Fonds MS 207;2002.073 - Adrian W. Moncrieff fonds

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Adrian W. Moncrieff fonds

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CA VERN MS 207;2002.073

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  • 1913-1915 (Creation)
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    Moncrieff, Adrian W.

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5 cm of textual records

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Adrian W. Moncrieff emigrated from Scotland in January 1913 to join his brother Norman in Lavington. His brother had purchased a hay barn from Allen Gaunt in 1911, turning it into a general store, the only store between Vernon and Lumby. The hay loft was converted into a gentlemen's club named the 'White Valley Club', with smokers and amateur theatricals taking place with regularity. Adrian became a partner in the White Valley Store, taking charge of the many deliveries in the valley, eventually obtaining a chauffeur's license. Adrian was very involved in social activities, theatre, and sports such as cricket, tennis, shooting, and football. After the mobilisation of the BC Horse in Vernon in August, 1914, he tried to sign up, but was rejected for poor eyesight. His brother Norman went overseas and was one of 33 Lavington men killed in WW I. Adrian continued to manage the White Valley Store, but eventually decided to return to Scotland and turned the store over to Violet and Dick Blankley.

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Fonds consists of three diaries (1913-1915) with almost daily entries detailing Adrian's arrival in Canada in 1913, his partnership with his brother Norman, and his many social activities.

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BCAUL control number: VERN-177

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