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Search Term World War, 1939-1945
Number of Object records 85
Number of Photo records 54
Number of Archive records 35
Number of Library records 22
Updated -4712-01-01

Associated Records

RFN Underhill WWII letters - Letter

2 Boxes of letters (approx 500) from Rifleman Underhill who served in the QOR during World War II

Image of Toronto QOR of C Photo Album  - Album, Photograph

Toronto QOR of C Photo Album - Album, Photograph

Contains newspaper clippings and photos/images associated with the QOR of C in Toronto from 1970-1979. Also contains postcards from Normandy and Bernieres-sur-mer.

Image of "Born Lucky": One D-Day Doger's Story Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Fox, MBE - Biography

"Born Lucky": One D-Day Doger's Story Regimental Sergeant Major Harry Fox, MBE - Biography

Biography written by Cameron about Harry Fox and his time in the QOR, primarily during WWII

Image of Pat's Life: The Story of Sub. Lieut. George Henry Kirkpatrick Strathy, BA, RCNVR - Biography

Pat's Life: The Story of Sub. Lieut. George Henry Kirkpatrick Strathy, BA, RCNVR - Biography

Biography of the life of Lieut. Strathy during his time in the QOR and during WWII. Written by his father, using his diarys and letters home.

Image of Casualty Book 1940 5 QOR 1st Battn - Record, Military

Casualty Book 1940 5 QOR 1st Battn - Record, Military

Beige cloth covered hardcover book. Contains a list of names with corresponding company, enrollment and discharge dates, and remarks (reason for discharge), organized by first letter of last name (not alphabetical).

Image of Casualty Book - Service Rolls 1940-1950 No 6 QOR  - Record, Military

Casualty Book - Service Rolls 1940-1950 No 6 QOR - Record, Military

Beige cloth covered hard cover book. Contains list of names with company, regimental number, enrollment date, discharge date, and remarks (reason for discharge). Organized by first letter of last name (not alphabetical).

Image of WW2 Service Dress -

WW2 Service Dress -

Khaki service dress uniform (jacket pants and tie) with Lt. ranks, QOR titles and buttons.

Image of QOR 1941 Records - Book, Record

QOR 1941 Records - Book, Record

Contains beige miscellaneous recommendation forms; yellow re-engagement froms; pale yellow tranfer forms; blue promotion forms; pink recommendation strike of forms; orderly officers' reports; and battalion orders by Lt. Col. Baptist Johnston 17 December 1941 - 8 January 1941 as well as a list of new recruits.

Image of QOR 1939 Records - Book, Record

QOR 1939 Records - Book, Record

Contains beige strike off forms (age, DOB, next of kin, employer, address, former service, and badges) in alphabetical order; blue promotion forms; pink recommendation strike of forms; pale yellow tranfer forms; yellow re-engagement forms; beige miscellaneous recommendation forms; orderly officers' reports and regimental orders by Lieut-Colonel I.M. Macdonnell and Lt. Colonel P.R. Hampton.

Image of QOR 1940 Records - Book, Record

QOR 1940 Records - Book, Record

Contains beige strike off forms (age, DOB, next of kin, employer, address, former service, and badges) some medical examination forms as well; orderly officers' reports; beige miscellaneous recommendation forms; yellow tranfer forms; blue promotion forms; pink recommendation strike of forms; and regimental orders by Lt. Col. Baptist Johnston and Lieut-Colonel I.M. Macdonnell

Image of Casualty Book 5 QOR 2nd Battn.  - Record, Military

Casualty Book 5 QOR 2nd Battn. - Record, Military

Beige cloth hard cover book. Contains a list of names with company, age, enrollment date, discharge date, and remarks (reason for discharge) organized by first letter of last name (sections not alphabetical).

Image of Russell McCallum Photo Album  - Scrapbook

Russell McCallum Photo Album - Scrapbook

Pages contain photos, newspaper clippings, service records, memorial packets asscociated with Russell McCallum and his family.

Image of Enlistment Book B-66000 - B-65699 - Book, Record

Enlistment Book B-66000 - B-65699 - Book, Record

Contains enlistment forms for the QOR of C for 1942. The forms record personal information and military information, including: name, rank, regimental #, company, hometown, next of kin, children, date of birth, and address.

