Fonds Fonds 100 - Cecil Gilbert Schmitt fonds

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Cecil Gilbert Schmitt fonds

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PPCLI Fonds 100

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  • 1917-1986 (Creation)
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    Schmitt, Cecil Gilbert

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7 cm of textual records. - 7 photographs

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(1896-1983)

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261685 Cecil Gilbert Schmitt was born 20 January 1896 in Bantinck, Ontario and enlisted with the 97th Battalion 20 July 1916. He joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in the field 19 January 1917 as a Private. He was wounded 8 July 1917 but served with the Regiment until the end of the First World War. He was Struck Off Strength 4 March 1919. He won the Military Medal during the Pursuit or Advance to Mons in November 1918. In his postwar life he became a lawyer in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He maintained a long-time correspondence with the PPCLI's "London Mother", Jenny Macgregor Morris. He died on February 18, 1983 and was buried in Saskatoon.

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The fonds was in the custody of Ms. Pat Schmitt.

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The fonds consists of Cecil Schmitt's war memoirs with a copy of a letter (1919) appended; prints of PPCLI photos (1914-1919); portraits of comrades Jack Shelters, Cpl HC Allen, Cpl RM Dobson, Pte Cox, D. Wilson, Jenson, LCpl Lappin, Fletcher, McMaster, McFarlane (1917-1918); PPCLI Christmas cards (1918, 1950s); maps; scrapbook about Jenny Macgregor Morris (1919-1957); correspondence from Jenny Macgregor Morris (1923-1960); song sheet, "Rik-a-Dam-Doo!" (ca. 1920s); brochure, "Units in the field, Canadian Corps, 1914-1919" (ca. 1920s); group portraits of Jenny Macgregor Morris meeting with PPCLI veterans and their wives in Saskatoon including Eddie Howes, Bill Trim, PN Pederson, AC Marsh, Cecil Schmitt, Alex Cuthbert, Bill Elder, Roy Melville, Dick Herbert, Tom Porter, Arthur Potts, Percy Klaehn, George Forrester, Bower Laidlaw, Mr. Ramsay Sr., Rupert Ramsey, Mrs. Potts, Mrs. Elder, Mrs. Herbert, Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Klaehn, Mrs. Ramsey, Mrs. Schmitt, Mrs. Cuthbert, Mrs. Laidlaw (1938); newsclipping, "Corresponding rank badges for officers in various branches of the British and Canadian service" (1950s); directory of PPCLI veterans in Saskatchewan (1970); PPCLI Association Saskatchewan Branch newsletter (1986); scrapbook mostly about PPCLI World War I experiences (1919-1940); The Illustrated London News, March 8, 1919, featuring Princess Patricia's wedding.

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Donated by Pat Schmitt, 2015; one item donated by Francois Arsenaux, 2001.

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The maps are located at M30(193-195)-1.

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Accessions 01.92, A2015.023

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