Recent Submissions

  • Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff, Casualty Details, Grave site information etc.

    Copies (these items were copied from the internet) of Samuel DeVeaux's attestation paper, casualty details and a copy of a photo of Wailly Orchard Cemetery in which the old wooden crosses have been replaced by stones.
  • Letter - Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff to "Maggie Muffin Hound"

    Woodruff, Samuel DeVeaux (?-07-03)
    Letter, from Whitley Camp, Surrey. The letter is dated July 3, with no year. The salutation is "Dear Maggie Muffin Hound". Samuel writes about getting a letter from Barrie and he talks about old friends and family. He mentions that he has seen "Dad Palling" [father of his fiance]. It is signed "Your loving cousin, Sam D. Woodruff".
  • Letter - Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff to "Marg"

    Woodruff, S.D. (?-11-05)
    Letter dated Nov. 5th, no year. The salutation is "Dear Marg". In this letter, Samuel talks about the fact that everyone is fed up and they want to go somewhere, preferably France, but he thinks that they will stay where they are all winter. He says that he is "absolutely fed up with the army". The letter is signed "Loving Cuz, Sam".
  • Telegraph to H.K. Woodruff

    Telegraph to H. K. Woodruff of St. Margaret's Island informing him of Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff's death. It is dated July 16, 1918 and signed "Welland".
  • Notice from Buckingham Palace

    King George V (n.d.)
    Notice from Buckingham Palace from King George V stating his gratitude for a brave life given.
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force Death Certificate - Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff

    Canadian Expeditionary Force Death Certificate stating that Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff was killed in action on the 13th of July, 1918, dated Sept. 20, 1919.
  • Notice of Location of Grave - Wailly Orchard Cemetery

    Director of Graves (n.d.)
    Two notices from the Director of Graves Registration and Enquiries, London, England noting the location of the grave as Wailly Orchard Cemetery near Arras. One of the certificates incorrectly notes the name as S.G. Woodruff while the other correctly has S. D. Woodruff. The number listed for Lieut. S. D. Woodruff's grave site photograph is CCM/9/4433.
  • Scrap Paper - Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff

    Scrap of paper with the name Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff with birth and death dates.
  • Photograph - Wooden Cross Lieut. S.D. Woodruff

    Photograph of the wooden cross which was erected at Wailly Orchard Cemetery. It is inscribed "RIP in Memory of Lieut. S.D. Woodruff 116th Cdn. Inf. Bn. Killed in Action 14-7-18".
  • Certificate of Promotion to Lieutenant in the 19th Lincoln Regiment

    Fiset, Eugene (1917-06-05)
    Certificate of Promotion to Lieutenant in the 19th Lincoln Regiment (32 cm x 40 cm). This was presented to Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff and signed by Eugene Fiset, Surgeon General, Deputy Minister of Militia and Defense. This certificate is framed, June 5, 1917.
  • Photograph - Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff

    Coloured, framed photograph of Sam D. Woodruff in uniform [this photo is a coloured version of the photo of Sam taken at the Niagara Falls Railroad Station], 1916.
  • Cardboard Tube

    Cardboard tube in which the scroll was sent. The scroll was sent to relatives within a cardboard tube which was 7 1/4 inches long. The wording on the cardboard tube is "O.H.M.S. Valuable Document - with card. If not delivered return to Secretary, Militia Council (Director of Records), Militia Headquarter, Ottawa, Ontario.". It was sent to Alfred S. Woodruff at 137 Ontario St., St. Catharines.
  • British War Medal

    This British War Medal was issued to those who had to leave their native shore in any part of the British Empire while they were on service. This is a silver circular medal, 3 1/2 cm in diameter. King George V is depicted on the front and St. George is on the back. This is accompanied by a watered silk ribbon which has a central band of gold and stripes of white, black and blue on both sides. "Lieut S. D. Woodruff" is engraved on the rim. This was issued 1914-1918.
  • Victory Medal

    Victory Medal (Inter-Allied War Medal) which was awarded to all ranks of fighting forces. This is a circular, copper medal, lacquered bronze. It measures 3 1/2 cm in diameter and has a picture of Victory on the front. Her left arm is extended and in her right hand she holds a palm branch. The reverse shows the words "The Great War for Civilisation 1914-1919" surrounded by a wreath. This is accompanied by a watered ribbon consisting of 9 coloured stripes. "Lieut. S.D. Woodruff" is engraved on the rim. This engraving was only done for the first issue in 1914-1919.
  • Next of Kin Memorial Scroll

    Secretary of State for War (n.d.)
    Next of kin memorial scroll commemorating those who fell for King and Country. At the bottom of the scroll it says "Lieut. Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff Canadian Light Infantry". Enclosed with this scroll is a note of sympathy from the King and Queen signed by the Secretary of State for War.
  • World War I Memorial Plaque

    World War I Memorial Plaque (17 ½ cm in diameter). This is a bronze plate encased in a 26 ½ cm x 24 cm wooden frame. The inscription on the plate is “He died for freedom and honour, Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff”. [In 1916 the British Government decided to issue a memorial plaque to be given to the relatives of those who died in the Great War. On the plaque is a figure of Britannia who is facing left and holding a laurel wreath over the box where the serviceman’s name is placed. In her right hand she holds a trident which represents Britain’s sea power. There are 2 dolphins facing her on her left and right hand sides. A lion stands in front of her. He faces left with a menacing growl. A very small lion that faces right is located below the larger lion’s feet. He is biting into a winged creature which represents the German Imperial eagle. Near the lion’s right paw there are the initials E CR P which stand for Mr. E. Carter Preston who designed the plate. Some of the plaques include a stamped batch number in front of the lion’s rear left paw. This plaque was produced in batch 17].
  • Photograph - Samuel DeVeaux Woodruff in Uniform with his Mother

    Black and white framed photograph of Samuel D. Woodruff in uniform and his mother Georgina at the Niagara Falls Railroad Station. The reverse of the photograph reads "Sam D. Woodruff with Mother, Georgina at Niagara Falls Railroad Station 1916".