Boer War Veterans of Elgin County

Boer War / South African War Veterans of Elgin County, Ontario, Canada

Compiled by Bruce C. Johnson, Jr.

 Additions and corrections welcomed- current update – 5 Nov 2020

“The South African War (1899-1902) is a key event in the military history of Canada. It was the first time in its history that Canada dispatched troops to an overseas war.”  Library and Archives Canada. South African War, 1899-1902

Introduction
The purpose of this page is to provide information about those who served in the South African War and who had a significant connection to Elgin County, before, during or after the war. The page includes Canadian soldiers who enlisted for service in South Africa and in the Halifax Garrison and British soldiers of the period who came to Elgin County after the war.

Sources of Information

INDEX

The index includes Canadian soldiers who enlisted for service in South Africa and in the Halifax Garrison and British soldiers of the period who came to Elgin County after the war.

  • ANDERSON, Archibald Hume, 7162
  • ANDERSON, Peter, British Army
  • BARRETT, George Augustus, 321
  • BARRETT, Samuel, 170
  • BERRY, Albert Edward, 171
  • BISHOP, William Richard, British Army 
  • BURGAR, Fred, 99
  • BURGAR, Hiram, 7173
  • CHAPMAN, John Edward, British Army
  • COUSE, Harmon, 332 (given as Hiram in some sources)
  • ERMATINGER, Charles Percival, 99
  • FARLEY, John James Egerton, 7157
  • FELLOWS, Joseph. British Army
  • GREEN, W. J., 7197
  • HARE, William Archibald
  • HARE, William Robinson
  • HODGE, Charles John, British Army
  • HUNT, George, British Army
  • JONES, Ernest J., British Army
  • KAY, Robert. British Army
  • KIDNER, Reginald William. 7357
  • LITTLE, F., 196
  • MARSHALL, Henry, ‘Harry’. British Army
  • McKENZIE, Harry Ross, 2220 (given also) MacKENZIE
  • MONTEITH, A., 188
  • MONTEITH, J., 7831
  • NEVILLE, Walter John, British Army
  • PALMERSTON, Roy Freeman, 182
  • PATTISON, William J. (William James). British Army
  • PICKNELL, Charles Henry. British Army.
  • PULHAM, Edwin Bryan
  • STACEY, E., 181
  • STACEY, P. H., 7261
  • STANBURY, Frederick George, 7237
  • STOKES, W., 177
  • SUTHERLAND, J., 7238
  • THOMPSON, James William, British Army
  • TRAVERS, H. B., 7696
  • WATKINS, Arthur
  • WESTAWAY, H. N., 7250
  • WHARTON, Arthur
  • WHITEHEAD, William Park. British Army
  • WILLIAMS, Walter
  • WYETT, William, British Army

 

ADDENDUM – Elgin soldiers who volunteered for the first contingent in October, 1899 but were not included in it.

Lt. M. Scott, Sergt.-Major Harry Flowers and Sergt. E. H. (Harold) Pink, from the 25th Battalion, volunteered for the first contingent and took the oath.

  • The Advance: (Dutton), Oct. 26, 1899, p. 4, Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Oct. 24, 1899, p. 2., Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Oct. 27, 1899, p. 8. (Sergt. Pink’s experience, column 2), Canadiana
  • Boer War 1899-1901,  Elgin County Archives,

The Boer War/South African War Veterans of Elgin County

Contributions by Alan Mason about Canadian soldiers who enlisted for service in South Africa and in the Halifax Garrison, and British soldiers of the period who came to Elgin County after the war. These soldiers all had a significant connection to Elgin County, before, during or after the South African war.

This page is a work in progress. Additional research in the St. Thomas newspapers and in other sources will be required.

ANDERSON, Archibald Hume (Archie). 7162. 25th Battalion. First Canadian Contingent. Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry, 2nd Battalion, B Company.
Archie Anderson enlisted at London on October 21, 1899. Born in Peterborough, he was a 22 year old student when he enlisted. He had recently been an officer in the 25th Battalion. In South Africa, he was taken ill with enteric fever at the same time as Egerton Farley. After a long illness, he was sent to England in April, 1900 and then invalided home with other casualties in September, 1900. When he was discharged, he had recovered from the fever. He received an enthusiastic welcome in St. Thomas upon his return. He resumed his medical studies at Trinity College in Toronto. After graduation he practiced for several years at Webbwood, Ontario. He died of pneumonia there in March, 1908.

  • The Aylmer Express: Sept. 27, 1900, p. 8. Canadiana
  • The Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion of Canada. April 1, 1899. The 25th “Elgin” Battalion of Infantry. Canadiana
  • The Globe: (Toronto) Dec. 9, 1899, p. 10. Canadian Regiment. Complete Muster Roll of the South African Contingent.
  • Elgin County Archives (Archie Anderson). The collection contains many letters written home from South Africa and England. ECA  See, for example, a letter written April 8, 1900
  • London Advertiser: Nov. 3, 1900, p. 2., Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Mar. 17, 1908, p. 10. (Obituary), Canadiana
  • Toronto Daily Star: Mar. 17, 1908, p. 3, (photograph) Mar. 19, 1908, p. 8. St., Canadiana
  • Thomas Evening Journal: March 16, 1908, Page 1, c4 – Died – Dr Archie Anderson, Mar 16, brother of R. M. Anderson. March 18, 1908, Page 5, c2 – Funeral – Dr Archibald Hume Anderson, Mar. 19., Elgin OGS
  • A. H. Anderson is buried at Mt. Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto. FindAGrave, (with photograph) Elgin OGS STTJ 1908 Mar – Apr
    Note: Dr. Duncan M. Anderson. He graduated in medicine from Trinity College, Toronto, after being educated in Peterborough schools. Elgin County Archives, Anderson family fonds: “Much of the Boer War/South African War-era correspondence is between Robert Marshall Anderson and his brothers Archie and Duncan, both of whom served in the conflict, Duncan as a physician in the medical corps, Archie in the infantry., ” ECA
  • The Globe: (Toronto) Nov. 1, 1902, p. 31. “Dr. Duncan M. Anderson, lately surgeon to the Canadian Mounted Rifles has returned from South Africa.” The Globe and Mail: (Toronto): July 16, 1956, p. 4. (Obituary) St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 16, 1956, Page 7, c3, Died – Dr Duncan MacKenzie Anderson, 82nd year, July 14., Elgin OGS
  • Duncan M. Anderson, FindAGrave

ANDERSON, Peter. British Army
Peter Anderson was born in Dunblane, Scotland in 1867. He came to Canada in 1903, after serving in the British army before and during the Boer War. He and Mary Murray were married in Toronto in 1905. They came to Aylmer shortly before the Great War, in which Peter Anderson served overseas. He was Aylmer’s night police constable from 1920 to 1935, when he resigned due to ill health. His wife Mary died in 1944. Peter Anderson died in 1958 at age 91, survived by a son, a daughter and five grandchildren.

  • This brief outline is based on “Peter Anderson 400593” in James L. McCallum, “We Will Remember Them” – The Men & Women of East Elgin Who Served During the First Great War, 1914-1918, Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society. A newspaper article about Mr. and Mrs. Anderson’s wedding anniversary in 1930 and Peter Anderson’s obituary are included. Elgin OGS
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), Peter Anderson [400593]
  • The Elgin County Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War., ECA
  • The Aylmer Express: April 3, 1919, p. 1. Sapper Peter Anderson has returned home. (Photograph and summary of military career.) Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 29, 1920, p. 15. Peter Anderson selected as Aylmer night policeman. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • The Aylmer Express: Oct. 10, 1935, p. 1; Oct. 24, 1935, p. 1. Night Constable Peter Anderson resigned due to ill health. Except for his annual two weeks of holiday, he had rarely missed a night of duty.  Elgin OGS
  • Aylmer PoliceHistory of the Aylmer Police
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 29, 1944, p. 8, c1. Died – Mrs. Mary Murray Stuart Anderson, 63 years, June 29, wife of Peter Anderson. Elgin OGS
  • The Aylmer Express: July 6, 1944, p. 1., Elgin OGS
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: November 11, 1958, p. 7, c5. Died – Peter Anderson, 91 years, Nov. 10, father of Allan G. Anderson and Mrs. Jean Fortin. November 11, 1958, Second Section, p. 10, c1. Died – Peter Anderson, 91 years, Nov. 10. November 12, 1958, p. 7, c5. Died – Peter Anderson, Nov. 10., Elgin OGS
  • Peter Anderson 1867-1958 and Mary Anderson 1880-1944, Aylmer Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

BARRETT, George Augustus, 321. 25th Battalion. 2nd Canadian Contingent, Artillery, Gunner, D Battery, R.C.F.A. South African Constabulary.
George A. Barrett was born in 1878, a son of Samuel and Hannah Barrett of St. Thomas. He was a moulder by trade. In late 1899, he volunteered as a gunner for the second Canadian contingent. Harmon Couse enlisted as a driver at the same time. Barrett saw active service but was then invalided sick with rheumatic fever to England. He had recovered when he arrived home in October, 1900. He enlisted in March, 1901 in the Baden-Powell Constabulary (South African Constabulary). After serving with the S. A. C. he came home to visit his parents but returned to South Africa to work on the engineering staff of the city of Bloemfontein. In early 1905 he became ill and returned home to St. Thomas. He died in April, 1905 following surgery. His former comrades of the 25th Regiment provided military honours at his funeral.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1881 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1901 Census of Canada
  • Internet Archive: City of London Ontario, Canada. The Pioneer Period and The London of To-Day. Second Edition, London, (October, 1900). Photograph which includes G. A. Barrett and H. Couse of St. Thomas. London Boys – Royal Canadian Artillery – For South Africa. p. 176.  The book also contains (p. 174) a  photograph of B Company of the First Contingent for South Africa, taken in London on October 25, 1899. Archive.org
  • London Advertiser: Dec. 28, 1899, p. 2, Barrett and Couse, 25th Battalion, enrolled in the artillery. Canadiana
  • The Advance: (Dutton) Jan. 4, 1900, p. 4. St. Thomas provided Barrett and Couse with a farewell banquet and $15 each. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Jan. 4, 1900, p. 8. The artillery departs for Ottawa from London. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: October 5, 1900, p. 8. Barrett invalided to Canada from England. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Oct. 17, 1900, p. 8. Gunner Barrett’s return to St. Thomas. A Methodist pastor criticized aspects of the welcome and hoped they would not be repeated. Canadiana.  He did not criticize Mr. Barrett. London Advertiser: October 24, 1900, p. 7. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 17, 1901, p. 6. Gunner Barrett of St. Thomas was present at W. A. Hare’s reception in Aylmer. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: March 5, 1901, p. 5. G. A. Barrett and H. Coruse, St. Thomas, will be examined for the B.-P. Force (South African Constabulary). They were chosen from among many applicants. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: April 13, 1905, p. 7. Funeral, with military honours, of George A. Barrett. Canadiana
  • Elgin County Archives, George E. Thorman Papers, Boer War 1899-1901. A typed obituary of Sergt. George A. Barrett, from a St. Thomas newspaper dated April 7, 1905.
  • CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, George A. Barrett, St. Thomas Cemetery

BARRETT, Samuel, 170. 25th Battalion, St. Thomas. Halifax Garrison (3rd Battalion Royal Canadian Regiment); 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles.
Samuel Barrett was born on May 29, 1874, according to the 1901 Census of Canada. He was a son of Samuel and Hannah Barrett of St. Thomas. In March, 1900, Samuel Barrett was a painter when he volunteered to serve in the garrison at Halifax. His Great War attestation paper recorded that he served one year in the R. C. R. there. In December, 1901, he was a City fireman when he volunteered for South Africa. However, he was discharged from the 2nd C. M. R. after 45 days service. Samuel Barrett and Minnie Bates of Simcoe were married in Port Dover on the last day of December, 1908. He was a painter at the time. He started work with the M. C. R. railway in September, 1909. In the Great War, he was about 40 years of age when he volunteered in September, 1915. He went overseas with the 91st Battalion C. E. F. and served in England and France. He returned home in 1919. In 1925 he was about 50 years of age and was a senior brakeman in line for promotion to passenger service with the railway. He  was thrown from the top of the caboose of a Michigan Central freight train and died in hospital. He was survived by his widow, three daughters, three sons, five brothers and two sisters.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1881 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada
  • The London Advertiser: March 12, 1900, p. 6. Samuel Barrett volunteered for the Halifax Garrison. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1901 Census of Canada, Another source states he was born in 1875.
  • The London Advertiser: Dec. 11, 1901, p. 9. Samuel Barrett volunteered for South Africa. Canadiana
  • The marriage certificate records the names Samuel Barrett and Minnie Ball.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, Personnel Records of the First World War, Samuel Barrett [123440] recorded as Samuel Barratt. The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War. See Elgin County & The Great War, Elgin County Museum
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, (recorded as Barutt)
  • The London Evening Free Press: Aug. 14, 1925, p. 18. Samuel Barrett died after a railway accident. Canadiana
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: August 14, 1925, p. 1, c2. Died – Samuel Barrett, 49 years, Aug 13 – Photo. August 14, 1925, p. 7, c8. Died – Samuel Barrett, 49 years, Aug. 13.   Elgin OGS
  • Samuel Barrett, Jr., CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, St. Thomas Cemetery
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 19, 1940, p. 7, c8. Died – Minnie Barrett, 19 June, age 52. June 19, 1940, p.14, c2. Died – Minnie Barrett, age 52. June 22, 1940, Page 6, c2. Died – Mrs. Samuel Barrett.  Elgin OGS
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 19, 1942, p. 9, c6. Memoriam – Mrs. Barrett, June 19, 1940, by Ethel, Betty and Harold; by Dorothy, Jack and Carl; by son Merton and daughter-in-law Phyllis.   Elgin OGS
  • Minnie (Bates) Barrett, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery

