Fonds C130-2.1 - Conrad Stephens fonds

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Conrad Stephens fonds

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PPCLI C130-2.1

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  • 1918 - 1955 (Creation)
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    Stephens, Conrad

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1 album (45 photographs, 5 greeting cards, 4 newsclippings)

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(1891-1971)

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476040 Conrad Stephens, 1891-1971, known as "Steve" and "Con", was born in Leicester, England. As a young man he emigrated to Canada and established a farm at Phippen, Saskatchewan. He enlisted in the 3rd University Company in Saskatoon on 12 July, 1915. The Company joined Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in the field on 6 December, 1915. He was promoted to Lance Corporal in November 1916 but reverted to Private at his own request in March 1917. Around this time he joined the PPCLI Comedy Company, a unit which staged variety shows to raise the morale of the troops. On 12 November, 1918 the Comedy Company amalgamated with the 3rd Division Concert Party, better known as the Dumbells. On 8 March, 1919, Stephens was struck off strength by the 3rd Division and returned to farming in western Saskatchewan. He died in North Battleford on 12 July, 1971. He is buried near other members of his family in Rockhaven Cemetery, Cut Knife, Saskatchewan.

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The fonds consists of Conrad Stephens' memorabilia from the Dumbells, the musical and comedy troupe formed by the 3rd Canadian Division during the First World War which amalgamated with the PPCLI Comedy Company. After the War the troupe continued to tour Canada and the United States until 1929. Consists predominantly of publicity photos and portraits of the performers, many of them autographed. Includes a portrait of Stephens in his wartime uniform, a portrait of him as a veteran in the 1950s, and newsclippings about a reunion concert of the PPCLI Comedy Company mounted in 1955.

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Believed to have been donated by Conrad Stephens, ca. 1967.

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Reproduction and publication of the photographs requires permission of PPCLI Regimental Museum and Archives.

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An item-level description is part of the Scrapbooks and Albums finding aid, located at https://ppcli.com/wp-content/uploads/Scrapbooks-and-albums-finding-aid.pdf

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