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185th Battalion Cape Breton Highlanders regimental band

File consists of a photograph of the regimental band of the 185th Battalion the Cape Breton Highlanders. The photo was taken by MacLauchlan of Halifax, N.S. Those identified in the photo are: Top row: Bdsn Alex Brown, Bdsn Frank MacKinnon, Bdsn James Critchley, Bdsn John Hitchens, Bdsn Robert Weilding, Bdsn Herbert Poycott, Bdsn William MacLaverty, Bdsn Albert Beresford, Bdsn Thomas Saunderson, Bdsn Walter Cosman. Second row standing: Bdsn Samuel Hayward, Bdsn Fred Ferryhough, Bdsn John Harracks, Bdsn Malcom O'Hanley, Bdsn Ben Hitchens, Bdsn James F. MacDonald, Bdsn Thomas Denny, Bdsn John Nicholson, Bdsn Elsmer Bulmer, Bdsn Burns MacDonald, Bdsn James Bowers. Third row sitting: Bdsn Joseph Dunn, Bdsn James A. Ross, Bdsn Mark Conway, Bdsn Harry Beaddock, William Williams (Sergt. Bandmaster), Col. F.P. Day, Capt. F.P. Munro, Bdsn D. Mck Weir, Bdsn joseph Davies. Bottom row sitting: Bdsn Joseph Mullings, Bdsn William P. Laurence, Bdsn John McOuigan, Bdsn John T. Green, Bdsn Gerald Liscombe, Bdsn Daniel Guthro, Bdsn A.J. MacLean (L. Corp.).

185th Battalion Cape Breton Highlanders register of recruits ledger 1915-1916

File consists of a register of recruits ledger for 1915-1916 for the 185th Battalion, Cape Breton Highlanders. Entries for each soldier contain: corps, regimental number, name, height, chest measurement (inches), weight (lbs), complexion, eyes, hair, distinctive marks, occupation, religion, parish, county, date, enlistment (place and by whom), and finally approved (place and by whom), and remarks.

40th anniversary of the liberation of Italy photographs

Folio consists of four photo albums of photographs that were compiled by Cape Breton Highlanders veteran Joseph Oldford while on a trip to Italy to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the liberation of Italy. The albums consists of photos from Rome, Cassino Anzio, Sicily, Ortona, Montecchio, Coriano Ridge, Ravenna, Cesena, and Florence in Italy.

85th Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders C.E.F.

File contains a typescript and two copies of a report that details the appointment of honorary colonel of the Nova Scotia Highlanders, Hon. Sir Robert Laird Borden in 1916, the organization and World War I service and honours of the 85th Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders, the 1932 request of the Cape Breton Highlanders to adopt the uniform of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders, the appointment of Cape Breton Highlanders honorary colonel Hon. James Layton Ralston and a list of Cape Breton Highlander commanding officers between 1871 and 1962.

A. Yates

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (HQ Company) Private A. Yates of New Aberdeen, N.S., who was killed in combat on September 13, 1944, and is buried at the Gradara War Cemetery. Yates' regimental number is F24485.

A.C. MacDonald

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Corporal A.C. MacDonald of Sydney Mines, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 25, 1944, and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacDonald's regimental number is F55132.

A.F. Larkin

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Private A.F. Larkin of St. Peter's Bay, P.E.I., who was killed in combat on December 13, 1944 and buried at the Villanova Canadian War Cemetery. Larkin's regimental number is F60543. In the photo Larkin can be seen wearing the cap and badge of the Canadian Black Watch.

A.H. MacLeod

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Private A.H. MacLeod of Glace Bay, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 17, 1944, and whos name is inscribed on the Cassino Memorial at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacLeod's regimental number is F88671.

A.J. Ross

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander Private A.J. Ross of Mount Stewart, P.E.I., who was killed in combat on May 23, 1944, and buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Ross' regimental number is F59996. A caption on the back reads "To Rita, Love Sandy (Ross)"

Allan K.J. MacIntyre

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Private Allan K.J. MacIntyre of Prince Edward Island, who was killed in combat on February 13, 1944, and buried at the Moro River War Cemetery. MacIntyre's regimental is F60451.

Allister (FIB) Frye

Item is a photograph of 48th Highlanders of Canada Allister (FIB) Frye of Glace Bay, N.S., who was killed in combat on December 25, 1943, and buried at the Moro River War Cemetery.

Amalfi club

Item is a photograph of unidentified Cape Breton Highlanders at the Amalfi Club in Leevwarden, Netherlands. Identified on the left is Major Sylvester MacKinnon, who commanded the unit from 7 June, 1945 to 16 July, 1945 as a major then from 16 July, 1945 to 11 February, 1946 as a lieutenant-colonel.

Angus Norman MacDonald

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander "Angus Norman" MacDonald. MacDonald later served as the commanding officer of the Cape Breton Highlanders as lieutenant-colonel from 1949 to 1953.

A.S. (Tony) Leudy

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (SP Company) Private A.S. (Tony) Leudy of New Waterford, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 14, 1945, and buried at the Gradara War Cemetery. Leudy's regimental number is F88378.

Attestation papers, correspondence, and soldier lists

File consists of the attestation paper for Alexander Dutka, a letter to the commanding officer of the Nova Scotia Highland Brigade regarding furnishing an office for processing of attestation and declaration papers, a two-page list of officers and men who were handed in to Camp Aldershot, N.S., a list of officers, non-commissioned officers, and men who have not had their attestation and declaration papers received at Militia Headquarters, and a list of officers and men who have had attestation and declaration papers handed in to camp headquarters at Aldershot.

Battle maps of the Italian front

File contains reproduction maps of various battle fronts of the Italian Campaign during World War II. The maps were reproduced by the Armey Survey Establishment R.C.E. and compiled and drawn by the Historical Section, G.S.

Bay News

Alex Morrison and Ted Slaney: "The Bay News, the newspaper of the Cape Breton Highlanders, began weekly publication with its first edition hitting the streets on 25 August (1945). It was intended to be a self-supporting venture but the staff was assured that any losses would be covered. Its last edition was on 24 November (1945)."

Bill Martin

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Bill Martin of Glace Bay, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 4, 1944, and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. Martin's regimental number is F54822.

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