The Douglas W. Frederick Collection
Ex-cadet #1271 Douglas W.
The RMC Museum was fortunate to receive a large collection of
souvenirs, memorabilia and personal items which once belonged to #1271 Douglas
W. Frederick who attended RMC from August 1916 to November, 1917, was
commissioned as a 2nd Lt., Royal Garrison Artillery and served in
England, France, Belgium and Italy as a communications officer with a heavy
siege battery. Frederick survived the war, finished his education at McGill and
worked in the financial sector in Canada and the USA and as active in the
ex-cadet club, including a spell as President of the Hamilton Chapter. He died
The collection was researched, catalogued and
photographed and is available on a national database to researchers interested
in the period. Minimal restoration has been done to date. This work has been
done principally by Branch members 8057 Ross McKenzie and 4976 Reg Watts. In the
collection were 164 item groups. Some, such as the letter and postcard
categories, contain hundreds of individual pieces.
The main groupings are:
Letters to his parents and 4 small personal war
Letters and postcards between Douglas and his infantryman
Service kit and sidearm.
Trench maps, bombardment plans, and aerial bombardment recon
German army souvenirs.
Post-war civilian items, including RMC club items.
A fortunate find, and among the items, several
pieces of RMC kit and memorabilia of which only photographs existed previously.
Three slideshows of Frederick’s memorabilia are shown below.
Episode 1 - Frederick's RMC Memorabilia
EPISODE 3 - WAR SOUVENIRS AND