Fonds BCH - B.G. Carr-Harris fonds

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B.G. Carr-Harris fonds

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CA ON00420 BCH

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  • 1927-1930 (Creation)
    Carr-Harris, B.G.,1903-1942

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1 album (ca. 345 photographs, 9 press clippings and 3 telegrams) and other material

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(1903 - 1942-07-05)

Biographical history

Born in 1903, Brian Gethryn Carr-Harris attended the Royal Military College (RMC) from 1920 to 1924. His brother Redford M. Carr-Harris attended RMC during a similar period. They were two of eight brothers in total who attended RMC. While at the college, Brian and Redford participating in many sports, such as hockey, rugby, football and boxing. Both brothers enlisted in the RCAF and trained at Camp Borden after graduating from RMC. Redford Carr-Harris died 19 August 1926 in an airplane accident near mile 185 of the Hudson Bay Railway while engaged in forestry patrol work. He had been in command of the air station at Norway House, Manitoba. Brian Carr-Harris was still posted to Camp Borden at this time. The following year, when he was 24, he was assigned to the Hudson Strait Expedition as Flying Officer for Base C. He left Halifax with the Expedition in July 1927 and returned in October 1928 on the CNSS Canadian Voyager. He flew the Expedition’s Moth and three out of six of the Fokker Universals (registrations G-CAHE, G-CAHH and G-CAHI). After the Expedition, he was officer in charge of the No. 5 Photo Detachment. He flew Vickers Vedette aircraft and was transferred to Winnipeg Air Station in 1929. From 1933 to 1934, Brian Carr-Harris took a preparatory course for Royal Air Force Staff College. Having passed the qualifying examination, he took the course later in 1934. In 1937, he was the Officer commanding No. 1 Fighter Squadron with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. In late 1938 he was appointed Personnel Staff Officer at Air Training Command in Toronto. Brian Carr-Harris held the rank of Wing Commander when he died in a Second World War training accident on 5 July 1942 at Lac-Saint-Louis, Québec, at the age of 39.

Custodial history

Material was part of the National Aeronautical Collection prior to the formal transfer of this Collection to the National Museum of Science and Technology in 1968. It was catalogued by the Museum’s Registrar’s Office prior to transfer to the Archives in 2009 (scrapbook) and 2017.

Scope and content

Fonds consists of photographs and textual records gathered or taken by Flight Officer Brian G. Carr-Harris to document the Hudson Strait Expedition. Carr-Harris was assigned to Base C at Kangiqsujuaq (Wakeham Bay). The fonds is arranged in two series: 1) Diary, scrapbook, and logbook; and 2) Photographs.

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All photographs are in the public domain.

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Original Museum Registrar catalogue records available upon request. Initial inventory of series 02 Photographs available upon request.

Associated materials

Library and Archives Canada (LAC) has material on the Hudson Strait Expedition, including records submitted to the Department of the Marine (R1191-38-3-E), such as the final report, ship logs and photographs that may duplicate in part what can be found in this fonds. LAC also preserves fonds for some other individual members of the Expedition.

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Related material: Hudson Strait Expedition fonds contains photograph albums from other members of the Expedition. The Museum also preserves artifacts from Flight-Lieutenant A.M. Carr-Harris, but it is unclear if there is a direct relation between him and B.G. Carr-Harris.

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Written by Adele Torrance, 2018-01-09. French editing by Céline Mongeau, Linda Larocque Linguistic Services, 2018-06.

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