Fonds Fonds 44 - Robert Byrl Mainprize fonds

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Robert Byrl Mainprize fonds

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PPCLI Fonds 44

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  • 1888-1994 (predominant 1934-1964) (Creation)
    Mainprize, Robert Byrl

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Extent15 cm of textual records. - 171 photographs. - 7 maps. - 1 sketch. - 1 print

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(1914 or 1915-1997)

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P21391 Robert Byrl "Buzz" Mainprize, 1914 or 1915-1997, enlisted in the Canadian Scottish Regiment in Victoria, BC in March 1934 and transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a private in July 1935. He proceeded overseas with the Regiment in December 1939 as a Platoon Sergeant. He rose in rank to Warrant Officer until being struck off strength on 20 February 1943 in order to undertake officer training. He subsequently wascommissioned as a Lieutenant 14 August 1943 and served with the British Army as part of the CANLOAN program from April 1944 to August 1945 as a Platoon and Company Commander. Promoted to Captain, he was wounded in North West Europe 21 October 1944 with the King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry. In 1946 he rejoined the PPCLI in Calgary, Alberta. He served in Korea as a Company Commander with the First Battalion from 1951-1952. He served with UN peacekeeping forces in the Middle East in 1957-1958 and commanded the Regimental Depot in 1958. Following a second tour of the Middle East in Palestine in 1963-1964 he retired in 1964. He remained active in the PPCLI Association and compiled the Roll of Honour and Nominal Roll, Princess Patricias' Canadian Light Infantry, 1939-1945, which was published by the Association ca. 1965. He died on 10 March 1997 at Saanichton, BC

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The records were in the possession of Karen Stothers, daughter of R. B. Mainprize.

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The fonds contains service records, photographs, pamphlets, booklets, manuals, scrapbooks, speeches, souvenirs, ephemera, maps and prints documenting R.B. Mainprize's military career including: regimental history, parades, mess dinners, trooping the Colour, Work Point Barracks, Second World War England, Operation Varsity (crossing the Rhine), Korea, Airborne training, and peacekeeping in the Middle East.

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Gift of Karen and Jim Stothers, 1999.


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Record No. 99.17

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