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Kenneth F. Pettis fonds
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CA ON00093 2004/52
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1918, 1950-1953 (Creation)
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26 cm of textual records and photographs
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Kenneth F. Pettis served with the Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion during the First World War and with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War. Born 1898 in Cabbagetown, Ontario, Pettis enlisted in April 1916 with the 4th Divisional Cyclists. After completing his training as a cyclist, Pettis sailed to Liverpool in 1916 with the rest of his troop. After months of training in Britain, he was sent to the Front in France in January 1918. With some of the other men from the Cyclist Corps, he was taken into a Tunneling Company where he dug trenches for months. During the First World War, Pettis saw action in Amiens, Arras and Orange Hill. Pettis did not return to Canada until Spring 1919. Twenty-five years to the day after enlisting in the Cyclists, he became an officer of the RCAF during the Second World War. During his term of duty, Pettis spent time in Egypt, Lebanon, Jerusalem, Baghdad, Persia, and Greece. Pettis returned to Canada May 8, 1945 - VE Day. He left the RCAF with the rank of Squadron Leader.
The fonds was given at some before November 1989 to Ms. Beverly A. Boomhour of Deseronto, Ontario from Mrs. Kathleen Pettis.
Scope and content
Fonds consists of 5 volumes of memoirs of Squadron Leader Kenneth F. Pettis covering his service in both the First World War and the Second World War. Books one to three cover his service as a Private in the Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion during the First World War. Books four and two cover his service as a liaison officer for the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) during the Second World War. Books one through four are entitled "Strange Roads Go Down: The Story of Fifty Years." The books provide details of the life, training and service of Pettis in the Canadian Cyclist Corps.
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Fonds was received in 1989 from Ms. Beverly A. Boomhour of Deseronto, Ontario.
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No further acfruals are expected.
Photographs are contained within the books.
The books in this fonds are delicate, please handle with care.