Fonds 73/1223 - Robert Lewis Raymont fonds

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Robert Lewis Raymont fonds

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CA ON00093 73/1223

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  • 1940-1981, predominant 1944-1972 (Creation)

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36 m of textual records
126 photographs : b&w ; 26 x 21 cm or smaller
1 album (132 photographs and textual documents)

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Robert Lewis Raymont (1908- ) was Executive Staff Officer to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff and to the Chief of Defence Staff during 1951-1969. Born in Cardiff, Wales, England, he was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the Edmonton Regiment in 1940 and served in Canada until 1942. Serving in the U.K. from 1942 to 1947, he was promoted to Captain in July 1942 and to Major in 1945, and he commanded the Intelligence Wing of the Canadian General Reinforcement Unit.In 1947 he was appointed Secretary, Canadian Joint Liaison Staff, London, England, and during 1947-1948 he was appointed the Senior Canadian Army Liaison Officer. In 1949 he returned to Canada, serving as General Staff Officer at the Directorate of Military Intelligence, Army Headquarters. Raymont took the position of Executive Staff Officer, Office of the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff in 1951. Promoted to Acting Colonel in 1952 and Colonel in 1955, he then attended National Defence College during 1955-1956. In 1961, Raymont retired from the Canadian Army and joined the Public Service, continuing in his appointment as Executive Staff Officer to the Chairman Chiefs of Staff, and later to the Chief of the Defence Staff with the integration and unification of the Canadian Forces, beginning in 1964. In 1969, he was appointed as Director General of Policy Control and Review. He retired in 1973.

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Fonds consists of material gathered, organized and broken down by series by Colonel Robert Lewis Raymont, and documenting the activities of the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff and, after 1964, the Office of Chief of Defence Staff from 1944 to 1972. The documents are concerned with policy making in the Department of National Defence in connection with NATO, the war in Korea, integration and unification of the forces, bilingualism, Continental Defence, and other important subjects. There are 10 series:
I. Official subject files (1944-1970)
II. Official subject files (1950-1974)
III. Minutes, agendas and related papers of the Chiefs of Staff Committee (1946-1964), the Vice Chiefs of Staff Committee (1950-1964), and other offices
IV. Miscellaneous papers pertaining to Defence Policy
V. Papers pertaining to Intelligence and NATO
VI. General Charles Foulkes papers
VII. Files relating to Second World War Post Hostilities Programmes
VIII. Papers relating to the Canadian Joint Staff Mission, London
IX. Miscellaneous papers
X. Personal papers and photographs

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Fonds received from Robert Lewis Raymont in January and March 1974. Material for Series 10 received February 2002 from David Raymont.


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  • English

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Some documents are classified. These are stored in boxes 200-225.

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

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Originally titled Chairman, Chiefs of Staff and Chief of the Defence Staff The Raymont Collection, and also known as the Raymont Collection

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