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Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19970041744
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CINCTURE
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
288
Diameter
1
Description
BLACK ROPE BELT IS WOVEN WOOLEN ROPE WITH BLACK TASSELED ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
CEREMONIAL ARTIFACT
Historical Association
RELIGION
History
CINCTURE IS THE ROPE BELT USED TO HOLD CLOSED A PRIEST'S ROBES. CINCTURE BELONGED TO DONOR'S FATHER, REV. G.G. NAKAYAMA. THE NAKAYAMA FAMILY WAS ORIGINALLY FROM VANCOUVER BUT MOVED TO COALDALE FOLLOWING THE SECOND WORLD WAR WHEN THEY WERE INTERNED AT SLOCAN CITY IN THE INTERIOR OF BRITISH COLUMBIA BY THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT. THE DONOR'S FATHER, REV. CANON G.G. NAKAYAMA, WAS AN ANGLICAN MINISTER IN VANCOUVER, AND THEN ESTABLISHED THE CHURCH OF THE ASCENSION IN COALDALE IN 1945 WHERE HE SERVED UNTIL 1970. SEE RECORD P19970041001 FOR EXPANDED BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION AND PERMANENT FILE FOR FURTHER HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970041744
Acquisition Date
1997-01
Collection
Museum
Less detail
Other Name
SKIRT AND BLOOMER SET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20000085003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
SKIRT AND BLOOMER SET
Date Range From
1920
Date Range To
1930
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
120.0
Width
48.0
Description
1. BLOOMERS. NAVY BLUE, WITH WHITE TRIM. HAS A TURNED DOWN COLLAR, WITH FOUR ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON IT. FRONT OPENING, TO JUST BELOW WAISTLINE, CLOSES WITH 6 BLACK, BAKELITE BUTTONS. FRONT CLOSURE HAS TWO ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON IT. SHORT SLEEVES ALSO HAVE TWO ROWS OF WHITE TRIM ON THEM. THERE IS A WORN AND FRAYED, WHITE CLOTH TAG INSIDE BACK OF NECKLINE. ONE LEG HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY BLEACHED AND BLOOMERS HAVE NUMEROUS WORN SPOTS AND HOLES THROUGHOUT. 2. SKIRT. NAVY BLUE WITH WHITE TRIM. GO WITH ABOVE BLOOMERS. WAISTBAND HAS 5 BUTTONHOLES AROUND IT. BACK OF SKIRT HAS AN OPENING WITN NO CLOSURE. BACK OF SKIRT HAS BEEN SLIGHTLY BLEACHED. ALSO HAS NUMEROUS WORN SPOTS AND HOLES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-UNDERWEAR
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
PERSONAL CARE
History
SEE P20000085001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A BLOUSE DONATED BY BEV NAGATA. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. BEVERLY “BEV” NAGATA IS THE DAUGHTER OF FREDRICK I. SAUTER AND NORA JEAN SAUTER (NEE MCCOY). FREDRICK “FRED” I. SAUTER WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 12, 1920, THE SON OF CHARLES SR. AND MARY SAUTER (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY, HE WAS THE FIRST BABY BORN IN THE TOWN OF VAUXHALL, AB. HE OWNED AND OPERATED SAUTER’S GENERAL SUPPLIES FOR THREE TO FOUR DECADES. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 88 ON NOVEMBER 9, 2008. NORA JEAN SAUTER (NEE MCCOY) WAS BORN IN PORT ALBERNI, BC ON APRIL 1, 1913, THE DAUGHTER OF JOHN AND HATTIE MCCOY (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) AND TWIN OF DAVID MCCOY. SHE WAS RAISED AND EDUCATED IN EDMONTON AND GRADUATED FROM THE EDMONTON GENERAL HOSPITAL AS A NURSE. SHE ALSO ATTENDED MCGILL UNIVERSITY AND RECEIVED A DIPLOMA IN PUBLIC HEALTH NURSING. SHE BEGAN AS A PUBLIC HEALTH NURSE IN VAUXHALL, IN 1940. SHE WAS MARRIED TO FRED SAUTER ON AUGUST 20, 1942. NORA PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 90 ON JULY 10, 2003. CHARLES R. SAUTER SR. WAS THE FIRST RESIDENT OF VAUXHALL AND WORKED FOR THE PIONEER LUMBER COMPANY. HE WAS ALSO REPORTEDLY THE FIRST RESIDENT OF VAUXHALL TO OWN A CAR. HE PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 76 ON AUGUST 4, 1969. MARY SAUTER (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN) PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 83 ON FEBRUARY 3, 1978. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P20000085003
Acquisition Date
2001-07
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NAVAL DRILL JUMPER
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970073031
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAVAL DRILL JUMPER
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
88.4
Width
162
Description
WHITE COTTON LONG-SLEEVED DRILL JUMPER. RECTANGULAR IN SHAPE, WITH NARROW AND DEEP V-NECK. 20CM COLLAR FOLDS BACK OVER SHOULDERS. WHITE LIGHT COTTON TIE KNOTTED AT BASE OF V IN NECK. STENCILLED IN BLACK AT BACK SHOULDERS "A.D. HERMAN". "H4875" STAMPED IN BLACK IN RIGHT CORNER OF COLLAR. LARGE POCKET STITCHED TO INSIDE LEFT BREAST. DISCOLORED WITH WATER STAINS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONATED TO LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. PRIOR HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073026-36-GA FOR RELATED PIECES. SEE P19970073001-GA FOR HISTORY. WORN WITH BLUE DUNGAREE COLLAR, GUNSHIRT (030), AND WHITE SEAMAN'S CAP (036) AS SUMMER ISSUE, FOR MEDITERRANEAN SERVICE. SEE O32 FOR MATCHING TROUSERS PREVIOUSLY BELONGING TO SAME DONOR. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS ABLE TO DISCOVER NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORIGINAL OWNER. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING: ACCORDING TO THE LEGION MAGAZINE ONLINE ALLAN HERMAN SERVED WITH THE NAVY IN WORLD WAR II. HIS SERVICE NUMBER WAS 7747812. HERMAN PASSED AWAY ON AUGUST 15, 1997. THE LEGION MAGAZINE ALSO LISTS HIS BRANCH AS: CRESCENT BRANCH, LOCATED IN SURREY, BRITISH COLUMBIA. ALLAN HERMAN IS NOT MENTIONED IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. IT IS UNKNOWN HOW THE JACKET CAME INTO THE POSSESSION OF THE LETHBRIDGE BRANCH OF THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION.
Catalogue Number
P19970073031
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NAVAL BLUE SERGE JUMPER
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970073026
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAVAL BLUE SERGE JUMPER
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, SATIN, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
73.7
Width
44
Description
NAVY BLUE WOOL SERGE JUMPER WITH LONG SLEEVES AND DUNGAREE COLLAR. TWO PLASTIC BUTTONS ON EACH CUFF; ONE BROKEN. BLUE COTTON TIE KNOTTED AT BASE OF V NECK AT FRONT. LEFT SLEEVE HAS GOOD CONDUCT BADGE, WITH "CANADA" FLASH ON SHOULDER. RIGHT SLEEVE HAS NON-SUBSTANTIVE BADGE OF CIRCLE, ARROW, AND ROPE, WOVEN IN GOLD THREAD ON NAVY BLUE BACKING. THREE RED CHEVRONS NEAR CUFF OF SLEEVE DENOTING YEARS OF SERVICE. "CANADA" FLASH AT SHOULDER. TAG INSIDE NECK READS "TAILORED BY JACK DAVIS" WITH VICTORIA ADDRESS. ZIPPER ALONG LEFT SIDE SEAM; BLUE COTTON POCKET STITCHED INSIDE EACH BREAST. JUMPER IS PULL-OVER STYLE. INCLUDES BLACK SATIN RIBBON, 35CM (L) X 3.8CM (W), OF DOUBLE THICKNESS. TIES AROUND LAPELS OF COLLAR.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
BLUE SERGE JUMPER WITH DUNGAREE COLLAR, DICKIE, SILK, AND STANDARD COLD CLIMATE SEAMAN’S CAP. THE ‘SQUARE RIG’ WAS THE BASIC UNIFORM FOR ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY RATINGS (ORDINARY SEAMEN), MODELED AFTER THE ROYAL NAVY OF GREAT BRITAIN. THE LEFT SLEEVE DISPLAYS THE GOOD CONDUCT BADGE, AWARDED TO PETTY OFFICERS 1ST CLASS AND BELOW FOR SERVICE OF THREE TO EIGHT YEARS. ON THE UPPER RIGHT SLEEVE IS A NON-SUBSTANTIVE BRANCH BADGE, WITH A YEARS OF SERVICE BADGE BELOW. AS A WARTIME SECURITY MEASURE, THE CAP TALLY DISPLAYED H.M.C.S. (FOR HIS MAJESTY’S CANADIAN SHIP) BUT DID NOT INCLUDE THE SHIP’S NAME. DONATED TO LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. PRIOR HISTORYUNKNOWN. SEE P19970073026-36-GA FOR RELATED PIECES. SEE P19970073001-GA FORHISTORY. WORN WITH DICKIE, SILK, AND STANDARD COLD CLIMATE SEAMAN'S CAP AS'SQUARE RIG' -- THE BASIC UNIFORM FOR ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY RATINGS (ORDINARYSEAMEN). MODELED AFTER THE ROYAL NAVY OF GREAT-BRITAIN. GOOD CONDUCT BADGE ONLEFT SLEEVE (GOLD SINGLE CHEVRON) AWARDED TO PETTY OFFICERS 1ST CLASS ANDBELOW FOR SERVICE OF THREE TO EIGHT YEARS. SEE 028 FOR MATCHING TROUSERS.
