File Hist.Mss.1.66.4.1 - Gordon C. Eby wartime photograph album

Soldier with mule and wagon Breaking camp to move to Camp Borden Medical orderlies Sunday morning at Camp Borden station Gordon C. Eby as a child Isaac S. Eby 118th Battalion men with kitchen wagon Eby's billeting family at Walparath, Germany 71st Battalion canteen Lining up for dinner at Camp Borden
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CA MAO Hist.Mss.1.66.4.1

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Gordon C. Eby wartime photograph album

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  • 1866-1949 (Creation)

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152 photographs

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(1890-1965)

Biographical history

Born to Christian and Catharine Eby in Berlin (Ontario). He was a market gardener and belonged to the 108th Regiment of the Militia at the time of his enlistment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1915. He trained with the 118th Battalion, left for England in January 1917 and after further training as a signaller, joined the 21st Battalion in France in October 1917. At war's end he was quartered for a few months in Siegburg, Germany before returning home in May 1919. He married Elsie Hewitt in 1921. He returned to the market gardening and later worked at J. M. Schneider. Gordon and Elsie had eight children.

Archival history

Donated to the Archives by Anne Eby Millar, daughter of Gordon Eby, in 1979.

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Photographs in the album are predominantly from Gordon Eby's time in the military, 1914-1919. Some photographs of family before and after the war are also included. Captions were probably composed and added by Anne Eby Millar, Gordon's daughter. The photographs and captions together narrate chronologically Gordon Eby's family of origin, his experience in the First World War with the 118th and 21st battalions as a signaler, the months spent in Germany at the end of the war as a translator, his marriage in 1921, and his growing family.

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Original album located in Gordon C. Eby fonds, Hist.Mss.1.66.4/1

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Duplicates of some photographs in this album are located in CA MAO HM1-66.3/1, as part of Anne Eby Millar's transcription of Gordon Eby's diaries.

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Gordon C. Eby fonds, Mennonite Archives of Ontario, Hist.Mss.1.66.

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Additional source materials for photograph descriptions include Gordon Eby's war diaries. A transcribed and published version is located online:
Eby, Gordon C. (auth.), Tiessen, Paul (ed.), Millar, Anne Eby (ed.). Of course I was an onlooker for I can't dance: the 1911-1918 diary of Gordon Christian Eby, Mennonite farmer. Waterloo, Ontario : MLR Editions Canada 2007.

Archivist's note

Archival descriptions prepared by LHG. Trevor Ford provided assistance with photograph titles and military-related scope and content notes.

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