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World War II

Series consists of photographs, unit lists, postcards, the Bay News, and newspapers and newspaper clippings, and a microfilm copy of the Cape Breton Highlanders War Diary from their World War II service.

Wilfred Thornton

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Wilfred Thornton of Donkin, N.S., who was killed in combat on September 13, 1944, and is buried at the Coriano Ridge War Cemetery. Thornton's regimental number is F8989238.

Under attack in a wartime convoy

Item is a newspaper article from The Chronicle-Herald / The Mail-Star by Russ Lownds titled "Under attack in a wartime convoy" that tells the story of the attack on the former Grace Line vessel "Santa Elena" by a torpedo-carrying German plane that was rescued by The Monterey which at the time was carrying the Cape Breton Highlanders who were enroute to Italy. The article also contains three photos of Cape Breton Highlanders.

T.S. Martin

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Private T.S. Martin of Glace Bay, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 17, 1944, and is buried at the Moro River War Cemetery. Martin's regimental number is F88686.

The Hayshakers

Item is a photograph of the Cape Breton Highlanders' softball team "The Hayshakers" that was formed and played after the end of World War II while the unit was stationed in Holland.

The ceremony of trooping the colour to commemorate battles of World Wars I and II

  • PAM 1866b
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  • July 8, 1967

Item is a booklet from the "Trooping the Colour" ceremony of the 2nd Battalion, Nova Scotia Highlanders (Cape Breton) that took place on July 8, 1967 in Sydney River, N.S. The booklet contains information on the battle honours of the unit, a summary of the unit's regimental history, a historical summary of trooping the colour, a historical summary and outline of the ceremony, and a list of officers and warrant officers on parade.

Sgt. Stu MacDonald

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander Sergeant Stu MacDonald and another unidentified Cape Breton Highlander posing next to a captured German anti-aircraft cannon that was taken in Holland

Rollie Jewers, William Brommit, Charles "Sharkey" MacDonald, Albert Warden, and Ralph Davies

Item is a photograph of Rollie Jewers (Halifax), William Brommit, a veteran of the West Nova Scotia Rifles (Kentville), Charles "Sharkey" MacDonald (New Waterford), Albert Warden, a veteran of the West Nova Scotia Rifles (Kentville), Ralph Davies (Glace Bay), and Percy Kennedy (Truro) in Ravenna, Italy.

Regimental history of the Cape Breton Highlanders by Walter J. Pate

File consists of a copy of a letter from Cape Breton Highlanders veteran Walter J. Pate to the President of the Cape Breton Highlanders Association concerning meeting with a former Cape Breton Highlanders comrade, Reg Roy, highlights of Roy's and his own wartime service, discrepancies of his last time recorded as "Pottie" during the war and a copy of a regimental history of the Cape Breton Highlanders that he wrote.

Ralph Davies scrapbook

File consists of a scrapbook compiled by Cape Breton Highlanders veteran Ralph Davies who was one of two Cape Breton Highlanders veterans who traveled to Italy in 1975 as part of an official Canadian pilgrimage to Italy to mark the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Italy. The scrapbook contains Davies' name tag, an itinerary, flight receipts, newspaper clippings, Davies' international certificates of vaccination, a list of names of special guests, postcards, copies of the orders of ceremonies for different war cemeteries, booklets, and photographs.

Ralph Davies correspondence and papers

File consists of correspondence and papers of Cape Breton Highlanders veteran Ralph Davies who was one of two Cape Breton Highlanders veterans who traveled to Italy in 1975 as part of an official Canadian pilgrimage to Italy to mark the 30th anniversary of the liberation of Italy.

Ralph Davies beside the headstone of Gordie Serroul

Item is a photograph of Ralph Davies kneeling beside the headstone of Cape Breton Highlander (D Company) Lance Corporal Gordie Serroul of Bras D'Or, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 3, 1945, and buried in the Ravenna War Cemetery. Serroul's regimental number is F55258.

Ralph Davies

Item is a photograph of Ralph Davies and the unidentified administrator of the Camp Hill Hospital in Halifax, N.S.

P.T. Mercier

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Private P.T. Mercier of Gasperaux, P.E.I., who was killed in combat on December 23, 1944 and is buried at the Ravenna War Cemetery. Mercier's regimental number is F5581.

