Fonds Fonds 15 - Gordon A. Smith fonds

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Gordon A. Smith fonds

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PPCLI Fonds 15

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  • 1942-2016 (Creation)
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    Smith, Gordon A.

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1 cm textual records. -- 20 photographs

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(1919-)

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Gordon Appelbe Smith, 1919- , was born in England and attended grammar school at Harrow before emigrating to Winnipeg, Manitoba and attending the Vancouver School of Fine Art. In 1941 he married Marion Fleming. He enlisted with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles in 1939 and joined the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 21 August 1942 as a Lieutenant. He was a Platoon Commander and then the Intelligence Officer, Headquarters Company, during the Sicily landings in July 1943. He was badly burned during the advance on Leon Forte, Sicily, 20 July 1943 and Struck Off Strength due to his burns. He spent six months in hospitals in North Africa, England and Canada and his wounds left him with a paralyzed leg. Under the Veteran's Program he was able to receive further training at the San Francisco School of Fine Art and Harvard University. He became an art teacher and then professor of fine arts at the University of British Columbia. His works are held in galleries across Canada including the National Gallery, the Canadian War Museum and the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives. He was awarded the Order of Canada and the Order of British Columbia and honorary doctorates from the University of British Columbia, Simon Fraser University and the Emily Carr Institute of Art. He was made a member of the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts.

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The fonds contains 8 photographs of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry officers prior to inspection by Lady Patricia Ramsay at Seaford, Sussex England and prior to embarking for Sicily in June 1943. Also included are 2 photographs of Lieutenant Gordon Smith wounded in Sicily, 2 of him sketching and resting during a bivouac, one of his friend Capt. George Corkett, an obituary of Rowan Coleman, a 1996 photocopy of regimental history pages which mention Gordon Smith and 3 messages delivered to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry while enroute to and after landing in Sicily, June/July 1943. Includes 4 photographs of wartime paintings, an autobiographical sketch, and a reminiscence on the invasion of Sicily. Includes 2 photos of him at work in his art studio in his late 90s.

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Gift of Gordon A. Smith, 2000, and Equinox Gallery Ltd., 2016

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Formerly Accession Nos. 20.16, 01.15, A2016.080

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