The collection consists of Downton's handwritten (photocopied) reminiscences of the Great War, 1914-1918. Also included is "A short account of a pilgrimage made by my wife and myself" in 1928. There are two copies of each. The second copy has a handwritten note to Downton from Reg (Roy) in 1968. The first copy has the stamp of G. Smedley Andrews.
The fonds consists of six interviews of uneven quality offering interesting details of battle experiences particularly of the difficult in the trenches. The fonds also consists of 30 colour photographs of World War One veterans interviewed by Elizabeth Hazlitte between 1983-1984. The interviews are included in the Military Oral History collection. Photo credits listed as Jill Schwartz.
The fonds consists of WWII military oral history interviews on clandestine operations i.e. spying. Nine interviews of both men and women. The fonds also consists of research materials and correspondence used in the writing of "Camp X: Canada’s School for Secret Agents, 1941-1945" by David Stafford (Toronto: Lester and Orpen Dennys, 1986).
The collection consists of interviews recorded with naval personnel, together with transcripts. The interviews refer to the experimentational squadron VX10, and the testing and use of the Sikorsky CH-124 Sea King helicopter.