Catalogue Number
P19970073026
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MILITARY JACKET
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, ALUMINUM
Catalogue Number
P19950066011
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MILITARY JACKET
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, ALUMINUM
No. Pieces
1
Height
131.5
Width
83
Description
DARK GREEN WOOL OVERCOAT IS LONG AND HAS NOTCHED LAPEL WITH TWO BUTTONHOLES. HAS BROAD WELT SIDE POCKETS. IS DOUBLE BREASTED WITH GOLD BUTTONS THAT ARE BUBBLED. HAVE "CANADA HONI-SOIT-DUI-MAL-Y-PENSE" WITH CROWN AND MAPLE LEAF ETCHED ON SIDE. EPAULET REACHES FROM SHOULDER SEAM TO UNDER COLLAR, FASTENS WITH SAME BUTTON. ARE DARTS ABOVE SIDE POCKETS. SLEEVES ARE STRAIGHT AND REGULAR. ON BACK IS OPEN SLIT IN MIDDLE FROM BOTTOM UP TWO METAL BUTTONS. HAS BACK BELT WITH THREE BUTTONS. ON EDGES OF BELT ON INSIDE ARE UN-SEWN PLEATS, ONE ON EACH SIDE. INSIDE TO ABOUT KNEES IS GREEN COTTON LINING. HAS WHITE TAG WHICH READS IN BLACK A VARIETY OF INFORMATION ON PIECE SUCH AS SIZE. TAG IS WORN AND FRAYED. WOOL SHOWS MINOR SIGNS OF WEAR. INTERIOR HAND MARKED BY "PERRY, W.H.", "106357". INTERIOR INK STAMPED "K45218"
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
WORN BY DONOR IN WORLD WAR II, WAS IN THE MOTOR TRANSPORT CORP. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “W. H. “BILL” PERRY PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 17, 1998. PERRY WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 28, 1922. UPON RETURNING FROM OVERSEAS AFTER WWII HE MARRIED LUCILLE MCKANNA IN 1945 AND TOGETHER THEY FARMED IN THE CHIN AREA AND RAISED THEIR FAMILY. IN 1948 THEY RETIRED, SETTLING IN COALDALE IN 1991 AND TOGETHER THEY TRAVELED.” ACCORDING TO THE LEGION MAGAZINE ONLINE “WILLIAM PERRY SERVED WITH THE CANADIAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR TWO, AND WAS ISSUED THE SERVICE NUMBER M106357.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950066011
Acquisition Date
1995-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NAVAL TROUSERS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970073028
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAVAL TROUSERS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Length
113.8
Width
42
Description
PAIR OF NAVY BLUE WOOL NAVAL TROUSERS. LINED WITH LIGHT BLUE COTTON AT WAISTBAND. TWO SIDE PANELS WITH POCKETS AT WAIST, BUTTON TOGETHER AT CENTRE; THIRD PANEL BUTTONS UP FROM BELOW. NO MARKINGS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONATED TO LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. PRIOR HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073026-36-GA FOR RELATED PIECES. SEE P19970073001-GA FOR HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19970073028
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLISH MILITARY PANTS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960102002
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLISH MILITARY PANTS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
109
Width
34.3
Description
GREEN WOOL PANTS. BACK LEFT POCKET; TWO SIDE POCKETS. DOUBLE PLEATS AT FRONT. FIVE BROWN PLASTIC BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE; TWO AT TOP WAIST. SIX BUTTONS AT WAISTBAND TO SECURE SUSPENDERS. WHITE COTTON LINING ON POCKETS. GREY BIAS TAPE SEWN TO LOWER HEMS WHERE PANTS ARE FRAYED. SOME BELT LOOPS ALSO FRAYED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
UNIFORM BELONGED TO DONOR'S HUSBAND, ZYGMUNT NEBELSKI; BORN JUNE 20, 1913 IN STANISLAWOW, POLAND. ZYGMUNT WAS CIVILIAN PRIOR TO SECOND WORLD WAR, AND WORKED AS A TOOL MAKER FOR RAILWAYS. AFTER RUSSIAN INVASION DONOR WORKED FOR POLISH UNDERGROUND FOR RESISTANCE PAPER. CAPTURED BY RUSSIANS IN LATE 1939 OR EARLY 1940. IN 1941 FOLLOWING GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA, CAPTURED POLISH WERE GIVEN OPTION OF SUPPORTING BRITISH OR RUSSIAN ARMIES. NEBELSKI MADE HIS WAY TO TEL AVIV WHERE POLISH CORP ASSEMBLED. CORP WAS ATTACHED TO BRITISH 8TH ARMY. FOUGHT IN NORTH AFRICA, SICILY, ITALY (MONTE CASSINO). NEBELSKI MET WIFE JOAN IN SEPT. 1946. JOAN WORKED IN SERVICES CANTEEN. MARRIED AUGUST 23, 1947. COUPLE EMIGRATED TO ARGENTINA IN 1948-1951. ZYGMUNT CONTINUED TO WORK AS TOOL AND DYE MAKER. RETURNED TO ENGLAND IN 1951, THEN IMMIGRATED TO CANADA IN 1952. JOAN FOLLOWED IN 1953, SETTLING IN EDMONTON. ZYGMUNT WORKED AS PACKER IN CONSTRUCTION AND AS AIRPLANE BODY REPAIRER (DEPARMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE IN MAINTENANCE). RETIRED IN 1978 AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE PASSED AWAY IN 1988. JACKET AND TROUSERS RECEIVED BY ZYGMUNT AFTER WAR ENDED. FOR MORE INFO & PHOTO REFER TO ARCHIVAL DONATION MADE IN 1999.
