Fonds F2531 - George Thirlby fonds

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George Thirlby fonds


  • 1912-1923, 2003 (Creation)

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0.5 cm of textual records. -- 13 photographs

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George Thirlby, 1888-1958, was born in the mining village of Whitwick, Leicestershire, England. In 1912 he emigrated to Canada and worked for the Canadian Pacific Railway (CPR) on the construction of the Ogden Repair Shops near Calgary, Alberta. Upon the completion of the construction project he worked as an agricultural labourer near Shepard, Alberta. In 1916 he enlisted with the 8th Canadian Railway Troop, 211 Overseas Battalion and served as a sapper in France. He was demobilized in 1919 and returned to Calgary briefly, but eventually settled near his home village with his wife, Nellie Gibson, whom he married in 1918. They had two daughters, Jean (Morey) and Margaret (Rose).


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Gift of Margaret Rose, 2003.

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The fonds consists of snapshots of George Thirlby, the construction camp at Ogden, and Shepard (1912-1923). Includes a biographical essay from his daughter Margaret Rose (2003).

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The material is in English.

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