Fonds Fonds 111 - George Fraser Smith fonds

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George Fraser Smith fonds

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Fonds 111

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1.0 m of textual records. - 288 photographs

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George Fraser "Smitty" Smith was born in Montreal in 1920. From 1939 to 1945 he served in the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment, which saw action in Sicily, Italy, and Northwest Europe with the 1st Canadian Infantry Brigade. In 1950 he joined the 2nd Battalion of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (2PPCLI) and saw action in Korea. He continued to serve with 2PPCLI in West Germany and in Canada. In the 1960s he transferred to the Queen's Own Rifles of Canada, and in 1970 he retired from the Canadian Armed Forces. In retirement he was active in the Korea Veterans Association of Canada and the PPCLI Association. He volunteered in the PPCLI Regimental Museum and Archives. He was married to Audrey Smith, and they had 3 children, Bob, Ken, and Heather. He died in Calgary in 2004.

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The fonds consists of photographs documenting George Smith's military career, most of them from the Korean War (1950-1953); a scrapbook documenting his post-1950 military career, including 2PPCLI newsletters (1950-1957), newsclippings (1951-1982), programs for ceremonial events, autographs, North Korean propaganda, Japanese currency, and materials from PPCLI veterans' reunions (1964, 1976); a card autographed by veterans of the Hastings and Prince Edward Regiment; 17 scrapbooks of newsclippings of military news and opinion, mostly from Calgary newspapers (1963-1996); and one file of loose newsclippings (1995-1996).

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Donated by George Fraser Smith, ca. 1994-ca. 1996.


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Scrapbooks attributed to Smith on the basis of accession number on 1992-1994 scrapbook, and items found in 1950-1982 scrapbook.

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