 

BERRY, Albert E., (Albert Edward). 171. 25th Regiment. Halifax Garrison (3rd Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment). 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. 
Albert Berry was born in October, 1880, a son of John Berry and Alice Braddon Berry. In March, 1900, he volunteered to serve in the garrison at Halifax for one year. He then served in the 25th Regiment from April to December, 1901. He listed his occupation as fireman when he volunteered in December for South Africa. His regiment arrived there in mid-February, 1902. The 2nd Regiment of the Canadian Mounted Rifles returned to Canada at the end of June. Bert Berry and Eulia La Rue were married in October, 1908 at St. Thomas. In the Great War he volunteered in March, 1916. His attestation paper recorded that he had served 10 years in the 25th Elgin Regiment and had risen to the rank of Sergeant. In civilian life he worked in a power house. He went overseas with the 91st Battalion. However, he was sent home due to chronic arthritis and discharged medically unfit in November, 1916. Albert Berry worked as a Hydro Electric Power Commission sub-station operator until his retirement in 1946. He died in March, 1950 at age 69. He was survived by his wife Eulia, four sons, five daughters, one brother and twelve grandchildren. At his funeral the honorary pallbearers included Col. W. J. Green, William Stokes and Roy Palmerston. Other members of the Canadian Legion were flower bearers. At the graveside, a bugler played the Last Post and Reveille.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada
  • The London Advertiser: March 12, 1900, p. 6.,  Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1901 Census of Canada
  • The London Advertiser: Dec. 11, 1901, p. 9. Canadiana
  • Canadian War MuseumCanada & The South African War, 1899-1902, Units, 2nd Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada
  • The London Advertiser: March 28, 1916, p. 6., Canadiana
  • Library and Archives CanadaPersonnel Records of the First World War, Albert Edward Berry [190174]
  • The Elgin County Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.  Elgin Archives
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: March 13, 1950, p. 7, c7. Died – Albert Edward Berry, 11 Mar, 70th year. March 13, 1950,p. 8, c2. Died – Albert Edward Berry, 70th year. March 15, 1950, p.15, c3. Funeral – Albert Edward Berry.  Elgin OGS
  • Albert E. Berry (1880-1950), Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Thomas, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project
  • Eulia (LaRue) Berry (1890-1954), Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Thomas, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project
  • Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, Section H. H 243A Pink granite. Albert E. BERRY /Beloved husband of/Eulia LARUE /1880-1950. H 243B Pink granite. Eulia LARUE /Beloved wife of/Albert E. BERRY / 1890-1954.  Elgin OGS

 

BISHOP, William Richard. British Army
William Bishop was born in Birmingham, England on November 12, 1873. He and Sarah Ann Haddelton were married there in December, 1894. He served in the British Army’s Dorsetshire Regiment in South Africa. According to his own modest account, he was a batman for a junior officer. In the summer of 1906 William Bishop, his wife and their children came to Canada. They settled in Malahide Township where William Bishop worked on a farm for several years. Mr. and Mrs. Bishop had several more children in Canada. William Bishop later worked for the Michigan Central Railroad in St. Thomas and for the Canada Iron Foundries Ltd. Sarah Ann Bishop died in January, 1937 at age 60. William Bishop was on the staff of the R.C.A.F. Technical Training School during World War II, until he retired in 1944. William Bishop died in August, 1967, survived by five sons, three daughters and their descendants.

  • Library and Archives CanadaPassenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada. (Malahide Township) 
  • Two sons served in the Great War: Howard L. R. Bishop [190133] and Richard James Bishop [3135525]. The Elgin County Book of Remembrance records their service. Elgin Archives
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada. (St. Thomas)
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: January 11, 1937 (Last Edition) [Monday] p. 7, C8. Died – Bishop, died 10 Jan., Mrs. Sarah Ann, wife of William, 60 years, buried Elmdale cemetery. January 11, 1937, p. 12, C4. Died – died Sunday, Mrs. Sarah Ann Bishop, 60th year on 24 Oct. 1936, buried Elmdale cemetery, photo. January 13, 1937 (Last Edition) [Wednesday], p. 2, C8. Funeral – Mrs. Sarah Ann Bishop, held Tuesday, wife of William. Elgin OGS
  • Elgin County ArchivesProfile Photographs, General Interest – William Bishop
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: Nov. 12, 1964, describing William Bishop, a veteran of the South African War (the Boer War), celebrating his 90th birthday and looking back on his life.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: Aug. 24, 1967. Mr. Bishop passed away at Westminster Hospital in London at the age of 93.William R. Bishop, 1873-1967, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project.
    Sarah Ann Bishop, 1877-1937, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project.

 

BURGAR, Frederick. 99. 38th Battalion. 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles.
Frederick Burgar was born in Bayham Township near Vienna, Ontario on June 16, 1877. He was a son of Frederick Burgar, a farmer, and Dolina McIntosh Burgar. In late December, 1899 Fred Burgar was living in Brantford. He wanted to join the second Canadian contingent for South Africa. His brother Hiram was in the first contingent. It appears that Fred Burgar was initially selected, but was not taken to South Africa. In the summer of 1900, he disposed of his farm in Bayham Township. He intended to move to the Northwest and it appears that he did so. His family moved to the Wetaskiwin district of Alberta in 1900. However, in the spring of 1901, Fred Burgar was living and working in Brantford. On April 21, 1902, he enlisted in the 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles at Brantford. The regiment sailed to South Africa and landed in June, shortly after the official end of the war. The regiment returned to Canada and was disbanded at the end of July, 1902. Fred Burgar and Bertha Waugh were married on August 1, 1903. They lived in Brantford and raised a family. The family moved to Saskatchewan in 1918 or 1919. Fred Burgar was a farmer there for thirty years until he retired in 1949. He and his wife moved soon after to Saskatoon. He died in May, 1963, at age 85, survived by his wife, four daughters and four sons.

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BURGAR, Hiram. 7173. 38th Battalion. First Contingent. Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry.
Hiram Burgar was born in Bayham Township, near Vienna, Ontario in 1879, a son of Frederick Burgar and Dolina McIntosh Burgar. After his mother died in 1888, he lived with an aunt in Brantford before returning to the farm. Hiram Burgar was working as a stove finisher at the Buck Stove works in Brantford when he enlisted in the first contingent at Toronto on October 23, 1899. Letters which he wrote from South Africa to his sister Kate and to his brother Hugh were published in The Aylmer Express. His regiment visited England before returning to Canada and he later recalled being inspected by Queen Victoria. The town council of Vienna gave him a reception at the town hall and a purse in January, 1901. Hiram Burgar then joined his family in the Wetaskiwin district of Alberta. He moved to Camrose, Alberta in 1903 and opened a hardware store in 1904. He recalled riding from Wetaskiwin to Camrose with a bank manager, bringing in money to open a banking business there. He opened a funeral home in 1906. He and Maude Wilson were married in 1911. He sold his hardware business in 1917 to concentrate on the funeral business. He served as a Town Councillor. He died on August 3, 1949 in Camrose at age 70, survived by his wife, three children and six grandchildren.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1881 Census of Canada, Bayham Twp.
  • Dolina McIntosh Burgar 1842-1888, FindAGrave, St. Luke’s Anglican Cemetery, Vienna, Ontario
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada, Bayham Twp. Brantford remembered Hiram Burgar as one of the Brant County and Brantford City men who joined the first contingent. Great War Centenary Association, Brantford, Brant County, Six Nations, H. Burgar is among the soldiers named in Protecting Brantford’s Military Heritage – South African War Memorial.
    F. Douglas Reville, History of the County of Brant. Vol. II,   Brantford. The Hurley Printing Company. (1920) p. 440. Internet Archive: Our Ontario, Image
  • The Aylmer Express: February 15, 1900, p. 1, 12Hiram Burgar letters to his sister. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: April 26, 1900, p. 6. “Awfully glad Fred [his brother] did not come; it’s a hard life this soldiering. But of course it in a good cause, and that makes it easier.” (Fred Burgar wanted to enlist in the second contingent in December, 1899 and did enlist in the 3rd Canadian Mounted Rifles in April, 1902.) Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: May 24, 1900, p. 1. Hiram Burgar was in the same company as Private Farley who died in South Africa of enteric fever. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Sept. 6, 1900, p. 1, 7. Hiram Burgar had an attack of fever just before reaching Pretoria and was hospitalized. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer express : December 1, 1898-February 14, 1901, Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Dec. 20, 1900, p. 1. Hiram Burgar is on his way home, after a couple of weeks in England. The Buck Stove Works in Brantford plan a warm welcome. Canadiana, The Aylmer express : December 1, 1898-February 14, 1901
  • Hiram Burgar and two others were the last men from Brantford to return to the city. They arrived hours earlier than expected. Plans for a large reception were upset. The men were warmly greeted by a few people at the railway station and then went home. The Globe: (Toronto) Dec. 27,1900, p. 2.
  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 24, 1901, p. 12. Reception at Vienna Town Hall. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1901 Census of Canada, (Wetaskiwin N. W. T.)
  • University of Alberta Libraries, Peel’s Prairie Provinces, The Wetaskiwin Times: May 24, 1901, p.1. 
  • The Glencoe Transcript: May 11, 1911, p. 1; May 18, 1911, p. 1. Marriage of Hiram Burgar and Maud Wilson at Camrose. Canadiana
  • University of AlbertaPeel’s Prairie Provinces, The Wetaskiwin Times: May 4, 1911, p. 3.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada, (Camrose)
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1926 Census of Prairie Provinces
  • Burgar Funeral Home, Our History
  • The golden trail. (History of Camrose, Alberta) Camrose Canadian (editor); Lions Club of Camrose, (contributor). Camrose, 1955. University of Alberta Libraries Peel’s Prairie Provinces, Peel 10680, Search on Hiram Burgar. See page 135.
  • Hiram Burgar obituary, with photograph. Among those attending the funeral were Hiram Burgar’s sister Catherine of Edmonton and brother Fred of Landis, Saskatchewan.  University of Calgary, Early Alberta Newspapers Collection. The Camrose Canadian: August 10, 1949, p. 1, 4, University of Calgary,  The Camrose Canadian 1949-01-05 – 1949-12-21
  • Hiram Burgar, 1879-1949, FindAGrave, Valleyview Cemetery, Camrose
  • Maude Wilson Burgar, 1881-1962, FindAGrave, Valleyview Cemetery, Camrose

 

CHAPMAN, John Edward. British Army
John Edward Chapman was born in Leeds, England in 1879. He served in the British army for seven years, including more than two years in South Africa. He emigrated to Canada a few years after the war. He and Eliza Ann (Annie) Foster were married in Toronto on July 20, 1907. They moved to St. Thomas by 1910. He worked as a railway car repairer and coach painter. He enlisted in September, 1915 and went overseas with the 91st Battalion in June, 1916. He served in England in several capacities, including with the army postal services, until 1918. He returned to Canada and was discharged at the end of the war. He returned to work with the railway. He died on November 13, 1927 in his 47th year, survived by his wife, three sons and a daughter.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada
  • London Advertiser: Sept. 1, 1915, p. 4. J. Edward Chapman, South African veteran, enlists at St. Thomas. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), John Edward Chapman [123377], The Elgin County Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: November 14, 1927, p. 1, c6. Died – John Edward Chapman, Nov. 13, father of Gilbert, Arthur, Robert and Evelyn. November 14, 1927, p. 7, c8. Died – John Edward Chapman, 47th year, Nov. 13, husband of Mrs. Eliza Ann Chapman, nee Foster. November 16, 1927, p. 7, c7. Funeral – John E. Chapman, Nov. 15., Elgin OGS
  • CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, South Park Cemetery, St. Thomas, – J. Edward Chapman, 1889-1927, E. Ann Chapman, 1884-1977, Evelyn M. Chapman, 1919-2004

CLINE, Sperry, 222. 25th Regt. Second Contingent. Royal Canadian Dragoons.
Sperry Cline was born on May 26, 1881, the son of Jonas and Marie Cline of Orwell. He enlisted at London on December 30, 1899 and left with the Canadian Mounted Rifles a few days later. He served through the campaign and was discharged on January 10, 1901. He arrived home at Orwell in mid-January after passing through St. Thomas where he was congratulated by a number of city councillors. In April, he was part of the guard of honour at W. R. Hare’s reception. In mid-April, 1901 he left for Vancouver, with a medal and $25 in gold given to him on behalf of the citizens of St. Thomas. He arrived in B. C.’s Skeena River country in 1904. He ran the mail by dog team and sleigh, piloted a river boat and worked in placer mining. Sperry Cline and Euphemia Anderson were married in 1913. He joined the B. C. Provincial Police in 1914 and remained a policeman until he retired in 1946. He served in many parts of the province and at the police training school. He spent 12 years at Hazelton in northern B.C. He was known as ‘Dutch’ Cline. Sgt. Cline was awarded the B. C. Provincial Police Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. He wrote articles and books and has been written about in several articles. He died on May 8, 1964.

