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E. Gault Finley fonds
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20 cm of textual records
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Eric Gault Finley (1923- ) is a veteran of the Second World War and an author. He served in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) from 1941 to 1945. He joined the Beach Commando "W" from 1943 to 1944 and participated in the Normandy operations of June 1944. Finley published a chronicle on Combined Operations RCN Commando "W" in 1991 that also appeared in a three part article in "Military Illustrated Past and Present".
Scope and content
Fonds consists of 30 biographical files assembled by Eric G. Finley on men who had served with Beach Commando "W". The biographical files are all classified as Protected "B". The file consists mainly of original correspondence between Finley and other members of the military unit. Most of the information is biographical and reflects the military career of these individuals. Original photographs and photocopies of pictures are included, as well a number of reproduced photographs taken from the National Archives of Canada. Also included are newsletters and pamphlets on Combined Operations with personnal accounts and experiences. There are also three folders of miscellaneous documents. Folder 2 of the fonds contains a 3 part article written by Eric Finley and Ed Storey entitled "Royal Canadian Naval Beach Commando 'W'", and which appeared in "Military Past and Present", Nos. 57 to 59.
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Fonds donated to the Directorate of History and Heritage (DHH) in September 1997 by Eric G. Finley.
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The Biographical Files are classified as Protected "B". The remaining files are unclassified.
Terms governing use, reproduction, and publication
Copies of the finding aid are located in the first file of the fonds and in the Reading Room at the Directorate of History and Heritage. Electronic copies are also available.
Related material can be found in 91/366 (RCN Commando "W").
Further accruals are not expected.
Originally titled Eric Gault Finley Fonds - Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve (RCNVR) - Beach Commando "W"