Pre-World War I

Series consists of a photograph of the 94th Victoria Regiment "Argyll Highlanders" and a regimental history of the Cape Breton Highlanders from 1871 to 1947.

Poster boards

File consists of eight large poster boards that contain items related to the Cape Breton Highlanders such as newspaper clippings, photographs, cartoons, a copy of a war savings certificate, programs from the 1982 and 1984 Cape Breton Highlanders Association reunions, and reports detailing the recommendations for medals for four Cape Breton Highlanders (Lt.-Col. Boyd Sommerville, ACpl Angus Donald MacLeod, Lt. Lindsay Eaton Brannen and Sgt. Michael Bernard MacDonald).

Plot 1 row D of the Montecchio War Cemetery

Item is a photograph of plot 1 Row D of the Montecchio War Cemetery where 15 Cape Breton Highlanders are buried. The Cape Breton Highlanders that are buried here are Private F.J. Gaudet (P.E.I.), Private W.W. Walker (Glace Bay), Corporal W. MacPherson (Glace Bay), Private P. Michaud (New Brunswick), Sergeant D.H. MacDonald (Florence), Private G.W. Abbott (Glace Bay), Private N.C. Skinner (Guysborough County), Private J.P. Rankin (Mabou), Private J.W. Blacquiere (P.E.I.), Sergeant J.P. Kerr (Sydney Mines), Private A.E. Arsenault (P.E.I.), Corporal M.P. Howie (P. Caledonia), Private A. Hickey (Sydney), Private W.I. Furlong (New Brunswick), and Private J. Forrest (Sydney Mines).

Phil MacCormack

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Sergeant Phil MacCormack of MacIntyre's Lake, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944, and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery. MacCormack's regimental number is F54686.

P.B. Sampson

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Private P.B. Sampson of Glace Bay, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 17, 1944, and buried at the Moro River War Cemetery. Sampson's regimental number is F88320.

Patrick Cahill

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (SP Company) Corporal Patrick Cahill of L'Ardoise, N.S., and was killed in combat on May 25, 1944, and buried in the Cassino War Cemetery. Cahill's regimental number is F55359.

Pat Corkery

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (C Company) Pat Corkery of Crescent Street, Sydney Mines, N.S., who was killed in combat on January 18, 1944, and buried at the Moro River War Cemetery. Corkery's regimental number is F55650.

M.T. McLeod

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (SP Company) Private M.T. McLeod of New Aberdeen, N.S., who was killed in combat on December 27, 1944 and is buried at the Villanova Canadian War Cemetery. McLeod's regimental number is F89020.

M.P. Howie

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Corporal M.P. Howie of Port Caledonia, N.S., who was killed in combat on August 30, 1944, and is buried at the Montecchio War Cemetery. Howie's regimental number is F55446.

Memorabilia

File contains a small leather pouch inscribed with "Glace Bay, Nova Scotia" containing six small ticket stubs from different locations in Europe, three red Cape Breton Highlanders shoulder patches, one embroidered Cape Breton Highlanders patch, one Royal Canadian Legion patch, and a collection of nine patches from locations in Europe such as London, Wales, Great Britain, and Chester among others.

L.A. Smith

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander(Battalion HQ) Lieutenant L.A. Smith of Truro, N.S., who was killed in combat on May 26, 1944, and is buried at the Cassino War Cemetery.

L.A. Cooke

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (B Company) Private L.A. Cooke of New Aberdeen, N.S., who was killed in combat on September 27, 1944 and is buried at the Ravenna War Cemetery. Cooke's regimental number is F33564. In the photo Cooke can be seen wearing the cap and badge of either the Pictou Highlanders or the Seaforth Highlanders of Canada.

K.W. Frye

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (SP Company) Private K.W. Frye of Florence, N.S., who was killed in combat on December 5, 1944, and is buried at the Cesena War Cemetery. Frye's regimental number is F55682.

John Kerr

Item is a photograph of Cape Breton Highlander (SP Company) Sergeant John Kerr of Sydney Mines, N.S., who was killed in combat on August 30, 1944, and is buried at the Montecchio War Cemetery. Kerr's regimental number is F55694.

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