Fonds Fonds 53 - Sydney L. McKay fonds

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Sydney L. McKay fonds

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PPCLI Fonds 53

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  • 1939-1944 (Creation)
    McKay, Sydney L.

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35 photographs. -- 1 print

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H 16083 Sydney Laurie McKay was born 25 September 1921 at Tufts Cove, near Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. He eventually migrated to Winnipeg. He worked for Canadian Northern Telephones and Canadian Marconi Co. prior to joining the the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry as a Private 9 September 1939 at Winnipeg. He sailed with the Regiment to England aboard the SS Orama 17 December 1939 and landed at Greenock, Scotland 29 December 1939. He then proceeded by train to Morval Barracks, Aldershot, England. After spending three and a half years training with the Regiment in England he was promoted to Corporal and left England for Sicily 29 June 1943. While serving in Sicily and Italy he was promoted to Acting Sergeant just prior to being wounded 17 September 1944 in the Rimini area. He was struck off strength due to his wounds and was evacuated to the 14th C.G. Hospital at Naples and then to the 19th C.G. Hospital in Birmingham, England. He returned to Canada 12 January 1945 and continued to work for Canadian Marconi Co. for the next 39 years, retiring in 1984. He was a founding member of the Winnipeg Branch of the PPCLI Association. He married Helen Rudnick. He died on August 3, 2011.

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The photographs were lent to the Regimental Archives for copying by Sydney L. McKay.

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The fonds contains 11 photographs including negatives of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in England, 1939-1943 and 24 photographs including negatives of the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry in Sicily and Italy, 1943-1944. Also included is a cartoon of the Canadian Army in Italy.

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Regimental purchase, 2001.


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Record No. 01.74

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A recording of a 1994 interview of McKay regarding his wartime experiences is in Fonds 36.

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  • English

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