Series consists of correspondence of Robert Marshall Anderson and Donald Hume Anderson with various soldiers from the St. Thomas area who served during the Boer War/South African War (1899-1902), the First World War (1914-1918), and the Second World War (1939-1945).
Much of the Boer War/South African War-era correspondence is between Robert Marshall Anderson and his brothers Archie and Duncan, both of whom served in the conflict, Duncan as a physician in the medical corps, Archie in the infantry. In addition, Robert Marshall Anderson corresponded with some of his employees serving as soldiers in South Africa.
The First World War correspondence features letters to and from an employee of the Anderson Department Store, Warren Andrews, who served with distinction and returned to St. Thomas at war's end with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. Correspondents include Robert Marshall Anderson and Anderson Department Store employees E.G. Cooper, Ruby Copeman and Donald McCallum.
Much of the Second World War correspondence consists of letters written to Donald Hume Anderson by Anderson Department Store employees injured while serving as soldiers during the Second World War expressing thanks for care packages sent to them during periods of convalescence. Correspondents include Corporal Carlyle R. Taylor, [Petty Officer?] W. Jack Taylor, Sergeant Thomas W. Hanna, Sergeant E.J. (Ted) Higginbottom, Corporal A.W. Shaw, Private F.E. Lapp, and Doug Keith. Includes stationery and envelopes bearing various military insignia. Series also includes correspondence dated 1945-1946 between Donald Hume Anderson, in his capacity as an officer of the St. Thomas-Elgin Rehabilitation Committee, and various individuals and agencies including the Canadian Department of Veterans Affairs.
Series includes the following files:
Correspondence of Private P.H. Stacey, 1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F1
Correspondence of Duncan Anderson, 1900-1901. C5 Sh5 B1 F2
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F3
Correspondence of Archie Anderson, 1899-1900. C5 Sh5 B1 F4
Correspondence - Anderson Department Store staff to W.A. Andrews, 1916. C5 Sh5 B1 F5
Correspondence - E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F6
Correspondence - Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews, 1917. C5 Sh5 B1 F7
File contains letter from Robert Marshall Anderson, president and owner of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee, and member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letter is dated March 19, 1917, and is typed on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery
Anderson states that the morning's newspaper contained the "good news" of a big advance of French and British troops
Mentions several times that he hopes the war is coming to an end (a reflection of the general public's desire for peace)
Discusses events at the department store (Spring opening, loss of staff, rising price of merchandise)
Mentions receiving a letter from another former staff member, Donald 'Mac' McCallum
Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal: November 11, 2008. Caption reads: "To commemorate Remembrance Day, the Bygone Days theme this week is Elgin County's contributions to the war effort. In this photo, soldiers display the colours of the 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force at Canterbury Cathedral, England, 1916".
Anderson family fonds - Photographs series
1 photograph : b&w ; 14.5 x 20 cm on sheet 25 x 30 cm
Scope and Content
File contains a photograph showing soldiers removing the colours of the 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force from Canterbury Cathedral, England, ca. 1919. People shown in the photograph include (left to right) Colonel Hagen, Chapter Office, The Precincts, Canterbury Cathedral; Reverend Arch Deacon White-Thompson; Major George Stacey, Company Commander, "A" Company, 91st Overseas Battalion; Mrs. Stacey; Sergeant Charles Henry Watson, "A" Company, 91st Overseas Battalion.
Robert Marshall Anderson presented the 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force with its colours at a ceremony in Pinafore Park, St. Thomas, on May 24, 1916. The colours were deposited in Canterbury Cathedral, England by regimental officers in August 1916.
File contains letter from Anderson Department Store employee E.G. Cooper to W.A. Andrews, a former employee and member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letter is dated January 14, 1917, has a St. Thomas postmark and a London, England postmark (letter was received through the Army Post Office in the U.K. and sent to Andrews somewhere in France)
In addition to personal sentiments of support, letter contains information of historical relevance; Cooper states that the newspapers are predicting imminent peace, particularly the American press, which Cooper feels "cannot have very much bearing on any peace terms that may be arranged by the allies, and why should it?" (the Americans would not join the war until April of the same year)
Cooper discusses the rising costs of goods; says that in particular, the price of food is high, but rationalizes this change through the motto "anything to win the war, those that won't or can't fight, must pay."
Also mentions that 153rd Battalion of St. Thomas is preparing to deploy; and that a Lieutenant Berson arrived home from the war, looking poorly, but received a warm reception from the military band, cadets, and citizens
File contains letters written by Anderson Department Store employee Donald McCallum to W.A. Andrews while Andrews was a member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War.
File contains letter from Ruby Copeman, an employee of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee and member of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces in the First World War
Letter is dated June 15, 1917, and is written on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery
Letter is mostly concerned with keeping Andrews up-to-date with the various changes occuring at the department store (changes in staff etc.); Copeman states: "store and war news is about all I have to talk about."
Copeman has enclosed a clipping from the St. Thomas Times-Journal regarding the replacement of volunteer nurses with professionals at military hospitals in France
File contains letter from Robert Marshall Anderson, president and owner of the Anderson Department Store, to Warren Andrews, a former employee, and member of the 2nd Battalion Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letter is dated July 15, 1916, and is typed on "The Anderson Company, Limited" stationery; sent to England where Andrews received military training
Anderson expresses his relief at receiving a cable message from Andrews and mentions that he had already received messages from three privates, which made him worry about Andrews, because, he says, "it would seem strange that a private's message should get thorugh before an Officers."
