Stanley Bowen fonds Help




Stanley Bowen fonds


Dates of Creation 




Physical Description 


23 cm of textual records (including several postcards and 4 photographs)
24 photographs
48 postcards


Scope and Content 


Fonds consists primarily of letters written by Stanley Bowen to his future wife, Mary McNair, during Bowen's service in the First World War. The letters document Bowen's experiences throughout the war and include descriptions of war training, living conditions at the front, the day-to-day labour and activities undertaken in the trenches, activities during leave in England, his feelings about the war and, most prominently, his love for and relationship with McNair. Along with the letters there are two photographs and several postcards sent by Bowen from destinations in Eastern Canada, England, and France. Also present are six letters written to Bowen from various friends and relations as well as two letters addressed to Mary McNair from an A. Woods.

Fonds also consists of several unaddressed photographs and postcards sent by Bowen from Eastern Canada and Europe. The postcards document various city landmarks and landscapes in Canada, England, and France. The photographs depict Stanley Bowen along with various members of his regiment. These records were very likely sent with a number of Bowen's letters, but were separated before being donated to the Archives.

Fonds also includes a number of combat training manuals, Bowens training notebook, various souvenirs collected at the front, several personnel documents issued to Bowen upon his enlistment, and a small panoramic photograph of troops marching through Winnipeg's Exchange district.


Administrative History or Biographical Sketch 


Stanley Bowen (1894-1959) served in the Royal Winnipeg Rifles for much of the First World War.

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Bowen, Stanley


Restrictions on Access 


There are no restrictions on access to these records.


Terms For Use and Reproduction 


Researchers are responsible for observing copyright legislation. Permission may be required for any form of publication or exhibition where records are not in the public domain.


Custodial History 


All records donated to the Archives of Manitoba by Stanley Bowen's daughter, Barbara Sarson, in 2015.


How to proceed

These records must be consulted in Archives Research Room. Consult listings database for location codes.

These records are not available for microfilm loan.

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