Fonds F0117 - Ronald Reed Lilley Fonds

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Ronald Reed Lilley Fonds


  • 1938-1973 (Creation)

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1.25 m of textual records
30 photographs
5 flags

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Biographical history

Ronald Reed Lilley, was born in Edmonton on Feb. 5, 1925. During World War II he volunteered for military service when he was 18, on Feb. 6, 1943. Overseas, he served with the Regina Rifles and was wounded on October 31, 1944 in the fighting near Antwerp. He continued to serve in the armed forces after the war. In 1954 he was posted to the Queens Own Rifles in Currie Barracks, Calgary. In September 1955, he was posted to Vietnam as part of the Joint peacekeeping force and served there for one year returning to his unit in September 1956. In 1958-9, he attended an officer’s training course In Camberley, Sussex. In 1959 he was Foreign Liaison Officer in the Directorate of Military Intelligence at Army Headquarters in Ottawa. In 1962, he was posted to the 2nd Battalion unit recently returned from Germany and in the Fall of 1962, he took over command of B Company. In 1964, he was posted to the Royal Canadian School of Infantry to become Director of the Tactics Division. In January, 1973 he was diagnosed with terminal cancer and died later that same year.

Archival history

After Lilley's death material was kept by his wife, Doris M. Lilley who donated it in 2008 to the Military Museums Library and Archives.

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Received from donor, April 23, 2008.

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Scope and content

Consists predominantly of records pertaining to the military career of Ronald Reed Lilley. There is also scant records pertaining to Lilley's father, Charles W. Lilley, and his brother, C. J. Lilley. Both brother and father were also involved with the Canadian military.
The collection is divided into 6 series:

  1. Biographical Information
  2. Material Relating to service in WW II
  3. Material Relating to his military career from 1954 - 1963
  4. Material Relating to his career in the Canadian School of Infantry
  5. Photographs
  6. Books and Journals

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Appraisal complete, January 2017. (JN)


No further accruals are expected.

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No restrictions on access.

Conditions governing reproduction

Archival materials do not circulate and must be consulted in the TMM Library and Archives Reading Room. Duplication of materials in the collection may be subject to copyright and other restrictions. Please contact TMM Library and Archives staff for guidance on reproduction.

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  • English

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Fonds processed by Yvonne Hinks, July 2018.




Archivist's note

This AtoM record created November 2018 by Jason Nisenson.

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