Image of Enlistment Book 10 B-66000 to B-95983 - Book, Record

Enlistment Book 10 B-66000 to B-95983 - Book, Record

Small brown soft plastic cover, flexi-ring loose leaf book. Two tabs on cover, first reads: B-66000 to B-95983, socond label reads: "10". "M-R" written over first label in ink. Contains enlistment fron 1939-1940. Top of each page has title "Queen's Own Rifles" and contains personal information like: Reg. number, COY, ranke, name, hometown, age, marriage status, next of kin, children's names, DOB, etc.

Image of Photobook Col. W. T. Barnard WWII - Scrapbook

Photobook Col. W. T. Barnard WWII - Scrapbook

Contains various photos from Col. W.T. Barnard's activities in and around WWII. Letter attached to inside front cover (see "Notes & Legal"). Each photo is accompanied by a label with context and date. Album also includes a certificate of service for Barnard, dated June 5, 1940. Letter from Princess Alexandria's lady in waiting, thank you letter, 1980.

Image of My Memoirs of WW2 - Reminiscence

My Memoirs of WW2 - Reminiscence

Reflection sotry by Jim McCullough describing his time with the QOR and experience during WWII and on D-Day

Image of D-Day 1944 Our Glorious Dead - Book, Record

D-Day 1944 Our Glorious Dead - Book, Record

Contains an alphabetical list of the deceased from various battles on D-Day (primarily) and into 1945. List for each individual contains their name, regimental #, rank, company, and sometimes cause of death. The alphabetical lists are organized under the battle in which they died.

Image of James G.K. Strathy Archives - Scrapbook

James G.K. Strathy Archives - Scrapbook

Album contains the military and personal documents, correspondance, photos, and newspaper clippings of James G.K. Strathy betwwen 1936-1977.

War Diary of QOR of C - Diary

Handwritten war diary notes recounting attacks and strategies during WWII - Green Hardcover book. Includes: Aldersfoort, Doorn, and Numegen, Holland. Refers to appendices in right column. Inside back cover is loose sheet listing 27 appendicies from May 1945

Image of QOR of C Record Book 1944 - Book, Record

QOR of C Record Book 1944 - Book, Record

Contains records including: miscellaneious records, transfer sheets, promotion recommendations, medal recommendations, and strike off recommendations. Label on spine reads "Records 1944"

War Diary or Intelligence Summary - Diary

Typed pages summarizing events and information from the 1st Battalion QOR between 01 Jan 1945 - 30 Sept 1945. Includes: place, date, hour, summary, remarks, and appendicies.

Operation Overlord: The Story of the Allied Invasion of Normandy D-Day June 6 1944 - Newspaper

Articles describe events that took place during the D-Day invasion. Includes many photos and paintings from that day

Image of RFN Underhill WWII letters - Letter

RFN Underhill WWII letters - Letter

One letter home to "Edith" written on acquired Nazi letterhead by Sergeant Underhill, 4th Battalion, The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada.

History Lt. Col. Medhurst -

Soft cover book with black front and back covers and an open spine. Pages are copies of original. Contains hand written accounts from Lt. Col. Medhurst and his stories from South Africa (1900-1902), Stanly Barracks, World War I, World War II, return to Canada and civilian life. Each section includes photocopies of photos. End contains copies of certificates and awards.

Canada at War: 1 & 2 -

VHS tape with red plastic case. Title on cover and spine, description of subjects on the back, including: Dusk, Blitzkrieg, Tear of Siege, Days of Infantry.

Canada at War: 3 & 4 -

VHS tape with red plastic case. Title on cover and spine, description of subjects on the back, including: Ebbtide, Turn of the Tide, Road to Ortuna, New Directions.

Canada at War: 5 & 6 -

VHS tape with red plastic case. Title on cover and spine, description of subjects on the back, including: The Norman Summer, Cinderella on the Left, Crisis on the Hill, V was for Victory, The Clouded Dawn.

Image of Roll of Honour Certificate for Sidney Ryan  -

Roll of Honour Certificate for Sidney Ryan -

Calligraphic scroll given to Ryan's family indicating that his name had been added to the City of Toronto Roll of Honour. Signed by the Mayor, City Clerk, and City Treasurer.

