War Memorabilia

George Goulden served in Italy with the 5th Armoured Division, RCASC and was killed in action on November 11, 1944. Mr. Goulden drank out of this glass the morning before he left to go overseas in 1942. His mother kept it for the rest of her life with a note inside that read: “George drank out of this glass the last morning he was home before going on Embarkation.”

A Poster published by the Consolidated Mining and Smelting Company of Canada Limited. The poster encourages the purchase of Victory bonds so that Brock junior would not have to finish his father’s fight in Italy.

AA khukri knife used by Gurkha soldiers, members of the Rajput ethnic group who served in the British army.

A 500 lira note from the Bank of Italy.

A telegram sent to Brigadier-General Ian Johnston from "Leese 1" of the TAG Eighth Army. The telegram reads: "I congratulate you and your bde on clearing the Coriano Feature. This posn was holding up our main thrust and your capture of it was well planned and skillfully executed. My thanks and congratulations to you all."

Henrietta Jean Dorgan served as a Lieutenant Nursing Sister with the Royal Canadian Army Medical Corps from 1942 to 1945. This is her copy of A Canuck Goes to Italy, a phrasebook compiled by the Canadian Legion War Services Inc. Committee on Education.

This phrasebook has a range of useful words, terms and phrases. At the back, a dictionary defining such terms as “dispatch rider,” “dive bombing” and “heavy artillery,” makes it clear the book was intended for wartime use.

Norman Dow served with the 1st Brigade, 1st Infantry Division, “J” Section Signals of the Canadian Army. This medal commemorates the occasion he and other Canadian soldiers had the opportunity to meet the Pope in Rome.

A tan coloured knit tie worn only in Italy by Canadian soldiers.

Max Engelberg was a private with the Royal Canadian Regiment who served in Sicily and Italy until he was wounded. This prayer book was issued to him and other Jewish members of the Canadian forces.

The inside of a prayer book issued to Jewish members of the Canadian forces.

A map submitted by John Ferris, who served with the H.Q. Company of the Irish Regiment of Canada throughout the Italian campaign.

A November-December, 1943 edition of the YMCA News Bulletin. The front page story is about the Canadian YMCA and their activities in the Mediterranean.

Reports from YMCA supervisors about their experiences on the Italian front.

A press release about the first divisional sports competition in a “Roman amphitheatre.”

A Sports Day program that the YMCA sponsored for the Canadian forces in 1944.

A stamp from the Italian postal service with the heads of Hitler and Mussolini.

A program from the regular troops show.

Menu from the British warrant officers' and sergeant’s Grotte Del Piccione restaurant in Rome.

Robert David Langille served with the Pictou Highlanders and the Royal Canadian Engineers in Italy. When he was killed on December 8, 1943, this handkerchief, a gift that his mother sent him while he was overseas, was found in Mr. Langille's possession.

A detailed invasion map of Sicily.

Italian propaganda of the Partito Nazionale Fascista obtained in 1943 in Sicily by Ian Mair.

C.S. McKee served in both the First and Second World Wars. He was the chief Signals officer of the 1st Canadian Corps during the Italian Campaign. This sixty-page scrapbook details Mr. McKee’s time overseas. It includes postcards, holiday greetings, event programs and newspaper clippings tracing his journey from Canada through England, Italy, Belgium and back home to Toronto after the end of the war.

The highlighted page shows a selection of postcards that Canadian serviceman C.S. McKee collected in Italy, along with the program for a Christmas dinner and Christmas airgraphs.

Canadian serviceman C.S. McKee's scrapbook in detail.

Reverend Owen was part of the Canadian Chaplain Service, which was attached to the Westminster Regiment. This is fabric taken from an armband bearing a Red Cross with Padre (father) written on it.

A booklet commemorating the fallen soldiers of the Perth regiment.

Harold B. Rushton was a flight sergeant pilot with the 450th Squadron of the Royal Air Force. During an operational flight over the roads of Avellino on September 20, 1943, he was shot down and hidden by Italian civilians until Canadian patrols showed up. This is an official report of the incident as given by Mr. Rushton. It includes his description of landing behind German lines and giving himself first aid.

The report continued.

E. W. Taylor served as an officer with the Governor General’s Horse Guards, the reconnaissance regiment of the 5th Canadian Armoured Division. He was in Italy from early 1944 through to early 1945. Mr. Taylor kept this menu from the officers’ mess New Year’s dinner for the Governor General’s Horse Guards on December 31, 1944. Mr. Taylor asked everyone in attendance to sign the menu. In his war diary for this date, he writes that the event made up for the Christmas dinner they lost after being ordered to move.

Herb Watson served with the 125th Battery, Royal Canadian Army. This is a log of his battery's bombardments in Italy from September 1944 to April 1945 at the Gothic Line before Rimini. On November 11, 1944, Mr. Watson writes that the bombardments are for Marjorie Watson, his only sister, on her birthday.

The cover of the log book.