Catalogue Number
P19960102002
Acquisition Date
1996-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MILITARY
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19651553000
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MILITARY
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
2
Length
72.0
Width
11.4
Description
GREEN WOOL AND TIES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
BATTLEDRESS IN USE DURING W.W.II. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS ABLE TO SPEAK WITH KATHERINE HOYT AND NORMA HARLEY, THE DAUGHTERS OF JOHN W. HOYT. SEE BELOW. JOHN WESLEY HOYT WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA IN 1912. HIS FATHER BERTON BEACHER OWNED AND OPERATED HOYT HARDWARE. IN 1941 AT THE AGE OF 28 HE ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN FORCES. HE SERVED WITH THE 6TH FIELD PARK COMPANY ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS. THE UNIT CHANGED THEIR NAME TO THE 6TH FIELD PARK SQUADRON RCE AND SERVED IN THE UNIT FROM MAY 14, 1940 TO FEBRUARY 19, 1946. DURING HIS SERVICE HE ACHIEVED THE RANK OF SERGEANT AND WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF’S CERTIFICATE, THE 1939-45 STAR, FRANCE AND GERMANY STAR, THE DEFENSE MEDAL, AND THE CANADIAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL. WHILE SERVING WITH THE SQUADRON IN LONDON, AT THE AGE OF 31, HOYT WAS MARRIED TO MARGARET BETTY BROAD ON NOVEMBER 6TH 1943, WHO WAS SERVING IN THE BRITISH ARMY AT THE TIME. MARGARET IMMIGRATED TO CANADA SHORTLY AFTER HOYT RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE FOLLOWING THE END OF THE WWII. AFTER RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE, HOYT BECAME AWARE OF DOWNSIZING IN THE MILITIA AND BEGAN TO SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVE JOB OPPORTUNITIES. HE GOT A JOB WORKING IN THE HARDWARE DEPARTMENT AT ETON’S AND REMAINED THERE FOR 6-7 YEARS BY WHICH TIME THE DOWNSIZING TENSION HAD PASSED AND HE RESUMED HIS CAREER IN THE FORCES. ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1952 JOHN HOYT JOINED THE MILITIA AND SERVED WITH THE 33RD FIELD SQUADRON UNTIL MARCH 1, 1965 WHERE HE ACHIEVED THE RANK OF SERGEANT. HOYT PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 1ST AND WAS CREMATED ON FEBRUARY 5TH, 1972. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING SERVICE RECORDS, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19651553000
Acquisition Date
1965-01
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
MILITARY (PR)
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19739472000
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
MILITARY (PR)
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
11.1
Description
WOOL WITH COTTON WEBBING TIES.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
REFER TO P19651553000-GA USED DURING W.W.II. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS ABLE TO GET SPEAK WITH KATHERINE HOYT AND NORMA HARLEY, THE DAUGHTERS OF JOHN W. HOYT. SEE BELOW. JOHN WESLEY HOYT WAS BORN IN LETHBRIDGE ALBERTA IN 1912. HIS FATHER BERTON BEACHER OWNED AND OPERATED HOYT HARDWARE. IN 1941 AT THE AGE OF 28 HE ENLISTED IN THE CANADIAN FORCES. HE SERVED WITH THE 6TH FIELD PARK COMPANY ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS. THE UNIT CHANGED THEIR NAME TO THE 6TH FIELD PARK SQUADRON RCE AND SERVED IN THE UNIT FROM MAY 14, 1940 TO FEBRUARY 19, 1946. DURING HIS SERVICE HE ACHIEVED THE RANK OF SERGEANT AND WAS RECOGNIZED WITH THE COMMANDER IN CHIEF’S CERTIFICATE, THE 1939-45 STAR, FRANCE AND GERMANY STAR, THE DEFENSE MEDAL, AND THE CANADIAN VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL. WHILE SERVING WITH THE SQUADRON IN LONDON, AT THE AGE OF 31, HOYT WAS MARRIED TO MARGARET BETTY BROAD ON NOVEMBER 6TH 1943, WHO WAS SERVING IN THE BRITISH ARMY AT THE TIME. MARGARET IMMIGRATED TO CANADA SHORTLY AFTER HOYT RETURNED TO LETHBRIDGE FOLLOWING THE END OF THE WWII. AFTER RETURNING TO LETHBRIDGE, HOYT BECAME AWARE OF DOWNSIZING IN THE MILITIA AND BEGAN TO SEARCH FOR ALTERNATIVE JOB OPPORTUNITIES. HE GOT A JOB WORKING IN THE HARDWARE DEPARTMENT AT ETON’S AND REMAINED THERE FOR 6-7 YEARS BY WHICH TIME THE DOWNSIZING TENSION HAD PASSED AND HE RESUMED HIS CAREER IN THE FORCES. ON SEPTEMBER 10, 1952 JOHN HOYT JOINED THE MILITIA AND SERVED WITH THE 33RD FIELD SQUADRON UNTIL MARCH 1, 1965 WHERE HE ACHIEVED THE RANK OF SERGEANT. HOYT PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 1ST AND WAS CREMATED ON FEBRUARY 5TH, 1972. FOR MORE INFORMATION INCLUDING SERVICE RECORDS, PLEASE SEE P19651553000.
Catalogue Number
P19739472000
Acquisition Date
1973-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19930066007
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
102
Width
10.9
Description
2 PIECES. GREEN WOOL, WITH COTTON WEBBING TIES. WHERE TIE AND CLOTH MEET, CLOTH TAPERS TO FORM TRIANGULAR STITCH PATTERN. TIES ARE STAINED AND DIRTY AND HAS FRAYING ENDS.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
SEE RECORD FOR P19930066001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS ABLE TO DISCOVER NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORIGINAL OWNER. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING: ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, REED WILSON AINSCOUGH WAS BORN IN CARDSTON ALBERTA ON JUNE 21, 1918, WAS EDUCATED IN MACLEOD AND PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 20, 1993. IN THE WOLFORD AREA HISTORY BOOK TITLED: FROM LUMPY BUTTE, MEMORIES LIVE FOREVER, AINSCOUGH’S WIFE (BUCK CRAIG) WROTE, “AINSCOUGH JOINED THE 93RD BATTERY IN 1940. (ANOTHER ACCOUNT WITHIN THE SAME HISTORY BOOK SUGGESTS THAT AINSCOUGH ENLISTED AT CALGARY IN JANUARY OF 1942.) THE BATTERY INCLUDED A TROOP FROM CARDSTON AND GRANUM. BEN HIGGS AND REED JOINED UP TOGETHER AND WENT TO VICTORIA TO QUALIFY FOR THEIR COMMISSIONS AS LIEUTENANTS IN THE ARTILLERY. AFTER A FEW MONTHS IN BRANDON, HE AND BEN WENT THEIR SEPARATE WAYS. BEN WENT TO ITALY AND REED FIRST SERVED IN BORDEN, ENGLAND AS A GUN POSITION OFFICER AND THEN JOINED THE “E” TROOP OF THE 91ST BATTERY, WHICH SERVED IN NORMANDY AND N.W. EUROPE. HE DID TAKE SOME TIME IN JULY 1942 TO MARRY BUCK CRAIG. REED SERVED AS A FORWARD OBSERVATION OFFICER WITH THE ARTILLERY. HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE NORMANDY REGION. AINSCOUGH’S OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATES THAT HE WAS WOUNDED NEAR CAEN, WHILE THE DESCRIPTION WRITTEN BY HIS WIFE IN THE WOLFORD HISTORY BOOK CLAIMS HE WAS WOUNDED NEAR ROUEN. BOTH LOCATIONS ARE IN THE NORMANDY REGION OF FRANCE. AFTER SPENDING TEN MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL, HE RETURNED TO THE FIELD AND SERVED IN HOLLAND WITH THE 110TH BATTERY, 15TH FIELD REGIMENT JUST BEFORE ARMISTICE. AINSCOUGH RECEIVED SIX MEDALS AND WAS DISCHARGED WITH THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. AFTER RETURNING TO FORT MACLEOD, HE WAS PERSUADED TO COMMAND THE 93RD BATTERY. HE ALSO COMMANDED THE FORT MACLEOD CADET CORPS AND FORMED THREE OTHER CADET CORPS – IN PINCHER CREEK, ST. PAUL’S AND ST. MARY’S CORPS ON THE BLOOD RESERVE. AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF WWII, HE RETURNED HOME TO FORT MACLEOD. HE LATER MOVED TO MEDICINE HAT AND HELD THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL WITH THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT." FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19930066007
