Fonds PR-285 - Owen Talbot Aspray fonds

H.M. The King at the Manoeuvres at Little Abington The Royal departure from Cowes Army Manoeuvres, scenes at Thetford Army Manoeuvres, scenes at Thetford [Royal Navy] ships Ship Sailors on motor boat "The Green Parrot", the steam barge of the Commander-in-Chief of Portsmouth Admiral Sir... The mighty "Orion" leaving Portsmouth HMS Cumberland (The College Cruiser)
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Owen Talbot Aspray fonds


  • 1902-1940 (1914-1919 predominant) (Creation)

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91 photographs.
5 notebooks.
2 diaries.
1 book.
1 certificate of promotion.
8 cm of textual records.
1 medal.

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Owen Talbot Aspray was born in London, England on December 12th, 1880 to parents Thomas Neville and Emily Aspray. He immigrated to Canada in 1900. In the Victoria City Directory 1910-11, Aspray is listed as a fireman living at the No. 5 Fire Hall on Douglas Street. In 1910, Aspray married Matilda Collier in Victoria. They had three daughters: Emily Matilda (1911), Annette Ada Violet (1913), and Constance Owena May (1917). According to the 1911 census, the Asprays were living on Tolmie Avenue in the 1911 census and Owen worked as a teamster. At Willows Camp on December 11th, 1914, Owen Aspray enlisted in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. His wife was then living at 10 Sims St, Maywood P.O. He officially became Lieutenant Owen Talbot Aspray in November of 1918. Aspray returned to Canada In March of 1919. He died in 1948 and is buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park. Owen Talbot Aspray is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll.


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Donated in 2017 and 2019 by descendant of Owen Talbot Aspray.

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Fonds consists primarily of records relating to the British Army Manoeuvres of 1912; WWI, and Owen Talbot Aspray's military service. Fonds includes photographs; postcards; a journal; diaries; notebooks; training materials; correspondence; news clippings; WWI service book and membership card; book; programmes of post-war commemoration services and reunions; reference material.

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Accession nos. 2017-026; 2019-021.

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