Collection Acc4585 - Elmer Phillips fonds

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Titre propre

Elmer Phillips fonds

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  • Document iconographique
  • Document textuel

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  • Source du titre propre: Title based on contents of the collection

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Code de référence

CA PCA Acc4585

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Mention d'échelle (cartographique)

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Mention des coordonnées (cartographiques)

Mention d'échelle (architecturale)

Juridiction responsable et dénomination (philatélique)

Zone des dates de production


  • 1986-1993 (Production)
    Phillips, Elmer

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Description matérielle

.01 m of textual records
ca. 400 col. photographs
ca. 800 negatives

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Note sur la collection

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Nom du producteur

Phillips, Elmer

Notice biographique

Elmer Phillips, a resident of Wilmot, Prince Edward Island, is a World War II veteran who served both in the war-time merchant marine and the Royal Canadian Navy (HMCS Alberni and HMCS Port Colborne). Following a trip to visit some World War II cemeteries with his friend Tanton McNeill, also a veteran of the war who served with the West Nova Scotia Regiment in Italy and northwestern Europe, the two men became interested in systematically locating and photographing the grave sites of Island soldiers killed in Europe. They returned to Europe in September 1986 to make an extensive tour of Canadian war cemeteries in Italy and northern Europe. On their return, snapshots of Island soldiers' gravestones were forwarded to surviving relatives. This generated new requests for photographs of Island headstones, many of them located in non-military or non-Canadian cemeteries, thus necessitating several more trips to war cemeteries in Europe. (SEE "That mark our place: Island war dead in Europe. Part one: The Second World War"/ compiled by Elmer Phillips and Tanton McNeill. In The Island magazine , #24, Fall/Winter 1988, p. 34-43)

Historique de la conservation

Présentation du contenu

The collection consists of two large binders of colour photographs (ca. 400) of the cemeteries and the individual headstones of Islanders who died overseas in the second world war. One binder is dedicated to the cemeteries in Italy while the other contains images from cemeteries in Belgium, France, Germany, and Holland. They are arranged by cemetery and are often preceded by a ground plan of the cemetery and the names of the Islanders who are buried there. The list occasionally contains a place of residence in PEI and/or the unit the soldier served with. There are also ca 800 identified negatives of the cemeteries and headstones which appear in the binders as well as many other cemeteries, including some in Great Britain. A few are of graves of soldiers in World War I and some are for graves of non-Islanders. Not all images which appear in the binders have corresponding negatives. Negative numbers appear on the verso of photos for which there are corresponding negatives. Similarly, negatives for which imagines appear in the binders are identified in the index to the graves. The fonds also contains a few textual items concerning errors in the "Island magazine" article, casualties, cemeteries in Normandy and the graves of war dead in Prince Edward Island.

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As it was important not to cut negative strips, it was impossible to group negatives by name, cemetery or even by country. Consequently sheets were numbered in sequence by date taken, i.e. October 1986 (Sheet 1-8), Jume 1987(Sheets 9-15), and June 1988 (Sheets 15-26). Some sheets have numbers missing from the film. Where possible these were kept in order by a poradic numbering system given to envelopes by the photographer. In several envelopes there were images extraneous to the numbering of the roll of film which did not fit the gaps in Sheets 1-25. These were removed and placed in separate sheets. Identifications were made where possible. A listing of images by sheet has been compiled and an alphabetical index printed by the name of the soldier which gives the country and name of the cemetery as well as the sheet and negative number if a negative exists. It also indicates whether the image appears in the binders. Only the images of the graves of individuals have been indexed.

Langue des documents

  • anglais

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Éléments associés

Additional information concerning war cemeteries and individual casualties can be found on the Virtual Memorial website of Veterans Affairs Canada

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  • anglais

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