Fonds MC3127 - Edgar R. Jamieson family fonds

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Edgar R. Jamieson family fonds

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  • 1939-[after 1976], predominant, 1939-1944 (Creation)
    Jamieson, Edgar Ross

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10 cm of textual records and 1 map

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(29 October 1916 - 13 October 2012)

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Edgar Ross Jamieson (Jamie), the son of Lelia Victoria Blaney (1892-1927) and Wilmot Edgar Jamieson (1887-1986), was born 29 October 1916, at Prince William Station, York County, New Brunswick. Lelia and Wilmot Jamieson had 3 other children, namely Blanche Gertrude (b. 1919, m. Godsoe), James William (b. 1925), and Orvas Franklin (b. 1927). By his second marriage to Mildred Josephine Omar (1911-1989), Wilmot Jamieson had a son, Gordon Wilmot (b. 1933).

Edgar Ross Jamieson, grew-up in or near St. Stephen, Charlotte County, New Brunswick, where he probably attended local schools. He married Pauline Edna McCurdy, on 30 November 1951, at St. Stephen, and they had no fewer than 3 children: David, Michael, and Debbie (Scott, Northrup). During World War II, Edgar R. Jamieson enlisted in the Canadian Army and sailed overseas in December 1939 aboard the "Monarch of Bermuda". He became a member of A Company, Carleton and York Regiment. For acts of bravery in Italy, where he was wounded, Pte. Edgar Jamieson, of the 1st Canadian Infantry Division, 3rd Canadian Infantry Brigade, was awarded the Military Medal, in October 1944.

Following the war, Edgar Jamieson was employed for approximately 25 years as a surveyor for the Department of Natural Resources, ending his formal career as a public servant in 1979. In retirement, he continued to work in his field as a freelance surveyor. An avid gardener, he was recognized for the roses from his garden in the Exhibition Shows in Fredericton and Saint John.

Edgar R. Jamieson died on 13 October 2012, at the Veterans Health Unit, Fredericton, aged 95 years. He was buried in St. Stephen Rural Cemetery.

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This fonds consists primarily of records pertaining to Edgar R. Jamieson's World War II activities and the Jamieson family history. There are also letters addressed to Blanche Jamieson from Edgar Jamieson, sent while he was serving overseas with the Canadian Army.

Edgar R. Jamieson's World War II records include his Canadian Army Clothing and Equipment Statement, [1943]; Canadian Militia Soldier's Pay Books, 1939-1945; Canadian Army Soldier's Pay Books, 1940-1945; two C.S.M. Nominal Roll Books for A. Company, Carleton and York Regiment that record the names of soldiers, their service numbers, and notes concerning their service (killed, wounded, evacuated, missing etc.), 1940s; and a map of the West End of London, [1940s?].

Blanche Jamieson's records consist of 52 letters sent to her by her brother, Edgar, that shed light on his wartime activities. The letters were sent from Woodstock, Halifax, aboard ship, England, France, and Italy. Transcriptions of these letters are also included in the fonds.

Jamieson family genealogy records consist of a 2 pp. family tree and copies of printed family histories entitled, "Descendants of John Jamieson" (25 pp.); "Descendants of Unknown Hamilton" (9 pp.); and "Descendants of George Blaney" (25 pp.).

Lastly the fonds consists of a World War I "Souvenir from France" -- a stitched post card containing a note written to Lillian from Steven L. Sloan, France, 15 July 1918, and a transcription of a letter written by James H. Blaney to his mother, July 31, 1859.

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