 

COUSE, Harmon, 332. 25th Battalion. 2nd Canadian Contingent, Artillery, D Battery, R. C. F. A. South African Constabulary.
Harmon Jacob Couse was born on September 30, 1870, a son of Isaac Brock and Hannah Gilbert Couse. In late 1899, he volunteered as an artillery driver for the second Canadian contingent. G. A. Barrett enlisted as a gunner at the same time. Harmon Couse returned home in November, 1900 and received a great welcome at London, Ontario with his comrades. He enlisted again in March, 1901 in the Baden-Powell Constabulary (South African Constabulary). He and Susan Gouws were married in 1906 in South Africa. He returned to Canada with his wife in May, 1909 and applied for his medals that summer while living in St. Thomas. The couple soon moved to Battle Creek, Michigan. He worked first as a machinist and then as a carpenter-car repairer for the MCR. They lived there with their daughter Gladys until 1923. The family returned to South Africa because Harmon Couse’s health required a change of climate. Harmon Couse died in South Africa in December, 1944.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1871 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1881 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada
  • Internet Archive: City of London Ontario, Canada. The Pioneer Period and The London of To-Day. Second Edition, London, (October, 1900). Photograph which includes G. A. Barrett and H. Couse of St. Thomas. London Boys – Royal Canadian Artillery – For South Africa. p. 176. The book also contains (p. 174) a  photograph of B Company of the First Contingent for South Africa, taken in London on October 25, 1899.
  • London Advertiser: Dec. 28, 1899, p. 2, Barrett and Couse, 25th Battalion, enrolled in the artillery. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 4, 1900. p. 1. (Refers to Hiram Couse). Driver. Sixth field battery. Canadiana
  • The Advance: (Dutton) Jan. 4, 1900, p. 4. St. Thomas provided Barrett and Couse a farewell banquet and $15 each. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Jan. 4, 1900, p. 8. The artillery departs for Ottawa from London. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Nov. 2, 1900, p. 6. Arrived in Halifax safely and in good health. (He had recovered from enteric fever.) Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Nov. 6, 1900, p. 2. A great welcome in London. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: March 5, 1901, p. 5. G. A. Barrett and H. Coruse, St. Thomas, will be examined for the B.-P. Force (South African Constabulary). They were chosen from among many applicants. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: March 7, 1901, p. 5.“OFF FOR AFRICA! Forty-One Men from This District Ready to Start…As Members of the Baden-Powell Constabulary…” Canadiana
  • British 1820 Settlers to South Africa website   Harmon Couse   Family: Harmon Couse / Susanna Cornelia Gouws (F16035)
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: December 20, 1944, p. 14, c6. Died – Harmon Couse.  (In Vryheid, South Africa, on December 9, 1944.)   Elgin OGS

 

ERMATINGER, Charles Percy, 99. 25th Battalion. N. W. M. P. 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. South African Constabulary.
Percy Ermatinger was born on August 6, 1878, the son of Charles Oakes and Charlotte Ermatinger of St. Thomas. His father was later a judge in Elgin County for many years. In the late 1890s, Percy Ermatinger was an officer in the 25th Battalion. In 1898 he joined the North West Mounted Police where he served for 20 months. In January, 1900 he enlisted in the second Canadian contingent at Calgary. In June, 1900, he was taken prisoner when an outpost of the Canadian Mounted Rifles was attacked by a superior force, but was later able to rejoin his unit. In January, 1901 civic leaders, prominent citizens and a large crowd gave him an enthusiastic welcome home in St. Thomas. After a short time at home, he obtained a commission as a Lieutenant in the South African Constabulary. He remained in South Africa for several years. He served in the Great War, rising to the rank of Major. In 1928 he became the Governor of the Elgin County Jail where he served for 17 years. His attention to his duties and his kindness to the prisoners were remarked upon. Percy Ermatinger and Beatrice Idsardi were married in 1933. He died in 1945.                    

  • Library and Archives Canada1891 Census of Canada
  • The Canada Gazette: 1897-98:1. August 7, 1897, p. 242. Charles Percy Ermatinger to be 2nd Lieutenant, provisionally. 25th “Elgin” Battalion of Infantry. Hathitrtrust
  • Library and Archives Canada, North West Mounted Police Personnel Record for Charles Percy Ermatinger
  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 11, 1900 p. 1. Percy Ermatinger, son of Judge Ermatinger, and Miss Richardson, sister of Mrs. Ermatinger, leave with the second Canadian contingent for South Africa. Miss Richardson will be a nurse. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: June 28, 1900, p. 5.  C. P. Ermatinger taken prisoner. Canadiana
  • The Advance: (Dutton) August 23, 1900 p. 8. Col. 1. Percy Ermatinger, previously reported missing and taken prisoner, has returned. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Nov. 13, 1900, p. 5. Letter from Percy Ermatinger. Mentions Barrett and Cline. Refers to the loss of his diary when he was captured. Hopes to be home by Christmas. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Jan. 14, 1901 p. 8. Trooper Percy Ermatinger welcomed home. Canadiana
  • The Globe: (Toronto) March 2, 1901, p. 13. C. P. Ermatinger named a Lieutenant in the Canadian contingent of the South African Constabulary.
  • London Advertiser: April 30, 1901 p. 1. Letter from Lt. Percy Ermatinger of the Baden-Powell police force. Mentions Geo A. Barrett and Harmon Couse. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), Mentioned in Dispatches. The Elgin County Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War. Elgin County Archives, Elgin County Book of Remembrance: The Great War, 1914-1918
  • Elgin County Archives has documents regarding his service in the N. W. M. P. and in the Boer War, and his obituary: St. Thomas Times-Journal: Aug. 28, 1945 (Obituary) Elgin County Vertical File Collection
  • Capt. Leonard A. Curchin and Lt. Brian D. Sim, The Elgins: The Story of the Elgin Regt. (RCAC) and Its Predecessors, p. 25, has three photographs of C. P. Ermatinger.
  • C. Percy Ermatinger and his wife are buried at St. Thomas Churchyard/Old English Cemetery. CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project.
  • Note: Nursing Sister Marcella Percy Richardson of Ottawa was a sister of Mrs. (Judge) Ermatinger. She served as a Nursing Sister in the South African War and in the Great War. In 1915, she was erroneously reported to have died of overwork in France. See 
  • The Dutton Advance: April 22, 1915, p. 8, col. 1., Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: April 22, 1915, p. 1., Canadiana
  •  The Aylmer Express: April 29, 1915, p. 1., Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War) of Nursing Sister Marcella Percy Richardson, Mentioned in Dispatches
  • The Ottawa Citizen: June 25, 1958, p. 19. Ex-Ottawa Nurse, Boer Veteran, Passes in Miami. Google News Archive, Newspapers  
  • Find A Grave, Marcella Percy Richardson, Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa
             

FARLEY, John James Egerton 7157. 25th Battalion. First contingent.
Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry, B Company. Died of fever in South Africa.
J. Egerton Farley was the son of John and Frances Ann Farley of St. Thomas. While attending the Collegiate Institute he was a member of the cadet corps. He studied law and passed his university examinations. He worked in his father’s law office. He was 22 years old and a student-at-law when he enlisted. He had taken a military course in London and was a recently appointed officer of the 25th Battalion. He was one of the battalion’s officers who enlisted in the first contingent at London in October, 1899 and who served as privates in South Africa. Private Farley died of enteric fever in South Africa on February 4, 1900.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada
  • The Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion of Canada. October 1, 1899. The 25th “Elgin” Battalion of Infantry. Canadiana
  • The Hamilton Evening Times (Feb. 6, 1900, p. 4) reported that the St. Thomas newspapers had published interesting letters from Lieutenant Farley, written since the arrival of the contingent in South Africa. Canadiana
  • The news of Pte. Farley’s death reaches St. Thomas. London Advertiser: Feb. 6, 1900, p. 3., Canadiana
  • The death of Mr. Edge Farley of St. Thomas. The Aylmer Express: Feb. 8, 1900, p. 1, 5., Canadiana
  • The Globe: (Toronto) (March 3, 1900, p. 2) published his photograph.
  • Hiram Burgar, Letter. He was in the same company. The Aylmer Express: May 24, 1900, p. 1., Canadiana
  • Elgin County Archives, George E. Thorman Papers, Boer War 1899-1901. Obituaries and clippings file from St. Thomas newspapers regarding J. Egerton Farley. 
  • Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial
  • FindAGravePVT James Egerton Farley, includes a photograph of his grave. He is buried at Kimberley (West End) Cemetery, South Africa. See also FindAGrave, Egerton John James Farley, This is a family gravestone in St. Thomas Cemetery, upon which Egerton Farley’s name is  inscribed.
  • FindAGrave also includes an obituary of his brother, Frank Farley.
  • Books of Remembrance, South Africa – Nile Expedition, p. 13, Veterans Affairs Canada

 

FELLOWS, Joseph. British Army
Joseph Fellows was born in Escomb, Durham, England in 1877. His parents were Herbert Fellows and Sarah Littley Fellows. The family later lived near Wolverhampton. Joseph Fellows was quite young when he joined the British army. A St. Thomas Times-Journal article recorded that he served during the Boer War. Joseph Fellows emigrated from England to Canada in 1911, planning to work with his brother on the railway at St. Thomas. His older brother Charles had emigrated to Canada earlier and was working as a trackman on the Wabash railway. When Joseph Fellows and Alice Day were married in St. Thomas in November, 1913, he was a railroad employee. Joseph Fellows worked as a section hand for many years with the Canadian National Railway, as did his brother. In the years before his retirement Joseph Fellows worked as a railway watchman. Joseph Fellows’ wife, Mrs. Alice Fellows, died in July, 1959. Joseph Fellows died in October, 1973, survived by two sons and two daughters, and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Library and Archives Canada, Passenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922, Joseph Fellows, July, 1911. 
  • Elgin County ArchivesProfile Photographs, General Interest – Joseph Fellows. Three articles from the St. Thomas Times-Journal
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: May 17, 1967: The occasion of the ninetieth birthday of Joseph Fellows
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: March 13, 1970: Describing the reflections of 92-year-old Boer War veteran Joe Fellows; October 24, 1973: Joseph Fellows died in his 97th year. (Obituary).
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 6, 1959, p. 7, c5. Died – Mrs. Alice Fellows, July 6. July 6, 1959, p. 7, c6. Died – Mrs. Alice Fellows, 69 years, July 6, wife of Joseph Fellows. July 9, 1959, p. 7, c4. Funeral – Mrs. Alice Fellows, July 8. Elgin OGS STTJ 1959 Jul-Aug
  • Joseph Fellows, 1877-1973. CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery. 
  • Alice D. Fellows, 1889-1959. CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery.

 

GREEN, W. J. (William James) 62/7197. 25th Battalion. First contingent. Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry. Wounded.
William J. Green was born on October 8, 1875, the son of John M. Green who was in the lumber business. While still in his teens, he joined the 25th Battalion and soon after became a lieutenant and then a captain. He was one of several 25th Battalion officers who joined the first Canadian contingent in October, 1899 and served as privates in South Africa. In February, 1900, he was wounded slightly at Modder River. In December, 1900, part of the first contingent, including W. J. Green, visited England. They were reviewed by Queen Victoria and the Prince of Wales and then returned to Canada. The men received a grand welcome when they arrived home. W. J. Green returned to work with his father’s firm. After his father’s death he became a lumber dealer and building contractor. In 1906, he and Olive Cowley were married. In 1912, he became the commanding officer of the 25th Regiment. During the Great War he commanded the 91st Battalion and took it overseas. He served on the local Hydro-Electric Commission for many years. In 1958, in recognition of his service to the Elgin Regiment, he was appointed its Honorary Lieutenant-Colonel. He died later that year at age 83. Officers of the Elgin Regiment were pallbearers at his funeral. Lt.-Col. Green was buried with military honours at St. Thomas Cemetery.

