Fonds ID199 - Philip Leo McBride

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Philip Leo McBride

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  • 1915-1919 (Creation)
    McBride, Philip Leo

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0.5 cm of textual records

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Biographical history

Philip Leo McBride (1889-1925), a railway brakeman and a gunner in the First World War, was born in Saint John, New Brunswick, the son of Patrick McBride (d.1910), who was an Irish immigrant, and Mary O'Neill. He was employed as a railway brakeman with the Canadian National Railway at the time of his enlistment on 21 October 1915. His enlistment had been delayed by his family's disapproval. He received military training on Partridge Island, off Saint John. He was a gunner with the 4th Canadian Siege Battery, 62nd Regiment serving in the front lines in France, including the battle of the Somme. After the war, Philip McBride returned to his position with the railway. In 1923, he was a yard foreman with the Canadian National Railway (CNR). He married Mary Delina Comeau on 30 June 1920. Philip McBride was Roman Catholic.

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The fonds consists of diaries and a paybook. The diaries describe enlistment, training in barracks, shipping off to Europe from Halifax, and his experiences on the front line in France including at the battle of the Somme, and the armistice in 1918 then heading for home. The diaries are detailed and well written giving a vivid picture of life in the trenches. They also include his impressions of London, England, France and Belgium.

Some loose papers and ephemera related to his military service were filed in the paybook. There is also a card from the Grand Lodge of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen of Cleveland Ohio which exempts him from all dues and assessments during military service. Also included with the paybook is a newsclipping and a card from a Paris hotel.

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Donated by W.H. McBride, 1964


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  • English

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