Fonds A.2008.3 - William Van Allen fonds

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William Van Allen fonds

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  • ? - 2008 (Accumulation)
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    Van Allen, William

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ca. 3 m of textual records and other material
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In 2008 the records were transferred to the Swift Current Museum.

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The fonds, related to the William Van Allen, were accumulated by the source. No other information was captured at the time of transfer to the Swift Current Museum.

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A.2008.3 (William Van Allen)
Seven boxes of personal and financial documents:
Series 1: personal papers, July 1919 – August 1920
Series 2: personal papers; receipts and financial correspondence, c.1922 – c.1925
Series 3: personal papers, correspondence, receipts, newspaper clippings, Jan. 1 1924 – c. 1930
Series 4: personal papers, receipts, correspondence, documents, c.1914 – c.1921, esp. 1919-21
Series 5: personal papers, misc., c. 1930
Series 6: personal papers, correspondence, esp. re: Liberal Party of Canada, c.1910 – c.1923
Series 7: personal papers, correspondence re: Farmers National Party, Maple Creek, June 1919 – July 1921

Series 8:
Discrete Volume 1: Portfolio For Attestations or Conduct Sheets
Folder Labeled 1916:


  • primarily correspondence related to the development of WVA’s military career after returning from France
  • letter to Minster of Militia and Defence, from WVA, re: raising a battalion in the Swift Current region
  • correspondence re: WVA’s return to Canada in 1916, from Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • correspondence re: Mechanical Transport, as WVA was Officer i/c Mechanical Transport
  • correspondence re: Horse Transport
  • remittance from Smyth & Begg Barristers, Solicitors, Notaries, Etc.
  • letter from Liberal Party
  • documents re: Convention Committee, Cypress Constituency
  • correspondence re: Forestry Battalions
  • correspondence re: WVA enlisting Cavalrymen for the Can. Cavalry Brigades in France
  • clipped packet titled: Information Regarding The Personnel of the 100th Squadron Canadian Remount Depot., pages of names and next of kin information
  • Nominal Roll of Officers and NCOs and Men of the Canadian Squadron No. 3, Base Remount Depot, Dieppe
  • Wine Card for CPR Ocean Services
  • correspondence re: straw for sale
  • several letters of introduction for WVA, re: getting reinforcements for the Forestry Battalion

Summary: the letters in this folder chart WVA’s return from France in 1916, and his work recruiting Cavalry in the southwest Saskatchewan region.

Folder Labeled 1917:


  • postcard with a photo of Camp Hughes (Manitoba), “my tent” and an arrow is drawn on the front, the back reads “Mademoiselle Vivian Van Allen” and “Ma Petite Canadien”
  • Militia Orders from Ottawa, July 16 1917
  • Militia Orders from Ottawa, June 26 1917
  • correspondence re: Transfer to 230th Forestry Battalion
  • correspondence re: WVA organizing and raising a battalion
  • correspondence re: Forestry Battalion Draft and 230th Battalion, men who would join the former but not the latter, was a source of tension
  • resignation letter from WVA, from CEF
  • correspondence re: reinforcing company commanded by WVA
  • correspondence re: claims for traveling expenses
  • Canadian Pacific Telegram, to WMV, re: Liberal candidates
  • Militia Orders from Ottawa, June 12 1917
  • Militia Orders from Ottawa, June 1 1917
  • 2 photos of WVA, 1917
  • correspondence re: movement of the Forestry Draft overseas
  • newspaper clipping re: Forestry Reinforcements winning the Major Hughes Cup
  • cheque from the Bank of France
  • correspondence re: leave of absence

Summary: most of this correspondence is about WVA’s work recruiting a Forestry Battalion to be sent over seas, the tension caused when members of this Battalion do not want to be members of the 230th Forestry Battalion (unsure why), and his resignation from the CEF.

Folder Labeled 1918:


  • chart listing the assets and liabilities of WVA, 1921-23
  • Bill of Sale for “good and chattels” from William Sydney Van Allen (father) to WVA
  • correspondence re: stores of B Squadron
  • misc. letters addressed to WVA, from The Canadian Liberal Monthly, Legislative Assembly, ?? signature of Wilfred Laurier ??, Sask. Minister of Agriculture, mostly vis-à-vis the Liberal party
  • article from the Military Gazette, Feb. 12 1918, entitled The Mental Crucifixion of Officers: The Government Should Act
  • certificate entitling WVA to wear a War Service Badge, letter regarding it
  • certificate certifying that WVA resides at Shaunavon, and was registered for National Purposes June 22 1918

Folder Labeled 1921-22:


