Fonds Fonds 24 - Berkeley Albert James Franklin fonds

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Berkeley Albert James Franklin fonds

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PPCLI Fonds 24

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2.5 m of textual records. -
ca. 1750 photographs. -
1 videocassette. -
1 poster. -
12 maps.

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SK10560 Berkeley Albert James Franklin, also known as "Bark", "BAJ", or "Badge", was born 19 February 1927 at Drumheller, Alberta. He enlisted for the Pacific Force and joined the Second Battalion Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in 1945 at Currie Barracks, Calgary. He was detailed to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Police at Camp Shilo, Manitoba from January to June 1946 and was based at Currie Barracks, Calgary from July 1946 until the end of his military career. He participated in Exercise Haines #1 in the Yukon, February/March 1947, and was a member of the Special Air Service Company from 8 January to September 1948. In August 1949 he participated in Exercise Eagle, an airborne assault on the Fort St. John airstrip. He served with both the First and Third Battalions, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Platoon Sergeant in Korea, 1952-1953. Later promoted to Staff Sergeant, he served with the First Battalion, D Company as Battalion Orderly Sergeant in Fort MacLeod, Germany in 1955-1957. BAJ retired as a Master Warrant Officer in 1970 and resided in Calgary, Alberta. In his retirement he was active in the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and the PPCLI Association. He volunteered in the PPCLI Museum and Archives, and was an activist advocate for the rights of veterans. He was married to Enid Marion Franklin and they had two children, Gordon and Marilyn. Among other decorations, awards, and honours he was awarded the Queen's Golden Jubilee Medal in 2002. He died on 13 April 2003.

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The fonds contains some of BAJ Franklin's personal and family papers, subject files, manuscripts, newsletters, self-published pamphlets, files on individual Korean War veterans, scrapbooks, visual material, and military manuals compiled or collected by BAJ Franklin including photographs, nominal rolls, personal accounts, and news articles covering many diverse topics such as the Korean War, Korean Voluntary Service Medal, the First Canadian Parachute Battalion, Special Air Service Company, parachute training, training exercises, military discipline and dress, troopings and parades, the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Band, arms training, turbans, women in combat, base closures, and training accidents. Includes a pictorial history of the Special Air Service intended for publication, The Airborne Bridge. Includes papers of Pilot Officer N.R. Fraser (1943-1946), Flight Officer A. Franklin (1940-1941), and Pte Leslie A. White (ca. 1948).

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Gift of Berkeley Albert James Franklin, 1999-2003.


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Record No. 99.10; 02.54; 03.08

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