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Fonds F2906 - 196th Battalion Reunion fonds
ACU GBA F2906
196th Battalion Reunion fonds
- 1916-1969 (Creation)
Level of description
Extent and medium
0.5 cm of textual records. -- 3 photographs
Name of creator
The 196th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, also known as the Western Universities Battalion or “Wubs” consisted of students and faculty from the provincial universities of the four western provinces. It was organized into companies A, B, C, and D, from the universities of Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta, and British Columbia respectively. The battalion was formed early in 1916, and trained at Camp Hughes, Manitoba and in England. In 1917 it was broken up, and its members were transferred to other battalions that had been depleted in battle during the First World War. Members of the Battalion met annually for reunions from 1919 until at least 1969. George C. Waight of Winnipeg was the organizer of these events. Egbert N. “Eg” Bowman of Calgary collected newsclippings about the reunions and corresponded with some of his old comrades.
Immediate source of acquisition or transfer
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. E.N. Bowman, 1985.
Content and structure area
Scope and content
The fonds consists of a panoramic photo of the entire 196th Battalion, a group portrait of Company A, and a snapshot of Eg Bowman and his mates; a letter from Eg to his aunt (1917); newsclippings about reunions of the Battalion; and letters to Eg from veterans of the Battalion.
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Conditions governing access
No restrictions on access.
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Script of material
Language and script notes
The material is in English.
Physical characteristics and technical requirements
No finding aid.
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Existence and location of originals
Existence and location of copies
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