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Diary of Frederick Arthur Edmonds.
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- Edmonds, Frederick Arthur
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1 diary [65 p.] ; 8 x 13 cm
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Frederick Arthur Edmonds was born in Madras India, where his father was a Bandsman in the British Army. Edmonds was also a musician, and he moved to Guelph, Ont. before the WWI to become a member of Guelph's symphony orchestra. He had been in the 1st Essex Regiment, British Army, and in the Canadian Militia before the war, and enlisted on 23 September 1914 at Valcartier Quebec in the 11th Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force. In March 1915, Edmonds sailed to England, and on the 26th of April joined the 4th Battalion (Central Ontario) of the 1st Division, in Boulogne. He was in the front line trenches from April 1915 to April 1917, and was invalided home just before the battle of Vimy Ridge. Sources: taken from information received with fonds, and Hayes, Geoffrey. Waterloo County: an illustrated history. Kitchener, Ont.: Waterloo Historical Society, 1997.
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Contains one brown cloth and leather bound notebook with graph paper pages. Some pages are numbered. Entries are sporadic, written in in pencil, and are dated. Includes lists of Platoon members, their identification numbers, and whether they were wounded or killed, as well as contact addresses for Edmonds' family and friends. The diary entries detail such things as activities at camp, destinations, progress of battles, names of relieving troops, and where the troops were billeted.
Caption at start of diary reads "A diary from time of leaving England up to present time : No. 21224, D Corp. 16 Platoon, 4th Batt. 1st Can. Division, B.E.F. France".