Image of WWII Canadian Formation Signs - 1945/05/08

WWII Canadian Formation Signs - 1945/05/08

Coloured poster with each of the WWII Canadian Formation signs

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Reproduction 3rd Battalion soldiers uniform -

Reproduction First World War era 3rd Toronto Regiment tunic. Was machine manufactured of green wool. Sleeves are lined with brown fabric (possibly linen). Cuffs have been shortened by hand. Tunic has 5 buttons down front, C3 collar badges, Canada Insignia on top of epaulettes and a red rectangle topped with a smaller green triangle on both arms - signifying 3rd Battalion (green triangle) of 1st Division (red square).

Image of POW Sign -

POW Sign -

Wooden sign painted white with POW, a large black arrow, and a French grey Third Division insignia.

Image of Corporal CM Bloomfield -

Corporal CM Bloomfield -

Shadow box with brown frame and green mating. At top is a small photograph of a soldier in a plain uniform/ shirt. Below is written "Corporal C.M. Bloomfield/ Queen's Own Rifles of Canada" in black font on white paper. Below is a set of five medals and one badge. Badge is black with red writing "Queen's Own Rifles". Medals include: (L-R) The 1939-1945 Star; The France and Germany Star; The Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; The War Medal 1939-1945

Image of 1944/  /

1944/ /

Poster sized print. White ink on black paper depicting a map and war scenes. The settlements names on the map are: Berniers-sur-mer, Tailleville, Beny-sur-mer, Basly, Anguerny, and Anisy. The legend shows beach guns, anti-tank guns, field guns, medium guns, coastal guns, and "resistance nests". Designed and printed by CWO John Figa.

Image of L. Col. BJ (Barney) Danson -

L. Col. BJ (Barney) Danson -

Shadow box with red-brown frame and green and red mating. Green mating around edges with gold plaque engraved "Presented to / The Queen's Own Rifles of Canada / LCOL B.J> (Barney) Danson". Centre of the mating is red with a letter on the left side for the "Immediate Award of the Military Medal to A/Sgt. Charles William Smith" Down the centre is a black and white photograph of a soldier, and a set of medals at the bottom: The Military Medal; the 1935-1945 Star; the France-Germany Star; The Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp; and the 1939-1945 War Medal. On the right is a printed map of "Normandy Bridgehead"

Image of Shadow Box -

Shadow Box -

Wooden frame with green matting. Black and white picture of sergeant Aubrey Cosens, V.C. Box contains Victoria Cross, 1939-1945 Star, France-Germany Star, Overseas Medal, Volunteer Service Medal with clasp, Cap Badge with rifle green backing Queen's Own Rifles canvas Insignia, Canada titles, 3rd Division patches and wool sergeant stripes.

Image of Lieutenant Robert C. Rae Shadow Box -

Lieutenant Robert C. Rae Shadow Box -

Lieutenant Robert C. Rae shadow box containing: 1. Black and white photo of Lt Rae 2. 5 medals 3. Label

Image of William John Rae  -

William John Rae -

Shadow box with tan mating and two openings. Top opening has sleeve badges - "Queen's Own Rifles"; "Canada"; a grey square; a set of red and white chevrons; a small brown dog tag with "B63917" Rae WJ/RFN/Pres CND"; and picture of three soldiers - man on the left is William John Rae". Bottom opening has five medals: (L-R) The 1939-1945 Star; the France-Germany Star; The Defence Medal; The Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; The War Medal 1939-1945.

Image of P37 Battledress Tunic -

P37 Battledress Tunic -

P37 Battledress tunic with open collar, dyed black, QOR titles, Canada titles, 3 ribbons

Image of Buy Victory Bonds Poster -

Buy Victory Bonds Poster -

Framed poster with black frame and green background with light green maple lead. Written on poster in large orange letters is "Buy Victory Bonds."

Image of Gillette Safety Razor Kit -

Gillette Safety Razor Kit -

Beige linen covered folding container with mirror inside lid. Contains stainless steel razor handle and cardboard box of "Reconditioned Victory Double Edged Blades Sterilized".