  • The Canadian Military Gazette: August 1, 1894, p. 6. 2nd Lieutenant William James Green to be Lieutenant, 25th “Elgin” Battalion of Infantry. Canadiana
  • The Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion of Canada. Oct. 1, 1899. The 25th “Elgin” Battalion of Infantry. Canadiana
  • The Advance: (Dutton) March 8, 1900, p. 8, col. 1. Private W. J. Green slightly wounded at Modder River. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Dec. 12, 1900, p. 1. Canadiana Dec. 26, 1900, p. 1.  (Reception at St. Thomas) Dec. 26, 1900, p. 2.  Dec. 27, 1900, p. 1. 
  • St. Thomas Evening Journal: Sept. 25, 1906, p. 5, c3. Married – William J. Green, Olive E. Cowley. Elgin OGS STJ 1906 Sep-Oct
  • The Aylmer Express: Oct. 28, 1915, p. 7. Lt.-Col. W. J. Green to command the 91st Battalion. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), Lt.-Col. 91st Battalion
  • Capt. Leonard A. Curchin and Lt. Brian D. Sim, The Elgins: The Story of the Elgin Regt. (RCAC) and Its Predecessors (1977). Chapters 5 and 6 have several photographs of W. J. Green.
  • Elgin County Archives, file Boer War 1899-1901, includes a summary of his career and an obituary from the St. Thomas Times-Journal: October 27, 1958, p. 1. 
  • Elgin County ArchivesSt. Thomas Times-Journal photograph of Lt.-Col. Green with other 91st Battalion veterans in 1958, following a church service. 
  • Elgin County Archives, Steve Peters Papers, Green, W. J., Boer War Diary, 1899-1900
  • Library and Archives CanadaWilliam James Green fonds. Includes a diary, letters, and photographs.
  • Library and Archives Canada100 Stories: Canadians in the First World War, William James Green Lt.-Col.
  • William J GREEN (1875-1958) and his wife are buried at St. Thomas Cemetery. CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

HARE, William Archibald, 276, Driver, D Battery, Royal Canadian Field Artillery; Trooper, Canadian Scouts

  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 11, 1900, p. 1. Describes in detail how W. A. Hare entered the second Canadian contingent. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives CanadaWilliam Archibald Hare fonds. Diary, scrapbooks and notebooks. 
  • 25 Jan 1900, HARE,W. A.,Boer War, Letters
  • 22 Feb 1900, HARE,W. A.,Boer War, Letters
  • 22 Mar 1900, HARE,W. A.,Boer War, Letters
  • 19 Apr 1900, HARE,W. A.,Boer War, Letters
  • 10 May 1900, HARE,W. A.,Boer War, Letters
  • 24 May 1900, HARE,W. A., Boer War, Reports
  • 31 May 1900,,W. A., War, Letters
  • 21 Jun 1900, HARE,W. A., War, Letters
  • 5 Jul 1900, HARE,W. A., Boer War, Letters
  • 2 Aug 1900, HARE,W. A., War, Letters
  • 9 Aug 1900, HARE, W. A., Boer War, Letters
  • 22 Nov 1900, HARE, W. A, Boer War, Letters
  • 20 Dec 1900, HARE, W. A., Aylmer, Boer War
  • 27 Dec 1900, HARE,W. A., Boer War, Letters
  • 17 Jan 1901, HARE,W. A., Aylmer, Awards
  • 24 Jan 1901, HARE,W. A., Aylmer, Awards
  • 14 Feb 1901, HARE,W. A., Aylmer, Awards
  • 26 Sep 1901, HARE,W. A., Aylmer, Awards

 

W. R. HARE and W. A. HARE served together. See Lt. E. W. B. Morrison, With the Guns in South Africa. Hamilton, Spectator Printing Co. (1901) p. 99, 263, 289-90. Internet Archive, Canadiana

 

HARE, William Robinson, 273, Gunner, D Battery, Royal Canadian Field Artillery. Wounded.

  • James Arthur Hare in James L. McCallum:“Age Shall Not Weary Them, The Men of East Elgin Who Made The Supreme Sacrifice in the First Great War, 1914 – 1918.” Elgin County Branch. Ontario Genealogical SocietyAylmer Express William Robinson Hare,
  • FindAGrave   William Robinson Hare
  • 4 May 1899, HARE, W. R.,Aylmer, Nightwatchman
  • 24 May 1900, HARE, W. R., Boer War, Reports
  • 21 Jun 1900, HARE, W. R., Boer War, Reports
  • 29 Nov 1900, HARE,W. R.,Boer War, Reports
  • 20 Dec 1900, HARE,W. R.,Aylmer, Boer War
  • 17 Jan 1901, HARE,W. R.,Boer War, Reports
  • 24 Jan 1901, HARE,W. R.,Boer War, Reports
  • 14 Feb 1901, HARE,W. R.,Aylmer, Awards
  • 26 Sep 1901, HARE,W. R.,Aylmer, Awards
  • 8 Jan 1903, HARE,W. R.,Aylmer, Councillor
  • 5 Feb 1903, HARE,W. R.,Aylmer, Implements
  • 11 Apr 1901, HARE,W. R.,Corp,Aylmer, Awards
  • 18 Apr 1901, HARE,W. R.,Corp,Aylmer, Awards
  • 2 May 1901, HARE,W. R.,Corp,Aylmer, Awards
  • The Aylmer Express: January 9, 1908, p. 6. W. R. Hare elected Mayor of Aylmer.
  • The Aylmer Express: May 28, 1908, p. 12. Victoria Day parade marshalled by Mayor Hare, mounted and dressed in his South African uniform.
  • The Aylmer Express: Nov. 21, 1929, p. 11. Wm. Hare Buried at Edson, Alta.

 

HODGE, Charles John, British Army
Charles John Hodge served in the British Army during the South African War. According to his obituary, he survived the siege of Ladysmith. He and his wife Jane Elizabeth Goddard came to Canada in 1907 and settled in St. Thomas. He had served in the Royal Army Medical Corps and in the Great War he served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps, including several months in a Canadian hospital at Lemnos during the  Dardanelles campaign. Mr. Hodge worked in the baggage department of the C.N. R. – Wabash depot for many years. Mr. and Mrs. Hodge passed away in 1960. He was a member of Canadian Legion Branch 41, whose officers and members assisted with his funeral.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada.
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), Charles John Hodge [180]
  • Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 1, 1937 (Last Edition). p. 2, C3. Retirement – Charles J. Hodge., Elgin OGS 
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: March, 1955 photograph showing 83 year old Charles Hodge, veteran of the Boer War and World War I. Elgin County Archives, Profile Photographs, General Interest – Charles Hodge
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 1, 1960, Second Section, p. 12, c4. Anniversary – Mr. & Mrs Charles John Hodge of St. Thomas, 61st – Photo. April 16, 1960, p. 20, c7. Anniversary – Mr. & Mrs. C. J. Hodge of St. Thomas, 61st. Elgin OGS STTJ 1960 Mar-Apr
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: May 17, 1960, p. 7, c5. Died – Charles J. Hodge, 89th year, May 17. May 17, 1960, Second Section, p. 13, c7. Died – Charles J. Hodge, May 17 – Photo. May 18, 1960. p. 7, c4. Died – Charles J. Hodge, May 17. May 20, p. 7, c6. Funeral – Charles J. Hodge, May 19. Elgin OGS TTJ 1960 May-June
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 11, 1960. p. 7, c3. Died – Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Hodge, nee Goddard, 88th year, July 10, widow of Charles John Hodge. July 11, 1960. Second Section. p. 9, c6. Died – Mrs. Jane Elizabeth Hodge, July 10. July 13, 1960, p. 7, c4. Funeral –  Mrs Jane E. Hodge, July 12. Elgin OGS STTJ 1960 July
  • Charles J. Hodge, Lance Sergeant, C. A. M. C. C. E. F. CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, E. Jane Hodge, 1873-1960

 

HUNT, George. British Army.
George Hunt was born in Bulwell, Nottinghamshire, England in 1881. According to his obituary, he served in the British army during the Boer War, with the Scottish Fusiliers. Following the war he served for several years in India. His first wife, Ethel Parry, was from Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, where the family lived before emigrating to Canada. He was a miner in a coal mining area. In April, 1913, George Hunt sailed to Halifax. His wife and two children came to Canada a few months later. The family lived in Brownsville and Belmont and moved to St. Thomas in 1916. He was a molder with the Canada Iron Foundry. His obituary recorded that he was an expert billiards player and an ardent mandolin player. Ethel Parry Hunt died in 1953. George Hunt died March 29, 1963, at age 82, survived by his second wife, Mrs. Ivy (Richardson) Hunt, six daughters, three sons and many descendants. “Private Royal Scots Fus.” is recorded on George Hunt’s gravestone. The Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 41, conducted a graveside service.

  • Library and Archives CanadaPassenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922 George Hunt   Ethel Hunt
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: October 15, 1945, p. 1, c8. Died – Joseph W. Hunt, Oct. 14 – Photo; October 15, 1945, p. 9, c8. Died – Joseph William Hunt, 21st year, Oct. 14, son of George Hunt; brother of Leslie, George & Roy Hunt, Mrs. Doris Barret, Mrs. Fred Oakes, Mrs. Francis Gardner, Mrs. Clarence Poole, Mrs. Jack Colquoun and Miss Jennie Hunt. October 17, 1945, p. 7, c6. Funeral – Joseph William Hunt, Oct. 16. Elgin OGS STTJ 1945 Sep-Oct
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: Oct. 24, 1952, p. 10, c2.  – Photo – George Hunt of St. Thomas; Boer War veteran.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal:  December 7, 1953, p. 7, c6. Died – Mrs. Ethel Hunt, nee Parry, 63rd year, Dec. 5, wife of George Hunt. December 7, 1953 p. 8, c6. Died – Mrs. Ethel Hunt, nee Parry, 63rd year, Dec. 5, wife of George Hunt. Elgin OGS STTJ 1953 Nov-Dec
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: December 4, 1954, p. 7, c4. Memoriam – Ethel Parry Hunt, Dec. 5, 1953, by Alice, Tip and Janet; by Gladys, Jack, Bobby and Pam; by Jenny and Les; by Hilda, Phil, Karen. Sylvia and Roy. Elgin OGS TTJ 1954 Nov – Dec
  • Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, St. Thomas. Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society
  • George Hunt: NO343A (Cross)/George HUNT/Private/Royal Scots Fus./29 Mar. 1963 age 82.
  • Ethel Hunt, NO343B Pink granite marker. Ethel Hunt/Beloved wife of/Geo. HUNT/1891-1953.
  • Joseph William Hunt, NO343C Pink granite marker. Jos. W. HUNT, R.C.N.V.R./son of/Geo.& Ethel/1925-1945.
  • Ivy Hunt, NO343D Pink granite marker, G. Ivy HUNT/Beloved wife of/George/1904-1968.George Hunt 1881-1963. Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Ethel Hunt, 1891-1953, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Jos. W. Hunt, 1925-1945, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, G. Ivy Hunt, 1904-1968, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

JONES, Ernest J. (Kingsmill near Mapleton, and Aylmer), British Army, T/21393, M/21393, ASC and RASC.
Ernest Jones grew up in Slough, England, which is west of London. His parents were William Jones and Elizabeth Swabey. He joined the British army at a young age in December, 1903 and served in South Africa after the war had ended, as a driver in the Army Service Corps. He served until December, 1905 and was then transferred to the army reserve. He emigrated to Canada, probably in 1907. Ernest Jones and Carrie Williams were married near Mapleton, Ontario in January, 1908. As a reservist in the British army, Ernest Jones was recalled when the Great War broke out. He sailed for England from Quebec on August 24, 1914. He served in the Army Service Corps on the Western Front, was wounded, and then served in Mesopotamia. He returned to Elgin County in May, 1919. Some of his letters, a photograph and his obituary are included in Ernest J. Jones in James L. McCallum, We Will Remember Them – The Men & Women of East Elgin Who Served During the First Great War, 1914-1918. While he was overseas, one of his daughters died in a tragic accident. Mrs. Carrie Jones died in January, 1941. Ernest Jones was an active member of the Canadian Legion. Ernest Jones died on March 12, 1949. Services were conducted under the auspices of the Legion. He was survived by two sons and two daughters.

