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  • Service File for Forces Now at Public Library
        Records of over five hundred men and women from this district now on Active Service [sic] - Complete file and pictures sought.
      Records of over five hundred men and women from this district now ...
  • V-J Display at Warder
        Samples of Victoria and Haliburton Service File and Honour Role shown - Urgent need for completion of this historic file.
      Samples of Victoria and Haliburton Service File and Honour Role shown - ...
  • Service File Subject of much Comment
        Display in Warder Window much appreciated - Seek data to complete historic file.
      Display in Warder Window much appreciated - Seek data to complete historic ...
  • Page 13: Abercrombie, Jean
        Graduation from Rockliffe Training
      Graduation from Rockliffe Training
  • Page 13: Abercrombie, Jean
        Visit home
      Visit home
  • Page 13: Abercrombie, Jean
        A.W. Jean Abercrombie of No. 1 S.F.T.S. Camp Borden is spending her furlough at her home in town...
      A.W. Jean Abercrombie of No. 1 S.F.T.S. Camp Borden is spending her ...
  • Page 13: Abercrombie, Jean
        A.W.1 - Abercrombie Jean of R.C.A.F. Camp Borden spent the weekend at the home of her parents in town...
      A.W.1 - Abercrombie Jean of R.C.A.F. Camp Borden spent the weekend at ...
  • Page 13: Abercrombie, Jean
        Wedding announcement
      Wedding announcement
  • Pages 15-16: Abercrombie, Karl
        Death of Karl Abercrombie on September 25th, 1944
      Death of Karl Abercrombie on September 25th, 1944
  • Page 35: Akister, George
        C33542 Pte. George Akister 1st Can.Base Ord. W.S. C.A.O. Pte. George Akister enlisted in the Royal Canadian Ordnance Corps in January, 1942. He trained in Ottawa and Kingston and spent the winter of 1942-43 in Camp Shilo, Manitoba in the machine shop. He was posted overseas in June, 1943 and ...
      C33542 Pte. George Akister 1st Can.Base Ord. W.S. C.A.O. Pte. George Akister ...
  • Alcorn, James F.
        James F. Alcorn entered from list of Lindsay Boys overseas - Oct 1944 Enlisted in the Canadian Army on July 29 1942. He received his training in Canada and proceeded overseas one year later arriving in England on August 7 1943. He has served with the forces in France, Holland, ...
      James F. Alcorn entered from list of Lindsay Boys overseas - Oct ...
  • Alger, L.
        45th Battery, RCA
      45th Battery, RCA
  • Allely, J.
        John S. M. Allely Given Promotion While Overseas Many citizens of Lindsay will read with interest the following article from the Saskatoon Star - Pheonix [sic] referring to John S. M. Allely, a son of Mr. G.W. Allely, Kent St. West, a graduate of Lindsay Collegiate ...
      John S. M. Allely Given Promotion While Overseas Many citizens of Lindsay ...
  • Page 55: Allely, R. B.
        R.B. Allely entered from list of Lindsay Business Girls as being Lindsay boy serving overseas - Oct 1944.
      R.B. Allely entered from list of Lindsay Business Girls as being Lindsay ...
  • Ainsworth, Rodney
        Rodney Ainsworth enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in November, 1941. He studied and trained as a radio technician at Toronto University and Clinton, and was posted overseas in July, 1943.
      Rodney Ainsworth enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in November, 1941. ...
  • Page 33: Ainsworth, R.
        Ronald Ainsworth joined the 45th Battery, R.C.A., Lindsay, in September 1939. He trained at Lindsay, Petawawa, Sussex (NB), and went overseas in November, 1941.
      Ronald Ainsworth joined the 45th Battery, R.C.A., Lindsay, in September 1939. He ...
  • Page 65: Allen, Sylvester
        Pte. Sylvester Allen enlisted on 18 May 1943. He is stationed at Kingston at present - May 1944.
      Pte. Sylvester Allen enlisted on 18 May 1943. He is stationed at ...
  • Page 47: Algar, Robert Mackenzie
        Robert Mackenzie (Mac) Algar, enlisted 4 December 1942 in the R.C.A.F. He trained at Toronto, Brandon, Winnipeg, Trention, & MacDonald (Manitoba). He went overseas Nov. 30th 1943, and completed one tour of Ops (38 trips). Pilot Officer Algar arrived home 17 June 1945, and received his discharge 20 July 1945.
      Robert Mackenzie (Mac) Algar, enlisted 4 December 1942 in the R.C.A.F. He ...
  • Page 63: Allen, Osborne
        Trooper Osborne Allen enlisted 26 January 1943.
      Trooper Osborne Allen enlisted 26 January 1943.
  • District Service File Nears Completion -- More Information is Required
        The District Service File at the Lindsay Public Library is attracting greater attention with the service personnel returning day by day from overseas.
      The District Service File at the Lindsay Public Library is attracting greater ...
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World War II Military Personnel Newspaper Clippings



The World War Two Military Personnel Newspaper Clippings began in 1944 as a project at the Lindsay Library. The intent was to gather together as much information as possible on the military record and the service of people from the Town of Lindsay and the County of Victoria who served in the War.


To that end, during the years 1944, 1945, and 1946, members of the public donated photographs and updated information about their loved ones. Both library staff and the public saved and donated newspaper clippings. By the time the project was finished, over 1600 cards files had been created. Some of the files contain great amounts of detail, while others have just a name.


Anyone with interest in the military, local history, veterans, or genealogy will find this digital archive very interesting and most helpful. For more than 60 years the records and files have been preserved in the Lindsay Library archives. Now they are available online.


The originators of these records did not include any information about themselves. Most likely they were created under the direction of Miss Edith Blackwood, the chief librarian of the day. They were later updated by librarian Martha Holliday. Georgia Robinson, reference specialist, used the files for research on World War II veterans but realized they were not fully accessible to the public.


In 2007 Jacob Currie, a co-op student working under the direction of Georgia Robinson, gathered the individual files from the library archives and organized them into a series of indexed binders. In 2012, a Cultural Strategic Investment Fund grant from the Ministry of Tourism and Culture provided funding to hire MLIS graduate Stephanie McPherson to convert the material from textual to digital format.


The Lindsay Library Reference Department of the City of Kawartha Lakes Public Library contains the original copies of these and other documents that provide insight into the contributions and sacrifices made by the local community during the Second World War. Library staff would be pleased to add additional items of local interest to the collection.