Smart, H. Stanley fonds

Smart, H. Stanley.
H. Stanley Smart fonds. - 1942-[after 1945].

12.5 cm of textual records.  


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Letter from H. Stanley Smart, "Dear Mother" Jan. 14 1943Envelope addressed to Mrs. E.F. SmartLetter from H. Stanley Smart, "Dear Mother", Sept. 2 1945.

Harold Stanley Smart (1918-1977) was a Lance Sergeant in the 2nd Canadian Survey Regiment, No. 2 Canadian Artillery Reinforcement Unit, stationed in England during World War II. Born in Grassie, Ontario, to Frank and Edith (McLeod) Smart, Stanley had a fraternal twin brother Stuart, older siblings Murray and Kathleen, and younger siblings Norman and Helen. He joined the army ca. April 29, 1942, as a Gunner in the 1st Canadian Survey Regiment. He was later promoted to the rank of Lance Bombardier and transferred to the 2nd Survey Regiment, and eventually became a Lance Sergeant. He spent most of his time during the war in England, but also did tours of duty and spent time on leave in France, Belgium, and Holland. After the war, Stanley worked for McKinnon Brothers in St. Catharines, Ontario, which became a division of General Motors. On October 7, 1950, he married Helen Josephine Scammell and they had two children: David Stuart and Marie Helen. (Source: content of the fonds and material provided by donor.)

Fonds consists of the correspondence of H. Stanley Smart to his family in Grassie, Ontario, written while he was stationed in England during World War II. Includes letters, airgraph letters, postcards, a telegram, and a roll of honour. The correspondence covers Smart's time in Europe from the first letter after his arrival in England (dated December 20, 1942) to the last letter before he sailed back to Canada (dated December 19, 1945), and describes his daily activities, training, social outings, leaves, health, and general news about the war.

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Donated in 2008.

Fonds is arranged chronologically.

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Call number: GA 190

Letter from H. Stanley Smart, "Dear Mother + all", March 7 1943, page 1Letter from H. Stanley Smart, "Dear Mother + all", March 7 1943, page 2Letter from H. Stanley Smart, "Dear Mother + all", March 7 1943, page 3