Fonds Fonds 137 - Gordon McSpadden Craig fonds

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Gordon McSpadden Craig fonds

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PPCLI Fonds 137

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  • [Ca. 1913]-1916 (Creation)
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    Craig, Gordon McSpadden

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0.5 cm of textual records. - 12 photographs

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(1895-1949)

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Gordon McSpadden Craig, known in his military records as 411167 Gordon Craig, was born on 7 February 1895 in Belfast, Ireland. In 1904 he emigrated with his family to Vancouver, BC. He was apparently a student at McGill University College of British Columbia (later University of British Columbia) when he enlisted in the McGill University Company of the Canadian Army on 27 April 1915. He trained at Niagara-on-the Lake, Ontario, and was transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI) in the field on 28 July 1915. He was captured in battle on 2 June 1916 and was held prisoner of war until 6 December 1918. He returned to Vancouver and became an entrepreneur, proprietor of Gordon Craig Radios at 637 Richards Street. In 1920 he married Vera Maude Giberson, and they lived in the upper-middle-class West Kitsilano district. They had three children, Patricia Gladys (Whyte), Vera Eileen, and a third daughter who was not identified for genealogical records. Gordon retired from his business in 1944 and died from heart failure on 5 July, 1949.

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The fonds was found in an envelope bearing the return address label "C K Craig, 305-1070 Southgate St, Victoria BC". It was offered for sale at a neighborhood garage sale sponsored by The Victorian at McKenzie Retirement Centre, ca. 2009. At the end of the sale it was left unclaimed. A resident of the Centre. Karl Chizeck, determined that PPCLI was the proper repository for the fonds. It was mailed by the Centre to PPCLI Regimental Headquarters, which forwarded it to the PPCLI Archives, 2019.

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The fonds consists of what is presumably a high school graduation portrait of Gordon Craig; album pages showing Gordon with his friends, and training at Niagara-on-the-Lake with the 1st University Company; and a letter, Clifford T. Jones (brother of Maj Stanley L. Jones) to William McSpadden expressing appreciation for Craig's kindness to Stanley Jones while in prison camp.

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Accession A2019.129

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