Item AAAB3963 - Archie Wills interview : [Mole, 1979]

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Archie Wills interview : [Mole, 1979]

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  • 1979-11-26 [date recorded] (Creation)

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SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Archie Wills : Canadian Field Artillery : memories of World War One RECORDED: Victoria (B.C.), 1979-11-26 SUMMARY: Leaving Victoria and training at Camp Petawawa. Details of the guns, men and equipment. Life at Whitley, army camp in England, 1916. Christmas party at Whitley; how the men reacted; mail. Details of the menu for Christmas dinner. Went to France, summer 1917. Christmas dinner, 1917: the search for food. Christmas Eve on the front. Christmas Day. Details of the front lines: wagon lines, artillery lines, front lines. Weather conditions. Demonstrating Canadian strength to the Germans, at the time of Mons. Spanish flu, hospitals, convalescence, 1918. Christmas in France after the Armistice: riots, unrest and frustration. General comments about the horror of war, how he reacted, experiences under fire, friend's death, philosophical approach. The Depression years in Victoria as chairman of the Gyro Christmas hamper fund; feelings about the needy; Victoria's "Sunshine Inn". Humorous incidents as newspaperman covering the Imperial Economic Conference in Ottawa.

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Rich Mole, 1979-12


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  • Outline in documentation file.
  • Reference cassette copy available in container 000443-210.

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  • Copying Restriction: None.
  • Use Restriction: For private and educational use only. Not for broadcast or commercial use without permission of the B.C. Archives.
  • Copyright Status: Copyright British Columbia Archives.

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Recorded as research for "Seasons Greetings from British Columbia's Past", Sound Heritage Series no. 29.

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Accession number(s): T3570

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speaker: Archibald H. Wills, interviewer: Rich Mole

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