Acquisition Date
1993-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY PUTTEE SET
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
LEATHER
Catalogue Number
P20100035006
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY PUTTEE SET
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
LEATHER
No. Pieces
2
Height
27.7
Length
11
Width
4.9
Description
LEGGINGS ARE A HOMOLOGOUS PAIR. INSIDE IS UNFINISHED WITH BLACK POLISHED EXTERIOR. BLACK POLISH IS CRACKING. EACH IS MADE FROM TWO PIECES OF LEATHER SEWN TOGETHER. EDGES WRAP AROUND AND FORM A CYLINDRICAL FORM. FOUR EYELETS ON EACH EDGE. ONE SIDE OR EACH LEGGING HAS BLACK LEATHER CORD WHICH RUNS THROUGH EYELETS TO LACE THE LEGGING. BOTTOM EDGES HAVE BEEN DAMAGED FROM USE AND HAVE VARIOUS REPAIRS. TOP EDGE HAS LEATHER STRAP AND BUCKLE. INSIDE OF LEFT LEGGING READS, “J.E.FORTIE CERTIFIED, 636 CRAIG ST. W., MONTREAL, QUE., 15”. INSIDE OF RIGHT LEGGING HAS WORN OFF WRITING BUT STILL READS, “15”.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
LEGGINGS WERE PART OF THE NAVAL UNIFORM WHICH ST. CLAIR BALFOUR WORE DURING HIS SERVICE IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE IN WORLD WAR II. MEDALS WERE AWARDED TO ST. CLAIR BALFOUR USED DURING HIS SERVICE IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE IN WORLD WAR II. ACCORDING TO NAVAL SERVICE RECORDS, “ST. CLAIR BALFOUR ENLISTED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL VOLUNTEER RESERVE ON SEPTEMBER 29, 1939 AND WAS APPOINTED LIEUTENANT-COMMANDER (G), R.C.N.V.R. ON JUNE 16, 1943.” ACCORDING TO THE NAVAL OFFICERS’ ASSOCIATION OF CANADA TORONTO BRANCH NEWSLETTER (BRUMPH) FROM MAY 2002, “DURING THE WAR, [W WII] MR. BALFOUR SERVED WITH THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY, RISING TO THE RANK OF COMMANDER. HE FIRST SERVED IN THE DESTROYER ST. LAURENT, THEN COMMANDED THE CORVETTE LETHBRIDGE (K160) [FROM JUNE 15, 1943 TO DECEMBER 26, 1943], AND IN OCTOBER, 1944, WAS PUT IN COMMAND OF ESCORT GROUP 27. ESCORT GROUP 27 WAS A HUNTER-KILLER SQUADRON OF FRIGATES AND CORVETTES THAT PATROLLED THE WATERS OFF NOVA SCOTIA WHERE LONE GERMAN U-BOATS WOULD LIE IN WAIT TO SINK CONVOYS OF MERCHANT SHIPS BOUND FOR BRITAIN FROM HALIFAX OR SAINT JOHN. NAVAL HISTORIANS SAY IT WAS UNUSUAL FOR A CANADIAN NAVAL OFFICER TO BE GIVEN SUCH A SENIOR ROLE IN THE BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC. THE COMMAND WAS A TESTAMENT TO COMMANDER BALFOUR’S LEADERSHIP AND HE RECEIVED THE DISTINGUISHED SERVICE CROSS, AWARDED TO NAVAL OFFICERS FOR ACTS OF EXCEPTIONAL BRAVERY." THE DSC CITATION READS, IN PART: “DURING THIS TIME HE HAS, BY HIS ZEAL, ENERGY, CHEERFULNESS AND WHOLEHEARTED DEVOTION TO DUTY SET AN OUTSTANDING EXAMPLE TO THOSE WORKING UNDER HIM, WHICH IS IN KEEPING WITH THE HIGHEST TRADITIONS OF THE NAVAL SERVICE.” ACCORDING TO B.R.U.M.P.H., "HIS NICKNAME ABOARD HIS SHIP WAS OLD IRON PANTS, AND HE USED HIS STRONG VOICE TO CARRY COMMANDS IN THE DAYS BEFORE THE BATTER-POWERED MEGAPHONE. WHEN FRANCE SURRENDERED IN 1940 SOME OF THE SHIPS OF THE FRENCH NAVY JOINED THE ALLIES, OTHERS REMAINED LOYAL TO THE VICHY REGIME. ONE OF THE LATTER WAS IN HALIFAX AT THIS TIME. IT WAS INTERNED PENDING POLITICAL DECISIONS AS TO ITS FATE. ONE NIGHT A NUMBER OF ITS OFFICERS AND MEN DECIDED TO OVERPOWER THE SMALL GUARD AND RETURN TO FRANCE. THEY GATHERED IN A PASSAGEWAY UNTIL THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE GUARD, LT ST. CLAIR BALFOUR, RCNVR, POINTED OUT THAT HE WOULD SHOOT THEM IF THEY PERSISTED IN THIS COURSE OF ACTION. LIKE EVERYONE WHO EVER MET CLAIR, THEY KNEW THAT HE MEANT EXACTLY WHAT HE SAID, AND RELUCTANTLY DECIDED THAT DISCRETION WAS THE BETTER PART OF VALOUR. AT THE WAR’S END HE WAS IN CHARGE OF HMCS CORNWALLIS, A NAVAL BASE OF 10,000 MEN AND WOMEN [LOCATED IN HALIFAX]. HE CONSIDERED A CAREER IN THE NAVY BUT DECIDED TO GO BACK TO NEWSPAPERS.” AS WELL AS THE HMCS LETHBRIDGE, BALFOUR WAS ALSO APPOINTED THE COMMANDING OFFICER OF HMCS MEON (RIVER CLASS FRIGATE – K.269) FROM FEBRUARY 2, 1944 TO JANUARY 3, 1945, AND COMMANDING OFFICER OF THE HMCS DUNVER (RIVER CLASS FRIGATE – K.03) FROM MARCH 27, 1945 TO MAY 26, 1945. BALFOUR WAS DISCHARGED ON OCTOBER 6, 1945 AFTER SIX YEARS OF SERVICE. IN 1988, ST. CLAIR BALFOUR WAS BECAME AN OFFICER OF THE ORDER OF CANADA FOR HIS SERVICE TO THE COUNTRY. ACCORDING TO MAJOR CHRISTOPHER R. KILFORD, CD IN LETHBRIDGE AT WAR, “ HMCS LETHBRIDGE WAS A ‘FLOWER CLASS’ CORVETTE COMMISSIONED ON JUNE 25, 1941. THE VESSEL WAS CANADA’S RESPONSE TO A GROWING THREAT FROM GERMAN U-BOATS OPERATING IN THE ATLANTIC AND CLOSER TO HOME. THE HMCS LETHBRIDGE BEGAN ITS ATLANTIC SERVICE ON OCTOBER 11, 1941 WHEN IT ESCORTED CONVOY SC.49 BETWEEN SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA, AND ICELAND. WHILE ON DUTY, THE ROLE OF THE HMCS LETHBRIDGE WAS TO DEPLOY AHEAD OR ASTERN OF A CONVOY, ALONG WITH OTHER ESCORT SHIPS. USING UNDERWATER RADAR, THE ESCORT SHIPS WOULD THEN CONVERGE ON ANY SUSPECTED U-BOAT POSITION AND ATTEMPT TO DESTROY THE SUBMARINE WITH DEPTH CHARGES. IN 1993, THE HMCS LETHBRIDGE WAS ONE OF 74 SHIPS AWARDED HONOURS UNDER THE BRITISH ADMIRALTY’S DIRECTION, FOR SERVICE IN ANTI-SUBMARINE DUTIES IN INTERNAL CANADIAN WATERWAYS. WITH THE WAR AT A CLOSE, THE HMCS LETHBRIDGE WAS SOLD TO MARINE INDUSTRIES LTD. ON JULY 23, 1945. THE SHIP WAS RESOLD IN 1952, CONVERTED INTO A DUTCH WHALER AND RENAMED THE NICOLASS VINKE. THIS NEW ROLE LASTED UNTIL 1966, AFTER WHICH THE SHIP WAS BROKEN DOWN FOR SCRAP IN SANTANDER, SPAIN. ST. CLAIR BALFOUR WAS BORN IN HAMILTON ONTARIO IN 1910. BALFOUR RETURNED TO HAMILTON ONTARIO AFTER WWII WAS OVER. HE PASSED AWAY AT HIS HOME IN TORONTO ON MAY 9, 2002 AT AGE 92. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING SERVICE RECORDS, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20100035006
Acquisition Date
2010-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19930066011
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1930
Date Range To
