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Geof Crossman fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 18
  • Fonds
  • 1976-2020

The fonds contains Geof Crossman's obituaries, 2 photographs of him at the Canadian Airborne Centre, 1987, 3 photographs of the Regimental Museum Staff, 1998, 3 photographs of Warrant Officer Crossman at the Military Collectors Club and Gun Show at the Mayfield Hotel August 1998 and 5 photographs of his retirement party, 1999 at the Kensington Legion, Calgary. Textual records include 63 various Canadian Army training manuals, booklets, handouts and binders on parachute procedures, weapons, mines and vehicle identification, an Airborne Association Kitshop catalogue and the Warrant Officer's and Sergeant's Mess By-laws, 1994. Also included are 13 maps of Canadian Forces Bases and training areas and 1 Croatia battle map.

Crossman, Geof

Gordon Appelbe Smith fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 15
  • Fonds
  • 1942-2020

The fonds contains 8 photographs of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry officers prior to inspection by Lady Patricia Ramsay at Seaford, Sussex England and prior to embarking for Sicily in June 1943. Also included are 2 photographs of Lieutenant Gordon Smith wounded in Sicily, 2 of him sketching and resting during a bivouac, one of his friend Capt. George Corkett, an obituary of Rowan Coleman, a 1996 photocopy of regimental history pages which mention Gordon Smith and 3 messages delivered to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry while enroute to and after landing in Sicily, June/July 1943. Includes 4 photographs of wartime paintings, an autobiographical sketch, and a reminiscence on the invasion of Sicily. Includes 2 photos of him at work in his art studio in his late 90s; and obituaries written after his death.

Smith, Gordon Appelbe

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 10
  • Fonds
  • 1927-2019

The fonds includes Constitution and Bylaws, minutes of general and Executive meetings, executive correspondence and reports, newsletters, files on Branches, nominal rolls and membership directories, records of the Calgary Branch, financial records, records of commemorative events, records of the Regimental Museum, records of the Memorial Hall of Honour Project, records of the Hamilton Gault Memorial Fund, and photographs.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association

Owen Horlacher fonds

  • MIL A82
  • Fonds
  • 1942-2018

Records include photographs taken by Horlacher, on topics including WWII, botany, farming in and around Millet, and Millet town life. Textual records include newspaper clippings, an award for photography, and Owen’s obituary.

Horlacher, Owen

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.

Vader-Grimm Family fonds

  • CA GPR 0676
  • Fonds
  • 1800-2018

This fonds contains records related to the Grimm, Vader, and Scott families. The material is largely concerned with time spent in Rycroft but this fonds also contains records created in Nebraska, Spirit River, and Calgary. The records consist of approximately 1500 photographs and negatives depicting farm life, school classes, locations, and people; newspaper clippings, pamphlets; posters; 2 family histories; 2 undated and unlabeled photograph albums; account books; and certificates.

The fonds has been arranged into the following series: Vader Family (1800-1980), Grimm family (1800-1980), and Ora and Edith [Vader] Grimm (1908-2008).

Vader-Grimm Family

Douglass Smith Kirkwood fonds

  • CA MRUASC F0032
  • Fonds
  • 1942, 2018

Fonds illustrates the military service of Douglass Smith Kirkwood, a former student of Mount Royal College, in the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War. Fonds contains a university diploma, photocopies of military paperwork, and research about Kirkwood's military service.

Douglass Smith Kirkwood

Thomas Joseph Aherne fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 138
  • Fonds
  • 1968-1996, 2017

The fonds consists of Tom Aherne’s service records, certificates, newsclippings, and photographs documenting his military service and personal life, manuals and precis used in his military training, and collected newsletters.

Aherne, Thomas Joseph

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Guard fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 61
  • Fonds
  • 1977-2016

The fonds consists of minutes, agendas, sound recordings of meetings, correspondence, reports, directives, constitutions, and statements of goals and objectives.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Regimental Guard

Berkeley Albert James Franklin fonds

  • PPCLI Fonds 24
  • Fonds
  • 1888-2015 (predominant 1945-2002)

The fonds contains some of BAJ Franklin's personal and family papers, subject files, manuscripts, newsletters, self-published pamphlets, files on individual Korean War veterans, scrapbooks, visual material, and military manuals compiled or collected by BAJ Franklin including photographs, nominal rolls, personal accounts, and news articles covering many diverse topics such as the Korean War, Korean Voluntary Service Medal, the First Canadian Parachute Battalion, Special Air Service Company, parachute training, training exercises, military discipline and dress, troopings and parades, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Band, arms training, turbans, women in combat, base closures, and training accidents. Includes a pictorial history of the Special Air Service intended for publication, The Airborne Bridge. Includes papers of Pilot Officer N.R. Fraser (1943-1946), Flight Officer A. Franklin (1940-1941), and Pte Leslie A. White (ca. 1948).

Franklin, Berkeley Albert James

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