion was broken up in 1916 to provide reinforcements for other units, but its members continued to meet for years after the First World War ended.

Remembering the Sacrifice

A Form of Service from the unveiling of the Cross of Sacrifice in Rothesay, New Brunswick, remembering "men of the parish who gave their lives for King and Country in the Great War".

From soldier to veteran

When he was discharged in 1919, Leon Cantelon of Wingham, Ontario, almost immediately joined what was then Canada's largest ex-soldiers' group, the Great War Veterans' Association.

Six Bits

The 75th Battalion drew from the Toronto area, and its association newspaper celebrated its war exploits and the postwar achievements of its members.

View PDF: Six Bits.pdf

"Overseas in 1914"

This reunion was organized by the Originals Club, founded in 1918 to bring together men who had gone overseas with the original 1st Division. There is an unmistakeable note of nostalgia in its description of the war years and the legacies of service.

The Canadian Corps in Port Colborne

The Canadian Corps Association was founded after the Corps reunion in Toronto in 1934, and a few branches still exist in Canada, the membership rolls bolstered by descendants of originals of the Canadian Corps and veterans of later wars.

Entertainment, dancing and bridge

The Great War Veterans Association was the largest of Canada's ex-soldier groups that decided to remain independent when most others amalgamated into the Canadian Legion in 1926.

Bell's Bulldogs

This Calgary battalion took its nickname from its very popular first commanding officer. Among those listed in this directory is Prime Minister R.B. Bennett, an associate member of the organization.

View PDF: 31st Bn 1933.pdf

A voice for veterans

The Army and Navy Veterans in Canada was one of the few such organizations that decided to remain independent when the Canadian Legion was formed in 1926.

The Heroic Dead

The Hants County, Nova Scotia, war memorial drew its inspiration from British history, from the creators of Stonehenge to the builders of the British Empire.

The Emma Gees

Every November, former machine gunners in British Columbia assembled to remember fallen comrades and enjoy an evening together. On this evening, they were all too aware that another generation of Canadians had been forced to go to war.

The good old 18th

In 1919, the members of London's Women's Canadian Club held a dinner for the returning 18th Battalion, just as they had done when the unit left London in 1914. Among the celebrities on hand were Sir Adam Beck and Hume Cronyn, MP.

Missing at Regina Trench

Frank Elvin of Guelph, Ontario, was not yet twenty years old when he went missing in action in the last stages of the Battle of the Somme in October 1916. The date on the card likely refers to the date that official notification reached his family.

View PDF: Elvin card.pdf

Machine gunners in Winnipeg

In this amusing souvenir program, officer of the Canadian Machine Gun Corps used their wartime experiences as a source of humour.