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North Shore (N.B.) Regiment collection

  • CA PANB MC2134
  • Collection
  • 1945?-1991?

Collection includes copies of correspondence, photocopies of names of the men who returned, and of some who died in the conflict. Also an excerpt from the history of the North Shore Regiment including, "The Young Madmen at Zutphen" and a map of Zutphen.

Johnson, Dirkje

Oakley and Sophia Orser family fonds

  • CA PANB MC2893
  • Fonds
  • 1916-1926

This fonds consists primarily of correspondence received by Oakley and Sophia Orser and members of their family, including their daughter, Augusta Orser Burrill; Oakley's father, John W. Orser, and sister, Georgia Orser, from family members serving overseas during the First World War. Taken collectively, these letters underscore the fact that many young men from Carleton County, a number from, and related to, the Orser family, enlisted for wartime service, and suggest the impact this had on their families and community.

The bulk of the correspondence is from John A. Orser, Oakley and Sophia Orser's son, but there are also letters from Augusta Orser Burrill's husband, William E. Burrill; cousin Samuel Gilbert Barter; and two of John A. Orser's wartime friends, Fred B. Wallace and Bert [?]. These letters offer news of wartime activities in England and France and, particularly, information about soldiers from Carleton County who were at the Front. They also highlight family and community ties and provide insights into feelings of loneliness, dangers, and difficulties soldiers faced during wartime.

There are also a few letters between family members at home during wartime; correspondence relating to Sophia Orser's attempts to have her son's estate distributed after his death and pertaining to Oakley Orser's claim to a pension on account of his son's wartime service; a poem by John A. Orser about working on farms in the state of Maine; a scroll commemorating the wartime sacrifice of Pte. William E. Burrill; and two photographs, one of Orser family siblings taken on the farm,and the second, a studio portrait of John A. Orser and his friend, Harold Olney, in uniform.

Order family (Oakley and Sophia)

S. Boyd Anderson fonds

  • CA PANB MC566
  • Fonds
  • 1915-1916, 1953

This fonds consists of 4 letters written by S. Boyd Anderson in April, June, and November of 1915 and January of 1916 to his friend Frank Doyle, while Anderson was serving at the Belgium front. Anderson commented on battles of the First World War, particularly Ypres; the use of gas as an instrument of war; shelling; casualties; the loss of officers; the taking of German prisoners; conditions in the dugouts and trenches; his admiration for his men; and family matters.

Included in the letters are several sketches of the front, including one of the 3rd Line in the Ypres Canal area. All four letters were transcribed prior to 1973, possibly by Bruce Anderson. The typed transcriptions are included.

The fonds also contains 2 typed letters, written by Frank Doyle to Bruce Anderson in 1953, which provide background and supplementary information about S. Boyd Anderson's wartime letters and military career. There are also original copies of 3 publications: The Canadian Record Officer, which contains the article, "The Canadian Glorious Stand at Ypres" (April 1915); The Splint Record (December 1915), and The Listening Post (January 1916), and a Daily Mail birds-eye map of the British front on which Anderson drew and outlined respective positions occupied by the 8th Battery at Ypres.

Anderson, Samuel Boyd

Saint Marys and Gibson Belgian and Soldier Relief Society

  • CA PANB MC324
  • Fonds
  • 4 February 1915

This programme, which was performed on 4 February 1914, lists 15 items along with the names of the participants. Readings, music, and addresses by local clergymen are included on the programme.

Saint Marys and Gibson Belgian and Soldier Relief Society

Sterling A. Limerick fonds

  • CA PANB MC467
  • Fonds
  • 1902-1972, predominant 1914-1964

This fonds documents the life, work, and social activities of Sterling Alexander Limerick, of Fredericton, N.B., primarily through his personal diaries, 1914-1964. There are also 2 scrapbooks of newspaper clippings (1917-1963), loose newspaper clippings (1906-1963), 35 photographs and postcards, certificates of membership issued to Sterling A. Limerick by Hiram Lodge No. 6 and Neill's Quarter Century Club, printed material, and a single artefact.

Sterling A. Limerick's personal diaries begin in 1914, when he was 23-years-old, and run consecutively to 1964, a few months before his death, aged 73 years. There are 2 diaries each for 1922 and 1935, and a 5-year diary, for 1945-1949, that overlaps with individual diaries for these years. The brief entries document Sterling Limerick's lengthy career in retail with James S. Neill & Sons, his social activities with family and friends, and community events and newsworthy happenings, such as fires, floods, court cases, criminal activity, elections, parades, celebrations, exhibitions, sporting events (particularly men's and women's hockey, baseball, horse racing, and curling), marriages, and deaths.

