Fonds 988.092, 988.098.0001-0018 - Phyllis Bayley Fonds

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Phyllis Bayley Fonds

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CA MMBC 988.092, 988.098.0001-0018

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  • 1945-1965 (Creation)

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4 albums. –8 magazines. – 26 v. – 19.5 cm of textual records.

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Bayley, Phyllis

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Fonds consists of material collected by Phyllis Bayley, WRCNS, during her service in World War II.

Scrapbook containing a large collection of photos of the Women's Royal Canadian Naval Service including both individual and group shots. The people are not identified. There are also photographs of HMCS Cornwallis ca. 1945.

Scrapbook containing a collection of photographs of service women in uniform, HMCS Cornwallis, Commander MacNeill, Commodore Finch-Noyes, and HMCS Avalon.

Scrapbook containing a large collection of photographs of service women in uniform, of HMCS Cornwallis, and of Phyllis Bayley.

Scrapbook titled "Snaps and Scraps - My Life in the Navy", containing photographs and newspaper clippings relating to Phyllis Bayley's time in the Royal Canadian Navy during World War II including photos of various vessels and other women in uniform.

Our Navy magazine, 1957.

Our Navy magazine, 1955.

The WREN Newsletter, August 1949.

WREN Reunion magazine, Toronto, Ontario, 1950.

WRCNS Reunion Magazine, Vancouver, August 1958.

Vancouver Reunion souvenir edition of the WREN Newsletter, August 1958.

United States Navy Occupational Handbook: A Manual for Civilian Guidance Counselors Schools and Libraries also Employment and Youth Agencies, published by the Bureau of Naval Personnel, Washington, D.C., 1959.

HMCS Cornwallis magazine.

Canadian Forces Sentinel magazine, November 1965.

Typewritten booklet titled "The Cornwallis Christmas Story: or (Once Upon a Passing-Out Ceremony)", as told by P.S. Milson, RCN. And, two newspaper clippings, a Paris 1937 Exhibition bookmark, and an RCN draft order, dated 1946.

Certificate from Civil Defence Canada awarded to Phyllis L. Bayley for her service as a volunteer worker for civil defense in the war against Germany dated 1945.

Canadian Civic Defence College folder containing assorted documents and reports relating to the Department of National Health and Welfare including blank forms, training documents, and handwritten notes.

Folder containing Phyllis Bayley's Royal Canadian Navy reports regarding regulations relating to obedience, punishments for disobedience, and lists of offences as well as some correspondence, dating to the 1950s.

General reports and documents of the Royal Canadian Navy including blank forms and documents describing regulations and policies.
Assorted publications related to Royal Canadian Navy Service and Naval recruitment including booklets, brochures, pamphlets regarding recruitment and naval training for officers, WRENS, and nurses, and a few miscellaneous typed documents dating primarily to the 1950s.

Assorted pages and clippings from the Cornwallis Ensign newspaper and the Wren Newsletter newspaper, dating from 1957 to 1966. Also a Ceremony of the Flags pamphlet, The Port Royal Habitation booklet and a photograph of four unidentified women and a man in uniform.

General reports of the Royal Canadian Navy relating to regulations and procedures for leave, pensions, drills, signals, etc. As well as the procedure in the event of pregnancy of a WREN and photocopies of posters and tables. Most are undated, but some dated to 1956.

Collection of Christmas cards, correspondence, and poems dating from 1944 to the 1960s. Also, a coloured print of HMS Rodney (battleship) and HMCS Saguenay.

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Donated by D. Wichton, 29 April 1988.


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  • English

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All requests for use must be made through the MMBC Research Request program ( Please note that fees may apply.

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RAD, July 2008 version. Canadian Council of Archives.


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8 March 2018

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