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xxxi Acknowledgements One of the pleasures in editing these letters was making the acquaintance of Dr. T.H.B. Symons, founding president of Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario. When I asked Tom Symons to write a foreword, I had no idea that he and I would discuss this project during many happy hours throughout 2005 and into 2006. His help was immeasurable. Not only did he encourage me, but he also advised on content, clarity, and nuance. Each time we talked, I felt that I was in touch with the Honourable Leslie M. Frost himself . Tom Symons was not only a colleague of Frost, when Frost was chancellor of Trent from 1967 to 1973, but also a close friend. I was also pleased to meet Christine Symons, who provided encouragement, along with tea and blueberry-banana loaf one lovely afternoon in late summer 2005. I also want to thank Dr. Bernadine Dodge and Jodi Aoki of Trent University Archives. They could not have been more friendly and helpful in making the Frost letters available, in interpreting some doubtful handwriting, and in providing images for this book. Janice Millard, acting director of the archives for part of 2006, was also most helpful. I am especially grateful to Brian McFadzen, who knows the early careers of Leslie and Cecil Frost better than anyone, for advising on battalion war diaries, the Port Hope Conference , military ranks, soldiers’ identification, and so many other details, and for reading the manuscript carefully and critically. Military historians Owen Cooke and Dr. Bill Rawling helped me to become better informed about the Great War, and Owen was a constant guide on war strategy and personnel. I must also thank archivist Andrew Rodger at Library and Archives Canada, who pointed me to documents, photographs, and art connected with these letters. The Orillia Public Library was most helpful in finding obscure Frost information. I also want to thank archivists at Simcoe County Archives, home of the William S. Frost scrapbooks, and also archivists at the Archives of Ontario, home of the political papers of Leslie Frost. Clark Bernat, Managing Director, Niagara Historical Society and Museum, provided information on Janet Carnochan, the society’s first president, as well as photographs of Niagara-on-the-Lake and Fort Mississauga. Dr. Paul Litt, Carleton University, commented on Ontario’s historical plaques. Dr. Kenneth Munro, University of Alberta, and Dr. Richard Jones, l’Université Laval, advised on xxxii ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS Olivar Asselin and Albert Sévigny. John O’Reilly, former MP, Victoria-Haliburton , had his staff find information on Sévigny. Paula Warder researched the Frosts in the 1901 census. Sylvia Woodhurst tracked down names of places and politicians in Great Britain, and Margaret Evans advised on the geography and pronunciation of place names in her native Scotland. Along with Ian Campbell, Marg helped to identify Henry St. Clair and Rosslyn Castle, near Edinburgh. David Blight helped with English geography. For obscure villages in northern France, I relied on Laurent LeCoeur as well as AnneMarie and Pierre Rosset. After morning swims, Charlie Bellerby listened patiently to explanations about editing letters. Russell Lillico explained a couple of colloquialisms used by Cecil Frost. Rose Mitchell recalled “Old Mr. Frost,” in other words, William S. Frost. Pete McGarvey and Wendy Hutching provided details on the Frost homes, the Leacock Memorial Home and Museum, and the Champlain Monument. In fact I could always count on help from Pete McGarvey, whose knowledge of old Orillia is immeasurable. Dr. Nancy Ironside put me in touch with Eleanor Bingham, who led me to the diaries of Arthur Ardagh. Eleanor also told me stories about her stepfather , Howard Thomson, as well as his relatives, the Ardaghs and the Peuchens. In Barrie, Lorne Williams kindly allowed me to examine the Arthur Ardagh diaries. Rod Ainsworth and Lois Brennan provided information about Lindsay in the early 1950s. Dr. Al Lackey gave advice on scabies. Ron and Diana Rees read the introduction with care. In 2004, Ron gave me a copy of Vansittart’s Voices of the Great War. As usual, Dr. Elwood Jones gave generously of time and advice. Munroe Scott made helpful comments on the text. Ann O’Brian commented on her father, Mert Plunkett, manager of the Dumbells, and Steve Plunkett, family historian, identified two of the group’s members. Harold Averill was his usual generous and knowledgeable self in advising on details of the University of Toronto during the Great War. Dennis Carter-Edwards provided information on Fort Mississauga, Niagara -on...


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