  • correspondence re: bar-V-bar brand
  • correspondence re: Mons Star medal
  • correspondence re: organization of the militia in the Shaunavon region
  • correspondence re: a new Commission of the Peace, and Oaths of Allegiance
  • WVA’s resignation as secretary-treasurer of the Rural Municipality of White Valley
  • correspondence re: House of Commons candidate Neil McTaggart
  • correspondence re: Grain Growers Association

Folder Labeled 1923:


  • documents re: 14th CLH (7th Mounted Brigade), names of officers
  • newspaper clipping re: standing of Wheat Pool in each Constituency
  • invitation to C Squadron Banquet
  • two letters recommending WVA to positions if they become available

Folder Labeled 1930:


  • newspaper clippings re: 14CLH issues and events in Shaunavon
  • other clippings re: horse breeding, and 14CLH in general
  • photo from 1930, the unidentified individuals
  • invitation for dinner and military ball
  • obituary for WVA’s mother, Rosa
  • photo of 6 men, WVA is second from the right
  • correspondence re: a new Commission of the Peace, and Oaths of Allegiance
  • poster for Hunter and Saddle Horse Meetings, WVA is a speaker
  • poster for Notice of Grant for a Poll, for Maple Creek Electoral Riding
  • correspondence re: C.A.F. Long Service medal
  • Sask. Liberal Association membership card
  • correspondence from Cavalry Camp at Dundurn
  • photograph, 14th CLH at Burdick Camp, 1929
  • 2 photographs taken at a military camp, men wearing CLH hat badges
  • photograph of two rows of men in civilian dress, CLH officers
  • photograph of men in military uniforms at a formal banquet, 1931
  • program and ticket for Canadian Cavalry Association Annual Dinner in Montreal, 1931
  • photograph of a line of men on horseback in civilian dress
  • 2 photographs of cars parked next to tents
  • photograph of a house, tents pitched next to it
  • photograph of a ranch
  • documents re: Militia Staff Course for William Van Allen, evaluation
  • invitation to supper at Provincial Exhibition, Regina
  • Sask. Liberal Association membership card
  • ribbon from Provincial Liberal Convention in 1931
  • newspaper clipping re: Officers of Association Opposing Compulsory Pool, 1931
  • picture of W.L.M. King
  • letter from a Liberal MP in Eastend
  • other misc. correspondence from or to WVA

Folder Labeled 1925:


  • letter from the Federal Appeal Board, re: WVA’s claim against the Department of National Defence
  • obituary for WVA’s father
  • correspondence re: reorganization of reserve regiment, 14CLH
  • correspondence re: WVA’s promotion to commander of C Squadron
  • correspondence re: a new Commission of the Peace, and Oaths of Allegiance, 1927

Folder Labeled 1928:


  • newspaper clippings entitled Excerpt-Service Men and Military Titles and The Misfortune of Sectional Misunderstandings
  • sample of the letterhead used by the Farmers National Party between 1919 and 1928
  • invitation to B Squadron’s Annual Concert and Smoker
  • invitation to A Squadron’s Ball and Supper
  • attestation card for Non-Permanent Active Militia of Canada, for WVA’s son, b. 1914

Folder Labeled 1929:


  • photograph, men in military uniform sitting for the photo, WVA is in the third row, third from the left, photo by W.J. Oliver (perhaps of the militia staff course)
  • correspondence re: regimental funds for C Squadron
  • program /menu for a dinner at the Militia Staff Course, 1929
  • correspondence re: Militia Staff Course, WVA passing

Folder Labeled 1931:


  • correspondence re: badges
  • correspondence b/w WVA and Major E.A. Devitt
  • brief historical sketch of the 4th Hussars of Canada
  • song lyrics from annual dinner at Officer’s Mess
  • Militia Orders from Ottawa, September 23 1931
  • newspaper clipping re: career of WVA, mentions that he was appointed second in command of the 14CLH in 1929, and fully in command in 1930

Folder Labeled 1932:


  • newspaper clipping from Shaunavon Standard, September 8 1932
  • postcard of “The Keep, or General View of Sandgate Castle”, built 1539-40, in Britain

Folder Labeled 1933:


  • newspaper clipping from Leader Post, Ask Grant For Horse Breeding Be Continued
  • photo of WVA and an unidentified man in front of a tent, printed in Regina in 1932

Folder Labeled 1915 (or “1912 –“):