  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 30, 1908, p. 1, c3. Married – Ernest JONES to Carrie WILLIAMS, Mapleton. Elgin OGS  The Aylmer Express, 1908, is online at the Elgin County Archives
  • Search Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada
  • Ernest J. Jones in James L. McCallum, We Will Remember Them – The Men & Women of East Elgin Who Served During the First Great War, 1914-1918, Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.
  • The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • Library and Archives Canada, Personnel Records of the First World War, Imperial Gratuities, Ernest Jones
  • St. Thomas Journal: Oct. 7, 1916, Second Section, p. 9, c5. Photo – Driver Ernest Jones of Mapleton. Elgin OGS STJ 1916 Sep-Oct The East Elgin Tribune, 1916, is online at the Elgin County Archives. An article about Ernest Jones appeared October 12, 1916, page 4. See James L. McCallum, We Will Remember Them – The Men & Women of East Elgin Who Served During the First Great War, 1914-1918.
  • The Aylmer Express: Oct. 26, 1916, p. 10. Death of Pearl Jones, age 8, daughter of Pte. Ernest Jones. Canadiana.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: Aug. 17, 1918, p. 5, c2. Article – Cpl. Ernest Jones of Mapleton Photo. Elgin OGS TTJ 1918 Jul-Sep See James L. McCallum, We Will Remember Them – The Men & Women of East Elgin Who Served During the First Great War, 1914-1918.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: May 31, 1919, p.6, c2. Photo – Pte. Ernest Jones. Elgin OGS STTJ 1919 Apr-Jun
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 30, 1941, p. 7. Funeral, Mrs. Ernest Jones; Jan. 30, 1941, p. 9. Obituary, Mrs. Ernest Jones. The Aylmer Express, 1941, is online at the Elgin County Archives.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: March 14, 1949, p. 6, c1. Died – Ernest J. Jones, 60, March 12, 1949. Elgin OGS TTJ 1949 Jan-Mar
  • Ernest Jones, 1885-1949, Aylmer Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project
  • Carrie Jones, 1890-1941, Aylmer Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

KAY, Robert. British Army
Robert Kay was born in London, England in 1870. He served in the Royal West Surrey Regiment of the British army for 12 years. Robert Kay, his wife Rosina and their children came to Canada in 1906. They settled in St. Thomas where he worked as a bakery wagon driver and afterwards as a plasterer for a contractor. He volunteered in August, 1914 and served in the First Battalion C. E. F. during the Great War. In June, 1915 he suffered a shrapnel wound, and broken ribs when buried by a mine explosion. After the war, Robert Kay was active in an early veterans’ organization. He was later very active in the Canadian Legion. His obituary records that he was employed for some years by the Timken Company in Detroit before returning to St. Thomas. Robert Kay, his wife and younger children were living in Detroit during the 1930 U. S. Census. Robert Kay died at St. Thomas in his 77th year in February, 1947. The pallbearers at his funeral were veterans of the First Battalion. The Canadian Legion provided a guard of honour at the funeral home and at the cemetery, where a bugler sounded the Last Post and Reveille. Robert Kay was survived by his wife, two sons, five daughters and many grandchildren.

  • Library and Archives CanadaPassenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922, Robert and Rosina Kay and family, 1906, Image
  • London Advertiser: June 22, 1915, p. 5. Corp. Kay reported dangerously wounded. Canadiana, May 5, 1915-July 3, 1915
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War). Robert Kay [6695] The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War (under the name Bob Kay). 
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: February 20, 1947, p. 7, c4. Died – Robert Kay, 77th year, Feb. 20, son of Robert & Eliza Kay, nee Bartlett; father of Albert John and William Ernest Kay, Mrs. Rosina (George) Groves, Mrs. Kate (Walter) LeCourtois, Mrs. Ivy (Ray) Gillian, Mrs. Glossie (Alvin) May and Mrs. Eva (George) Duff. February 20, 1947, p. 7, c6. Died – Robert Kay, 77th year, Feb 20. February 21, 1947, p. 7, c6. Died – Robert Kay, 77th year, Feb. 20, husband of Mrs. Rosina Kay, nee Grainger. February 24, 1947, p. 7, c5. Funeral – Robert Kay, Feb 22. Elgin OGS STTJ 1947 Jan-Mar
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 4, 1948, Page 7, c5. Died – Mrs. Robert Kay, nee Rosina Grainger, 73rd year, June 4. June 8, 1948, p. 6, c5. Funeral – Mrs. Rosina Grainger Kay, June 7. Elgin OGS STTJ 1948 May-June
  • CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, Robert Kay, 1870-1947, Rosina Kay, 1875-1948

 

KIDNER, Reginald William. 7357. Queen’s Own Rifles, Toronto. First contingent. Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry.
Reginald W. Kidner was born in London, Ontario. His family moved to Toronto when he was still quite young. He was employed as a clerk and was a member of the Queen’s Own Rifles when he enlisted in the first contingent in October, 1899. On February 20, 1900, he was wounded at Paardeberg in South Africa. He rejoined his unit in May. In November, 1900, he was discharged from service. He received a Toronto civic souvenir medal at Massey Hall with his comrades and attended a banquet. He was welcomed by more than 100 members of the Toronto Canoe Club and their friends. R. W. Kidner and Louise Smith were married in October, 1904 in Toronto. He was a commercial traveler for many years. In 1919 he moved to St. Thomas, where he was general manager of a knitting company. In 1921 he was elected president of the Kiwanis Club. He was among the veterans who attended Colonel Stanbury’s funeral in 1948. Reginald W. Kidner died in 1960 at the age of 81.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada. Toronto.
  • The Globe: (Toronto) Feb. 26, 1900, p. 1; March 3, 1900, p. 3. Photograph of Reginald Kidner; March 31, 1900, p. 20. Pte. R. W. Kidner, R. C. R. Letter home from hospital. Describes crossing the Modder River and the action at Paardeberg.
  • The Toronto World: Nov. 10, 1900, p. 2. Toronto civic medal and Q. O. R. banquet. Canadiana, Twenty-First Year (November 10, 1900) He received his service medal (as did A. H. Anderson, W. J. Green and F. G. Stanbury) during a great military review in Toronto in October, 1901. The Globe: (Toronto) Oct. 11, 1901, p. 10; Oct. 12, 1901, p. 13.
  • The Toronto World: Nov. 12, 1900, p. 4. Toronto Canoe Club banquet. Canadiana, Twenty-First Year (November 12, 1900)
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada. Toronto.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, St. Thomas.
  • The London Evening Free Press: Feb. 11, 1922, p. 20. A profile of R. W. Kidner, with photograph. Canadiana
  • Elgin County ArchivesSt. Thomas Times-Journal: Confederation Issue, June 29, 1927. Page 29 of 42 mentions the Monarch Knitting Co. Ltd., managed by R. W. Kidner. 
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 15, 1942, p. 14, c2. Photo – Governor General of Canada and St. Thomas Boer War veterans – Henry Marshall; Col. W. J. Green; R. W. Kidner; Walter J. Neville. Elgin OGS STTJ 1942 May-Jun
  • Reginald W. Kidner, St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 26, 1960, p. 7, c5 Died – Reginald William Kidner, 81 years, Apr 25, father of Miss Marian Kidner, Jack F. and C. Reginald Kidner; brother of Mrs J. L. Smith. April 26, 1960, Second Section, p. 9, c8. Died –  Reginald William Kidner, Apr. 25 – Photo. April 27, 1960, p. 7, c4  Died – Reginald William Kidner, Apr. 25. April 29, 1960, p. 7, c3  Funeral – Reginald W. Kidner, Apr 28. Elgin OGS STTJ 1960 Mar-Apr
  • Reginald W. Kidner, (1878-1960) and his wife Louise Smith (1882-1949) are buried at Holy Angels’ Catholic Cemetery, St. Thomas. Elgin OGS
  • CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Holy Angels Cemetery

 

LITTLE, F., (Frederick Middleton Little) 196. 25th Regiment, April to December, 1901. 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles.
Frederick Middleton Little had belonged to the 25th Regiment for less than a year when he volunteered for South Africa in December, 1901 at London. He was a young farmer who had been born in Bothwell and whose parents lived at Wardsville. Fred Little was one of thirty men chosen from more than 100 who applied. He served in South Africa until his regiment was disbanded. He joined the railway soon after his return to Canada and made St. Thomas his home. Fred Little and Christina McTaggart were married in 1905. He became a locomotive engineer and worked with the railway until he retired in 1947. When Colonel Stanbury died in 1948, Fred Little was among those who paid tribute to him, wearing an armband denoting his service in South Africa. Frederick M. Little and his wife Christina died in 1962.

 

MARSHALL, Henry, ‘Harry’. British Army
Henry  Marshall was born on March 11, 1882 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England, the son of William and Harriet Marshall. In the Boer War he earned the Queen’s South Africa Medal. His Great War attestation paper recorded four years service in the British Army’s 2nd Bedfordshires. After the war ended Henry Marshall and Alice Ada Norwood were married at St. Albans. He came to Canada around 1906, followed by his wife and children. At the time of the 1911 Census, he was working as a caretaker at a golf ground (course). In the Great War, he enlisted in October, 1915, at London, Ontario. At that time he was working as a tailor’s presser, an occupation he returned to after the war. He went overseas with the 91st Battalion in 1916. He served in England and France, was wounded twice and rose to the rank of Sergeant. He became an engineer at the Weatherhead Company, which began operations in St. Thomas in 1937. Alice Ada Marshall died in 1952. Harry Marshall and Gertrude Graham were married in 1953. Henry Marshall was active in the Royal Canadian Legion and was a life member of the Sergeants’ Mess of the Elgin Regiment. On April 9, 1967, during a commemoration of the Battle of Vimy Ridge, he and Roy Palmerston placed a wreath at the Cenotaph. Harry Marshall died at Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario on June 15, 1967 at age 85. He was survived by his wife Gertrude, three sons and one daughter, eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Members of the Royal Canadian Legion were pallbearers and flowerbearers at his funeral and conducted a graveside service.

  • An H. Marshall, 7915, served in the 2nd Battalion Bedfordshire Regiment and the No. 2 Volunteer Company of the Bedfordshire Regiment. National Archives U.K., WO 100. East Yorkshire and Bedfordshire Regiments, Catalogue Reference: WO 100/176. The 2nd Battalion arrived at Cape Town in January, 1900 and returned to England in 1903.
  • Library and Archives CanadaPassenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922, Alice A. Marshall, 1907
  • Library and Archives CanadaPassenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922, Ada Marshall and children, 1911, This record suggests that Mrs. Marshall and three children came to Canada late in 1907.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada,  Personnel Records of the First World War, Henry Marshall [124037]. The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War 1914-1918.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, Image2
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: February 16, 1952, p. 7, c1. Funeral – Mrs. Alice Marshall, Feb. 18, wife of Henry Marshall. February 19, 1952, p. 6, c2. Funeral – Mrs. Alice A. Marshall, Feb. 18. Elgin OGS STTJ 1952 Jan-Feb
  • Alice Ada Norwood Marshall, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery. FindAGrave
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 7, 1953, Second Section, p. 10, c4. Married – Henry ‘Harry’ Marshall to Gertrude I. Graham, Elgin OGS STTJ 1953 Mar – Apr
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 12, 1955, Second Section, p. 9, c3. Photo – Roy F. Palmerston; Lt. Col. W. J. Green; Walter Neville; Harry Marshall. Elgin OGS STTJ 1955 Mar–Apr
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 19, 1960, p. 8, c. 4. Photo – Walter Neville; Roy Palmerston; Henry Marshall. 91st Battalion and Boer War Veterans. Henry Marshall is shown wearing his medals. Elgin OGS STTJ 1960 July
  • The Elgin County Archives has photographs of Mr. Marshall. See Royal Canadian Legion Branch 41, St. Thomas – Remembrance Service, April 9, 1967, See also St. Thomas Times-Journal: May 2, 1966, photograph with caption ‘Award Recipients’, describing the banquet of the St. Thomas Branch No. 41 of the Royal Canadian Legion where members received long-term membership pins, special recognition awards… See linked pdf in Stan Swift
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 17, 1967, p. 7, c3. Veteran of Boer War, 85, Dies. June 17, 1967, p. 7, c2. June 20, 1967, p. 7, c1.
  • Henry “Harry” Marshall, Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery, FindAGrave

 

