Fonds F 848
30 centimetres of textual records
Fonds consists of documents pertaining to Sadie Arbuckle, a resident of Toronto, Ontario, especially those concerning her relationship with Harry Denver Mason, a soldier in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. It is comprised of correspondence, photographs and ephemera.
The correspondence consists primarily of letters written to Sadie by Harry, with a lesser number from Sadie to him. The correspondence of Sadie and Harry details the growth of their relationship. She was a single woman working in Toronto. Harry, son of W.E. Mason, was born 22 June 1892 in Denver, Colorado. In his first letter, writing from Alberta in 1913, Harry apologised for writing to her. In 1915, he joined the 80th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Lieutenant at Barriefield, Ontario, and it was around this time that the two met for the first time. Harry Mason was sent overseas in May 1916 to continue his training in Britain. In February, he was sent into action, at first in France and later in Belgium. He was killed in action on 28 April 1917.
Fonds also contains letters to Sadie from other members of the Arbuckle and Mason families. All correspondence has been arranged chronologically in one series.
Photographs portray Harry, his fellow soldiers, and his family. They include images of Harry during his training at Napanee and Barriefield and others during his time in England.
Fonds also contains clippings concerning Harry Mason's death and a few printed documents relating to his service in the army.
Sadie Arbuckle (b. 1892?) was a single woman who lived and worked in Toronto, Ontario during the early years of the twentieth century.
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To view textual records, order boxes MU 7765 (B229983) and MU 7766 (B229984).
To view photographs, order box "ACC BOX238" (barcode B115063) and consult folders marked as belonging under accession number 10996.
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