Fonds 2001/10 - A. Fortescue Duguid fonds

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A. Fortescue Duguid fonds

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CA ON00093 2001/10

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  • 1915-1962 (Creation)

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40 cm of textual records

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A. Fortescue Duguid (1887-1976) was Director of the Historical Section of the Canadian Army during 1921-1945. Born at Bourtie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, he came to Canada at an early age and graduated from McGill University as an engineer in 1912. He served overseas, in France from 1915 to 1918, and was appointed director of the historical section of the Canadian Army in 1921. One of his major mandates was the preparation of a more complete and detailed historical narrative on the operations of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The first volume of Duguid's official history was published in 1938 as "Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-1919. General Series - Vol. 1 From the Outbreak of War to the Formation of the Canadian Corps Aug 1914 - Sept. 1915. The other volumes of the series were never finished. Duguid retired from the Canadian Army in 1947 and died in Kingston, Ontario.

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This fonds resided with the Army historical section which amalgamated with the other historical sections in 1964 to form the Directorate of History.

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Fonds consists of materials documenting A. Fortescue Duguid's activities in the preparation of the "Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-1919" and his interest in military history. Also includes documents regarding the Second Battle of Ypres in 1915, military history publications, and various other subjects of a military nature. Includes correspondence, reports, articles, and various other documents. There are 6 series:
I. Papers relating to official histories (1921-1947)
II. Papers relating to the parts of "Official History of the Canadian Forces in the Great War" (1915-1947)
III. Correspondence regarding military history publications (1922-1947)
IV. Publications, reprints, narratives, etc. (1921-1962)
V. The Second Battle of Ypres, 1915 (1921-1936)
VI. Miscellaneous (1919-1962)

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  • English

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Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.

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The following related records regarding A. Fortescue Duguid should be consulted:
Document Collection:
71/149 The Ross Rifle. Official history of the Canadian forces in the Great War, 1914-1918, Vol. 1 with sources inserted in m.s. in the margins. N.d.
73/1215 The defence forces of Canada. 1936.
77/677 Les Forces canadiennes durant la Grande Guerre (1914-1919); le récit de cinq années de service actif. 1927.
78/493 Historical records active militia; Artillery Units; HQ 6-1-9.
82/327 [Flags flown in Canada and overseas, 1939-1945; including banner specially designed for Canadian Active Service by Colonel Archer Fortescue Duguid.]
83/107 Reserved occupations committee. 10 folders. 1917 - Aug 1944.
85/506 The Canadian Forces in the Great War 1914-1919; the Record of five years of active service. 1947.
88/60 [Letter to Director of History pointing out an A.F. Duguid file, "Correspondence re abandonment of Official History of Canadian Forces 1914-1921" found in Alan A. Beddoe papers, MG 30 D 252 at National Archives of Canada.]
91/516 Dept. of Militia and Defence, Director of Historical Section. Information regarding Canadians in the R.A.F. Vol. 1, Director of Historical Section, [Colonel A.F. Duguid, subject] files. 25 Oct 1921 - 26 May 1929.
000.2 (D31) A folder containing Book Reviews of Colonel Duguid's history of the Great War.
112.1 (D65) report re employment of Canadian Army O/S, 10 Dec 1939 / 24 Jun 1940.
112.3H1.001 (D4) Canadians in Battle - 1915-1918. Article published in the Canadian Historical Association 1935 on Canadians during First World War. From Pye Papers.
112.3H1.009 (D166) Photocopies of Appendix III, from Canadian Expeditionary Force History dealing with the production and the use of the Ross rifle during the First World War.
112.3S2009 (D117) Memo on general demobilization of Canadian Forces with recommendations based on 1919 demobilization methods, 3 Aug 1943
113.302009 (D155) Report of investigation of considerations re perpetuations of French, British and Canadian units now disbanded in Canada. 23 Dec 1929.
141.4A220 13 (D2) Letter to DHist re regimental history and observations on operations of Canadian Grenadier Guards in Northwest Europe, 1944-45. 14 Feb 1952.
190.2 (D1) Defensive Measures 1935-38 and Inter-Departmental Committees set up by P.C. 531, Mar 1938. (includes correspondence by Col. A.F. Duguid, DHS)
326.009 (D239) Prairie Command file 1454-24/)-1 (Vol. 1) Historical Records Military District 10 and Prairie Command for period 29 Mar 1932 to 10 Nov 1965. Contains an original letter dated 29 Mar 1932 from then Director of History Colonel A. Fortescue Duguid.
500.009 (D32) "Composition of Red River Expedition, 1870. GAQ File 4-67.
500.009 (D42) Editorial for "Salute" re Royal Visit 1939. GAQ File 4-114.
500.009 (D42) Editorial for "Salute" re Royal Visit 1939. GAQ File 4-114.
541.013 (D1) Employment of Canadian Army O/S, 10 Dec 1939 / 24 Jun 1940.
932.009 (D31) Pamphlet "Canada on Vimy Ridge". 1936.
932.009 (D78) Report by Colonel Stacey on visit to Italian theatre by himself and Col. Duguid. Apr 1944.
934.009 (D188) Letter to DHS from Mr George A. Clive commenting on an error in Duguid's History of World War I. 8 Jun 1948.
934.011 (D5) A review of the first 6 months of Sir D. Haig's Command in First World War
949.012 (D1) Brief review of World Events, 9 Apr 1940 / 1 May 1941.
958.009 (D22) Copy of First Canadian Army Order of battle and Commanders as of May 1945. From Col. A.F. Duguid Papers.
990 (D1) C.E.F. outline plan for "History of Canadian Forces" vol. II, 13 Sep 1915/25 Aug 1916.
990.013 (D2) Canadian Forces in Great War 1914-19 d. 1947 (written 1927 to be cut in walls of Memorial Chamber, Parliament Buildings.)

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Originally titled Colonel A.F. Duguid Papers

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