Collection MSG 1296 - Second World War Correspondence Collection

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Second World War Correspondence Collection

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  • 21 July 1943 - 23 November 1944 (Creation)

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45 letters ; 1.6 cm of textual material

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Purchased in three lots in 2020 from John Rush Books. The three lots were combined into a single collection by McGill archivists and were each given a separate series.

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This collection consists of letters written by Canadian soldiers serving in the Second World War, between 1943 and 1944. The letters were written to family members or romantic partners, while the soldiers were in training in England, or deployed in Europe. The collection also includes some letters written to the soldiers. Contents of the letters chiefly concern news from home and the daily life of soldiers.

The collection is divided into three series, one for each soldier. Series 1 contains correspondence between Robert C. Parsons and his wife, Peggy Parsons. Series 2 contains correspondence between Jack Mills and his mother, C.I. Mills, and brother, Bob Mills. Series 3 contains correspondence between A.V. "Mac" Cormack and his girlfriend Florence Morgan Graham, as well as a letter from Mac's roommate G.D. "Jerry" Royds, also to Florence.

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