1940
Materials
COTTON, WOOL
No. Pieces
2
Length
257
Width
11
Description
KHAKI BROWN WOOL, WITH COTTON WEBBING TIES. WHERE TIES AND CLOTH MEET CLOTH TAPERS TO FORM TRIANGULAR STITCH PATTERN. ON ENDS OF CLOTH PIECES IS PAINTED WHITE OVAL WITH "MADE IN ENGLAND" ON THE INSIDE. PAINT IS WEARING HEAVILY. BOTH ENDS OF CLOTH PIECES ARE DIRTY AND WORN WITH SOME INSECT DAMAGE. ENDS OF CLOTH ARE FOLDED OVER AND STITCHED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
SEE P19930066001-GA. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE WAS ABLE TO DISCOVER NEW INFORMATION ABOUT THE ORIGINAL OWNER. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING: ACCORDING TO HIS OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, REED WILSON AINSCOUGH WAS BORN IN CARDSTON ALBERTA ON JUNE 21, 1918, WAS EDUCATED IN MACLEOD AND PASSED AWAY ON OCTOBER 20, 1993. IN THE WOLFORD AREA HISTORY BOOK TITLED: FROM LUMPY BUTTE, MEMORIES LIVE FOREVER, AINSCOUGH’S WIFE (BUCK CRAIG) WROTE, “AINSCOUGH JOINED THE 93RD BATTERY IN 1940. (ANOTHER ACCOUNT WITHIN THE SAME HISTORY BOOK SUGGESTS THAT AINSCOUGH ENLISTED AT CALGARY IN JANUARY OF 1942.) THE BATTERY INCLUDED A TROOP FROM CARDSTON AND GRANUM. BEN HIGGS AND REED JOINED UP TOGETHER AND WENT TO VICTORIA TO QUALIFY FOR THEIR COMMISSIONS AS LIEUTENANTS IN THE ARTILLERY. AFTER A FEW MONTHS IN BRANDON, HE AND BEN WENT THEIR SEPARATE WAYS. BEN WENT TO ITALY AND REED FIRST SERVED IN BORDEN, ENGLAND AS A GUN POSITION OFFICER AND THEN JOINED THE “E” TROOP OF THE 91ST BATTERY, WHICH SERVED IN NORMANDY AND N.W. EUROPE. HE DID TAKE SOME TIME IN JULY 1942 TO MARRY BUCK CRAIG. REED SERVED AS A FORWARD OBSERVATION OFFICER WITH THE ARTILLERY. HE WAS WOUNDED IN THE NORMANDY REGION. AINSCOUGH’S OBITUARY IN THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD STATES THAT HE WAS WOUNDED NEAR CAEN, WHILE THE DESCRIPTION WRITTEN BY HIS WIFE IN THE WOLFORD HISTORY BOOK CLAIMS HE WAS WOUNDED NEAR ROUEN. BOTH LOCATIONS ARE IN THE NORMANDY REGION OF FRANCE. AFTER SPENDING TEN MONTHS IN THE HOSPITAL, HE RETURNED TO THE FIELD AND SERVED IN HOLLAND WITH THE 110TH BATTERY, 15TH FIELD REGIMENT JUST BEFORE ARMISTICE. AINSCOUGH RECEIVED SIX MEDALS AND WAS DISCHARGED WITH THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. AFTER RETURNING TO FORT MACLEOD, HE WAS PERSUADED TO COMMAND THE 93RD BATTERY. HE ALSO COMMANDED THE FORT MACLEOD CADET CORPS AND FORMED THREE OTHER CADET CORPS – IN PINCHER CREEK, ST. PAUL’S AND ST. MARY’S CORPS ON THE BLOOD RESERVE. AFTER THE CONCLUSION OF WWII, HE RETURNED HOME TO FORT MACLEOD. HE LATER MOVED TO MEDICINE HAT AND HELD THE RANK OF LIEUTENANT COLONEL WITH THE SOUTHERN ALBERTA LIGHT HORSE REGIMENT." FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19930066011
Acquisition Date
1995-04
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1946
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, SATIN
Catalogue Number
P19990020002
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1946
Materials
WOOL, SATIN
No. Pieces
1
Height
1.4
Length
64.9
Width
50.0
Description
KNITTED SWEATER. OLIVE DRAB. WHITE FABRIC TAG ON INSIDE OF NECK READS "JANTZEN" IN ORANGE, AND "SPORTSWEAR MADE IN CANADA M" IN RED. ALSO ON TAG IS THE IMAGE OF A SWIMMER IN MID DIVE. SWIMMER IS ORANGE AND RED. SWEATER HAS A V-NECK. IS OTHERWISE PLAIN.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
SEE P19990020001-GA FOR HISTORY. *UPDATE* IN 2017 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT RUTHANN LABLANCE CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF CLOTHING, INCLUDING A PAIR OF BOXER SHORTS DONATED BY THE ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION, BRANCH #4. THE FOLLOWING BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION WAS COMPILED USING ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD. ALLAN MCKAGUE WAS BORN IN WEYBURN, SK ON JANUARY 4, 1919, THE SON OF LAWSON AND BEATRICE MCKAGUE (MAIDEN NAME UNKNOWN). ON MAY 10, 1942, HE WAS MARRIED TO HIS CHILDHOOD SWEETHEART NORMA DAHL AND THE COUPLE CELEBRATED THEIR 63RD ANNIVERSARY IN 2005. ACCORDING TO ALLAN’S OBITUARY, HE “TRAINED AS AN AIRCRAFT MECHANIC IN BURBANK, CA MOVING TO VANCOUVER TO WORK FOR BOEING AIRCRAFT. HE LATER SERVED IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN ARTILLERY AT BOTH PETAWAWA AND KINGSTON, ON PRIOR TO BEING DEPLOYED TO LONDON, ENGLAND. AFTER THE WAR ALLAN WORKED IN MCKAGUE’S GENERAL STORE IN VICEROY, SK AND LATER FOR CONFEDERATION LINE.” ALLAN AND NORMA MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN 1972, WHERE ALLAN WORKED AT BENY’S CHEV OLDS UNTIL HIS RETIREMENT IN 1984. ALLAN PASSED AWAY AT THE AGE OF 87 ON MARCH 6, 2006. SEE PERMANENT FILE FOR COPIES OF THE ARTICLES FROM THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD.
Catalogue Number
P19990020002
Acquisition Date
1999-10
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, STEEL, PAPER
Catalogue Number
P19950066010
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, COTTON, STEEL, PAPER
No. Pieces
2
Description
1. PANTS: 114CM (L) X 55CM (W). GREEN WOOL PANTS HAVE NO WAISTBAND, FOUR LARGE BELT LOOPS, A SEAM POCKET ON EITHER SIDE, A PATCH POCKET ON THE RIGHT LEG AND A LARGE FLAP POCKET ON THE LEFT LEG. WAIST HAS THREE BUTTON FLY WITH FLY FRONT CLOSING OVER TOP. HAVE CREASES DOWN CENTRE OF LEG. CUFFS ARE NOT VISIBLE FROM OUTSIDE AND HAVE TWO STEEL GREEN PAINTED BUTTONS ON EITHER SIDE OF OUTSIDE SEAM, AND A TAB COMING FROM INSIDE SEAM WITH THE SAME BUTTON AT THE TAB'S BUTTONHOLE. ON BACK OF PANTS ARE ALSO CREASES. BACK RIGHT OF PANTS HAS BACK POCKET WITH FLAP COVER. HAS STEEL BUTTONS AS ON BOTTOM OF LEGS ON TOP OF BELT LOOPS AND THREE ACROSS MIDDLE OF BACK WAISTBAND. INSIDE NO LINING EXCEPT ALONG WAIST AND POCKETS ARE COTTON. HAS BLACK ARROW STAMPED ALONG BACK RIGHT OF WAIST INSIDE AND MEASUREMENTS ALONG RIGHT POCKET. HAS HOLE ALONG THE FRONT LEFT CREASE AT KNEE AND ON POCKET. SOME SOILING AT LEFT FRONT KNEE. MINOR WEAR OF MATERIAL THROUGHOUT. 2. JACKET: 56CM (L) X 50CM (W). GREEN WOOL BATTLE DRESS JACKET HAS SQUARE NOTCHED LAPEL. HAS FLAP BREAST POCKETS ON EITHER SIDE WITH TWO INVERTED PLEATS. HAS SAME BUTTONS AS ON PANTS WITH FIVE DOWN FRONT AND ONLY THE BOTTOM THREE HAVE BUTTON HOLES. WAISTBAND IS BELT WHICH BUCKLES WITH STEEL BUCKLE TO THE RIGHT. SLEEVES HAVE TABS THAT EXTEND FROM SHOULDER SEAM TO TOP AND FASTEN WITH A STEEL BUTTON. AT BASE OF TAB ON RIGHT SHOULDER IS BLUE BADGE THAT IS EMBROIDERED YELLOW "R.C.E.M.E. CANADA". AND BELOW IS GREEN WITH WHITE "USA". OPPOSITE SHOULDER IS THE SAME. CUFFS FASTEN WITH ONE COVERED BUTTON, AND HAVE FOUR KNIFE PLEATS ON EACH WRIST. ON BOTTOM OF LEFT SLEEVE IS BADGE THAT IS GREEN WITH WHITE AND BLACK EMBROIDERY THAT READS "M.T" WITH A WHEEL WITH WINGS THROUGH IT. ON LEFT BREAST POCKET IS A LONG PIN THAT IS GOLD IN COLOUR AT LEFT AND HAVE COLOURED STRIPED PAPER WITH PLASTIC OVER TOP ON THE REST. BACK HAS SEAM DOWN CENTRE AND A KNIFE PLEAT ON EITHER SIDE. INSIDE POCKETS ARE COTTON. LEFT POCKET HAS BLACK ARROW STAMPED ON IT, RIGHT POCKET HAS "7133" WRITTEN IN INK, AND BELOW "7 BATTLEDRESS BLOUSES SERGE HEIGHT 5FT 7 TO 8 BR 35-36 WST 30-31 J. ELKIN CO. LIMITED OCT. 1943 FARNHAM, QUE.". FOUND IN LEFT BREAST POCKET IS GREEN STICK OF WRIGLEY'S DOUBLEMINT GUM AND HALF USED GRIM REAPER PACK OF MATCHES. SOME MINOR SOILING AND WEAR OF MATERIAL.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
