Fonds F491 - James W. Coldwell fonds

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James W. Coldwell fonds

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  • 1979?, 1986-1987 (Creation)

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1.6 cm of textual records
3 photographs

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James William Coldwell was born on August 19, 1914 in Mastin Moor, Derbyshire, England to Joe and Hannah Coldwell. He had three siblings: Joseph, George, and Hannah. Coldwell came with his family to Canada in 1928 and settled in the Oungre, Saskatchewan district.

Coldwell worked as a farm hand until he joined the South Saskatchewan Regiment in March, 1940. He traveled with the regiment from Weyburn to Camp Shilo, Manitoba in May, 1940 for training and went overseas in December, 1940. On August 19, 1942, Coldwell participated in the Dieppe Raid, managing to return successfully to his unit. As Company Sergeant Major Coldwell, he participated in the July 20, 1944 attack at Verrières Ridge, where he was injured in the leg and taken prisoner for eight months. Coldwell was liberated from the Stalig IVIA POW camp at Hohenstein-Elsterhorst by American troops on April 21, 1945 and returned to Regina, Saskatchewan in June, 1945.

Coldwell worked in the office of the Rural Municipality of Souris Valley No. 7 in Oungre from 1945 to 1951, when he became a customs officer with Canada Customs at the Oungre Port of Entry. Coldwell retired in 1978 and moved to Regina, where he resided until his death on September 19, 1999. Coldwell was active in coaching softball and hockey. He was a life member of Saskatchewan Legion Branch No. 306.

Coldwell married Betty May Holmes on December 1, 1945. They had four children: William, Alan, Maureen and Mavis.

Custodial history

James W. Coldwell donated these records to the Regina office, Saskatchewan Archives in two accessions in 1987: R87-437 (November 2, 1987) and R87-445 (November 19, 1987).

Scope and content

This fonds consists of records created, accumulated and used by James W. Coldwell relating to his involvement from 1940 to 1945 with the South Saskatchewan Regiment (SSR). The records date from 1979?, 1986 and 1987.

Included is a copy of The March of the Prairie Men: A Story of the South Saskatchewan Regiment written by Lieutenant Colonel G.B. Buchanan; biographical information on G.B. Buchanan; a brief history and nominal roll of the SSR; a summary of casualties, 1939-1945; information on the SSR's movements, battle dates and lists of members involved in the Dieppe Raid; a report on a trip to Dieppe written by James W. Coldwell; a newspaper clipping regarding Coldwell; and three photographs of a wreath laying ceremony in Dieppe in 1987.

No series have been assigned to the records in this fonds.

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Records are open for research use.

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Use, publication and/or reproduction of records are subject to terms and conditions of the Copyright Act. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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SAFA 335 consists of a fonds description and item descriptions of photographs. Item descriptions of photographs are available in electronic format. Please consult reference archivist for assistance.

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No further accruals are expected.

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Other codes: Textual records: R-E2663, R-1151.1; Photographs: R-A33214 (1)-(3)

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