McKENZIE, H. R., 2220, Harry Ross MacKenzie (1883-1904). South African Constabulary.
(Harry Ross MacKenzie) is recorded in the 1891 Census. He was the son of David and Huldah Ann MacKenzie of St. Thomas. He left St. Thomas on March 7, 1901 to join the constabulary which was then being recruited. He died in January, 1904, in a disastrous flood caused by the bursting of a dam near Bloemfontein, South Africa. Mayor Maxwell of St. Thomas received a cablegram saying that he had lost his life. He had resigned from the constabulary about six months earlier and had been giving hypnotic exhibitions. After he left the constabulary, he was reportedly a member of a travelling Canadian baseball team and then toured with a theatrical company.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada, registered as Harry McKezie. Hamilton Evening Times, Jan. 21, 1904, p. 6, Canadiana, The Advance: (Dutton), Date Uncertain, Jan./Feb., 1904. Canadiana London Advertiser: Jan. 21, 1904, p. 5. Canadiana
  • The following accounts of the flood name “Professor McKenzie (a travelling hypnotist)” as one of those who died. Trove, THE BLOEMFONTEIN DAM DISASTER, The Advertiser: (Adelaide, Australia) Feb. 17, 1904, p. 7. Papers Past: A BLOEMFONTEIN DISASTER. Poverty Bay Herald, (New Zealand) Feb. 27, 1904, p. 3, See also The Times: (London, England) Jan. 22, 1904, p. 3, which lists Harry Ross Mackenzie as among those lost. There was a public funeral with military honours.
  • Harry Ross MacKenzie (1883-1904), St. Thomas Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

MONTEITH, Allen.188. 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles.
Allen Monteith was a young farmer from Howlett, near Delaware in Middlesex County. He was the son of George and Letitia Monteith. He volunteered for South Africa at London in December, 1901. He was one of 30 men who were selected from more than 100 men who applied. He served through the campaign until his regiment was disbanded. On August 1, 1902, a very large crowd of friends and neighbours gathered at his parents home to celebrate his return. Trooper Monteith described having his horse shot from under him at Hart’s River. Allen Monteith and Isabella Houston were married at St. Thomas in 1917. Allen Monteith worked for the Chesapeake and Ohio Railway as a machinist. He was among those who attended Colonel Stanbury’s funeral in 1948. When Allen Monteith died in May, 1953, several Boer War veterans were among the many people who attended his funeral.

 

NEVILLE, Walter John. British Army
Walter Neville was born in Rushden, Northamptonshire, England on February 13, 1881. He was a son of John W. Neville and Hannah M. Neville. Walter Neville served in the British Army for almost 12 years. He served in South Africa, earning the Queen’s South Africa Medal with four clasps. Walter Neville and Florence Clarkson were married in May, 1906 in Rushden, where he was working as a shoe finisher. They emigrated to Canada before the Great War. Walter Neville worked in St. Thomas as a bank messenger. A member of the militia, he enlisted in 1916 at age 35 in the 91st Battalion C. E. F. He went overseas as a Sergeant. After the war, the couple’s marriage ended. Walter Neville and Alice Perkin Varley, a widow, were married in September, 1920 at St. Thomas. Walter Neville was a member of the Elgin Regiment’s competition rifle team in the early 1920s, when he was a Company Sergeant-Major. He was Regimental Sergeant-Major of the Elgin Regiment for many years. In 1937 he received a long service medal, presented by the Premier of Ontario on Coronation Day. Altogether he earned six medals. According to his obituary, Walter J. Neville worked in later years for the Liquor Control Board of Ontario. Mr. and Mrs. Neville’s son Kenneth, born in 1921, was killed in action in 1944 in Burma. Alice Neville died in August, 1958. Walter Neville was a member of the Royal Canadian Legion. He died at age 86, on June 1, 1967, at Westminster Hospital, London, Ontario. Officers and members of the Legion conducted a graveside service. He was survived by a son, and by a brother in Toronto.

  • The London Advertiser: April 3, 1916, p. 5. Walter Neville, St. Thomas, enlisted in the 91st Overseas Battalion. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada,  Personnel Records of the First World War, Walter John Neville [190190] The Elgin County Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • The Elgin County Archives has a photograph, dated 1934, entitled Mr. and Mrs. Neville, which is possibly of Walter J. and Alice Neville.
  • The Globe and Mail: (Toronto), May 13, 1937, p. 12. Regimental Sergeant-Major W. J. Nevill [sic] received a medal from Premier Hepburn at the Armories in St. Thomas during a Coronation Day service.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 13, 1946, p. 9, c8. Pilot Officer Kenneth Arnold Neville, missing in action since 23 March 1944, now presumed dead; photo.
  • Elgin STTJ 1946 Jan-Apr His name is inscribed on the Singapore Memorial.
  • FindAGrave,  See Veterans Affairs Canada, Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Plt Off Kenneth Arnold Neville Commonwealth War Graves
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 12, 1955, Second Section, p. 9, c3. Photo – Roy F. Palmerston; Lt. Col. W. J. Green; Walter Neville; Harry Marshall. Elgin OGS STTJ 1955 Mar – Apr
  • Alice P. Neville, St. Thomas Times-Journal: August 25, 1958, p. 7, c5. Died – Mrs. Alice Neville, 71 years, Aug. 25, wife of Walter J. Neville. August 25, 1958, p 7, c5. Died – Mrs. Walter J. Neville, Aug 25. August 28, 1958, p. 7, c5. Funeral – Mrs. Alice Neville, Aug 27.  Elgin OGS STTJ 1958 July-Aug
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 19, 1960, p. 8, c. 4. Photo – Walter Neville; Roy Palmerston; Henry Marshall. 91st Battalion and Boer War Veterans. Elgin OGS STTJ 1960 July
  • Walter J. Neville, W. O. 1, Boer War – C. E. F., 1881-1967. Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery. Canada GenWeb’s Cemetery Project
  • Alice Perkin Neville, 1887-1958. Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery. CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, The name of P. O. Kenneth A. Neville, R.C.A.F., is recorded on the same grave. 
  • Leonard W. Neville, 1922-1995. Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery. Canada GenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

PALMERSTON, Roy. 25th Battalion. 3rd Special Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment, Halifax Garrison. No. 182. South African Light Horse, No. 2893.
Roy Freeman Palmerston was born on November 27, 1879 in Port Dover, Norfolk County to William H. Palmerston and Maggie Watson Palmerston. In 1899, he was living in St. Thomas and working as a printer at a newspaper. He enlisted for the Halifax Garrison on March 14, 1900 at London. He re-enlisted in February, 1901 for a further thirteen months. He was promoted twice in 1901. L/Sergt. Palmerston served until January 14, 1902 and then went to South Africa. The 3rd R.C.R. considered him absent without leave. However, from February to July, 1902 he served in the South African Light Horse, for a time under the name J. Richardson. He returned to Canada in September, 1902. He found work with the railway. He and Catherine (Kate) Waddick were married in 1906. He was a locomotive fireman and then became a locomotive engineer. He volunteered again in the Great War and was wounded. Roy and Catherine Palmerston’s son William Palmerston was killed in Italy in January, 1945. Roy Palmerston retired from the railway in 1947. Catherine Palmerston died in 1950. Roy Palmerston’s second wife, Leiliah Pursel, died in 1962. Roy Palmerston died on August 22, 1973. A Legion memorial service was held at the funeral home. Roy Palmerston had been the Legion branch’s last Boer War veteran. Roy Palmerston was survived by a son, three daughters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada, (Palmuston), (St. Thomas)
  • National Archives, U. K. WO 100 (War Office: Campaign Medal and Award Rolls). South African Light Horse, II. WO 100/275.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1881 Census of Canada, (Palmerton), (Simcoe)
  • Library and Archives Canada, Passenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922, R. J. Palmerston, soldier, September, 1902
  • St. Thomas Evening Journal: June 20, 1906, p. 1, c2. Married – Roy Palmerston to Kate Waddick, daughter of Michael Waddick. Elgin STJ 1906 May-Jun Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada, (Palinersto), Image1, Image2
  • London Advertiser: Sept. 13, 1915, p. 9. Two South Africa veterans enlisted: Wm. Stokes, M.C.R. brakeman and Roy Palmerston, M.C.R. engineman.  Canadiana, Dec. 7, 1915, p. 9. Sergt. Roy Palmerston. Canadiana, 91st Minstrels Make Hit in St. Thomas, Canadiana, November 19, 1915-January 17, 1916
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War) Roy Freeman Palmerston [123446]
  • Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, Image2
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: January 20, 1945. p.1, c8. Died – William J. Palmerston, 31 years, Jan. 4, son of Roy Palmerston; husband of Mrs. Irene Palmerston, nee Davis; father of William & Robert Palmerston; brother of Max Palmerston, Mrs. Charles Walsh, Mrs. Frank Ford and Sister Marie Celiste – Photo. Elgin OGS STTJ 1945 Jan-Feb William J. Palmerston is commemorated by name at Norfolk’s War Memorial Carillon Tower in Simcoe.
  • His photograph is online at the Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Corporal William James Palmerston
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: January 7, 1950, p. 7, c4. Died – Catherine Palmerston, 7 Jan. January 9, 1950, p. 7, c6. Died – Catherine Palmerston, 7 Jan. January 11, 1950. p. 6, c3. Funeral – Catherine Palmerston. Elgin OGS STTJ 1950 Jan-Mar
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 11, 1953, Second Section, p. 11, c2. Married – Roy Freeman Palmerston, son of William Palmerston to Leilah Artensa Pursell, daughter of Charles A. Pursell. Elgin OGS STTJ 1953 July-Aug
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: Nov. 28, 1959, p. 9, c1. Article – Roy F. Palmerston of St. Thomas – Photo. Elgin OGS STTJ 1959 Nov-Dec
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: March 1, 1962, p. 1, c3,  Died – Mrs. Roy Palmerston, Mar. 1 – Photo.  March 1, 1962, Second Section, p. 13, c1. Photo –  Mrs J. Tompkins; Mrs. Roy Palmerston; Mrs. Ian Cameron; Mrs. Isabel Mutch. March 2, 1962, p.7, c2. Inquest – Death of Mrs. Roy Palmerston and Walter Lloyd. p. 7, c4. Died – Mrs. Leilah Palmerston, Mar. 1. March 6, 1962, p. 7, c3. Funeral – Mrs. Leilah Palmerston, Mar. 5. Elgin OGS STTJ 1962 Mar-Apr
  • Leiliah A. Pursel, wife of Roy F. Palmerston, Aylmer Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project
    The Elgin County Archives has many photographs of Roy Palmerston. See, for example, Roy Palmerston as a Sergeant in the 91st Battalion in 1915, Elgin Regiment – Sergeants of ‘A’ Company and as the oldest veteran at the Legion Branch 41 veterans’ dinner in 1971
  • Roy Palmerston (1879-1973), his wife Catherine (1879-1950), and son William (1913-1945). CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Holy Angels’ Cemetery, St. Thomas.

 

PATTISON, William J. (William James). British Army.
William Pattison was born in Dover, England on March 25, 1879, according to his Great War attestation paper. His service in the British army’s Rifle Brigade included two years in South Africa and two years in Malta. He came to Canada in 1905. William James Pattison and Esther Ann Barnard were married in St. Thomas in April, 1907. She was from Sheffield, England and came to Canada and to St. Thomas in 1904. They had one child, a son born in July, 1909. William Pattison worked as a railway labourer. In the Great War, he volunteered in October, 1914 and served overseas as a sergeant in the 18th Battalion, C. E. F. After the war, William Pattison worked as a railroad labourer and as a carman for the New York Central Railroad. He retired in 1930 due to ill health. His wife died in 1950. He died aged 78 years in September, 1958, after a long illness and a lengthy stay in hospital. He was survived by one son. Members of the 18th Battalion attended his funeral. The Canadian Legion conducted a graveside service. 

