The E. R. (Ritch) Toop Memorial Award was created in 1998. It is presented to a BNAPS member for any book, pamphlet, or article representing significant and substantial research on Canadian or BNA military mail or military postal history. The work may be published in a BNAPS journal or any other publication. The award is a certificate and a cheque for $75.00.
The late Maureen Toop provided BNAPS with funding for the award in memory of her late husband, E. R. (Ritch) Toop, OTB, one of Canada’s foremost military postal historians. Ritch wrote numerous articles on a wide variety of subjects, and co-authored six authoritative handbooks on Canada's military postal history. He was a founding member of the BNAPS Canadian Military Mail Study Group and contributor to its newsletter. Ritch died on 13 October 1995.
The year given below is the year the award was presented to the recipient.
|Year||Author||Publication or article|
|2017||J. Michael Powell||Postal History of the Great War Internment Camps in Canada|
|2016||Brian Plain, Gray Scrimgeour, and Robert Toombs, editors||Lt. Col. Roland H. Webb, A Guide to Canadian Military Postal History, 1636-1970|
"Philippine-Canada Mail, 1941-1945"
Article in PHSC Journal, No. 158, Summer 2014.
Notes through Barbed Wire
BNAPS book published in 2011.
"A re-examination and classification of the GPO Triangles on naval mail from
HMCS Avalon, St. John’s, Newfoundland"
Article in BNA Topics, Vol. 69, No. 2, Apr-Jun 2012.
“Canada's 'Stealth' MPOs - Part 1"
Article in BNA Topics, Vol. 67, No. 1, Jan-Mar 2010.
|2008||C. Douglas Sayles||
The BNAPS Catalogue of Canadian Military Mail Markings,
Volume 3 – From Victory in 1945 to Afghanistan
BNAPS book published in 2006.
|2007||P. Charles Livermore||
"Thanks for the Smokes!"
Article in BNA Topics, Vol. 63, No. 3, Jul-Sep 2006.
"Remembering the Korean War"
Article in BNA Topics, Vol. 60, No. 2, Apr-Jun 2003.
|2003||C. Ronald McGuire||
For outstanding writings throughout 2002. These ranged from a booklet on
the ill-fated Canadian Force "C" in Hong Kong during the Second World War
to a series of articles on the tragic sinking
of the Newfoundland steamship ferry, S.S. Caribou, in October 1942.
Booklet: The Postal History of Canada's "C" Force.
"Remember the S.S. Caribou", a set of seven articles in the series "Newfoundland Illustrated", PHSC Journal, Nos. 112-118, Dec. 2002 to June 2004.
|2002||C. Douglas Sayles||Numerous articles in the Canadian Military Mail Study Group Newsletter and BNA Topics. The articles covered a wide-range of subjects including the raid on Dieppe, cigarette and field service postcards, and military censor markings.|
|2001||Dean W. Mario||Editorship of the Canadian Military Mail Study Group Newsletter|
|1999||Ken V. Ellison||
Force 'C' - the Canadian Army's Hong Kong Story, 1941-1945
BNAPS book, Exhibit Series #8, black and white photocopy edition published in 1998. An updated digital colour edition was published in 2005.
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