Mentions that the people of St. Thomas are proud that there are very few reports of desertions in the 91st battalion, especially considering that a troop from Quebec had 190 desertions
States that about 40 or 50 more St. Thomas men have enlisted, and will join the No. 1 Construction Battalion
Shares news about the department store (staff going on holidays, renovations, etc.)
Published in "Harvest of Memories: Elgin's History Through a Photographer's Lens-Volume II" on page 161.
Anderson family fonds - Photographs series
1 photograph : b&w ; 20.5 x 25 cm on sheet 29 x 35 cm
Scope and Content
Black and white photograph showing the Michigan Central Railroad Employees Band, St. Thomas, Ontario, posed on the front steps of the Elgin County Court House, 1920. John Jackson photograph. Standing, left to right: P. Cain (President), R. Eddleston (Secretary), Ed. Mitchener, P. Powless, Ed. McGhee, R. Knight, Wm. Waters, R. Bell, Wm. Smith, Wm. Robinson, Fred. Hardy, C.W. Adams (Hon. Secretary), E.R. Webb (Hon. President). Sitting, middle row, left to right: F. Crute, J. Gant, E. Andrews, W. Taylor (Leader), F. McLauchlan, W. Barnwell, S. Read, J. Atkinson. Sitting, front row, left to right: J. Mitchener, J. Schuyler, D. Wilkinson, C. Hayden, A. Demcie, A. Allen, Chas. Rowe." Peter Powless, 190064 served in the First World War as a member of the 91st Battalion. This photograph was published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal, July 24, 1920, p. 9.
Black and white postcard photograph showing the 91st Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, (Elgin Regiment) on parade on Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, 1916, immediately prior to embarking for active service in Europe during the First World War. Stamped on reverse with name of Scott Studio, St. Thomas.
Black and white postcard photograph showing the 91st Battalion, Canandian Expeditionary Force, (Elgin Regiment) on parade on Talbot Street, St. Thomas, Ontario, 1916, immediately prior to embarking for active service in Europe during the First World War. Stamped on reverse with name of Scott Studio, St. Thomas.
Members of the 91st Battalion CEF (Elgin’s Own) assemble near their barracks (the former Thomas Brothers woodenware factory behind the Wilson Avenue Armoury), June 25, 1916. They are about to march to the Michigan Central station (today’s CASO station) where they will board a train for Halifax.
Black and white photograph showing the presentation of colours at Canterbury Cathedral, England by the 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, 1916. Published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal, April 11, 1950, with caption: "Members of the 91st Overseas Battalion of the First World War will recall this picture taken outside Canterbury Cathedral in England. It shows representatives of the Battalion, raised in Elgin County, arriving at the Cathedral, bearing the regimental colours, which were deposited in the Cathedral and remained there until the war's end, when they were brought back to Canada and placed, along with a stone from the Cathedral, in their present position in the chapel at Trinity Anglican Church, St. Thomas. Leading the party are Sergeant-Major W. Wakeling, Lieutenant Martinell McLachlin and Lieutenant Hugh C. Cameron. Others in the party include Colour Sergeant-Major Stevens and Colour Sergeant-Major McNaughton, Regimental Sergeant-Major Charles Watling, Lieutenant-Colonel W.J. Green, Major F.G. Stanbury, Captain W.F.L. Edwards, Major A.E. Medcalf, Captain D.E. Gerrard, Captain E.P. Cash, Captain George M. Baldwin, Captain Harry B. Madden, and Major George Stacey."
Black and white photograph showing 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force officers and their wives at Canterbury Cathedral, England, August 1916, on the occasion of the deposition there of the Battalion's colours. Many officers of the 91st Battalion paid to have their wives accompany them to England, where many of them remained until their husbands returned to Canada from active service in 1919. Among the officers who can be identified are the Battalion's commanding officer Lieutenant-Colonel W.J. Green (seated in a chair in the front row, fifth from the left), second in command Major Frederick George Stanbury (seated in a chair in the front row, second from the left), B Company commanding officer Major Alfred Edward Medcalf (seated in a chair at the left end of the front row), A Company commanding officer Major George Stacey (seated on a cushion in the front row, third from the right), Assistant Adjutant Lieutenant Warren A. Andrews (standing in the back row, second from the left), and D Company commanding officer Captain Douglas Erskine Gerrard (standing in the back row, fourth from the left).
Black and white postcard photograph showing four unidentified enlisted soldiers of the 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (Elgin Regiment), on active duty in Europe during the First World War, [1916?].
Black and white postcard photograph showing seven unidentified officers of the 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (Elgin Regiment), on active duty in Europe during the First World War, [1916?].
Black and white portrait photograph of Captain N.H. McGillivray, Military Chaplain, 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force, ca. 1916. In civilian life, McGillivray served as minister at Knox Presbyterian Church, St. Thomas, Ontario. Hopkins Studio photograph.
Listed in Nominal Roll 91st Overseas Battalion: Headquarters Staff, Chaplain
Listed in Elgin County Book of Remembrance: The Great War 1914-1918: "Son of George and Caroline A. Fothergill McGillivray. Enl. Feb. 1916, Served in Canada Chaplain of 91st Battalion; England Chaplain Services; France Chaplain at No. 2 Canadian Casualty Clearing Station. Disch. Nov. 1917".
See: Attestation Papers in Library and Archives Canada Collections - http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/cef/001042-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=153549&interval=50&&PHPSESSID=ia67r88e9u77dsr98kd97nlij4