World War, 1914-1918--Mobilization



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Dinner for Miss Creeden

The item is an Industrial film on colour print made in 1947. It is a film about the growth of B.C. Electric from 1906 to 1946, built around the story of stenographer Flossie Creeden, the first female office employee of the company. Footage includes: Goldstream power plant, Vancouver natural gas facilities, BC Electric Railway lines in Fraser Valley, Stave Falls generator plant, Alouette Lake and Ruskin plants, 1939 royal visit, BCE employee's newsletter, A.E. Grauer family at home, office scenes, plans & construction at Bridge River project, BCE employee's service in World Wars I & II and BCE streetcar and trolley bus services.

Douglas B. Taylor interview

SUPPLIED TITLE OF TAPE(S): Douglas B. Taylor : early life, 1895-1914 PERIOD COVERED: 1895-1914 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1956 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Personal background. Arrived in Vancouver, 1902. Born in Refrew, Ontario, 1895. Family from Scotland. Description of boat trip to Alaska, 1902. Trip from Skagway to Atlin. Taylor became a surveyor. Memories of Victoria from 1904: the causeway, James Bay, Fairfield. Mills in Victoria. Kelowna in 1910. Conditions in survey camps. Working as a surveyor for Green Brothers. Description of trip from Victoria to Hazelton. Town site surveys of South Hazelton, Smithers, Fort George. Comments on the construction of the Grand Trunk Pacific Railway. TRACK 2: Surveying and cruising Timber Licenses, 1913-14. Frank Green, A.H. Green and Fred Burden, surveyors. Surveying methods. World War I broke out while Taylor surveying in the Interior. Taylor joined armed forces in fall of 1914. Had been enrolled in forestry at the University of Washington. Taylor's reasons for entering forestry. (End of interview)

H.V. "Paddy" Acland interview

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0001 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Mr. Paddy Acland remembers a few anecdotes about hunting and hiking in the BC interior. He explains how he came out to British Columbia from England after serving with the British Army duri;ng the Boer War. He describes expectations of life in BC and offers comments on the background of his father, John Acland. He arrived in BC in 1908; he describes the appearance of Summerland. He discusses his first jobs in the Okanagan; building his first log cabin; an anecdote about digging a basement for "Old Johnson"; buying and pre empting land in the Okanagan. TRACK 2: Paddy Acland describes the development of his own property near Eneas Lake between Peachland and Summerland. He discusses his first impressions of the Okanagan Valley, coming into it via train and boat. He describes ;the sternwheeler "Aberdeen"; labouring for a tobacco farmer in Kelowna; working for a dairy farmer, the meanest man Mr. Acland had ever met; comments on another employer, named "Fluffy" Williston. Mr. Acland offers further comments on British immigrants who came to the Okanagan during this era.

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0002 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland mentions his first jobs in the Okanagan, including lumber sorting and surveying. Mr. Acland returned to England for two months, and then returned to the Okanagan. He offers an; anecdote about a man being thrown into Lake Okanagan with all of his belongings, for making a pass at a local girl, and the "rough" justice of the era. More anecdotes about promiscuity between wives; of landed settlers and hired working men. Mr. Acland discusses his marriage to a girl from Summerland, and a digression on the different types of English immigrants, including the class that settled; in Vernon during the early decades of the century, which he found snobbish and pretentious. He describes the mixture of settlers in Kelowna during this era. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland offers comments about the Edgelow family of Kelowna, particularly Mrs. Edgelow, who delighted in shocking Kelowna residents prior to World War I. He comments on the background of the Acland family and offers anecdotes ;about his mother-in-law, Mrs. Hutton of Kelowna, an ardent Catholic convert who often entertained in her large home. He tells a story about an English orchardist who planted his trees upside down, an;d describes dances and social activities in the Okanagan Valley during this era. He describes the growth and development of Summerland during its early years and reflects upon the different currents ;of immigrants and settlers which have made up the fabric of Canadian society.

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0003 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland discusses some early Okanagan Valley residents. He admits that he joined the Baptist church choir to meet young and single women. He discusses relations with the Indians in the reserve near Summerland; the story of Sam McGee; comments on how the capital of early settlers was used and misused; a recollection of J.M. Robinson; comments on the Manitoba farmers induced to come; to the Okanagan Valley by Robinson; comments on how young men made a living in the Okanagan during this era; a story about the fortunes of three young working men; and comments on the Dominion Experimental Farm at Summerland. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland recalls several characters at Cobble Hill, Duncan, and offers a comparison between Vancouver Island and the Okanagan Valley during the early years of t;he century. He discusses personalities and experiences at Thetis Island; then he tells a story about two young men who shot a policeman in the Okanagan Valley, and were hunted by posses throughout the valley. More comments on English settlers; the story of the Belleview Hotel; anecdotes about the antics at the Belleview Hotel, and a physical description of the hotel.;

