Collection - Harley McCurdy collection

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Harley McCurdy collection

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  • 1942-1945, 1994, 2012, 2016 (Creation)
    Harley McCurdy

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approx 4 cm of textual records

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(9 December 1921 - 27 February 2012)

Biographical history

Harley Daniel McCurdy was bon on December 9th, 1921 to Joseph and Hannah (nee Pallister) McCurdy of R.R. #7, Woodstock, East Zorra Township. He attended Public School at S.S. No. 4 Tollgate Corners and Woodstock Collegiate Institute before being employed as a plumber’s helper by the Woodstock plumbing and electrical business known Harvey and Wilson.

On April 21st, 1942, Harley enlisted at the naval reserve in London, Ontario and was transferred to the H.M.C.S. Cornwallis in Halifax for basic training. He would later be assigned to the H.M.C.S. Mayflower where he took part in convoy duties on the north Atlantic and Great Britain coasts. On D-Day, he was involved in towing and sinking available Merchant Marine ships along the coats of Normandy so that large American battle ships could moor to them in support of the June 6th, 1944 landings. On October 19th, 1945 he was discharged.

Following his military career, Harley pursued his plumbing trade at Bickerton’s Plumbing, where he received his Master Plumbers Certificate. He operated his own Plumbing and Heating business for a period of time, before being employed by the Woodstock Public Utilities Commission and then finally the Oxford Regional Centre.

Harley McCurdy passed away on February 27th, 2012.

[Note: see the file for a more detailed biography].

Custodial history

The original records belonged to Harley Daniel McCurdy and family. In 2016, Keith Armstrong, a local military historian, contacted Lynda Martin, Harley’s daughter, to see if she would be willing to donate materials to the County of Oxford Archives. She made copies of the original records and forwarded them to Keith, who in turn donated them to the Archives in September 2016.

Scope and content

The Collection consists of copies of military records, correspondence, newspaper clippings and photographs related to the naval career of Harley Daniel McCurdy during WWII.

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Physical condition

The materials are in good condition.

Immediate source of acquisition

The materials were acquired from Keith Armstrong, local military historian, on behalf of Lynda Martin, Harley McCurdy’s daughter.


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  • English

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Original materials are retained by the family of Harley McCurdy.

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The fonds is open to public research.

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Copyright is held by the archives. Researchers are responsible for observing copyright regulations that may apply to the publication of their research. If you wish to publish any of this material, please contact the archivist responsible for the records.

The Archivist has the right to restrict reproduction if the material is in a fragile condition or falls under pertinent Privacy Legislation.

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An item level description is available for researchers. Please contact the Archivist for further information.

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