Entries recorded during World War I note specific events, such as the declaration of war (August 4), the sinking of the Lusitania (May 1915), fundraising efforts, recruitment drives, and the departure of troops for the Front. His diaries for the 1930s offer little comment on the effects of the Great Depression on Fredericton's economy or its residents. He does note, however, that his wages were reduced several times during that decade, and he includes details of the preparations made for the visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth to Fredericton in 1939. During World War II, he records a limited amount of information about the war effort, most notably, the outbreak of the war, the launch or results of a few key offensives, the declaration of the armistice, and the return of soldiers.

The scrapbooks and loose newspaper clippings contain information about Fredericton social events, local fires, floods, court cases (including the Hamilton murder of Burgoyne, 1949), sports, election results, The Royal Visit of King George VI and Queen Elizabeth (1939), the Limerick family and extended family, the masonic lodge, the shriners, marriages, and deaths among other matters.

Included among the photographs are 2 studio portraits of Sterling A. Limerick, photographs of his brothers and other family members, snaps taken of him with his friends while on automobile trips (1914), a single photo of 4 women sitting in an early model automobile (ca. 1914), mock wedding photos in which members of the Algonquin Club probably participated, and several group photos of Sterling Limerick with fellow curlers taken at curling bonspiels. There are also 4 postcards, 3 pertaining to the Algonquin Club and 1 of an automobile decorated for a parade [ca. 1920?].

Printed material includes the city of Fredericton's official programme for the celebration of the coronation of His Majesty King Edward VII, August 9th, 1902; a programme for several activities at the Arctic Rink; 2 dinner menus for banquets held by the Fredericton Curling Club to celebrate its 100th anniversary (1954); A tribute to D. Leo Dolan (booklet), January 1950 (31 pp.); and an advertising flyer for a 4-act, comedy drama entitled, "The Doctor’s Private Secretary,” held at the Opera House, and sponsored by the Fredericton Tennis Club, [19-].

Also included is a single artefact -- a small, wooden curling "stone" commemorating the Fredericton Curling Club's 100th anniversary, 1854-1954.

Limerick, Sterling Alexander

Violette family

  • CA PANB MC215
  • Fonds
  • 1903-1970

This fonds consists of personal, business, financial, and legal records relating to the Violette family, particularly, A. J. Violette and his sons, Émile and Léonard.

Violette family

Voluntary enlistment register, Charlotte County

  • CA PANB MC3148
  • Item
  • 27 September 1915-30 August 1917

This register records the voluntary recruitment of 553 men in Charlotte County, New Brunswick, for service overseas during the First World War, dating from 27 September 1915, when a major recruiting drive was underway in the province, until 30 August 1917, the day after Prime Minister Robert Borden's Military Service Act became law. It may be a manuscript copy of the enlistment register in which names of volunteers were recorded initially during or immediately after recruitment rallies.

Each entry provides the recruit's name, place of residence, age at recruitment, marital status, date of enlistment, nationality, and the unit to which he was assigned. Most of the men were Canadians, natives of Charlotte County, N.B. Other places of residence include Albert, Charlotte, St. John, York, Carleton, and Kings counties in N.B.; Nova Scotia; Prince Edward Island; Ontario; United States of America (Maine); England; Ireland; Scotland; Newfoundland; Denmark; and Romania. A very few gave their nationality as Italian, Danish, Norwegian, Russian, or Syrian.

A few notations, such as "stopped by mother," "discharged," "wife objected" or "rejected," are recorded in the margins. Occasionally, the name of the recruiter -- H. V. Dewar, Herman G. Smith, or ? McDowell -- and the place of recuitment -- St. George, St. Andrews, Castalia -- are given. The entries are in several different hands.

On the record book's cover is printed "Hospital Admission & Discharge Book". The recruitment entries begin at the back of the book.

Volunteer Enlistment Register

W. Cabot World War II Letter

  • CA PANB MC1105
  • Item
  • 1 November 1943

This letter was written to W. Cabot, of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, by Group Captain, W. V. McCarthy, Chief Chaplain, R.C., R.C.A.F. Overseas at Overseas Headquarters, 20 Lincoln's Inn Fields, London, on 1 November 1943. McCarthy offers Cabot his condolences on the death of his son, Joseph, and provides details of Joseph's funeral and burial in Dumfries. He assures the bereaved father that Joseph was buried with "the full rites of Holy Mother the Church" alongside his comrades.

