Claude Bywater Papers

Summary Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections
Bywater, Claude
Claude Bywater papers
Date [inclusive]
0.1 Cubic feet 1 folder

Preferred Citation

Researchers wishing to cite this collection should include the following information: "Item title, Collection title, Collection Identifier, Michigan State University Archives & Historical Collections, East Lansing, Michigan."

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Claude Bywater of Grand Rapids, Michigan, enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1917 with the intention of going overseas, but after a prolonged illness he was discharged from service. In 1918 he was drafted into the U.S. Army and sent to France, where he was wounded in action. He died in an army hospital in Vittel, France, on October 22, 1918, and was buried in a local cemetery.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection contains Bywater's letters to family members in Grand Rapids, Michigan (1917-1918). The collection also contains his draft notice, a note of welcome from King George V to American soldiers, and documents relating to Bywater's death and burial. Also included is a tintype portrait of Roger McDowell.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Michigan State University Archives and Historical Collections March 1965

Conrad Hall
888 Wilson Road, Room 101
East Lansing , MI, 48824

Revision Description

  March 2000

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Legal Status

Copyright: Michigan State University. Property Rights: Michigan State University.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from this collection must be obtained from University Archives & Historical Collections, Michigan State University.

Custodial History

Gift of Mable Lee, 1959-01-04. Transferred by Michigan State University Museum.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • United States. Army -- Military life -- History -- 20th century.


  • Letters (correspondence)
  • Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Lee, Mabel
  • McDowell, Roger


  • Draft
  • World War, 1914-1918

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Collection Inventory


Letters 1917 

Box Folder

Tintype - Portrait of Robert McDowell undated 

5209 35