Stories from the Collection highlights artifacts in our holdings, as well as the fascinating stories they bring to light. Most of them are in storage, but some may also be seen on display. Browse through the various stories to see archives and objects up close.


Georgiana Stanciu, PhD

General Charles Foulkes was a prominent personality in the Canadian Army during the Second World War. Born in Britain, he went to school in London, ON, then joined The Royal Canadian Regiment in 1926. He arose through the ranks to become commander of the 2nd Canadian Infantry Division in Normandy, of the 1st Canadian Corps in Italy and of the First Canadian Army in Holland. On May 5, 1945, General Foulkes was representing the Allies when the 25th German Army surrendered in Wageningen, Netherlands. He returned to Canada after the war as Chief of the General Staff. He was appointed Chairman of the Chiefs of Staff in 1951, but nine years later he resigned in opposition to Diefenbaker government.
Throughout his career, Charles Foulkes received several foreign orders and decorations. Most of them came with a certificate citation including the date of the award, the reasons for which the honour was bestowed, and the signature of dignitaries in the respective countries. One of them was Harry Truman, President of the United States. Check this Story!

H.T. Cock Manuscript: Bermuda

Erik Rayment, MA, MLIS

Harry Tredennick Cock's manuscript titled "Short History of The Royal Canadian Regiment, 1883-1933" is a valuable document in our Archive Collection overseeing the first 50 years of the Regiment's history. For this Story, we will be focusing on The RCR's service in Bermuda from September 1914 to August 1915, and feature original photographs of this operation.



In addition to the citations for foreign medals featured in a previous Story, General Charles Foulkes was decorated numerous times under the domestic System of Honours and Awards, British Commonwealth and Canadian. The certificates and citations were donated to the museum by the recipient in 1960. The lot included his Commission to the rank of Captain issued in 1932, alongside appointment to Companion of Order of Canada (CC), Companion of the Order of the Bath (CB), Additional Commander of the Order of British Empire (CBE), Member of the Distinguished Service Order (DSO) and Mentioned in Despatches.