122 PC 132 TC 84 A.95-18 A.96-54 A.96-95 A.04-09
Title: Laurence Frank Wilmot
Dates of Creation: 1895-2003
Extent: 7.5m of textual records and other material
Biographical Sketch: Laurence Frank Wilmot was
born on April 27, 1907 on a small mixed farm near Clanwilliam, Manitoba.
He graduated from St. John’s College with a Bachelor of Arts
and Licentiate of Theology in 1931. He was ordained a deacon in
1931 and a priest in 1932. That same year he married Louise Hope
Littlewood a Winnipeg school teacher. For ten years he provided
pastoral care in rural Manitoba. In 1942 he was appointed a chaplain
in the Canadian Army. While serving as Chaplain to the West Nova
Scotia Regiment, 3rd Brigade, 1st Canadian Division, he was awarded
a Military Cross for directing the evacuation of wounded from a
heavily area during the Canadian Corps attack at Foglia River in
Italy. Upon his return to Canada Wilmot worked at a Veteran’s
Vocational School, preparing returned soldiers for entrance into
university. In 1946 he began a four year term as Central Western
Field Secretary for Christian Education under the auspices of the
General Board of Education of the Anglican Church. In 1950 he persuaded
to return to his alma mater St. John’s College as warden.
In his eleven years at the College both the Faculty of Arts and
Theology were strengthened and the College left its cramped Broadway
quarters to join the University of Manitoba campus.
From 1961-1963 Wilmot studied at Oxford University . During this
time he wrote a thesis that qualified him for a Masters Degree in
Philosophy from the University of Manitoba. He spent four years
as the sub-warden at St. Augustine’s College in Canterbury,
Kent. He subsequently worked in Pastoral Care in hospitals in Houston
, Washington, D.C. and Whitby, Ontario. After retiring in 1972 Wilmot
completed a Masters of History at the University of Manitoba in
1979. He published his first book Whitehead and God: Prolegomena
to Theological Reconstruction with Wilfred Laurier University Press
in 1979. In 2001 he wrote St. John’s College: A Documentary.
Two years later Through the Hitler Lines Memoirs of an Infantry
Chaplain was published. Wilmot died on December 17, 2003
Scope and Content: The fonds is divided into eight
series. Wilmot’s notes from his student days. The second series
is comprised of his time as an army chaplain, including his war
diaries and letters home. The third series is made up of material
generated from Wilmot’s clerical duties. They include sermons
and correspondence with church officials. Wilmot’s stint as
field secretary for the Anglican Church’s General Board of
Religious Education comprises the fourth series. The fifth series
covers Wilmot’s tenure as a college administrator and lecturer.
Series six contains material generated while Wilmot provided pastoral
care at various hospitals. Series seven contains writer and researcher
material for his three books. The final series covers the many organizations
that Wilmot participated in.
Custodial History: The fonds were transferred
to the Archives & Special Collections in 1995 & 1996 by
Laurence Wilmot. In 2004 his widow Grace Nunn transferred the final
Source of Supplied Title: Title based upon content
of the fonds.
Restrictions on Access: Some material pertaining
to Wilmot’s ministerial work, financial information and legal
documents have been deemed restricted.
Accruals: No further accruals are anticipated.