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Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 1945
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PPCLI Museum scrap book collection

  • PPCLI C10-7.1
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1964]

The collection consists of 31 items, including scripts for comedy sketches, and miscellaneous items of correspondence, newsclippings, programs, tickets, songbooks, and Mess standing orders.

Alec Herdy fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 115
  • Fonds
  • 1980-2013

The fonds consists of digital images of Alec Herdy's album relating to his 1980-1983 service in PPCLI (located in the Archives Main Computer, Born-Digital Records folder); a binder documenting course development of the Landmine Facilitator Training program of the Canadian Red Cross, Victoria, BC (ca. 2001-2002); notes on development of the education program at The Military Museums, Calgary, Alberta (2007); a poster produced as a tribute to Sgt William Niel Gow, a bugler with 2PPCLI; compilations of PPCLI wartime records produced for families of Sgt George C. Quartly, RSM "Jock" Anderson, Sir A.C. "Batty Mac" MacDonnell, L/Cpl C. Wynne and L/Cpl J.A. Wynne, and Pte L.E. Kramer (2010); and subject files consisting of photocopied articles, etc., on the Airborne Division during World War II, disbandment of the Canadian Airborne Regiment, the Devil's Brigade, Exercise Haines (1947), PPCLI in the Korean War, Korea maps, PPCLI dress, PPCLI history (to 1978), PPCLI in World War I, PPCLI in World War Ii, and Sanctuary Wood (compiled ca, 2009-ca. 2013)

Herdy, Alec

PPCLI memorials photograph collection

  • PPCLI P15
  • Collection
  • 1915 - 2000

This collection consists of photographs of gravesites, cemeteries, cenotaphs, and memorial events where members of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry were commemorated.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives

PPCLI Colours photo collection

  • PPCLI P14
  • Collection
  • 1914-1989

This collection consists of images of the Colours of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) as well as related units such as 2 Commando of the Canadian Airborne Regiment. Also includes images of the PPCLI camp flag. In early military tradition, a battalion’s Colours were a flag carried near the commanding officer to serve as a rallying point in the melee of battle. Though no longer of strategic importance, its Colours are considered to be its most precious possession and are normally only displayed during military parades. In the British Commonwealth, battalions possess two Colours: the King’s (or Queen’s) Colour and the Regimental Colour. Regiments can be given permission to decorate their Colours with Battle Honours: the names of notable battles or campaigns in which they fought. PPCLI’s original Colour, known as the Ric-A-Dam-Doo, was hand-embroidered by Princess Patricia, and was last Canadian Colour to actually be carried into battle.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives

PPCLI general collection

  • PPCLI Collection 1
  • Fonds
  • 1894-2018 (predominant 1914-2018)

The collection is classified into approximately 40 series representing broad subjects, periods of regimental history, and units within the regiment. Many of the series are further divided into sub-series. Files are generally described to the item level. The collection consists of correspondence, nominal rolls, ledgers, scrapbooks, war diaries, Part I and Part II Orders, maps, blueprints, annual reports, meeting minutes, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, clippings, programmes, posters and personnel documents illustrating regimental activities and achievements during war and peace times and the length of service, number of casualties and honours and awards of past and present members of the Regiment. Also included is biographical information on the Colonels-in-Chief, Colonels of the Regiment and other Regimental personalities. Some series include books, manuals, booklets, phonograph records and other ephemera related to military history, regimental traditions, Canadian Forces Bases, training policies and procedures, uniforms and equipment, allied regiments, the airborne role and the Regimental Band. Also featured are records of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association, the Regimental Executive Committee, the establishment of the Regimental Museum and the 75th, 80th and 85th anniversary celebrations of the Regiment. Individual collections contained within the fonds include the B.A.J. Franklin collection, the Ernst Smith collection, the K.F. Bunyan collection, the Lt. Col. E.K. Fitzgerald D.R. collection, the Eleanor M. Rieger collection, the John Milburn Collection, the L.A. White collection, the Stephen Trache collection, the Jim Cannon Collection and the W.E. Bastedo Collection. Also included are letters from Agar Adamson, the Currie Papers, V.F. Gianelli correspondence and documents related to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Comedy Company and the Women's Auxiliary. The collection of official records of the PPCLI and its battalions was closed in 1994, but accruals relating to the Colonels-in-Chief, the Colonels of the Regiment, and individuals who were members of the regiment before 1994 continue to be collected.

Boyd Waddell fonds

  • PPCLI C60-20.1, C60-20.2, C60-22.1
  • Fonds
  • 1977-1980

The fonds consists of three albums of ceremonial events of the 1st Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (1PPCLI). C60-20.1 depicts the Presentation of Colours to the Battalion in 1977. C60-20.2 and C60-22.1, which are nearly identical albums, depict 1PPCLI's Trooping of the Colour ceremony in 1980.

Waddell, Boyd

Cecil James Simpson fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 127
  • Fonds
  • Copied 2008 (originally created 1914-1919)

The fonds consists of copies of 8 pages from Cecil Simpson's notebook containing a chronology of his military service and nominal roll of 6 Platoon; uncaptioned photographs (copied from the original negatives) of Simpson, his wife, comrades, and family members; and copies of two items of French and Canadian currency autographed by Simpson and comrades.

Simpson, Cecil James

Frezenberg research collection

  • Collection
  • [Photocopied ca. 2000-ca. 2014 (originally created 1915-1995)]

The collection consists of photocopies of maps and descriptions of the Battle of Frezenberg, a part of the 2nd Battle of Ypres, in which PPCLI suffered many casualties. Includes extracts from the PPCLI war diary, and from published books by Jeffery Williams, Ralph Hodder-Williams, and Sir Max Aitken.

Owen Gardner fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 133
  • Fonds
  • 1794, 1924-1989

The fonds contains a copy of the Militia Act of Great Britain (1786) from Gardner's library; his Warrant (1939); his demobilization letter (1945); a transcribed poem; and a menu from the Sir Winston Spencer Churchill Society (Calgary) annual memorial dinner (1984). Includes photographs from Gardner's military career which he had framed (1924-1973); and photographs from his retirement collected by Evelyn de Mille (ca. 1980s).

Gardner, Owen Wallace

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