  • nominal roll of men who wish to transfer from 6th Fort Garrys to the Canadian Remount Depot
  • correspondence b/w CEF and Canadian Remount Depot
  • photo of three men on horses, (L to R) WVA, Lieut. Col. Henrix, and Quarter Master Dyer
  • correspondence re: withdrawing Canadian Remount personnel from Dieppe (2 copies)
  • clipped packed titled Information Regarding the Personnel of the 100th Squadron Canadian Remount Depot, list of names and next of kin
  • document titled Canadian Expeditionary Force // 2nd Divisional Remount Depot // Nominal Roll of Officers, Non-Commissioned Officers and Men
  • 3 Christmas cards from 14CLH
  • document titled Annual Drill Pay-List of B Squadron 27th L.H. at Sewell Camp
  • correspondence re: examination of overseas contingent
  • travel documents, receipts and telegrams (related to overseas contingent?)
  • invitation to Annual 4th Hussars of Canada Dinner
  • correspondence re: transfers of clothing and equipment in B Squadron to Lieut. T. Francis
  • correspondence re: transfers of clothing and equipment in B Squadron from WVA to Lieut. T.W. Hutcheson
  • correspondence re: cleaning of rifles
  • correspondence re: Austrian reservists drifting out of the country
  • documents re: classification of remounts
  • correspondence re: financial deficiencies for B Squadron
  • receipts for Empress Hotel, Shaunavon
  • correspondence re: shortages in supplies
  • correspondence re: lost horse
  • Nominal Roll of B Squadron, 27 Light Horse
  • correspondence re: 27LH volunteers
  • receipt from Hotel Kennedy
  • correspondence re: 1911 census
  • 2 receipts from Laughlin & Eckert, Shaunavon
  • daily orders, Aug. 19, 1914
  • letter from Moose Jaw law firm, 1910
  • correspondence re: Liberals of Gull Lake, Liberal Party
  • correspondence re: application for promotion to rank of Major, denied
  • photograph of Remount Depot, 1st Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • photo of WVA, as a Captain, on a postcard
  • paybook for use on active service
  • photo of WVA and an unidentified man, on a postcard, sign in photo reads “Capt. Van Allen // Adjutant // Canadian Remount Depot”
  • 2 postcards of France, sent to Canada in 1915
  • newspaper clipping re: WVA promoted to Major in Remount Dept.
  • correspondence re: Hautot Base Remount Depot, 1915
  • correspondence re: return of Canadian Remounts from France, as well as horses
  • correspondence re: Colt revolvers, woolen gloves
  • correspondence re: subsistence allowance claims for Officers

-document titled Orders By Lieut. Col. Wm. Hendrie, Commandant, Hautot Base Remount Depot, 1915

Series 9:
Discrete Volume 2: untitled
Clipped packet, untitled


  • documents re: cash prize for best Calvary horse, 1931

Clipped packet titled: Cav. Assns. 1930-31


  • correspondence b/w Canadian Cavalry Assoc. and 14th CLH, 1930
  • program for the general meeting of the Canadian Cavalry Assoc., Oct. 1930
  • documents pertaining to a competition to support “the raising of a good type of cavalry horse in Canada”, several Canadian Calvary regiments involved
  • individual members of the Canadian Calvary Assoc., 1930-31
  • report of Honourary Secretary from the Canadian Calvary Assoc., 1930-31
  • correspondence b/w WVA and The United States Calvary Assoc., 1930, re: journal subscription
  • letter from CCA congratulating WVA on his promotion to O.C. of the 14th CLH
  • letter re: Saskatchewan Cavalry Assoc. trophy
  • letter re: funding for Militia training during the depression
  • correspondence b/w WVA and Major E. A. Devitt, honourary secretary of the CCA
  • financial statement – Officer’s Mess – Fourth Hussars of Canada – 1st July 1930 to 1st August 1931
  • correspondence re: Merritt Cup competition
  • pamphlet on CCA prize competitions - 1931
  • scores from Merritt Cup competition
  • pamphlet re: CCA resolutions (rules), 1931

Clipped packet, untitled


  • letter re: annual training, 1931-32, cash prizes for Cavalry
  • Dominion Department of Agriculture Remount Competition
  • correspondence b/w WVA and mayor of Gull Lake, re: accommodations for tactical exercise at Gull Lake
  • other correspondence re: tactical exercise at Gull Lake
  • Merritt Challenge Cup results for 14 CLH, 1931
  • documents re: Sports Day at Gull Lake, 1931
  • Regimental Orders for 14th CLH, from WVA
  • bill of lading for supplies, 1931
  • correspondence re: staff ride for 14CLH officers
  • correspondence re: funding for 1931 Militia training
  • correspondence re: exercise at WVA’s home, May 1931

Clipped packet titled: Royal School 1927-31


  • correspondence re: Royal School of Cavalry (RSC), Camp Hughes
  • documents re: training at Gull Lake, 1928
  • applications to attend RSC
  • correspondence re: formation of a provisional school of Cavalry at Shaunavon
  • letter re: Dr. I. B. Noble (veterinarian) attending a course at RCS
  • correspondence re: attendance, and candidates for attendance, at the RCS


  • documents re: Royal Schools of Instruction (syllabus, info re: clothing, books, etc.)