Image of Soldier's Service and Paybook - 1942/03/04

Soldier's Service and Paybook - 1942/03/04

Soldier's Service and Pay Book. Cover is made of paper and covered with brown fabric. Militia book Part I stapled to cover with a photo of a woman on the inside. Placed inside paybook is Part II - seven booklets stapled together. (Displayed separately on exhibit)

Image of WWII Shaving Kit -

WWII Shaving Kit -

Khaki canvas shaving kit bag containing: button shining brush; white comb; folding straight blade razor (H Boker & Co.); red plastic tooth brush; straight pins in case; shaving brush; snap fasteners on card (8 on, 4 missing).

Image of 15c WT Model -

15c WT Model -

Plastic model of a 15c WT truck. CZ 232510 painted in white on the truck door.

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Khaki-Blanco -

Bronze coloured round metal tin. Lid separates from base. "Khaki-Blanco" engraved on lid with "Made in England". Makers information on bottom of tin.

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Button Polish Tin -

Small silver tin with paper label; lip around top edge. Pouring spout with red lid on top. Lid has scalloped edges. Label is brown with white text and a red stripe on the top and bottom edges. Label reads " Goddard's Button Polish Invisible on Khaki". Label on the back contains application instructions.

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Khaki Cleaner -

8 fl oz can, rectangular shape with rounded sides. Screw cap on the spout; spout positioned to the left of middle on the top of the can. Label is brown and red; it reads "Khaki Cleaner for all Military Web Equipment/ Will not Rub off"

Image of Officers Serge WW II Tunic Captain - /  /

Officers Serge WW II Tunic Captain - / /

Belted green wool service dress tunic for an officer. Captains black pipes and Canada for QOR on epaulettes. QOR collar insignia. Black buttons for QOR. Red lanyard on left shoulder. 3rd division patches on both arms.Gold wire wound stripe to bottom left sleeve. Medals: 1939-1945 Star, France-Germany Star, Defence Medal, Canadian Volunteer Service Medal with maple leaf for overseas service.

Image of WWII Shoe Brush -

WWII Shoe Brush -

Brush with wooden oval shaped base (handle) with black bristles covering the full area.

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Decorative Plate -

White plate framed in green pentagonal frame with red mating. Plate has gold lettering with "11 Juin 194408 Juin 1994" at top and "Le Mesnil Patry" at bottom. Label on the back has "Donated by Margaret Kingston in memory of Lt. David Kingston".

Image of Wallet 2" Mortar - 1945/  /

Wallet 2" Mortar - 1945/ /

Canvas case/wallet with assorted pouches for accessories.

Image of Medal Group McCallum - 1944/06/06

Medal Group McCallum - 1944/06/06

Seven medals in a frame commemorating the service of Rifleman Russell George McCallum. Plaque made from silver at top of case for his service.

Image of Fairburn-Sykes Fighting Knife - 1944/  /

Fairburn-Sykes Fighting Knife - 1944/ /

Steel knife with ribbed handle engraved on both sides by MacKendrick.

Image of 40mm Artillery Shell Casing - 1944/  /

40mm Artillery Shell Casing - 1944/ /

Tall Metal casing (brass) with 40mm head attached.

Image of Queen's Own Rifles of Canada D-Day Landing - 1960/  /

Queen's Own Rifles of Canada D-Day Landing - 1960/ /

45" x 60" oil on canvas depiction of the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada landing at Bernieres-sur-Mer, Normandy on June 6, 1944 painted by Canadian war artist Captain Orville Fisher in 1960.

Image of New Forest Training Area Map 1943 - 1943/  /

New Forest Training Area Map 1943 - 1943/ /

Ordinance survey of Great Britain showing the New Forest Training Area from 1943. Coloured with red, yellow, and blue to show training areas, boundaries, enclosures, and drinking places.

Image of Gas Mask and Pouch -

Gas Mask and Pouch -

Black mask with glass eye coverings and adjustable head straps. Attached to a length of ribbed tube leading into an oval red canister. Metal covering over mouth which connects to the tube. Associated beige pouch which hold the contained and held the ribbed tube. Two metal snaps hold top of pouch closed.

Image of P37 Skeleton Web -

P37 Skeleton Web -

Tan belt with shoulder straps. Belt includes two ammunition holders on front. On proper left side is a bayonet holder. On proper right is a canteen and canteen holder.

Image of STEN Sub-Machine Gun, Mark 3 1943 - 1943/  /

STEN Sub-Machine Gun, Mark 3 1943 - 1943/ /

Blackened metal STEN sub-machine gun dated to 1943. Model is Mark 3. Complete with Canadian made sling made of canvas.