WORN BY DONOR IN WORLD WAR II, WAS IN THE MOTOR TRANSPORT CORP. GUM WAS REMOVED FROM WRAPPER. *UPDATE* IN 2012 COLLECTIONS ASSISTANT DAVID SMITH CONDUCTED A SURVEY OF MILITARY OBJECTS. HE LEARNED THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION: ACCORDING TO THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “W. H. “BILL” PERRY PASSED AWAY ON FEBRUARY 17, 1998. PERRY WAS BORN ON OCTOBER 28, 1922. UPON RETURNING FROM OVERSEAS AFTER WWII HE MARRIED LUCILLE MCKANNA IN 1945 AND TOGETHER THEY FARMED IN THE CHIN AREA AND RAISED THEIR FAMILY. IN 1948 THEY RETIRED, SETTLING IN COALDALE IN 1991 AND TOGETHER THEY TRAVELED.” ACCORDING TO THE LEGION MAGAZINE ONLINE “WILLIAM PERRY SERVED WITH THE CANADIAN ARMY IN WORLD WAR TWO, AND WAS ISSUED THE SERVICE NUMBER M106357.” FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19950066010
Acquisition Date
1995-09
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NAVY FLANNEL AND PANTS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P19970073032
  2 images  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAVY FLANNEL AND PANTS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
2
Length
114.5
Width
66.5
Description
1. PAIR OF WHITE COTTON NAVAL TROUSERS. TWO SIDE PANELS AT WAIST, BUTTON TOGETHER AT WAIST, BUTTON TOGETHER AT CENTRE; THIRD PANEL BUTTONS UP FROM BELOW. "A.D. HERMAN" STAMPED INSIDE BACK OF WAISTBAND. SLIGHT DISCOLORATION AND STAINS THROUGHOUT. 2. 73.1 (L) X 95.3 (W). WHITE COTTON SHORT-SLEEVED NAVAL UNIFORM TOP KNOWN AS A "FLANNEL". RECTANGULAR IN SHAPE; SLIGHTLY TAPERED AT WAIST. RECTANGULAR NECKLINE, TRIMMED WITH NAVY BLUE COTTON SEAM BINDING. INSIDE BACK AT BOTTOM IS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK "J. KAMINSKI". BACK HAS EXTRA PANEL OF SAME FABRIC STITCHED ALONG LENGTH. TWO SMALL BLACK STAINS ON FRONT OF SHIRT; SLIGHTLY YELLOWED THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONATED TO LEGION BY UNKNOWN DONOR, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. PRIOR HISTORY UNKNOWN. SEE P19970073026-36-GA FOR RELATED PIECES. SEE P19970073001-GA FOR HISTORY. "FLANNEL" SHIRT WORN WITH WHITE DRILL JUMPER (031), BLUE DUNGAREE COLLAR, AND SEAMAN'S CAP (036) AS SUMMER ISSUE, FOR MEDITERRANEAN SERVICE. IN MARCH 2010, COLLECTIONS CONTACTED BRUNO KAMINSKI WITH REGARDS TO CANADIAN NAVY ITEMS DONATED BY THE LOCAL LEGION IN 1997. BRUNO WAS THE BROTHER OF J. (JOHN) KAMINSKI (D. 29 NOV 1974, VANCOUVER, B.C.) - A POTENTIAL, UNCONFIRMED OWNER OF RELEVANT NAVAL ARTIFACTS P1997073029, 32-33,35-36. ACCORDING TO BRUNO, JOHN WAS NOT IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY DURING WWII, BUT WAS INVOLVED IN THE LOCAL SEA CADETS IN 1945. “HE WAS QUITE A CHARACTER” HE SAID, “HE HAD TO BE NEAR A LOT OF WATER, HE WAS A WATER MAN”. SOON AFTER 1945, HE “RAN AWAY FROM HOME” AND GOT A JOB ON THE WEST COAST ON A TUG BOAT AT THE AGE OF 15. HE WORKED HIS WAY UP THE LADDER, PASSING HIS CAPTAIN’S EXAM, BUT, ACCORDING TO BRUNO AND THE LOCAL PAPER, HAD TO WAIT FOR THE POSITION ON ACCOUNT THAT HE HAD NOT TURNED 21 YET. BRUNO BELIEVES THAT HE AND BROTHER KAZ - ALSO IN THE CADETS - RETURNED JOHN’S CADET UNIFORM TO THE CADET HALL. IF THE ARTIFACTS AT THE GALT ARE HIS BROTHER’S, BRUNO HAS NO IDEA HOW THEY CAME TO BE DEPOSITED AT THE LEGION. FINALLY, BRUNO IS OF THE OPINION THAT THE PERIOD’S CADET UNIFORMS WERE VISUALLY IDENTICAL TO THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVY UNIFORMS, INCLUDING INKED, STENCIL MARKED NAMES INSIDE. ANOTHER POTENTIAL OWNER OF THE “KAMINSKI” MATERIAL IS JOHN JOSEPH KAMINSKI (SN. V-38104) ORIGINALLY OF STETTLER, ALBERTA. AS OF MARCH 2010, NO CONTACT WAS BEEN MADE WITH THIS INDIVIDUAL OR HIS FAMILY TO CONFIRM THE POSSIBILITY OF HIS MILITARY EFFECTS HAVING BEEN DEPOSITED AT LETHBRIDGE’S ROYAL CANADIAN LEGION. FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE REFERENCE THE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P19970073032
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NAVY SHIRT
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20110005011
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAVY SHIRT
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
2.5
Length
99.5
Width
94.5
Description
THICK COTTON FABRIC SHIRT. COLLARED WITH MID BREAST LENGTH PLACKET. ONE BUTTON HOLE ON EACH SIDE FOR REMOVABLE BUTTON. POCKETS ON EACH BREAST. INSIDE OF COLLAR AT BACK HAS HANDWRITTEN IN BLACK INK, “B-WA.” YOKE NARROWS UNTIL MID BACK. VARIOUS STAINS THROUGHOUT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
AS STATED IN AN E-MAIL FROM DONOR BRANDI CAMPISI AT THE TIME OF DONATION, “JOSEPH ‘BARTON’ WATSON GREW UP IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WHERE HE LIVED IN FOREMOST AND SHAUGHNESSY AND SETTLED IN PICTURE BUTTE, ALBERTA JUST OUTSIDE OF LETHBRIDGE. BARTON WAS 28-YEARS OLD WHEN HE ENLISTED IN THE NAVY IN 1944. SINCE HE HAD A FEAR OF HEIGHTS THE AIRFORCE WASN’T AN OPTION, AND LIKE MANY PRAIRIE BOYS HE MAY HAVE HEARD THE HORRIBLE STORIES OF LIFE IN THE TRENCHES FROM THE GREAT WAR. HIS FAMILY BELIEVES THE FINAL FACTOR IN HIS DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY WAS BECAUSE THE NAVY HAD AN EXCELLENT BASEBALL TEAM. BARTON WAS AN EXCELLENT BASEBALL PLAYER. HE ENLISTED IN CALGARY AND WAS SENT FOR TRAINING TO THE HMCS QUEEN IN REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN. THOUGH HE LIKED THE WATER HE NEVER LEARNED HOW TO SWIM. HIS NOTES FROM TRAINING SHOW HOW UNFAMILIAR A BOAT AND ITS PARTS WERE TO HIM. AFTER BASIC TRAINING IN REGINA, BARTON WAS COMMISSIONED TO THE HMCS THORLOCK AS SUPPLY ASSISTANT. THE THORLOCK SERVED ON THE HIGH SEAS IN THE ATLANTIC ZONE. THE HMCS THORLOCK WAS A CORVETTE OF THE FLOWER CLASS NAMED AFTER THOROLD, ONTARIO. ITS MAIN TASK WAS IN ANTI-SUBMARINE CONVOYS. ON THE FINAL LEG OF THE SHIPS FIVE CROSSINGS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, THE THORLOCK WAS DIVERTED ALONG WITH HMCS VICTORIAVILLE TO ACCEPT THE SURRENDER OF THE SUBMARINE U-190 ON MAY 12, 1945. THOUGH CAMERAS WERE OFFICIALLY