Manuscript Collection MS COLL 00226 2B Annex - Jock de Marbois Papers

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CA OTUTF MS COLL 00226 2B Annex


Jock de Marbois Papers


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1 box

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([fl. 1904-1948])

Biographical history

Jock de Marbois first enrolled as a naval cadet in 1904 in England, and served with the Royal Navy during the First World War. He emigrated to western Canada after trying his hand at farming in Africa after the war, where he taught at a small rural school in the foothills. He moved to Toronto in the mid-1930s where he had been hired as an instructor of modern languages at Upper Canada College. When the Second World War broke out, he established and ran the Signalling Division at Canadian Naval Headquarters.

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Gift of the Queen Elizabeth II Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

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The collection contains two versions of de Marbois' autobiography "The Adventures of Little Joe Buggins" and six letters relating to his naval career in the Second World War.

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Material may be requested in person at the Fisher Library Reference Desk, or in advance using our online stack retrieval request form:

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  • English

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Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library, University of Toronto

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