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Wilson, Richard Todd and family : portraits.
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- Leatherdale, Toronto
- Duryea Photo Co.
- The King Studio (Vancouver, BC)
[ca. 1910?]-[192-?] (Creation)
- Martin, John Gartshore
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4 photographs : b&w ; 19 x 24, on mount 31 x 36 cm or smaller
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John Gartshore Martin, Col. DSO, MID, Q.C., was an officer in World War II and later became a lawyer in Kitchener, Ontario. The youngest son of John Alexander and Jessie (Wilson) Martin, John studied at the University of Toronto and was employed at the Waterloo Manufacturing Co. Ltd. until he enlisted in the Canadian army in 1941. At that time, he was posted to the Highland Light Infantry regiment as a reinforcement officer with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. Before enlisting, he was a member of the Scots Fusiliers of Canada and trained with them at Niagara, Brockville, and Camp Borden. He also worked on staff at a military school in Vernon, British Columbia before being posted overseas in September, 1943. In 1944 he was transferred to the Lincoln and Welland Regiment (infantry), which participated in the landing at Normandy and the Allied advance through Belgium, the Netherlands and into Germany. Martin was promoted to the rank of Major and was awarded several medals, including a Distinguished Service Order and mention in despatches. After returning to Kitchener in 1946, he married his fiance Mary Ann Kabel (daughter of Mr. And Mrs. Art Kabel of Kitchener) and enrolled in law school at Osgoode Hall. Upon graduating in 1949, he practiced law in Kitchener and retired as a senior partner of the law firm Clement, Eastman, Dreger, Martin & Meunier. Martin was involved in community service at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church and several organizations in the Kitchener-Waterloo area. He and Mary Ann had three children: Cathryn Jean, John Jamieson, and David Alexander.
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Four portraits of Richard Todd Wilson, his wife Margaret (Gartshore) and extended family members, including their children and grandchildren. One portrait includes an inset photograph of John Alexander Martin, and one portrait includes only the children of Richard and Margaret. Two portraits include identification on verso:
1. Inset: Alex Martin; Back row left to right: Clarke Wilson, Bill Wilson, Margaret Osgood, Alex Wilson, Dorothy Wilson, Madge More, Richard S. Wilson, Merne Wilson, Will More; Front row: Jessie Martin & Jamie, Richard Todd Wilson, Margaret Wilson, Milne Wilson, Anna Wilson; Seated: Jack Wilson, Wilson Marton, Beth (Wilson) Boehm, Margaret (Wilson) Rowan-Legg.
2. Back row left to right: Richard Steele Wilson (Bill Wilson's father), Anna Jacqueline Wilson, Alexander Dougas Wilson (Beth Boehm's father); Front row left to right: Marion Forrester Wilson, Margaret Helen More, Jessie Gartshore Martin. Six surviving children of Richard Todd Wilson and Margaret Gartshore Wilson, grandparents to Wilson, Jamie and John Martin.
Material is oversized.
Some water staining present on one photograph.