Lorne and Betty Goat fonds
1919-1985, predominant 1940-1946
12.5 cm of textual records
Lorne Thomas Goat, 1919-2008, was born and educated in Montreal. He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and trained as a wireless operator and air gunner. He was sent overseas in 1941 and shot down over Germany in 1942. He was held prisoner in Stalag 344 near Breslau, Germany until 1945. On his discharge he returned to Canada, and in 1946 married Irene "Betty" Hopley, 1918-1988. They had three children. He received his chartered accountants degree in 1952. He worked as an accountant in Montreal until his retirement in 1984, at which time he was controller of the Montreal Engineering Company. He moved to Calgary, Alberta in 1984, and in 1989 married his second wife, Olly MacCrimmon.
Scope and Content:
The fonds consists of letters from Lorne, while in a German POW camp, to Betty (1942-1944); Lorne's journal of war experiences (1942); Betty's record book of letters and parcels sent to Lorne (1941-1945); RCAF air gunner's log book (1941-1942); and various membership cards, certificates of appointment and newsclippings.
Source of Acquisition:
Gift of Lorne Goat, 1988.
The material is in English.
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