NOT ALLOWED ON NAVAL VESSELS, BARTON WATSON HAD ONE. HIS PHOTOS DOCUMENT LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF A SAILOR AND SIGNIFICANTLY, THE CLOSE-KNIT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SHIPMATES. MANY PHOTOS DEPICT THE THORLOCK’S CREW POSING PLAYFULLY IN GERMAN UNIFORMS AND NAZI FLAGS AFTER CAPTURING THE SURRENDERED SUBMARINE. BARTON WATSON WAS DEMOBILIZED ON NOVEMBER 7, 1945 AND RETURNED TO PICTURE BUTTE WHERE HE RAN A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS AND WAS EXTREMELY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.” IN WATSON’S OBITUARY PRINTED BY THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “WATSON PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1996 AT THE AGE OF 80 YEARS. WATSON’S RECORD OF SERVICE IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL SERVICE REVEALS THAT HE WAS ASSIGNED THE SERVICE NUMBER V-89229. HE ENLISTED ON JUNE 14TH 1944 AT CALGARY ALBERTA. WATSON RECEIVED ONE MONTH DRILL AND SEAMANSHIP TRAINING, ONE MONTH STORE’S ASSISTANT COURSE – ORDERING, STORING, ISSUING, ACCOUNTING FOR NAVAL STORES. WATSON IS DESCRIBED AS HAVING ‘HELD CONSIDERABLE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ORDERING ISSUING AND STORING FOOD SUPPLIES FOR ENTIRE CREW OF A CORVETTE FOR 8 MONTHS – CONSIDERABLE CLERICAL DUTIES INVOLVED.’ WATSON SERVED IN THE H.M.C.S. THORLOCK FROM NOVEMBER 14, 1944 TO JUNE 15, 1945. HE WAS DISCHARGED WHEN HIS UNIT DEMOBILIZED ON NOVEMBER 7, 1945 AT CALGARY ALBERTA. WATSON WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE ATLANTIC STAR, VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL AND CLASP, AND THE 1945 SERVICE MEDAL. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING SERVICE RECORDS, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110005011
Acquisition Date
2011-02
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
NAVY SHORTS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
COTTON
Catalogue Number
P20110005010
  1 image  
Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
NAVY SHORTS
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
COTTON
No. Pieces
1
Height
3.6
Length
54.5
Width
62.7
Description
THICK WHITE COTTON SHORTS. PLACKET AT FRONT HAS SIX WHITE BUTTONS. TWO BELT LOOPS AT FRONT, ONE LOOP AT EACH SIDE, AND TWO LOOPS AT BACK. SIX BUTTONS INSIDE SHORTS NEAR TOP EDGE. POCKETS AT EACH SIDE. RUST COLOURED STAINS ON FRONT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
AS STATED IN AN E-MAIL FROM DONOR BRANDI CAMPISI AT THE TIME OF DONATION, “JOSEPH ‘BARTON’ WATSON GREW UP IN SOUTHERN ALBERTA WHERE HE LIVED IN FOREMOST AND SHAUGHNESSY AND SETTLED IN PICTURE BUTTE, ALBERTA JUST OUTSIDE OF LETHBRIDGE. BARTON WAS 28-YEARS OLD WHEN HE ENLISTED IN THE NAVY IN 1944. SINCE HE HAD A FEAR OF HEIGHTS THE AIRFORCE WASN’T AN OPTION, AND LIKE MANY PRAIRIE BOYS HE MAY HAVE HEARD THE HORRIBLE STORIES OF LIFE IN THE TRENCHES FROM THE GREAT WAR. HIS FAMILY BELIEVES THE FINAL FACTOR IN HIS DECISION TO JOIN THE NAVY WAS BECAUSE THE NAVY HAD AN EXCELLENT BASEBALL TEAM. BARTON WAS AN EXCELLENT BASEBALL PLAYER. HE ENLISTED IN CALGARY AND WAS SENT FOR TRAINING TO THE HMCS QUEEN IN REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN. THOUGH HE LIKED THE WATER HE NEVER LEARNED HOW TO SWIM. HIS NOTES FROM TRAINING SHOW HOW UNFAMILIAR A BOAT AND ITS PARTS WERE TO HIM. AFTER BASIC TRAINING IN REGINA, BARTON WAS COMMISSIONED TO THE HMCS THORLOCK AS SUPPLY ASSISTANT. THE THORLOCK SERVED ON THE HIGH SEAS IN THE ATLANTIC ZONE. THE HMCS THORLOCK WAS A CORVETTE OF THE FLOWER CLASS NAMED AFTER THOROLD, ONTARIO. ITS MAIN TASK WAS IN ANTI-SUBMARINE CONVOYS. ON THE FINAL LEG OF THE SHIPS FIVE CROSSINGS OF THE ATLANTIC OCEAN, THE THORLOCK WAS DIVERTED ALONG WITH HMCS VICTORIAVILLE TO ACCEPT THE SURRENDER OF THE SUBMARINE U-190 ON MAY 12, 1945. THOUGH CAMERAS WERE OFFICIALLY NOT ALLOWED ON NAVAL VESSELS, BARTON WATSON HAD ONE. HIS PHOTOS DOCUMENT LIFE THROUGH THE EYES OF A SAILOR AND SIGNIFICANTLY, THE CLOSE-KNIT RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN SHIPMATES. MANY PHOTOS DEPICT THE THORLOCK’S CREW POSING PLAYFULLY IN GERMAN UNIFORMS AND NAZI FLAGS AFTER CAPTURING THE SURRENDERED SUBMARINE. BARTON WATSON WAS DEMOBILIZED ON NOVEMBER 7, 1945 AND RETURNED TO PICTURE BUTTE WHERE HE RAN A SUCCESSFUL BUSINESS AND WAS EXTREMELY INVOLVED IN COMMUNITY ACTIVITIES.” IN WATSON’S OBITUARY PRINTED BY THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD, “WATSON PASSED AWAY IN LETHBRIDGE ON SEPTEMBER 16, 1996 AT THE AGE OF 80 YEARS. WATSON’S RECORD OF SERVICE IN THE ROYAL CANADIAN NAVAL SERVICE REVEALS THAT HE WAS ASSIGNED THE SERVICE NUMBER V-89229. HE ENLISTED ON JUNE 14TH 1944 AT CALGARY ALBERTA. WATSON RECEIVED ONE MONTH DRILL AND SEAMANSHIP TRAINING, ONE MONTH STORE’S ASSISTANT COURSE – ORDERING, STORING, ISSUING, ACCOUNTING FOR NAVAL STORES. WATSON IS DESCRIBED AS HAVING ‘HELD CONSIDERABLE RESPONSIBILITY FOR ORDERING ISSUING AND STORING FOOD SUPPLIES FOR ENTIRE CREW OF A CORVETTE FOR 8 MONTHS – CONSIDERABLE CLERICAL DUTIES INVOLVED.’ WATSON SERVED IN THE H.M.C.S. THORLOCK FROM NOVEMBER 14, 1944 TO JUNE 15, 1945. HE WAS DISCHARGED WHEN HIS UNIT DEMOBILIZED ON NOVEMBER 7, 1945 AT CALGARY ALBERTA. WATSON WAS A RECIPIENT OF THE ATLANTIC STAR, VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL AND CLASP, AND THE 1945 SERVICE MEDAL. FOR MORE INFORMATION, INCLUDING SERVICE RECORDS, PLEASE SEE PERMANENT FILE.
Catalogue Number
P20110005010
Acquisition Date
2011-02
Collection
Museum
Images
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Other Name
CANADA MILITARY AIR FORCE JACKET
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL
Catalogue Number
P19920045003
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
CANADA MILITARY AIR FORCE JACKET
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL
No. Pieces
1
Length
77.5
Description
WOOL, AIR FORCE BLUE, 4 OUTSIDE POCKETS (2 BREAST, 2 SKIRT) SECURED W/ BRASS BUTTONS WITH AN EAGLE IN FLIGHT BELOW A KING'S CROWN AND "R.C.A.F." ALONG BOTTOM EDGE. INSIGNIA DENOTES SOLDIER WAS A WARRANT OFFICER 2ND CLASS. SOILED BROWN & GOLD COTTON BADGE ON LEFT TOP OF A WING ATTACHED TO A WREATH BEARING "B",THE KING'S CROWN AND "RCAF". SOILED "CANADA" SHOULDER TITLES. LINING MARKED "J.E. LITTON, SGT.". BELT HOOKS SLIGHTLY RUSTED. SEE CONSERVATION REPORT.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DRESS OR PARADE UNIFORM OF AIR FORCE. "B" INDICATES BOMBARDIER IN AIR FORCE. DONOR TRAINED AT LETHBRIDGE NO. 8 BOMBING & GUNNERY SCHOOL, THAT WAS 1 OF MANY SITES ACROSS CANADA WHICH TRAINED AIR CREW FOR W.W.II AS PART OF THE COMMONWEALTH AIR TRAINING PLAN. SEE P19920045001-GA FOR ADDITIONAL HISTORY.