World War I letter

  • CA PANB MC346
  • Fonds
  • 29 April 1915

This two-page letter was written at the front in Belgium on 29 April 1915 to Neta by Art, a soldier of the 8th Battery, 2nd Canadian Artillery Brigade, 1st Canadian Contingent, British Expeditionary Force. It details his worries and impressions concerning activities at the front and his chances of survival.

Unknown WWI soldier

York-Sunbury Historical Society

  • CA PANB MC300
  • Collection
  • 1761-1981

This collection is diverse. Most of the material relates to the counties of York and Sunbury, but a wide variety of topics relating generally to New Brunswick are also included. There are 88 manuscript series.

MS1 York-Sunbury Historical Society records;
MS2 Transcripts of addresses delivered to the York Sunbury Historical Society;
MS3 Lillian Maxwell genealogical correspondence;
MS4 Lillian Maxwell historical research papers;
MS5 Burpee family papers;
MS6 Richard Bellamy papers;
MS7 W.H. Street and J.A.S. Street records;
MS8 Stephen Glasier papers
MS9 Charles N. Skinner records;
MS 10 Babbitt family papers;
MS11 Dr. Benjamin Coburn papers;
MS12 Benjamin Atherton records;
MS13 Fowler Boer War (South African War) collection;
MS14 Jonathan Odell papers;
MS15 G. Harold Markham military collection;
MS16 Wolhaupter family collection;
MS17 Whelpley collection;
MS18 Miscellaneous correspondence;
MS19 Clippings;
MS20 Genealogical charts and family history papers;
MS21 Speeches and addresses;
MS22 Historical essays and research notes;
MS23 Diaries and notebooks;
MS24 Leases;
MS25 Deeds;
MS26 Crown lands;
MS27 Mortgages;
MS28 Indentures of sale;
MS29 General land papers;
MS30 Lawyers papers;
MS31 Sheriffs' papers;
MS32 Powers of attorney;
MS33 Vital statistics;
MS34 Apprenticeship papers;
MS35 Probate papers;
MS36 Legal investigation papers;
MS37 Insurance policies;
MS38 Hazen, White and Company records;
MS39 Star Line Steamship Company records;
MS40 Ships' papers;
MS41 Business records;
MS42 Bills, cheques, invoices and receipts;
MS43 Maps and plans;
MS44 Photographs and pictures;
MS45 Meteorological registers of Fredericton;
MS46 Research notes on historic buildings;
MS47 Hymns, music, poetry and prose;
MS48 Programmes and invitations;
MS49 Printed matter;
MS50 Military commissions and certificates;
MS51 Warrants;
MS52 Civil commissions;
MS53 Social and athletic club papers;
MS54 Education papers;
MS55 Fredericton papers;
MS56 Indian papers;
MS57 Cemetery papers;
MS58 Military papers;
MS59 Theodore Porter papers;
MS60 Government records;
MS61 Records of the Fredericton Society of St. Andrew;
MS62 Kingston family records;
MS63 George Gilman papers;
MS64 Montgomery-Campbell family papers;
MS65 H.F.G. Woodbridge papers;
MS66 Jack Johnston collection;
MS67 Charles W. Darcus papers;
MS68 Charlotte C. Saunders collection;
MS69 G. Alvah Good Collection;
MS70 Oromocto Pioneer Days;
MS71 Peter Young McLaggan papers;
MS72 George R. Spencer papers;
MS73 Styron family collection;
MS74 Robert Borden Forbes papers;
MS75 Ashburnham family ;
MS76 Food and health papers;
MS77 Tape recordings;
MS78 Jessie B. Segee papers;
MS79 Patents;
MS80 William G. Quinn collection
MS81 Hon. Thomas Temple papers;
MS82 John Hill collection;
MS83 Anne McKeen collection;
MS84 George Taylor papers;
MS85 Lieutenant- Governor George Stracey Smyth;
MS86 Brigadier the Honourable Milton F. Gregg;
MS87 François La Roche correspondence;
MS88 Newspapers, magazines and periodicals inventory

York-Sunbury Historical Society (Fredericton, N.B.)

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