Fonds MC1176 - Capt. C. F. Inches fonds

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Capt. C. F. Inches fonds

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(21 January 1883 - 29 February 1956)

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Of Scottish descent, Cyrus Fiske Inches, the son of Mary Dorothea Isabel (Minnie) Fiske (d. 1917) and Patrick (Peter) Robertson Inches (d. 1919), a medical doctor, was born 21 January 1883 at Saint John, New Brunswick. Minnie and Peter Inches had no fewer than 6 other children, namely, Julius (1876-1878), Mary K. (Schofield), Constance R. (Harrison), Errol A., Charles P., and Kenneth R. Cyrus Inches's uncle, James Archibald Inches, was a military leader in New Brunswick in the 1860s, at the time of the Fenian raids.

Cyrus F. Inches attended the School of Law of the University of King's College, in Saint John, graduating with a Bachelor of Civil Laws (B.C.L.) degree in 1902. He also attended Harvard University, graduating in 1905. He taught briefly at the University of King's College law school during the interwar years. Prior to 1946 he was named King's Counsel.

During World War I, Captain C. F. Inches served in France, being named commander of the 1st Canadian Heavy Battery. The British Government awarded him a Distinguished Service Medal. In 1919 he published a 31-page booklet on his wartime experiences entitled, "The 1st Canadian Heavy Battery in France: Farewell Message to the N.C.O.'s and Men".

In his personal life, C. F. Fiske was a member of the Saint Andrew's Society of Saint John and served as president from 1930-1931. He never married. Cyrus Fiske Inches died at the Saint John General Hospital on 29 February 1956, and was buried in Fernhill Cemetery.

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These 5 army (field service) correspondence books relate to Capt. C. F. Inches's tour of duty in France, in 1916, with the 1st Canadian Heavy Battery. He records information about his routine administration duties, while also providing information about ammunition, equipment, weapons, horses, the awarding of honours and medals, charges of insolence and desertion, military court martials, attack plans, activities at the Front, and feats of gallantry. A number of names of officers and enlisted men are included. The correspondence book dating from June to July 1916 (MS1A) contains a few letters written or signed by Lt.-Col. C. G. Pritchard, R.G.A.

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