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Walter Rippin fonds
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Boer War

Consists of two green on yellow cloth chevrons with metal hangers on back.

Certificates, mementos, ephemera

Consists of Rippin's CEF paybook, leaflet titled "Final Order of the Day, by Major General Sir Archibald Cameron MacDonnell", and souvenir silk handkerchief imprinted with flags and portraits titled "Souvenir de la Grande Guerre 1914-1915-1916"

Glass Plate Slides

Consists of slides presumed to be created by Rippin during his time in South Africa. Slides 10-14 have been developed and are housed in Rippon's Boer War album. Images depict a wide range of South African life - domestic and military, urban and rural, indigenous and non-indigenous.

Holiday cards and menus

Consists of No. 3 Canadian Field Ambulance marked Christmas cards and Christmas and New Year's Eve dinner menus. One card is inscribed "From Daddy" the rest are blank. One item relates to a reunion dinner in Calgary in 1920.

Maps

Consists of two military maps and three commercially produced maps:

  1. W.O. Map of Belgium - Liege 7 1:100000
  2. Carte Routiere de la Belgique 1:320000
  3. Rand McNally War Map of the British Front from Ostend to St. Quentin
  4. Lasher and Gillilan's Map of Alberta [designating farm land for sale]
  5. Daily Mail Birds-Eye Map of the British Front: Section 1
  6. Daily Mail Birds-Eye Map of the British Front: Section 2
  7. [Map of German/Belgium border marked 1.M]
  8. Map 2 is in several pieces and includes notes in margin, presumably made by Rippin, that track the locations and dates of his service in this area. Map 7 has circles around two locations, presumably made by Rippin showing areas he served in.

Maps and publications

Consists of one map:

  1. "Briton or Boer West. Special Map of North-West, Cape Colony, showing the Rebel Area." (Wood & Ortlepp, 1900)
    and one pamphlet:
  2. "After De la Rey." (H.M. Guest, 1902)

Photographs

Consists of photographs attesting to Rippin's experience during WWI, including formal and informal unit photographs for the 3rd Canadian Ambulance, and portraits of Rippin and his associates.

Photographs

Consists of one album of 34 photographs and 9 loose photographs. Material is a mixture of original and purchased photographs depicting aspects of the Boer War and elements of Rippin's service: including: unit photography, portraits of indigenous and non-indigenous peoples, urban and rural imagery, commercial stereoscopic cards. The album in part corresponds to glass plate negatives in File 1.

Publications

Consists of volumes 1-4, 6-7 of "The Bystander's Fragments from France"; No. 8, 22nd December 1917 from the trench newspaper "N.Y.D."; "Blighty" Christmas 1917; "The 1st Canadian Division in the Battles of 1918."; "Dictionnaire de la Guerre"; "Erinnerungen an den Feldzug im Osten."

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