Collection Collection 20 - James Malcolm Reid collection

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James Malcolm Reid collection

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PPCLI Collection 20

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  • 1915-2003 (Creation)
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    Reid, James Malcolm

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3 cm textual records. - 3 photographs

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(d. 2004)

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H16730 James Malcolm "Jim" Reid was born in Selkirk, Manitoba and served in the 31st U.S. Infantry Regiment in the Philippine Islands. In December 1939 he enlisted in the Winnipeg Light Infantry, transferring to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 12 January 1940 and joining the Regiment at Godstone, Surrey 11 April 1941. He remained with the unit until December 1942. Returning to Canada on the SS Queen Elizabeth for a three month instructors' course at the Officer's Training Centre (OTC), Brockville Ontario, Jim transferred to the OTC, Three Rivers Quebec until September 1943 when he was posted to the Instructional Cadre in Aldershot, Hants. Shortly thereafter Jim reverted to the rank of Private (later promoted to Lance Corporal) to rejoin the Regiment. Wounded on 23 May 1944 at the Hitler Line near Monte Casino he was hospitalized in Casserta, Italy then transferred to Kingston Military Hospital and eventually to Christie Street hospital where he was found by Hookie Walker and others of the Patricia Club in August 1944. After attending the University of Toronto Contingent Canadian OTC, James Reid was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the Supply Reserve 1 October 1950 and then posted to the Canadian Army Special Force raised for service in the Korean War. Promoted to Acting Captain he transferred to the First Battalion, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry 3 September 1957 and then to the Second Battalion as a Captain in November the same year. Jim joined the Toronto Branch of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association in 1947 when they were meeting at the Sir Arthur Currie Memorial Hall on Isabella Street. Jim has seen service with the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association, Toronto Branch as Secretary, Treasurer in 1972 and President in 2000. He died on 20 January 2004 in Toronto.

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The collection consists of materials about the PPCLI collected by James Malcolm Reid and other members of the Toronto Branch, PPCLI Association. Includes a copy of correspondence received by [Maj. S.H.?] Hill from senior officers Farquhar, Gault, and Buller (1915); a poem "In Memory of Frezenberg" by D.J. Pearce; newsclippings (1988-1994); newsclippings about the Somalia Inquiry (1994); speeches about the Battle of Kapyong by J. R. Stone and O.R. Browne (1968, 1973); reference sources on genealogy of Lady Patricia Ramsay and Countess Patricia Mountbatten; poem, "The Grand Stonewall Brigade" by T.B. Clark; article about the PPCLI by Frederick Palmer (1915); information compiled on PPCLI members Jack Riel, Edward Edwards, Gus Fabri, and Gordon Shiells; letter, Mrs. C.B. Keenan to Mr. Thompson regarding activities of the PPCLI Club (1919); obituary card for Jenny MacGregor Morris, "London Mother" (1960); 2 photographs of Coriano Ridge Cemetery, Italy, including an image of Jim Reid at Captain Corkett's grave (1999); 1 photograph of veterans marching past in review at Lansdowne Park in Ottawa (1999); and poems by PPCLI veterans Lawrence Binyon and Tommy Yorath (1916-1917).

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Gift of James Malcolm Reid, 2001.

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The Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry Association, Toronto Branch records, including collected personal papers, was accessioned as 20.37

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