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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.

T.J. Turnbull fonds

  • PPCLI C40-5.2
  • Fonds
  • 1934

The fonds consists of an album that was presented to T.J. Turnbull upon his retirement in 1934. It contains informal portraits of 40 sergeants, warrant officers, and commissioned officers, and their farewell messages.

Turnbull, T.J.

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

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.

Korean War research collection

  • PPCLI Collection 135
  • Collection
  • 1951, [ca. 1995-ca. 2006]

The collection consists mostly of articles found online. Includes "Korea Vet News" including stories about Roy Rushton, Rod Middleton, and Mike Levy (2006). Includes articles produced for CBC series "The Forgotten War" (1999). Includes articles "Korean War : weapons" (1999-2001). Includes a chronology of the war, an analysis by Harry G. Summers Jr., and an article from American Military History. Includes articles by embedded journalist Pierre Berton (1951) including a profile of L/Cpl Karry (Kerry) Dunphy.

Friendly fire incident (2002) collection

  • PPCLI Collection 93
  • Collection
  • 2001-2005

The Tarnak Farm incident, more familiarly known in Canada as "the friendly fire incident", occurred on April 17, 2002 near Kandahar, Afghanistan during Operation Apollo. The 3rd Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Battle Group (3PPCLIBG) was conducting night-time anti-tank and machine gun firing exercises, which were mistaken for enemy fire by U.S. Air National Guard fighter jet pilots. The pilots attacked, killing Canadian soldiers Marc Leger, Ainsworth Dyer, Richard Green, and Nathan Smith, and injuring at least eight others. They were the first Canadian casualties of the Afghanistan War, and the incident generated a massive public response. The collection consists of news clippings; printouts of online news stories; TV news clips; scrapbooks of news clippings; messages of condolence received by PPCLI in the form of email messages, condolence books, letters, and sympathy cards; eulogies of the deceased soldiers; and the contents of an album of photographs and memorabilia from Marley Leger's visit to Bosnia.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry

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

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

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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