Image of STEN Submacine Gun, Mark II - 1943/  /

STEN Submacine Gun, Mark II - 1943/ /

Deactivated STEN Mk II submachine gun Mark with magazine. Blackened steel made by Longbranch factory in Canada. Used up until the late 1960's when it was replaced by the Sterling C1 SMG.

1st Battalion Queen's Own Rifles War Diaries June 1944 to May 1945 -

Green CD in white case with clear cover. Top of CD has "Queen's Own Rifles" in white, 3 insignias of the QOR of C, and the title in black lettering on right side of CD.

Image of The Operation  Overlord Series "Juno Beach" -

The Operation Overlord Series "Juno Beach" -

Commemorative plate framed in a pentagonal green frame with red backing. Plate has decorative blue and gold rim with painting of Juno landing on base. Back of place has written information about the plate.

Image of

6 pounder anti tank round. Brass, copper, and steel construction.

Image of

6 pounder anti tank round. Brass, copper, and steel construction.

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Wooden frame with gold coloured trim and green mating. Picture of Sergeant Nick Zamaria in his Battle Dress Uniform. Picture is coloured. Miniature military medal, 1939-1945 star, France-Germany star, Defense Medal, Volunteer Service Medal with clasp, and Overseas Medal.

Two hardened fibre identification tags on card. One red circular tag and one green octagon shaped tag. Both have the same information stamped onto them "RFN B63624 BOWMAN I PRES CDN". The octagon green tag has the name "BOWMAN IV" with an extra letter. The "PRES" represents the soldiers religion - Presbyterian.

Image of Khaki Staff Sergeant Armband -

Khaki Staff Sergeant Armband -

Second World War era khaki armband with Queen's Own Rifles flash (red on green) and top and staff sergeant insignia below (black on red) - crown over three stripes.

Image of Ration Pack, World War II -

Ration Pack, World War II -

Contents of a second world war ration pack. Not in orginal packaging but in a ziploc bag. Contents include: 1 x match box variety of wrapped candies 1 x sewing kit 1 x package of halazone water purification tablet 1 x package of caffeine tablets 1 x squeeze tube of unknown contents 1 x chocolate bar 1 x plastic bag with string

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Two elastic bands connected to rifle green felt bordered in red with QOR in red centered on the band.

Image of Le Mesnil Patry Commemorative Plate - 1994/06/08

Le Mesnil Patry Commemorative Plate - 1994/06/08

White plate, maroon border, gold lettering "11 Juin 1944 - 8 Juin 1994"; "Le Mesnil Patry", Centre crest of three flowers on maroon shield with sword hilt below and crowned helmet above, crest bordered in gold and green flames, ribbon below labeled "Gloria Decus Honor Patry"

Image of Rolph Jackson Letter Collection -

Rolph Jackson Letter Collection -

Beige cardboard box containing seven packets of letters bound together with a string, and one loose postcard. Letters belong to Rolph Jackson and date between 1940-1945. All letters appear to be written home.

Image of Soldier's Service Pay Book, Desmond Leon Aplin -

Soldier's Service Pay Book, Desmond Leon Aplin -

Small brown book with very faded title on front cover, "Soldier's Service Pay Book". Contains Desmond Leon Aplin's Service information: enlistment information, residence, rank, training date, education, qualifications, medical records, and will. Inside front cover is written "B63970 Aplin, D. L."

Image of WW2 BD Tunic -

WW2 BD Tunic -

P37 BD tunic with open collar that is dyed black. 12 ribbons, LCol ranks, QOR shoulder titles, Commander titles, Bde bar, 3rd Division patch, grey bar, service chevrons.

Image of WW2 Officer's Shirt -

WW2 Officer's Shirt -

Khaki green collarless, 2 pocket shirt.

Image of Col. Jack Lake CO QOR of Canada -

Col. Jack Lake CO QOR of Canada -

Shadow box with set of 8 medals, title plaque and photograph. Medals are: (L-R) The 1939-1945 Star; The France-Germany Star; The Defence Medal; Canadian Volunteer Service Medal; The War Medal 1939-1945; unknown; unknown;Canadian Forces Decoration