Victoria to Vimy The First World War Collections at the University of Victoria Libraries

Archie Wills autobiography typescript chapter on World War I

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Right section of 58th Battery, C.F.A.
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Photograph depicts right section of 58th Battery CFA taken at Witley, England in 1916. Soldiers are identified by Wills on the reverse of the photo.
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1916


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58th Battery photo verso


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June 6 D Day 1944
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Photograph is identified on reverse as an official photo of the Royal Canadian Navy and is annotated, 'June 6 - D Day 1944'
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1944


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D Day photo verso


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The Thulin station: our battery with back ground 2nd siege battery
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Photograph is identified as Archie Wills' battery taken at Thulin station, Belgium on November 11, 1918. Annotation on reverse by photographer B. H. (Jack) Turner, a cpl in the 2nd CGA [Canadian Garrison Artillery].
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1918


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Thulin station verso


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On our way home - RMS Mauretania
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Photograph depicts Wills' battery on board the RMS Mauretania headed home to Canada, May 1919.
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1919


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Mauretania photo verso


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Portrait of Archie Wills, 1957
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1957


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Portrait of Archie Wills verso


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Postcard - church, Souchez, France


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Postcard - church verso


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Post card: Bunkhouse, Fort Macaulay, Victoria, 1916
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Item is a photographic postcard depicting soldiers in front of Archie Wills' bunkhouse in deep snow at Fort Macaulay, Victoria.
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1916


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post card verso
Transcript:
Our bunkhouse with some of the boys outside. Doesn't it look cold? It was warm inside though. Fort Macaulay Victoria, Feb 1916


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Description:
This bound volume includes a typescript with ink annotations, photographs and clippings representing the sixth of 30 chapters comprising Archie Wills autobiography. Wills completed his autobiography in circa 1976 and self-published an abridged version. The chapter opens with the introduction: "'The Fun and the Horror' deals with his years with a fine group of comrades, who faced death many times but, who experienced periods of much fun and frivolity, and formed enduring friendships, which are not appreciated by people who know not the stimulating and challenging effect of killing and fighting for survival." Wills includes photographs, album pages, postcards, and ephemera at the end of the volume. Note: related material including the remainder of the autobiographical volumes are available at the University of Victoria Special Collections and Archives.
Subjects:
World War, 1914-1918; Wills, Archie
Date:
1916-1976
Title-Alternative:
Archie H. Wills, "All in a lifetime" War--1914-1918, the fun and the horror
Collection:
Archie H. Wills fonds
Location(s):
British Columbia--Victoria; Ontario--Petawawa; England--Witley; France--Arras
People Depicted:
Cameron, Gordon;