  • St. Thomas Evening Journal: April 3, 1907,p. 5, c3. Married – William James Pattison to Esther Ann Barnard. Elgin OGS STDT 1907 Mar-Apr
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War),William Pattison [53645]. The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • The Aylmer Express: August 16, 1917, p. 6. An article about the 18th Battalion in which Police Sergeant W. Pattison is mentioned. CanadianaJuly 13, 1916-April 17, 1919
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 31, 1950, p. 7, c6. Died – Esther A. Pattison, July 30, age 65. July 31, 1950, p. 12, c6. Died – Esther A. Pattison. August 2, 1950, p. 6, c2. Funeral – Esther Pattison. Elgin OGS STTJ 1950 July-Sept
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: September 15, 1958, p. 7, c2. Died – William J. Pattison, 78 years, Sept. 13, widower of Mrs. Esther Ann Pattison; father of Russell H. Pattison. September 15, 1958, p. 7, c8. Died – William J. Pattison, 78 years, Sept 13. September 17, 1958, p. 7, c.5. Funeral – William J. Pattison, Sept. 16. Elgin OGS STTJ 1958 Sept-Oct
  • South Park Cemetery – St. Thomas. PATTISON – St. Thomas Times-Journal: 15 September 1958, p. 7, c2. – Died – William J. PATTISON, 78 years, Sept. 13, veteran of Boer War and WWI; widower of Mrs. Esther Ann PATTISON; father of Russell H. PATTISON. Funeral, September 16 to South Park Cemetery. No monument found – CVH December 2013. Elgin OGS St. Thomas – South Park William James Pattison and Esther Ann Pattison are buried at South Park Cemetery, St. Thomas, at locations A-28-01 and A-28-02. There are no grave markings. Location Search– 
  • FindAGrave Memorial for William J. Pattison

 

PICKNELL, Charles Henry. British Army.
Charles H. Picknell was born in Brighton, England in 1868. He served in the British Army before and during the Boer War. His obituary records that in the war he was a sergeant musketry instructor. His first wife, Fanny Wilson, died in 1898, leaving a daughter named Daisy May. Charles Picknell and Mabel Duffield were married in 1903. He came to Canada in 1912. He and his wife, their son Alfred Henry and daughter Daisy, arrived in Elgin County before the Great War. Charles Picknell worked as a painter, decorator and paperhanger in Aylmer. Despite his age, he volunteered in 1915 and served in England during the Great War. G. H. Frank and Daisy May Picknell were married in 1917 in St. Thomas. After the war, Charles Picknell was active in the Aylmer Branch of the Great War Veterans’ Association and later in the Canadian Legion. The Picknell’s young son Alfred Henry died in 1919. Mabel Picknell died in 1943. After his wife died and he retired, Mr. Picknell lived with his daughter in St. Thomas and then in a veterans’ home in London. Charles H. Picknell died in 1958 at age 91, survived by his daughter Mrs. Gordon Frank, seven grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

  • This outline is based on “Charles Henry Picknell 189429” in James L. McCallum, We Will Remember Them – The Men & Women of East Elgin Who Served During the First Great War, 1914-1918, Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society, which includes a photograph of Mr. Picknell as a sergeant and his obituary, published in the St. Thomas Times-Journal on May 17, 1958. We Will Remember Them – Surnames M – R
  • The Aylmer Express: Dec. 2, 1915, p. 4. Chas. Henry Picknell enlisted in November, 1915. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), Charles Henry Picknell, [189429], The Elgin County Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War. Charles Picknell was among those honoured in Aylmer during a reception for returned soldiers in May, 1918. The Aylmer Express: May 30, 1918, p. 5, Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, (Aylmer)
  • Elgin County Archives, Profile Photographs, General Interest – Charles Picknell,  91st Battalion C.E.F. – Reunion, 1954
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: May 17, 1958, p. 7, c5. Died – Charles Henry Picknell, 92nd year, May 16, widower of Mrs. [Mabel Flora] Picknell, nee Duffield; father of Mrs. Gordon (Daisy) Frank. May 17, 1958, Second Section, p. 13, c2. Died – Charles Henry Picknell, 92nd year, May 16 – Photo. May 20, 1958, p. 7, c3. Funeral – Charles H. Picknell, May 19. Elgin OGS STTJ 1958 May – June
  • Charles H. Picknell (Feb. 1867 – May, 1958) and Mabel F. Picknell (Jan. 1875 – Jan. 1943), Aylmer Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Alfred Henry Picknell, died August 12, 1919, in his 11th year. Aylmer Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

PULHAM, Edwin Bryan
Edwin Bryan Pulham was born in Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucestershire, England in January, 1881. His Great War attestation paper records that he served six years in the 4th “Glosters” of the British Army. He was a veteran of the South African war. He and Fanny Cook were married in Burford, Oxfordshire, England on March 31, 1902. They came to Canada in 1907 with two children. Two more children were born here. They lived near near Vienna and near Port Burwell. In the Great War, Edwin Bryan Pulham volunteered in September, 1915. He served in the Canadian Engineers. He was wounded in March, 1916 and was gassed in September, 1918. While recovering at the Ontario Military Hospital in England, he developed influenza and pneumonia. He died at age 38, less than two weeks before the war ended. He was buried with full military honours. A memorial service was held for him at St. Luke’s Church, Vienna, in December, 1918. His widow and children returned to England in 1919. 

 

PULHAMEdwin Bryan
A memorial service was held for Edwin Bryan Pulham at St. Luke’s Church, Vienna, in late 1918.

  • The announcement in The Aylmer Express says he was a veteran of the South African war. July 13, 1916-April 17, 1919    Canadiana   July 13, 1916-April 17, 1919   Canadiana
  • His family returned to England in 1919, which may explain why the Vienna Cenotaph records the name Edward Pulham. April 24, 1919-December 29  Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, Great War military personnel file of Edwin Bryan Pulham [166190] The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • Commonwealth War Graves Commission

 

STACEY, E., (Earl William) 181. 1st Hussars, London (June to December, 1901). 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles.
Earl and Percy Stacey were sons of John Stacey, a merchant who became the 25th Battalion’s commanding officer in 1894. In December, 1901 one hundred or more men applied at London to go to South Africa. Thirty were selected, including Earl Stacey. After he died in 1913, newspaper reports said that he had taken part in the battle at Hart’s River, was captured, stripped of arms and uniform and then released. He stayed in South Africa for five years, then went to Australia, where he was joined by his father and family. He then managed a coconut plantation in Fiji. He drowned in 1913, just before he was to be married.

  • Library and Archives of Canada The 1891 Census of Canada, St. Thomas
  • London Advertiser: Dec. 11, 1901, p. 9., Canadiana
  • St. Thomas Daily Times, October 30, 1913, Page 1, Died – Earl Stacey, 31st year, Oct 26, son of John Stacey; grandson of Thomas Stacey – Photo, Elgin OGS STDT 1913 Sep-Oct
  • London Advertiser: Oct. 31, 1913 p. 1 (with photograph). Canadiana
  • The Daily Courier (Brantford) Oct. 31, 1913, p. 9. Canadiana
  • The Globe: (Toronto) Dec. 18, 1913, p. 3

 

STACEY, P. H., (Percy Heard) 7261. 25th Battalion. Royal Canadian Regiment.
Percy and Earl Stacey were sons of John Stacey, a merchant who became the 25th Battalion’s commanding officer in 1894. In 1899, Percy Stacey was a provisional second Lieutenant in the 25th Battalion. He took the place in South Africa of the late Private Farley in B Company, R.C.R. He left for South Africa in March, 1900. He served there as a private until he was discharged on December 25, 1900. He visited Aylmer early in 1901, looking none the worse for his experiences. He later moved to Australia. In 1913 and again in 1915, the Stacey family suffered drowning tragedies in Fiji.  Percy Stacey married in Australia in 1916 and died in December, 1945 in Australia. Members of the African War Veterans’ Association were invited to attend the funeral of their late Comrade, Boer War veteran Percy Heard Stacey.

  • The Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion of Canada. October 1, 1899. The 25th “Elgin” Battalion of Infantry. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: March 12, 1900, p. 8. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Jan. 10, 1901, p. 1. Canadiana
  • TroveThe Sun: (Sydney, Australia) Nov. 3, 1913, p. 9.
  • Toronto World: Apr. 15, 1915, p. 8, The Globe: (Toronto) April 13, 1915, p. 11, Canadiana
  • The Elgin County Archives has a letter written June 25, 1900 by Private P.H. Stacey to Robert Marshall Anderson. Correspondence – P. H. Stacey
  • TroveThe Courier-Mail: (Brisbane, Australia) Dec. 6, 1945, p. 8.

 

STANBURY, Frederick George. 7237. 25th Battalion. First contingent. 2nd Special Service Battalion, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry.
F. G. Stanbury was born in Malta on April 13,1880, where his father, an artillery officer, was stationed.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1901 Census of Canada He was a member of the staff of the St. Thomas Journal, The St. Thomas Times and The Times-Journal for decades. See the
  • Library and Archives Canada 1911 Census of Canada
  • The St. Thomas Times-Journal, 50th Anniversary Issue, September 3, 1931, contains a short sketch of his career as a member of the newspaper’s staff (p. 6)  and a longer profile of his military career (p. 9). At that time, Lt.-Col. Stanbury commanded The Elgin Regiment. “Lt.-Col. Stanbury joined the 25th Regiment in 1897 and has served in all ranks in the regiment. During the Boer War he went to South Africa with the First Canadian Contingent….He was second in command of the 91st O. S. Battalion in the Great War…” Elgin County Archives
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), Frederick George Stanbury
  • Elgin County & The Great War, Elgin County Museum, Frederick George Stanbury
  • Colonel Stanbury died at St. Thomas in February, 1948. Among those who gathered to pay tribute to him were Boer War veterans Roy Palmerston, Lt.-Col. W. J. Green, Reginald Kidner [7357], Fred Little, Allan Monteith and Bert Berry, all wearing armbands denoting their service in South Africa. Obituary: St. Thomas Times-Journal: February 23, 1948. Contains a photograph from each of the three wars in which he served. Clipping: St. Thomas Times-Journal: February, 1948. Describes the funeral of Colonel Frederick Stanbury. Elgin County Archives
  • Col. F. G. Stanbury, (1860-1948) Veteran Of 3 Wars. St. Thomas Churchyard/Old English Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

STOKESW. (William), 177. 25th Battalion. 3rd Royal Canadian Regiment, Halifax Garrison. 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles.
William Stokes was born on July 19, 1881, the son of James and Sarah Ann Stokes of Fingal. He joined the 25th Battalion in December, 1898. In March, 1900, he volunteered to serve in the Halifax garrison. In December, 1901, he volunteered for South Africa. He was among thirty men selected from more than one hundred who applied at London. A few months later, he was wounded twice at Hart’s River. Not attracted by farming, he tried several jobs including being a deckhand on a Lake Erie ferry. He became a railway freight brakeman in October, 1903 and stayed with the railway until he retired in 1949. William Stokes and Ella Marie Ross were married in 1904. He was a pioneer of the organized labour movement. He volunteered in the Great War and was wounded three times. He was elected as a St. Thomas alderman in 1921 and served as Mayor in 1928-29. He was a leading member of fraternal societies and service clubs. He was a railway passenger conductor for many years. After retiring, he was president of the 91st Battalion Association and returned to the St. Thomas City Council. He was an alderman when he died in 1953.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada
  • London Advertiser: March 12, 1900, p. 6. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Dec. 11, 1901, p. 9. Canadiana
  • The Advance: (Dutton) April 17, 1902, p. 2, Canadiana
  • Two South African veterans, Wm. Stokes, M.C.R. brakeman and Roy Palmerston, M.C.R. engineman, enlisted at St. Thomas. London Advertiser: Sept. 13, 1915, p. 9. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record (Great War), William Stokes [123393], The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • North America Railway Hall of Fame, William Stokes
  • Elgin County Archives, biographical sketch of William Stokes, J. E. Middleton, The Province of Ontario – A History, (1927) p. 315
  • Elgin County Archives, St. Thomas Times-Journal fonds, Profile Photographs, General Interest – Mr. & Mrs. William Stokes
  • Elgin County Archives, St. Thomas Times-Journal: February 2, 1953. (Obituary). Profile Photographs, General Interest – William Stokes
  • The Globe and Mail: (Toronto) Feb. 2, 1953, p. 10. (Obituary). 
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: February 2, 1953, Page 1, c3, Died – William Stokes, Feb 1 – Photo; Page 7, c6, Died – William Stokes, 72nd year, Feb 1.  Feb. 3, Page 7, c5 Died – William Stokes, Feb 1. (See also January 6, 1953, Second Section, Page 9, c3 Photo – St Thomas Council) Elgin OGS STTJ 1953 Jan-Feb
  • William Stokes (1881-1953), St. Thomas Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, St. Thomas Cemetery, Elgin OGS West Avenue Mausoleum

 

SUTHERLAND, J., (John) 7238. 25th Battalion. First contingent. Royal Canadian Regiment, B Company. 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, No. 186.
John Sutherland was one of the 25th Battalion men who joined the first Canadian contingent. He had been a member of the 25th Battalion since 1894. He enlisted at London, Ontario on October 23, 1899. He was from Scotland. He was single and working as a teamster. In December, 1900, he returned to Canada with the first contingent to an enthusiastic welcome in London and in St. Thomas. He was discharged on December 25, 1900. In the succeeding year he became a lineman. In December, 1901 he volunteered to return to South Africa. As a veteran he was selected. After the war he worked for a time in telegraph construction in South Africa. He moved to Winnipeg about 1907, where he worked as a telephone lineman and married. In 1915, he volunteered to serve in the Great War. In 1916 he was blown up and gassed by the explosion of a German mine. He worked in a Chicago packing plant for 12 years, returning to Winnipeg upon his retirement in 1940. He died in October, 1942 of causes related to his service in the Great War.

