Fonds 354 John Peters fonds


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Summary information

Repository: South Peace Regional Archives
Title: John Peters fonds
Reference code: 0354
Date: 1941 (date of creation)
Physical description: 1 photograph
Dates of creation, revision and deletion: Processed June 2009
Added to new database February 2023 – TD

Administrative history / Biographical sketch

John Peters was born on May 15, 1918, in Russia to Mennonite parents. He came to Canada with his parents at age 5. He spent his younger years growing up in the Lymberg area. He joined the Canadian Army in 1940 (to the dismay of his parents whose faith did not permit them to support the war) and served for five years. While stationed in England, John met his future wife, Ruby, and on their return to Canada, they settled on a farm and raised five children. He related to his family that in basic training he qualified as a sharpshooter, but he didn’t want to spend his war years shooting enemy soldiers, so he deliberately missed the targets. The family also said he would never sit with his back to a door or window due to his wartime experience.

Custodial history

The fonds consists of a 1 photograph of the platoon John was in from Jan 10-Feb 7, 1941, Platoon C.A. ® T.C. #132.

Scope and content

The records were donated to the South Peace Regional Archives by Leilani Rubie, daughter of John Peters, in 2009.


Title notes

  • Source of title proper: Title of fonds based on contents.

Related material

Biographical information in reference files.

Access points

  • Graphic material – photograph (documentary form)
  • Military (subject)

Series descriptions

Reference code Title Dates Physical description
2009.064.01 Item – John Peters in Platoon # 3 1941 1 photograph : b&w ; 5 x 7 in.
  Scope and content:

Copy of a photograph showing the platoon John Peters served in from Jan. 10-Feb 7, 1941, Platoon #3 C.A. (R)T.C. #132 taken outside the Quartermaster’s Stores, one of the training center’s H Huts in Grande Prairie.