Fonds MS-2-520 - Duncan Chisholm MacDonald fonds

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Duncan Chisholm MacDonald fonds

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  • 1916-1920, [197-?] (Creation)

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12.5 cm of textual records (11 folders)

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Duncan Chisholm MacDonald was born in River Station, Nova Scotia, on 9 February 1896, the son of John R. and Mary Isabel MacDonald. In 1916, after completing his first year of engineering studies at St. Francis Xavier College, he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, serving as a gunner in the 8th Canadian Siege Battery in England and France from 1916-1918. On his return from the war he attended medical school at Dalhousie University, followed by graduate studies in London, England. After a long career in medicine in small-town Saskatchewan, he retired to Saskatoon, where he was married in 1973 and died in 1976.


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Fonds was donated by Trevor Parfitt (probably a relative of Duncan's niece, I.M. Parfitt) and accessioned by the Archives in 1984.

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Fonds comprises diaries and correspondence written during MacDonald's time in service and include letters to his parents and siblings sent from training camps in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island and Aldershot, England, as well as Belgium. Transcriptions of this material were written by Mrs. I.M. Parfitt (Margaret MacDonald's daughter); these are annotated and include notes on the family and draft sections of a family biography. Also included in the fonds are letters from Willie H. Cameron to his cousin, Margaret MacDonald, written in 1918 from Halifax and Camp Bramshott, Surrey.

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  • English

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There are no access restrictions on these materials. All materials are open for research.

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Materials do not circulate and must be used in the Archives and Special Collections Reading Room. Materials may be under copyright. Contact departmental staff for guidance on reproduction.

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For other diaries and correspondence from World War I see Will R. Bird (MS-2-367), John William George Rhodes (MS-2-598), Brigadier Richard Edward Graham Roome (MS-2-252), and Peter G. Rogers (MS-2-576).

Other fonds with military holdings can be found at

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No further accruals are expected.

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Preferred citation: [Identification of item], Duncan Chisholm MacDonald fonds, MS-2-520, Box [box number], Folder [folder number], Dalhousie University Archives, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada.

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