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0004 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland retraces early working experiences and life in the Okanagan Valley. He describes Okanagan Falls around the time of the First World War; the town of Kaleden; a story about Tom E;llis; stories about rattlesnakes; a story about competing in the long jump against an Indian at Penticton; comments about Penticton and Naramata; a description of Peachland; comments about settlements; on the west side of Okanagan Lake; J.C. Dun-Waters and the building of Fintry; dairy farming; comments about the simple funerals of several wealthy Okanagan residents; and an anecdote about the funeral of Matt Wilson. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland recalls his service with a military regiment in the Okanagan Valley; organizational and disciplinary problems with the Okanagan military regiment; military stories and training with different military regiments in BC and eastern Canada.;

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0005 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland discusses military training and service overseas with a Canadian battalion during the First World War. He offers further recollections of aspects of military training in British Columbia. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland tells a story of bear hunting behind his homestead with a local Indian. He describes his service as a government weed inspector along Lake Okanagan, and tells a story; about entry into the military. He comments about training in the Okanagan and he traces his military career.

CALL NUMBER: T1085:0006 RECORDED: [location unknown], 1964-11-12 SUMMARY: TRACK 1: Paddy Acland discusses further aspects of his military experience overseas during World War I. TRACK 2: Mr. Acland offers recollections about flying aircraft and training pilots during World War I; returning to the Okanagan Valley after the war; a story about losing his land after the war, and serving as a manager at the Eldorado ranch. Finally, he discusses hard times.

The North British-Columbians / Warden's Warriors : 102'nd Batt. C.E.F. / historic departure

The item is a video copy of a newsreel item. Departure for overseas of the 102nd (North British Columbians) Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force -- also known as "Warden's Warriors" -- stationed at Camp Comox in June 1916. Includes footage of: officers and troops; filmmaker A.D. Kean posing with "ex-cowboys and old-time friends"; troops posing with Premier W.J. Bowser; flag-lowering ceremony; Bowser presenting overseas flag to Col. J.W. Warden; line of troops marching along beach and arriving at dockside; troops giving farewell cheer from ship as it departs. Also includes shots of wildlife in area; scene of Dominion Day festivities in "northern B.C." [actually Lillooet], with people cheering for Indian women riding in a horse race; and a shot of Indian cowboys riding wild horses in a rodeo competition ("BC Championship", probably at the Vancouver Exhibition in 1914 or 1915).

Tuum est : excerpt

The item is a video copy of news reel items. This excerpt from the 1951 version of Tuum est [not to be confused with the 1958 Parry Films production of the same name] is mainly composed of footage shot by B.C. film pioneer A.D. Kean. However, most of the inter-titles in this excerpt are from the 1951 film. The archival footage depicts the first UBC convocation (May 4, 1916) and activities of UBC's contingent of the Western Universities Battalion, 196th Battalion, C.E.F. (1916-1917).

World War I Photographs

The World War I Photographs series contains images taken in British Columbia from 1914 to 1920 in relation to the Great War. These photos cover a range of topics. Most notable are photographs of troops’ departures, either by boat from Victoria’s CPR station at Inner Harbour or Victoria’s Rithet’s Wharf, or by train from CPR stations in Vancouver or Vernon. Soldiers who wished to order photos of themselves were photographed individually by Crocker and many of these portraits, though unidentified, feature largely in this collection. Following each Battalion’s inspection, Crocker also took official photographs of companies, drafts, platoons, officers, administrators and entire battalions that were published in the Colonist announcing their departures. Crocker’s images also cover more candid shots taken at the several military camps around B.C. These include Willows Camp (Victoria), Work Point Barracks (Esquimalt), Sidney Camp, Vernon Camp, Hastings Park Camp (Vancouver), Beacon Hill Park Camp (Victoria), Heal’s Rifle Range, and Clover Point Rifle Range. These photographs show soldiers (and sailors) training in shooting, bayonet fighting, team sports, and trench digging. They also reveal how soldiers lived at the camp, showing areas such as their sleeping quarters, dining facilities, and washing quarters.

The series also contains photographs that date after the signing of the armistice in 1918. These include photographs of the Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force, several images of troops returning from Europe in 1919, the Peace Day Parade of 1919 and the repatriation of troops from the Chinese Labour Corps who passed through William Head, B.C. in 1920.

Groups represented in the photographs include:
Canadian Army Medical Corps
Canadian Army Service Corps
Canadian Engineers
Canadian Siberian Expeditionary Force
Chinese Labour Corps
Royal Garrison Artillery
Royal Canadian Navy
Royal Canadian Regiment
Yukon Infantry Company
2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles
2nd Depot Battalion, British Columbia Regiment
7th Battalion, CEF (1st British Columbia)
11th Overseas Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles
16th Battalion, CEF (Canadian Scottish)
30th Battalion (2nd British Columbia)
30th Regiment (British Columbia Horse)
47th Battalion, CEF
48th Battalion, CEF
50th Regiment (Gordon Highlanders)
54th Battalion, CEF
62nd Battalion, CEF
67th Battalion, CEF (Western Scots)
88th Regiment
88th Battalion, CEF
102nd Regiment (Rocky Mountain Rangers)
103rd Battalion, CEF
143rd Battalion, CEF (B.C. Bantams)
231st Battalion. CEF (Seaforth Highlanders)
238th Battalion, CEF
259th Battalion, CEFS
260th Battalion, CEFS