Fonds PR-1022 - Percy Godenrath fonds

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Percy Godenrath fonds

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War photograph collection

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  • 1916-1919 (Creation)
    Godenrath, Percy Francis

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350 photographs : b&w

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Percy Francis Godenrath was born in Shanghai, China in October 1874. He lived in Victoria for a time working for the Board of Trade. In 1914 he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. In 1915, he reenlisted from New Brunswick, along with his wife Eva, who served as a nurse. Godenrath served overseas with various battalions including the Canadian Record Office in London and was promoted to Captain. He was demobilized in December 1919 and was the Officer in charge of the Canadian War Memorials Exhibition. He died in March 1944 and is buried in Mount Royal Cemetery.

Custodial history

The albums were purchased by the Provincial Library in 1922 from Percy Godenrath via Sydney R. Fay of Vancouver. The albums may have been acquired by Percy Godenrath while he worked in the Canadian Record Office in London.

Scope and content

The fonds consists of copies of official Canadian photographs taken during World War I between 1916 and 1919. The photographs are in seven albums entitled B.C. War Records and stamped "Provincial Library". Each album contains numbered copy prints stamped "Copyright Canada 1919" with captions attached.
No. 1: Ypres to Somme [Library sticker: Section 5, War photographs no. 4] : 50 b&w photographs
No. 2: Vimy Ridge to Hill 70 [Library sticker: Section 5, War photographs no. 5] : 50 b&w photographs
No. 3: Passchendaele to Arras [Library sticker: Section 5, War photographs no. 3] : 50 b&w photographs
No. 4: Cambrai to Mons [Library sticker: Section 5, War photographs no. 2] : 49 b&w photographs
No. 5: Behind the lines 2 local units [Library sticker: Section 5, War photographs no. 6] : 50 b&w photographs
No. 6: Miscellaneous [Library sticker: Section 5, War photographs no. 1] : 53 b&w photographs
No. 7: With the Canadian Corps, 1918 [Library sticker: Section 5, War photographs no. 7] : 48 b&w photographs

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The albums were bound (or rebound) by the Provincial Library after acquisition in 1922.

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The originals are presumed to be in the Canadian War Office Records held by Library and Archives Canada.

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There are no access restrictions.

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Requests for copies should be directed to Library and Archives Canada.

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Accession number(s): 198208-025

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  • Box: 000816-0001
  • Box: 000816-0002