Clipped packet titled: Cadets 27-28


  • letter re: affiliation b/w Cadets of Swift Current, SK, Maple Creek, and Shaunavon with 14CLH

Clipped packet, untitled


  • letter re: rifle safety procedures
  • letter re: recent exercise in Regina, 1931
  • misc. letters from WVA, many regarding a staff training course, a tactical exercise at Gull Lake, Sept. 1931, training in general.

Clipped packet titled: A.G. 1930-31


  • correspondence re: Dundurn Camp, 1930
  • correspondence re: promotions
  • correspondence re: store shortages (theft?)
  • correspondence re: visitors from Regina headquarters to Shaunavon
  • correspondence re: Long Service medal
  • correspondence re: safety precautions
  • correspondence re: attestation cards

Loose leaf document re: Annual Training, 1931-32, 14 CLH

Clipped packet titled: C – 1926


  • Annual Drill Pay-List of 14th CLH C. Squadron at Gull Lake
  • expense claim form
  • other financial info from C Squadron

Clipped packet titled: C – 1927


  • correspondence re: finding a new squadron commander for C squad, discussion of WVA as a replacement for Capt. Trangsrud who cannot continue as squadron leader, owing to ill health.
  • references to Squ. C’s 1926 financial statement
  • documents re: transference of Squadron leader from Trangsrud to Van Allen (financial info, transfer of stores, etc.)
  • document re: 14CLH boxing bout

Clipped packet titled: C – 1928 – 29- 30


  • documents with receipts and expenses
  • correspondence re: financial statement
  • correspondence re: Regimental funds, 1929
  • handwritten letter to WVA, re: application to Royal School

Clipped packet titled: C – 1931


  • correspondence re: Small Arms School
  • correspondence re: safety precautions
  • correspondence re: attestation cards
  • correspondence re: Trooper G. Begg attending a camp
  • correspondence re: Corp. D.W.L. Greenlay, and failed examinations
  • other misc. correspondence from 1931, C Squadron

Clipped packet titled: B 1927


  • correspondence re: injured Trpr. W.m MacKay and compensation
  • correspondence re: Strength Return for Half Year Ending June 30th 1927
  • Cash Debit / C Vouchers
  • correspondence re: Squadron B of the 14CLH
  • correspondence re: command of the B Squadron, pertaining specifically to Capt. H.B. Sills and Capt. Sharpe
  • correspondence re: transfers of stores
  • correspondence re: Officers who require waivers
  • correspondence re: Annual Inspection and Classification of Signallers
  • documents re: Royal School of Cavalry
  • letter re: 25 pairs of breeches, Squadron B Clothing
  • correspondence re: Horse Board
  • correspondence re: Provisional school at Swift Current
  • correspondence re: annual inspection of arms, clothing and equipment
  • correspondence re: Squadron B regimental funds

Clipped packet titled: B 1928


  • correspondence re: repairs to Sports Cup, and receipt from Park Hardware, SC
  • correspondence re: Long Service Medals
  • correspondence re: A/Cpl R.R. Scott, medical info
  • correspondence re: Royal School of Cavalry at Calgary
  • financial info re: B Squadron
  • correspondence re: Cpl Harry Wilson, medical info, reimbursed for $5.40
  • correspondence re: supplies (saddles, guns and ammunition)
  • correspondence re: service rolls
  • correspondence re: Long Service Medal
  • correspondence re: Military Ball
  • correspondence re: dress regulations
  • correspondence re: rental of Armoury
  • correspondence re: Regimental Badge

Clipped packet titled: B 1929


  • correspondence re: Regimental Ball
  • correspondence re: discharge of Sgt. Shorting
  • correspondence re: Efficiency Cup
  • correspondence re: Annual Training, 1929
  • correspondence re: visit from Lt. Col. Greenlay to Swift Current
  • correspondence re: regimental ties
  • correspondence re: visit from the Gov. Gen.
  • correspondence re: camp at Moose Jaw, 1929
  • correspondence re: Pilot Officer H.R. Carefoot
  • other misc. correspondence

