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Accession Number: 10-001


John Carleton Grover fonds. -- 1940-1980; 1984; 1999. -- 24 cm of textual records. -- 5 photographs.

Biography / History

John Carleton Grover of "Balsam Farm," Norwood, Ontario married Rachel Elmhurst in 1942. He was a civil servant employed as pay and allowance ledger keeper with the Royal Canadian Air Force Recruiting Centre in Ottawa. In World War II, Grover became a member of 432 Squadron and served as a pilot officer overseas. For his service, he received the following R.C.A.F. decorations: 1939-1943 Star; R.C.A.F. Operational Wings; and the Canadian Volunteer Service Medal and Clasp. Grover was the great grandson of the Rev. Michael Andrews Farrar of Hastings, Ontario.

Scope and Content

Fonds consists of personal correspondence and R.C.A.F. materials relating to the military career of John Grover.


Custodial History:
Fonds was in the custody of Mrs. Rachel Grover before being transferred to her sister, Mrs. Barbara Mather, who donated it to Trent University Archives in 2009.


Immediate Source:
Fonds acquired from Mrs. Barbara Mather in 2009.


Finding Aid

Box 1

1. Correspondence: John Grover to his future wife Rachel Elmhurst, August - December 1941.
2. as above, January 1942
3. as above, February - March 1942
4. Correspondence: John Grover to his wife Rachel Grover, April - May 1942
5. as above, January - November 1944
6. as above, January - May 1945
7. as above, June - July 1945; November 1945
8. as above, January - March 1946
9. as above, April - October 1946
10. as above, 1949; undated

Box 2

1. Royal Canadian Air Force correspondence, 1940-1945; correspondents include R.C.A.F. personnel; Department of National Defense; friends Ralph Tully, Sgt. A.E. Bell, Chris Hank, Norm Chalk, Ken McAdam; Professor A.E.R. Church, and others.
2. R.C.A.F. miscellaneous items, including hockey league schedules, certificates of service, death notices, newspaper articles, pamphlet "The Astronomical Clock: A Memorial to Fallen Airmen, 1939-1945"
3. Air force reunion material: communications and photographs re 40th anniversary Battle of Britain reunion held in Toronto, 1980; reunion pamphlets and programs, 1980 & 1984; Leaside Squadron Newsletter: The Cougar Chronicle, February 1999 (addressed to Rachel Grover), plus other miscellaneous materials

Loose items:
John Grover Royal Air Force Sight Log Book, 1942
John Carleton Grover R.C.A.F. Pilot Officer certificate, 1943
Air Force Diary (no entries)
H.T. Mather Canadian Army Officers' Training Certificate for the rank of lieutenant, 1945

Box 3

Materials received in 2012 from Mrs. Barbara Mather via Jennifer MacIsaac.

Grover family genealogical records
1. Typescripts of nineteenth-century letters
2. (items returned to family)
3. Family tree and research notes
4. Original letters; birth certificate, 1891-1923; 1978
5. Rachel Grover application for research grant re family research, 1976