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PPCLI biographical sketches collection

  • PPCLI Collection 71
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1958-ca. 2005]

The collection consists of biographical sketches and résumés of senior officers and senior non-commissioned officers of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), as well as a few notable war heroes and other personalities associated with the Regiment. It became customary in the Canadian Armed Forces to distribute résumés of the careers of senior officers for purposes of reference. Appointments or retirements of senior officers were often publicized in media releases containing biographical information. The PPCLI Regimental Museum collected these résumés and media releases, as well as newsclippings and other types of biographical articles.

PPCLI colonels-in-chief photo collection

  • PPCLI P11
  • Collection
  • 1910-2017

This collection consists of images of the three individuals who have held the title of Colonel-in-Chief of Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI). In the British Commonwealth military tradition, a regiment is theoretically headed by a colonel-in-chief, who is a member of the Royal Family or is otherwise a person of national prominence. Princess Patricia of Connaught, the namesake of PPCLI, was actually appointed Colonel-in-Chief on 22 February 1918. Upon her marriage to Captain Alexander Ramsay in February 1919 she relinquished the title of Princess and was subsequently addressed as Lady Patricia Ramsay. Upon her death in 1974, she was succeeded by her cousin Lady Patricia Brabourne. In 1979 she inherited her father’s estate and became Countess Mountbatten of Burma, but continued to be addressed informally as Lady Patricia. She retired as Colonel-in-Chief in 2007, and was succeeded by the Right Honourable Adrienne Clarkson.

PPCLI general collection

  • PPCLI Collection 1
  • Collection
  • 1894-2018 (predominant 1914-2018)

The collection is classified into 38 series representing broad subjects, periods of regimental history, and units within the regiment. Many of the series are further divided into sub-series. Files are generally described to the item level. Many of the files contain material both "about" and "created by" the subject. The collection consists of correspondence, nominal rolls, ledgers, scrapbooks, war diaries, Part I and Part II Orders, maps, blueprints, annual reports, meeting minutes, newsletters, magazines, newspapers, clippings, programmes, posters, postcards, souvenirs, and personnel documents documenting regimental activities and achievements during war and peace times, and the service of individual members of the Regiment. Also included is biographical information on the Colonels-in-Chief, Colonels of the Regiment and other Regimental personalities. Some series include pamphlets and other ephemera related to military history, regimental traditions, the Regimental Colours, training policies and procedures, uniforms and equipment, allied regiments, the airborne role, the Regimental Band, mascots, and sports. Also featured are records of the Regimental Executive Committee, the 75th anniversary celebrations of the Regiment, the PPCLI Cadets, and the biennial Exercise Ric-A-Dam-Doo conference. Significant personal papers and collections of regimental leaders and personalities include those of Princess Patricia (Lady Patricia Ramsay), Lady Patricia Brabourne (Countess Mountbatten of Burma), Hamilton Gault, Cameron Ware, G.G. Brown, and W.B.S. Sutherland. Individual collections contained within the collection include those of W.E. Bastedo (who corresponded with many Great War veterans in the 1960s), BAJ Franklin, K.F. Bunyan, E.K. Fitzgerald, Hub Gray, Eleanor M. Rieger, John Milburn, Leslie A. White, and Stephen Trache. Significant personal papers within the collection include those of Agar Adamson, Leslie W. Basham, K.C. Burness, George S. Currie, James A. de Lalanne, Walter Draycot, Dorothy Gault, Victor F. Gianelli, Stanley Jones, F.J. Kendall, N.J. McFarlane, Hugh M. McKenzie, Jenny Macgregor Morris, Donald Munro, Hugh W. Niven, D.F. Parrott, John Louis A. Robertson, and Peter Worthington. Generally, documentation of activities more recent than 1994 has been reassigned to other fonds and collections at the PPCLI archives, but some more recent records that document earlier activities continue to be added to the collection.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association

PPCLI memorials photograph collection

  • PPCLI P15
  • Collection
  • 1915-2000

This collection consists of photographs of gravesites, cemeteries, cenotaphs, and memorial events where members of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry were commemorated.

PPCLI menus and programmes collection

  • PPCLI C10-6.1
  • Collection
  • [ca. 1964]

The collection consists of a scrapbook containing 67 menus, invitations, and programmes of events such as mess dinners, shipboard dining, charitable variety shows, Association reunion banquets, and Trooping ceremonies. Materials are dated 1915-1964. Many of the menus were autographed by those present. Also includes a few Christmas cards of the Regiment and regimental personalities.

PPCLI obituaries collection

  • PPCLI Collection 65
  • Collection
  • 1976-2016

The collection consists of obituaries, death notices, funeral programs, honour rolls, in memoriam lists, cemetery records, and correspondence documenting the deaths of members and former members of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Most of the files are arranged by year of death.

PPCLI portraits of COs and RSMs collection

  • PPCLI Collection 75
  • Collection
  • 1914-2006

The collection consists of portraits of Colonels-in-Chief, Colonels of the Regiment, Commanding Officers (COs) and Regimental Sergeants-Major (RSMs) of Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry, its Battalions, and other units, along with short biographical sketches and tables documenting the dates of change of command.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Band photograph collection

  • PPCLI P18
  • Collection
  • 1914-[ca. 1990]

The collection consists of photographs and photonegatives of the PPCLI Band in its various incarnations. Includes a few images of mascots Citation Mike the horse and Mickey the dog, who were associated with the Band.

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry. Band

Royal Australian Regiment collection

  • PPCLI Collection 118
  • Collection
  • 1982-2000

The collection consists of 29 photos of Royal Australian Regiment training (1982); the Regimental Standing Orders (1983-1984); Duty First, the magazine of the Royal Australian Regiment Association (1992-2000, scattered issues); Kapyong Kronicle, the annual magazine of the 3rd Battalion of the Regiment (1998, 2000); and The Ram, magazine of the 8th/9th Battalion of the Regiment (1988).

Royal Australian Regiment

Royal Winnipeg Rifles collection

  • PPCLI Collection 131
  • Collection
  • 1958 - 1990

The collection consists of printed materials produced by the Royal Winnipeg Rifles: 75th anniversary historical pamphlet (1958); announcement of re-dedication of the Volunteer Monument and granting of the Freedom of the City (1968); Centennial program pocket edition (1983); One hundredth anniversary [souvenir program] (1983); newsletter: The Devil's blast / The Royal Winnipeg Rifles Association. - Vol. 8, no. 3 (1990 Sept.).

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Regimental Museum and Archives

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