Clipped packet titled: B 1930


  • documents re: discharge of A/Sgt. H.R. Carefoot

Clipped packet titled: B 1931


  • correspondence re: treatment of correspondence
  • financial info from the Regiment
  • correspondence re: provisional appointment of Captain J.H. Sills as head of the B Squadron
  • correspondence re: Small Arms School at Scarcee
  • correspondence re: promotion of NCOs
  • correspondence re: attestation cards
  • correspondence re: safety precautions
  • correspondence re: oaths of allegiance
  • correspondence re: Regimental Sports Cup competition at Gull Lake
  • correspondence re: Gen. Tuxford as honourary Lt. Col.
  • correspondence re: promotion of Acing Sergeant E.F. Lindstrom

-correspondence re: attendance at Royal School of Cavalry

Clipped packet titled: A – 1927


  • Capt. M.J. Graham is captain of the A Squadron
  • correspondence re: inspection of clothing and equipment
  • correspondence re: Capt. M.J. Graham’s transfer to reserve regiment
  • correspondence re: provisional school in Maple Creek
  • correspondence re: successor to Capt. M.J. Graham as commander of A Squadron, recommendation for Lieut. W.E. Jefferson
  • correspondence re: transference of command of A Squadron from Capt. M.J. Graham to Lieut. W.E. Jefferson

Clipped packet titled: A – 1928


  • correspondence re: transference of command of A Squadron from Capt. M.J. Graham to Lieut. W.E. Jefferson, including transference of stores, training manuals and administrative books, finances
  • correspondence between Jefferson and Greenlay, regarding A Squadron
  • correspondence re: Canadian Pattern Saddles
  • correspondence re: caretaker of the Maple Creek Armoury
  • correspondence re: Service Rolls
  • correspondence re: Lieut. Beesley as acting officer in charge of the Maple Creek Armoury, in Jefferson’s stead

Clipped packet titled: A – 1929


  • correspondence re: Lieut. Beesley as acting officer in charge of the Maple Creek Armoury, in Jefferson’s stead
  • correspondence re: financial statements, finances, of A Squadron, 1928-29
  • correspondence re: camp at Moose Jaw
  • correspondence re: medical certificate
  • correspondence re: trouble with Lieut. Beesley
  • misc. correspondence regarding A Squadron, and Jefferson
  • correspondence re: dance at Swift Current, at Maple Creek
  • correspondence re: retirement of unqualified officers

Clipped packet titled: A – 1931


  • correspondence re: transfer of Lieut. Beesley to the 2nd Reserve Regiments
  • correspondence re: attestation cards
  • correspondence between Jefferson and WVA, re: operations of the Squadrons
  • correspondence re: candidates for the Royal School of Cavalry

Series 10:
Discrete Volume 3: Scrapbook


  • clippings re: WVA, life, career and death
  • photo of Officers of the 14 CLH, with names
  • photo of WVA
  • document titled “Inward Movement Of Troops To Dundurn Camp”
  • letters re: WVA’s troop’s journey from BC to Niagara-on-the-Lake
  • newspaper clippings about WVA; 16/22 Saskatchewan Horse Regiment; Saskatchewan Horse Regiment in Niagara-on-the Lake. 1941
  • photo of WVA in military dress, unit marching, tents in a camp (all likely taken at Niagara camp)
  • composite photos of Officers of the 16/22 SHR, with names
  • clippings re: transference of SHR from Weyburn to Vancouver
  • photo of WVA, Miss Mary Forbes-Reid, and Major J.D. Smith
  • photo of WVA and a woman, perhaps his wife (Vivian?)
  • clippings re: Mrs. T. O. Turner, president of women’s auxiliary
  • pamphlets from events while 16/22SH were in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • clippings re: 16/22SH in Sherbrooke, Quebec
  • clippings re: 16/22SH in Vancouver, Nanaimo
  • photo of WVA and 3 other officers playing cards
  • photo of WVA and a woman on the steps of “The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa” building
  • article titled “And They Played The Van Allen March” (bagpipe song named after him)
  • clippings re: 16/22SH involvement in WWII
  • clippings re: 16/22SH in Ottawa
  • clipping titled “Saskatchewan’s Horseless Horse ‘Travellingest’ Unit in Canada”
  • clippings re: 16/22SH’s traveling to different stations in Canada
  • photos of a regiment with bagpipes
  • clippings re: WVA’s retirement
  • certificate from Climax Board of Trade
  • nominal roll titled “Record of Men and Women Who Served In War – 1939-1945 from Shaunavon District”
  • nominal roll titled “20 Army Tank Regt. (16/22 Sask Horses) Disbursement”
  • certificate for the 50th Anniversary for the 14CH, April 1 1910 to April 1 1960

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