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
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
1 photograph : b&w ; 15 x 10 cm in frame 23.5 x 15.5 cm
Scope and Content
Black and white portrait photograph showing Anderson Department Store employee Warren A. Andrews in his military uniform, 1914. Andrews served as an officer with the 91st Overseas Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force during the First World War.
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
File contains a collection of letters written on December 6, 1916, from various Anderson Department Store employees to Warren Andrews, a former employee and member of the 2nd Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Forces during the First World War
Letters are all written on 9.5 cm x 14.5 cm sheets of paper, and mostly contain messages of support for the war and holiday cheer for Christmas; many employees describe events that have been taking place at the store since Anderson's absence (new Christmas decorations et. al.); a few letters reveal that St. Thomas had been having an unseasonably warm December, with a good chance of a green Christmas