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Canadian soldiers standing on top of a flooded German pillbox, Passchendaele, 1917
17 April 1919 - Announcement of Canadian Troops Sailing Home from England Enclosed in the Frederick D. Baragar collection, alongside the letters Fred Baragar sent home to his fiancée Edith Roberson throughout the first world war, is this post-war newspaper clipping. It announced the movement of certain Canadian troops from England to Canada.
The Araguaya was set to reach Halifax on 19 April 1919 carrying men from the first battalion (London, Ontario); third and fourth battalions (Toronto, Ontario), second, third, and fourth battalions (Kingston, Ontario); fifth and seventh batteries (Montreal, Quebec), and the sixth battery (Halifax, Nova Scotia). Fred Baragar would have been travelling with the fourth battalion headed for Kingston, Ontario, which is where he went through training in 1915.
Since this clipping has been stored within the Frederick D. Baragar collection alongside the letters written to Edith Robertson, it is likely that Edith was responsible for saving this article.
24 March 1919 - Letter to Edith from Bramshott, England Fred begins this letter from Bramshott Camp by describing his recent 3-day leave starting the 11th of March, during which he got the opportunity to visit Brussels, and noted the damage done in Louvain during the war. Fred spent time in Antwerp, where he attended a musical and a vaudeville show, visited “the Art Gallery” (mentioning work by Rubens and Van Dyk), and visited other sites around the city. Once back in Brussels, Fred also visited the Theatre Royal for a performance of the opera Louise, along with another Art Gallery visit before the return to Fumal.
The next day the Canadians moved on to Huy, where Fred wrote that the men “began straightening up [their] documents” as they were in “Group 10” which would demobilize at Kingston, ON. Then, on 16 March Fred’s contingent boarded a train for Le Havre, where they arrived on the 18th and were, “put… thro’ baths & [a] delousing plant.” Fred became officer in charge of records during that time, and by 21st March the group travelled by boat to Weymouth, England then by train to Bramshott, where Fred had to assist in getting “the 20-odd documents per man” ahead of their leave.
Fred noted his own 8-day leave would begin within a few days, and that by mid-April he would be sailing back to Canada. At the end of his lengthy update, Fred promises to write “a different sort of letter soon” but notes that they “wont need letters very much longer.”
Canadian Sherman Firefly tanks in Zeeland, the Netherlands, 1944.
Wreckage of a Spitfire IX 9G+S (NH 151) of 441 squadron R.C.A.F. in Dorpssteeg (nowadays Groesbeekseweg), Netherlands. 25 September 1944.
The Pilot, Osman McMillan, was 21 years old, and is buried in the war cemetary in Mook, Holland.
Canadian soldiers in the destroyed town of Falaise, August 1944
Typhoon Mk-IB RCAF, 1945
19 May 1944. Princess Elizabeth, and the Queen talking to a camouflaged airborne sniper
A color photo of an Canadian Sherman Firefly tank in Leeuwarden, the Netherlands, 1945
This photo shows the incomprehension of this little boy who sees his father leaving Canada in 1940 to go to fight in Europe.
Teddy Bisset (far right) as a Canadian Captain in 1942 before the Dieppe Raid, with comrades, including Peter Harratt (next to Bisset, wearing Beret).
Photo and caption featured in Guardians of Churchill’s Secret Army: Men of the Intelligence Corps in the Special Operations Executive by Peter Dixon
A Canadian soldier with Lee-Enfield rifle in Ortona, Italy, December 1943. http://bit.ly/2Kn5JMc