Strathy, George Henry Kirkpatrick
George Henry Kirkpatrick (Pat) Strathy fonds. 1918-1954.
18 cm of textual records and graphic material.
Pat Strathy was born on 13 February 1918 in Orpington, Kent, England,
the third son of Gerard and Theodora Strathy. His father was serving
with the Canadian military holding the rank of captain. The family remained
in England until the summer of 1919 before leaving for Toronto where
Pats father joined them in September, resuming his career as a
financier. Pat was educated at Crescent School in Toronto; Trinity College
School, Port Hope, Ont; and Charterhouse School in England. He returned
to Canada to attend Trinity College at the University of Toronto where
he studied mathematics and physics, winning the Putnam Mathematical
contest, and graduating with a B.A. (Hon.) in early 1940. He was commissioned
as a sub-lieutenant in the Royal Canadian Naval Volunteer Reserve that
same year. He left for England in May 1940 where he was attached to
the Royal Navy. He joined the H.M.S. Ajax in July 1940 and was
killed in action on 12 October 1940 in the Mediterranean Sea. He operated
the radiolocator on the ship. He and other brilliant young Canadians
had been specially recruited to work on new means of detecting enemy
aircraft and submarines.
The fonds consists of two bound black albums stamped in gold Pats
Book I and Pats Book II. The albums were filled
by his father with every document and photograph that could be found
of his sons life. Album II concludes with the story of Pats
life as written by his father; it is typed and is 99 pages in length.
Title based on content of the fonds.
The fonds (9-2008) was acquired from Alexander Books in May 2008.
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