File contains photocopies of records relating to Dr. Joseph Mowat Janes, who was a Squadron Leader in the Royal Canadian Air Force medical corps, and was stationed at the RCAF Technical Training School in St. Thomas from 1944-1945. File includes the following items:
-Certificate of Service, Royal Canadian Air Force
-Obituary of Joseph Mowat Janes, 1909-1983
-Brief biography of Joseph M. Janes, copied from an unknown publication
-Transcript of a speech that was read at Joseph Janes' gravesite on June 19, 2010.
-Wedding photograph of Dr. Joseph Janes and Helen V. Johnson, married December 3, 1945.
-Passport issued to Dr. Joseph Janes in 1941.
A register of the Elgin County servicemen who died in the Second World War.
Includes a listing of unresolved cases, an index by surnames, abbreviations of units, cemetery & memorial codes, and the register (divided by name of war grave).
The Dutton/Dunwich branch of the Canadian Red Cross was formed on October 27, 1939 as the community mobilized for the Second World War. The organizational meeting was sponsored by the Dutton’s Women’s Institute. The first president was Bill Hollingshead and the first campaign manager, R.E. Fraser. Mrs. Hilda Crawford was in charge of the workroom committee and remained in this position until the committee was disbanded in 1960. During the war years approximately $4,000.00 was raised per year to cover such items as socks, sweaters, blankets, pyjamas, hospital gowns, pneumonia jackets and quilts. In 1943 blood drives began under the auspices of the Independent Order of Oddfellows and continued until after the war, when they were disbanded. They started up again in 1960 and were conducted at various locations through the community annually. The Red Cross Room on Main Street had wheelchairs, crutches, walkers and canes for loan for short periods of time. This branch supports the Red Cross Swimming and Water Safety programs, held in summer at the local pool. The Bobier Convalescent Home has two Red Cross volunteers who spread cheer weekly. The Emergency Services Committee helped out those in the community who had been victims of fire.The Red Cross has been at work in this community, helping to aleve human suffering whenever and wherever they can for many years.
Scope and Content
This fonds consists of the administrative records of the Dutton and Dunwich Branch of the Canadian Red Cross Society, and are divided into the following series:
-Minutes, 1939-1946; 1982-1986
-Financial records, 1941-1968
-Miscellaneous records, ca. 1970-ca. 2000
This fonds would be of interest to researchers studying the origin and development of the Canadian Red Cross, the Canadian Red Cross Dutton/Dunwich Branch in particular, the lives of Second World War Servicemen and service organizations in Canada and Ontario in general.
George Gray Collection - St. Thomas Collegiate Institute Series
1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains letters that were written by former S.T.C.I. students during the First and Second World Wars. The letters have been anonymized. A forward appears at the top of the pile expaining what thletters are and their overall purpose. These letters were used for teaching purposes by Gray and George Thorman. A copy of a new article explaining this is also included in the file.
McNeill Funeral Service was established by John A. McNeill in Dutton, Ontario in 1922. The business was located at 193 Shackleton Street and provided funeral and ambulance services to Dutton and surrounding area, including Southwold, Dunwich and Aldborough Townships. Mr. McNeill passed away in 1952. The business subsequently became the Arn Funeral Home.
Scope and Content
Fonds consists of four volumes of funeral ledgers from 1931 to 1947. Entries include information on residence, age of death, marital status, maiden name (if applicable), birth place, parents, cause of death and burial details. On occassion, invoices or notes are attached depending upon the services provided. Entries are in chronological order with an alphabetical index at the beginning of each ledger.
Fonds also consists of seven photographs of Mr. McNeill, the funeral home and vehicles. Two photographs depict a ceremony for the "Unknown Airman" at Fairview Cemetery in Dunwich Township. This was a funeral and memorial service conducted for the body of an unidentified airman who perished while training at Fingal. He was never identified. A complete description of the ceremony and circumstances can be obtained in the August 26th, 1943 edition of the Dutton Advance.
Fonds furthermore consists of the publication "A Tribute to Valour" published in December, 1945 at Dutton. As the dedication states: "The Citizens of the Township of Dunwich and the Village of Dutton present this Book as a Tribute to the Valour of their Sons and Daughters who served in World War II, 1939-1945." The publication provides biographies of those who served or died during the war.
Robert and Patricia Moore Local History Collection - Scrapbook series
3 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains material collected by Robert Moore relating to the Second World War, with some items directly relevant to Elgin County. File mostly contains ration books and War Savings certificates and stamps, but also includes postcards and a newspaper clipping titled "Rationing Way of Life for Canadians During Second World War". File also contains meat ration tokens and a Victory Loan Subscriber pin.
Robert and Patricia Moore Local History Collection - Philatelic collection series
0.1 cm of textual records
Scope and Content
File contains postcards, envelopes and stamps collected by Robert Moore, showing postmarks from Military Post Offices. The binder was labelled "MPO Book #4" by Moore. Mostly contains postmarks from military camps and stations during the First and Second World Wars. Also includes a souvenir booklet with postcards showing images of of the Petawawa Military Camp.
Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) notebooks used by Early A. Rawlins during his time at the RCAF Technical Training School in St. Thomas, Ontario. Both notebooks are filled with handwritten notes and diagrams.
Volume titled "Technical Training School St. Thomas Notes for the Aero Engine Mechanic", issued by the Royal Canadian Air Force. Inscribed on the front cover is "Earl A. Rawlins / R-62642 / #3 Squadron - #1 Wing / R.C.A.F."
Fonds contains notebooks and textbooks used by Earl A. Rawlins during his time at the RCAF Technical Training School in St. Thomas, Ontario, circa 1939-1945. The notebooks contain handwritten notes and diagrams.
Souvenir View Book of the Royal Canadian Air Force Technical Training School in St. Thomas, Ontario, containing exterior and interior views of the training centre. Envelope indicates that it was sent to Mrs. J.J. Bradley in Lennoxville, Quebec from Ashley Bradley (Cpl John Ashley Bradley).