Fonds Add. MSS. 814 - Douglas Honeyman fonds

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Douglas Honeyman fonds

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CA CVAN Add. MSS. 814

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  • 1910-1968, predominant 1915-1919 (Creation)
    Honeyman, John and Douglas

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30 cm of textual records;17 photographs

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John Honeyman was born in Scotland in 1845 and, after travels to New Zealand and the death of his father John Honeyman, arrived in Canada with his brothers, James and Robert, and his sisters in 1873. In 1878, John Honeyman moved to Eden, Manitoba, to establish a farm and where he married Helen Nichol. They had four children: Gordon (1884 - 1950), Douglas Ramsey (1886 - 1968), Elspeth (1890 - 1964) and Stuart Nicol (1893 - 1966).

In 1896 John and Helen Honeyman moved their family to Delta, acquiring a farm at Gulfside in Delta near Port Guichon. In 1902 John Honeyman sold the Gulfside farm to Mr. Gibbie and bought a new farm in Section 32 in East Delta. John's three sons helped work the family farm. Douglas acquired title to the farm from his father when he died in 1926. Gordon Honeyman and his wife Gertrude farmed in Alberta, and Stuart and his wife Olga farmed near Kamloops from 1920 to 1926, returning to Delta to farm at 7838 River Road.

Douglas Ramsey Honeyman was born in Eden, Manitoba. His family moved to Delta, B.C., during the 1890s and established a farm in East Delta. Honeyman and his brother Stuart joined the 29th (Vancouver) Battalion in 1914 and served in Great Britain and Europe for the duration of the war. Honeyman arrived back in Canada in 1919 and after his discharge returned to farming in East Delta, where he remained until he sold his farm in 1960.

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The fonds consists of diaries written in trenches, correspondence regarding 29th Battalion activities, photographs, and miscellaneous publications from World War I.

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BCAUL control number: CVAN-408

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