File TR-230 - Burke/Tallentire family letters

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Burke/Tallentire family letters

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  • 1937-1944 (Creation)

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David Tallentire donated these records to the Provincial Archives of Saskatchewan in two accessions in 2005 and 2012: R2005-387 (December 21, 2005) and 2012-066 (March 22, 2012).

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Original handwritten letters as follows:

1) letters written to William Joseph (Bill) Burke in Regina, Saskatchewan by his mother, Myrtle Tallentire, in Early Grey, Saskatchewan, 1937-1939. The letters typically contain details on the weather, family news, and details regarding Burke's employment as a clerk at various drugstores in Regina, including Sun Drug and for druggist C. Homer Robinson. (folders 1 to 3)

2) Letters written to William Joseph (Bill) Burke in Regina, Saskatchewan by his brother, Robert (Bobby) Tallentire, 1937-1938. (folder 4)

3) Letters written to Myrtle Tallentire in Earl Grey, Saskatchewan by her son, William Joseph (Bill) Burke in Regina, Saskatchewan, 1938-1939. (folder 4).

4) Letter written to William Joseph (Bill) Burke by his brother, Fred Burke, of Earl Grey, Saskatchewan, April 14, 1938. (folder 4)

5) Letter written to William Joseph (Bill) Burke by Eileen [surname unknown], 1938?. (folder 4)

6) Letters written by Myrtle Tallentire to her husband, Ike Tallentire, and son, Robert (Bob) Tallentire. (folder 4)

7) Letters written by William (Bill) Joseph Burke to his family in Earl Grey, Saskatchewan while he was serving with the Army Field Regiment (Canadian Active Service Force (CASF) overseas in World War II, 1940-1944 (folders 5 to 13).

8) Letters written to William (Bill) Joseph Burke in Regina, Saskatchewan by Walter Wheeler at Vimy Barracks, Kingston, Ontario, 1937-1938 (folder 14).

9) Letters written to William (Bill) Joseph Burke in Regina, Saskatchewan by his friend, George Milne, in Sceptre, Saskatchewan and Esquimalt, British Columbia, 1937-1939 (folder 15).

10) Letter dated May 1, 1939 to W.J. Burke in Regina, Saskatchewan from Vocational Service Ltd. in Vancouver, British Columbia, regarding Burke's enrolment application. (folder 15).

11) Sympathy cards from the Salvation Army and Buckingham Palace (King George R.I.) issued after the death of William J. Burke in 1945. (folder 15).

Myrtle Tallentire died in 1944. William Joseph (Bill) Burke was killed on February 19, 1945, while serving in World War II. William Joseph Burke and Fred Burke were the sons of Myrtle (Cross) Burke Tallentire and the stepsons of Isaac (Ike) A. Tallentire.

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Burke family
Tallentire family
World War, 1939-1945
Burke, William Joseph

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Records are contained in 15 file folders.

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To consult the records, visit or contact the Regina office.

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Location for retrieval: Regina - Hillsdale


The letters were removed from their original envelopes and placed flat within the file folders. The original envelopes were placed in front of the letters they originally held.

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