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William M. Summersgill fonds
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PPCLI Fonds 123
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- Summersgill, William M.
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4 cm of textual records and other material.
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William M. "Bill" Summersgill was born in Edmonton, Alberta on 29 July, 1938 and completed high school in Edmonton. He enlisted and trained at the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) Depot in Wainwright, Alberta in 1956, and was taken on strength by the 2nd Battalion of PPCLI in 1957. He was soon promoted to Lance Corporal. In 1963 he transferred to the Canadian Intelligence Corps and was promoted to Sergeant, working as an investigator and intelligence analyst in Edmonton, Montreal, Vancouver, Calgary, and West Germany. He retired from the Regular Force as a Warrant Officer in 1978, but was commissioned a Captain in the Militia, commanding the Intelligence Company, Headquarters Militia Pacific, until his retirement from the Military in 1981. He then worked as an investigator for the Government of British Columbia until 2002. Subsequently he had a career as a manager and consultant in the secured transportation (armoured car) industry. He was a volunteer Board member and president of the George Derby Care Society, which operates an extended care centre for veterans in Burnaby, BC. In 2018 Bill Summersgill was living in North Vancouver, BC.
The fonds is believed to have been donated by William M. Summersgill between 2006 and 2013.
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The fonds consists of the pages from a scrapbook which documents Bill Summersgill's service in the 2nd Battalion, PPCLI. Includes a series of photos of parachute training, Canadian Joint Air Training Centre, Rivers, Manitoba (April 1957). Includes newsclippings, programs, invitations, and tickets for ceremonial events, such as Trooping the Colour, Army Day in Edmonton, Pachino Day, Lady Patricia Ramsay's birthday, the visit of Hamilton Gault (June 1958), Beating Retreat, Kapyong Day, and Sports Day in Camp Wainwright. Includes newsclippings and souvenir leaflets documenting military exercises, such as Ex Hotfoot, Ex Assiniboine, Ex Bulldog IV, Ex Quick Thought, Ex Snowbird, Ex Trojan Horse, Ex Thunderbird, and Ex Snow Chinthe II.
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A small newsclipping about Summersgill is located in Collection 1, file 218(36)-1.
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