Fonds SC008 - Walter Bapty fonds

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Walter Bapty fonds

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  • 1900 - 1973 (Creation)
    Bapty, Walter, 1884-1973

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10 cm of textual records
9 photographs

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Walter Bapty was born in London, Ontario. At the age of 15, he became one of the youngest Canadian volunteers to serve in the Boer War. In 1906 he graduated with a medical degree from the University of Western Ontario, being a member of the first medical class at Western. He practiced medicine in Calgary before moving to Victoria in 1907. During World War I Bapty served as medical officer with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles and later with the 102nd Northern B.C. Regiment. He was gassed at Vimy Ridge, sent back to Canada and appointed medical officer commanding all military hospitals on Vancouver Island. After the war Bapty returned to his medical practice in Victoria. He served as medical officer of the 1st Battalion, Canadian Scottish Regiment, and later took command of the 2nd Battalion, a post he held until July 1939 and resumed in June 1940. Bapty died in Victoria.

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The fonds consists of the personal diaries kept by Lieutenant Colonel Bapty from 1935 to 1942, as well as a collection of various memorandums, reports, and ephemera from this period. It also contains addresses, essays and lectures given by Bapty on military matters, including modern developments in warfare, the Scottish regiments, discipline and leadership, Pacific problems during World War II, and the objectives of military training; records of the Canadian Scottish Regiment (Princess Mary's), 2nd Battalion, including slate of officers, lists of exercises, correspondence and operation orders; personal records of Walter Bapty, including commissions and certificates, personal correspondence, records relating to militia staff courses and nominal roll for officers in medical courses; newspapers and clippings dealing with Bapty's participation in the Boer War and World War II, and Bapty's obituary; drawing of Bapty, photograph of Mrs. Bapty, and photographs of Bapty with the Canadian Scottish Regiment.

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Military history; Physicians--Canada--Biography; South African War, 1899-1902; World War, 1914-1918--Canada--Sources; World War, 1939-1945--Canada--Sources

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Revised by JF, August 9, 2013.

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