Catalogue Number
P19920045003
Acquisition Date
1992-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
Catalogue Number
P19970073040
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Material Type
Artifact
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, RAYON
No. Pieces
2
Length
75.6
Width
43.8
Description
DRAB GREEN WOOL SERVICE DRESS TUNIC WITH FOUR-POCKET FRONT. MISSING BELT. FOUR BRASS BUTTONS AT FRONT CLOSURE. COLLAR BADGES ON EACH SIDE: CREST WITH CROWN AT TOP; "HONI SOIT QUI MAL Y PENSE"; IN SCROLL ACROSS BOTTOM OF BADGE IS "ROYAL CANADIAN ORDINANCE CORPS". TWO RIBBON BARS ABOVE LEFT BREAST; LOWER IS SHORTER, WITH METAL MAPLE LEAF NEAR RIGHT SIDE. TAG INSIDE COLLAR READS "HOBSON & SONS (LONDON) LTD. 1 LEXINGTON ST GOLDEN SQUARE LONDON W.I." HANDWRITTEN BELOW IS "R.V. BERTRAND 12/7/44". SHOULDER TABS HAVE THREE PIPS WITH BRASS "CANADA" SHOULDER TITLE. JACKET LINED WITH GREEN RAYON. INCLUDES RECTANGULAR BLUE FELT PATCH WITH "CII" EMBROIDERED IN METALLIC THREAD AT CENTRE. SECOND DIVISION BADGE, WORN BY OFFICERS ONLY.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
DONATED TO LEGION BY ROSS BERTRAND IN THE LATE 1980S WHEN HE MOVED TO A SMALLER RESIDENCE, THEN TO MUSEUM BY LEGION. DONOR RECEIVED UNIFORM ON COMMISSION; WAS TAILOR MADE IN LONDON. SEE P19970073041/43/44-GA FOR RELATED ITEMS. **SECOND DIVISION BADGE STORED R5 S27. PHOTOS ON FILE WITH HARDCOPY RECORDS. ROSS BERTRAND WAS BORN IN CALGARY ON OCTOBER 10, 1920. WHILE ATTENDING THE HENDERSON BUSINESS COLLEGE IN CALGARY IN 1940, ROSS HEARD THAT TWO TYPIST CLERKS WERE NEEDED AT THE MEWATA ARMORIES, SO HE ENLISTED IN THE CALGARY HIGHLANDERS ON JUNE 18TH, 1940, REGIMENTAL NUMBER M-11890. AS HIS MEDICAL EXAM INDICATED "A" CATEGORY, HE WAS TRANSFERRED TO A UNIT THAT WAS JUST BEING MOBILIZED, THE 10TH FIELD COMPANY, ROYAL CANADIAN ENGINEERS, WHERE HE BECAME AN ORDERLY ROOM CLERK. THE UNIT WAS MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE IN AUGUST OF 1940, AND WERE BILLETTED IN THE FORMER ROYAL CANADIAN MOUNTED POLICE BARRACKS. IN SEPTEMBER THEY WERE MOVED TO PETAWAWA, ONTARIO, WHERE ROSS WAS PROMOTED TO CORPORAL AND THEN TO LANCE SERGEANT IN CHARGE OF THE ORDERLY ROOM. IN NOVEMBER, 1941 THE UNIT ARRIVED IN LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND. IN 1942, DONOR TOOK OVER THE POSITION OF CHIEF CLERK AT THE CHIEF ENGINEER'S OFFICE AT THE HEADQUARTERS OF THE 5TH ARMORED DIVISION WITH THE RANK OF SERGEANT; IN 1943 BECAME CHIEF CLERK AT THE CHIEF ENGINEER'S OFFICE, 2ND CORPS HEADQUARTERS, AND WAS PROMOTED TO SERGEANT MAJOR. IN LATE 1943 DONOR APPLIED TO OBTAIN AN INFANTRY COMMISSION, AND RECEIVED HIS APPOINTMENT AS LIEUTENANT IN SEPTEMBER 1944. DONOR THEN JOINED THE SOUTH SASKATCHEWAN REGIMENT AS A REINFORCMENT OFFICER, UPON THE SUGGESTION OF TWO FRIENDS IN THE REGIMENT. THERE HE WAS APPOINTED TRANSPORT OFFICER, A POSITION HE HELD FOR THE REST OF THE WAR. HE WAS WITH THE REGIMENT IN GERMANY WHEN THE WAR ENDED IN MAY 1945, AND THEY RETURNED TO CALGARY IN JULY 1945. IN 1946 DONOR RECEIVED A CERTIFICATE AS A TOKEN OF HIS APPRECIATION FROM FIELD MARSHALL B.L. MONTGOMERY, COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF, 21ST ARMY GROUP. HE ALSO RECEIVED THE FOLLOWING MEDALS: 1939-45 STAR, FRANCE-GERMANY STAR, DEFENSE MEDAL, VOLUNTEER SERVICE MEDAL AND CLASP, AND THE 1939-45 MEDAL. IN SPRING 1948, DONOR JOINED A RESERVE ARMY UNIT, H.Q. 5TH DIVISION ORDINANCE, BECAME THE ADJUTANT AND WAS PROMOTED TO THE RANK OF CAPTAIN. HE REMAINED WITH THAT UNIT UNTIL APRIL 1951, WHEN HE AND HIS FAMILY LEFT CALGARY. DONOR FARMED NEAR MILO FROM 1951 TO 1964; WAS AN AGRICULTURAL FIELD MAN AT CLARESHOLM FROM APRIL 1964 TO AUGUST 1973; HELD AN ALBERTA AGRICULTURE POSITION IN LETHBRIDGE FROM 1973 TO 1981; RETIRED IN 1981. SEE P19970073001-GA FOR HISTORY OF LEGION.
Catalogue Number
P19970073040
Acquisition Date
1997-08
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail
Other Name
POLISH MILITARY TUNIC
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Material Type
Artifact
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
Catalogue Number
P19960102001
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Material Type
Artifact
Other Name
POLISH MILITARY TUNIC
Date Range From
1939
Date Range To
1945
Materials
WOOL, BRASS
No. Pieces
1
Length
77.2
Width
44.5
Description
DRESS SERVICE TUNIC; GREEN WOOL. TWO BREAST POCKETS AND TWO LOWER FRONT POCKETS. BRASS BUTTONS WITH EAGLE EMBOSSED. BROWN COTTON AND GREEN SYNTHETIC LINING. TWO HOOKS AND EYES AT FRONT BUTTON CLOSURE. DARTS AT WAIST. COLLAR BADGES AND OTHER INSIGNIA REMOVED.
Subjects
CLOTHING-OUTERWEAR
Historical Association
MILITARY
History
UNIFORM BELONGED TO DONOR'S HUSBAND, ZYGMUNT NEBELSKI; BORN JUNE 20, 1913 IN STANISLAWOW, POLAND. ZYGMUNT WAS CIVILIAN PRIOR TO SECOND WORLD WAR, AND WORKED AS A TOOL MAKER FOR RAILWAYS. AFTER RUSSIAN INVASION DONOR WORKED FOR POLISH UNDERGROUND FOR RESISTANCE PAPER. CAPTURED BY RUSSIANS IN LATE 1939 OR EARLY 1940. IN 1941 FOLLOWING GERMAN INVASION OF RUSSIA, CAPTURED POLISH WERE GIVEN OPTION OF SUPPORTING BRITISH OR RUSSIAN ARMIES. NEBELSKI MADE HIS WAY TO TEL AVIV WHERE POLISH CORP ASSEMBLED. CORP WAS ATTACHED TO BRITISH 8TH ARMY. FOUGHT IN NORTH AFRICA, SICILY, ITALY (MONTE CASSINO). NEBELSKI MET WIFE JOAN IN SEPT. 1946. JOAN WORKED IN SERVICES CANTEEN. MARRIED AUGUST 23, 1947. COUPLE EMIGRATED TO ARGENTINA IN 1948-1951. ZYGMUNT CONTINUED TO WORK AS TOOL AND DYE MAKER. RETURNED TO ENGLAND IN 1951, THEN IMMIGRATED TO CANADA IN 1952. JOAN FOLLOWED IN 1953, SETTLING IN EDMONTON. ZYGMUNT WORKED AS PACKER IN CONSTRUCTION AND AS AIRPLANE BODY REPAIRER (DEPARMENT OF NATIONAL DEFENCE IN MAINTENANCE). RETIRED IN 1978 AND MOVED TO LETHBRIDGE, WHERE HE PASSED AWAY IN 1988. JACKET AND TROUSERS RECEIVED BY ZYGMUNT AFTER WAR ENDED. FOR MORE INFO & PHOTO REFER TO ARCHIVAL DONATION MADE IN 1999.
Catalogue Number
P19960102001
Acquisition Date
1996-11
Collection
Museum
Images
Less detail

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