 

THOMPSON, James William, British Army
James William Thompson served in the British Army in the South African War. He and Annie Marie Wood were married in Worcestershire, England in 1909. He was a jobbing gardener in England. He came to Canada in 1913, followed by his wife and family in 1914. In 1921 he was a gardener at a park, according to the Census of that year. According to his obituary, he worked at several places in St. Thomas: the Michigan Central Railway roundhouse; Pinafore Park for two years; and the Old Gardens from 1924 until his retirement in 1950. He was among the Boer War veterans who attended Allen Monteith’s funeral in 1953. Mr. Thompson died in 1962.

  • Library and Archives Canada, Passenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922, James Wm. Thompson, 1913, Annie Thompson, 1914, LAC
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • Elgin County Archives, “The Old Gardens”
  • Mrs. Annie Thompson, St. Thomas Times-Journal: April 5, 1954, p. 7, c2. Died – Mrs. Annie Thompson, 69 years, Apr. 3, wife of James W. Thompson; mother of Charles H. and Albert W. Thompson and Mrs. Donald H. Carter; sister of Mrs. Charles Wilson, Harry, William and Fred Wood. c5 Died – Mrs. Annie Thompson, Apr. 3, wife of James W. Thompson. April 7, 1954, p. 8, c5. Funeral – Mrs. Annie M. Thompson, Apr. 6 Elgin OGS TTJ 1954 Mar – Apr
  • James William Thompson, St. Thomas Times Journal: July 12,1962, p. 7, c2. Died – James W. Thompson, 84 years, July 11, widower of Mrs. Annie Marie Thompson, nee Wood. July 12, 1962, p. 7, c7. Died – James W. Thompson, July 11. July 14, 1962, p. 7, c4. Funeral – James William Thompson, July 13. Elgin OGS TTJ 1962 Jul – Aug
  • James W. Thompson, May 6,1878 – July 11,1962. Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery. Canada GenWeb’s Cemetery Project, Annie M. Thompson, Jan. 6, 1885 – Apr. 3, 1954. Elmdale Memorial Park Cemetery. Canada GenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

TRAVERS, H. B., (Henry, Harry B.) 7696. 25th Regiment; First Contingent, Royal Canadian Regiment, E Company, Montreal.
H. B. Travers was the son of a British officer. When he came to St. Thomas as a young man, he was employed by a bank. He studied law and became a lawyer. He became an officer of the 25th Battalion. He became an alderman in St. Thomas. In 1895 he entered a partnership with John Farley, whose daughter he married. His wife was a sister of Egerton Farley. In October, 1899, upon his return from a visit to his family home in Ireland, he enlisted in the first Canadian contingent in Montreal. H. B. Travers took part in the engagements of the Canadian contingent but was invalided to England in June, 1900. He was invalided to Canada due to bad health and discharged in late October, 1900. When he arrived in Canada, he had recovered from a fever, but was still suffering from a broken blood vessel, an injury he sustained at Bloemfontein while unloading railway ties. (An accident in his youth had left him with an aneurysm. However, he had been able to lead a very active life for many years.) He was given a reception by the members of the 25th Battalion. In 1901, he received financial compensation from the Canadian Patriotic Fund for being permanently disabled. His wife died in 1903. He died in May, 1909 in St. Thomas, after a long illness. His funeral took place with military honours.

  • The Globe: (Toronto)Dec. 9, 1899, p. 10. Canadian Regiment. Complete Muster Roll of the South African Contingent.
  • London Advertiser: Feb. 6, 1900, p. 3. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: Oct. 30, 1900, p. 1. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Nov. 15, 1900, p. 1. Canadiana
  • London Advertiser: April 18, 1901, p. 3.  Canadiana
  • The Advance: (Dutton) April 9, 1903, p. 1. Canadiana
  • The Advance: (Dutton) May 13, 1909, p. 1. (Obituary) Canadiana
  • St. Thomas Times: May 8, 1909, (Obituary). Elgin Country Archives
  • St. Thomas Daily Times: May 8, 1909, Page 1, c7, Died – Harry B. Travers, May 8, son-in-law of John Farley. Page 8, c2, Died – Harry B. Travers, 46 years, May 7. May 10, 1909, Page 1, c3, Died – Harry B. Travers, May 8. Elgin OGS STDT 1909 May-Jun
  • St. Thomas Evening Journal: May 8, 1909, Page 1, c1, Died – Harry B. Travers, 43 years, May 8, son of Col. Travers; husband of Mrs Eleanor Maud Travers, nee Farley; father of Fane and Dorothy Travers; son-in-law of J. Farley. Page 5, c2, Funeral – Harry B. Travers, May 9. May 10, 1909, Page 1, c7, Funeral – H. B. Travers, May 9. Elgin OGS
  • Henry B. Travers, St. Thomas Cemetery, FindAGrave
  • Henry B. Travers, St. Thomas Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

WATKINS, Arthur. British Army
Arthur Watkins was born in Monmouth, Wales in 1867. He enlisted in the Shropshire Imperial Yeomanry at Shrewsbury in early January, 1900 when he was 32 years old. He served in South Africa in 1900 and 1901 and was discharged in June, 1901. He emigrated to Canada and arrived in St. Thomas in 1912. He worked as a railway clerk at the New York Central Railway for twenty years. He and Mona Jones were married in December, 1934. He died in May, 1943, survived by his wife; a sister in Ireland; and a brother-in-law and sister-in-law in Toronto. The flower bearers at his funeral were all Boer War veterans: M. Harrison, Fred Little, Charles Hodge, J. W. Thompson, Robert Kay, C. P. Ermatinger and Walter Neville.

  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: May 10, 1943, p. 7, c3, Died – Arthur Watkins, 70 years, May 10, brother of Mrs. Kitty Groves; brother-in-law of Mr. & Mrs. J. H. Jones; Boer War Veteran; May 10, 1943, p. 7, c8, Died – Arthur Watkins, May 10, husband of Mrs. Mona Watkins. May 11, 1943, p. 9, c8, Died – Arthur Watkins, May 10. May 13, 1943, p. 10, c3, Funeral – Arthur Watkins, May 12. Elgin OGS TTJ 1943 Apr-Jun
  • St. Thomas Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project , Mona Watkins (1898-1987) 

 

WESTAWAY, H.N., Henry (Harry) Newman, 7250. 7th Fusiliers Battalion (1885); 25th Battalion; First contingent, Royal Canadian Regiment of Infantry, 2nd Battalion, B Company.
Henry (Harry) Westaway was one of the officers from the 25th Battalion who joined the first Canadian contingent. Born in England, he came to Canada at age two. His family lived in London for some years. He served in the Northwest Rebellion of 1885. He moved to St. Thomas around 1890, joined the 25th Battalion and became an officer in 1895. He enlisted for South Africa at London on October 19,1899. He served through several battles in the war. In December, 1900, he returned to Canada with the first contingent and received an enthusiastic welcome in London and in St. Thomas. He and Christina Gray were married in January, 1902. After the war, he stayed in the 25th Regiment for many years. He lived in St. Thomas for nearly 50 years. He worked in the railway shops as a machinist for 43 years, retiring in 1934. He died in January, 1939.

  • The Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion of Canada. Oct. 1, 1899. The 25th “Elgin” Battalion of Infantry. Canadiana
  • The Quarterly Militia List of the Dominion of Canada: Jan. 1, 1917, p. 722, Record of War Services, Westaway, H. N. Canadiana
  • The Globe: (Toronto) Dec. 9, 1899, p. 10. Canadian Regiment. Complete Muster Roll of the South African Contingent.
  • London Advertiser: Dec. 12, 1900, p. 1. Canadiana, Dec. 26, 1900, p. 1. Canadiana, Dec. 26, 1900, p. 2.  Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, St. Thomas
  • Elgin County Archives, Profile Photographs, Henry (Harry) Newman WestawaySt. Thomas Times-Journal: January, 1939, (Obituary)
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: Jan. 25, 1939, Page 1, c-2, 3, Death – Henry (Harry) Newman Westaway, on 24 Jan. 1939, photo; Page 9, c-8. Death – Henry Newman Westaway, 24 Jan. 1939, age 71; January 28, 1939, Page 6, c-1, Funeral – Harry Newman Westaway, 27 Jan. 1939. Elgin OGS STTJ 1939 Jan-Apr
    Henry N. Westaway (1867-1939), Woodland Cemetery, London, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

WHARTON, Arthur James. Served in South Africa under the name Arthur Trelevan. 95. Strathcona’s Horse.
Arthur James Wharton was born on February 9, 1873 in North Cayuga township, Haldimand. He was a son of Thomas Wharton and Mary Ellen Flannigan. They later moved to Springfield. While still quite young he went to England where he joined the Royal Marine Artillery in 1893. He was invalided from the service in 1895 after an expedition to West Africa. He also served in the Royal Navy, according to his Great War attestation paper. Fearing that his discharge would prevent him from serving again, he joined Strathcona’s Horse under the name Arthur Trelevan. He enlisted on February 5, 1900 in Moosomin, N. W. T. (Saskatchewan). He was considered a splendid applicant. When the regiment visited England on its return from South Africa, he received his medal from the King. When he arrived in Springfield in March, 1901, more than a thousand people welcomed him. He participated in W. R. Hare’s reception in Aylmer and attended a concert and a banquet at Springfield, where he received a gold watch. He worked as a police constable in Alberta. He returned to Ontario in 1905. He and Lulu May Doolittle of Luton were married in July, 1906. He worked in Welland as a carpenter and shipping clerk. The family later moved to Windsor, where he worked as a millwright. He enlisted again in November, 1914. In the Great War he was wounded and his brother Thomas was killed. After the war he became Chief of Police in Amherstburg. He then became the High Constable of Middlesex, a position which he held for thirteen years. Arthur Wharton died on February 23, 1961.

  • This profile is based in part on “Arthur James Wharton 83611” in James L. McCallum, “ We Will Remember Them” – The Men & Women of East Elgin Who Served During the First Great War, 1914 – 1918, Elgin County Branch, Ontario Genealogical Society.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada, (Springfield)
  • National Archives, U.K. Royal Marine Artillery, Attestation and Discharge Papers, ADM 157/3040/61, Folios 141-142.
  • Canadian War MuseumCanada & The South African War, 1899-1902, Units, Strathcona’s Horse
  • The Glenbow Museum has a photograph of Moosomin troops and Number 3 Troop “A” Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse, and a photograph of Non Commissioned Officers of 3rd Troop, “A” Squadron, Lord Strathcona’s Horse. The latter includes Sergeant Trelevan. Enter title, Press Search.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1901 Census of Canada, (Springfield)
  • The Aylmer Express: March 21, 1901, p. 1. A royal reception at Springfield, Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: July 26, 1906, p. 1. Wedding of Arthur Wharton and Lulu Doolittle. Canadiana The Aylmer Express: August 2, 1906, p. 7. An account of the wedding.  Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada, (Welland)
  • Library and Archives Canada, Military personnel record, (Great War). Arthur James Wharton [83611]
  • The Elgin County Archives Book of Remembrance records his service in the Great War.
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, (Amherstburg), Mr. Wharton suffered a serious assault while Chief of Police of Amherstburg.
  • Mr. Wharton lost his Boer War medal while riding in uniform in a Calgary Stampede parade in 1905 or 1906. It  was returned to him decades later. Calgary Herald: Dec. 30, 1938, p. 9. London Free Press: January 11, 1939. London Public Library Scrapbooks, vol. 30, p. 121. The latter article contains a photograph of Mr. Wharton and his recovered medal at his Byron, Ontario home.
  • Ontario Jewish Archives, George Wharton. Contains an outline of the family background of Arthur Wharton and Lulu Doolittle, and of Arthur Wharton’s career.  
  • The Globe and Mail: February 24, 1961, p. 27. Death notice of Arthur James Wharton. Died at Sunnybrook Military Hospital. Buried at Sanctuary Park Cemetery.

 

WHITEHEAD, William Park. British Army
William Park Whitehead was born in Westmoreland, England in 1880, the son of Robert and Mary Whitehead. According to a profile published in St. Thomas in 1914, he served in the British Army in South Africa for two years and four months during the Boer War. After the war, he became a policeman in England. He and Ann Jane Foster were married in 1905. They emigrated to Canada with their son and settled in St. Thomas in 1907. He worked as a railway locomotive fireman until he became a St. Thomas policeman in 1913. He later worked for the Board of Works of St. Thomas for 25 years, until his retirement three years before his death. He was a member of the Canadian Legion. His wife died in 1940. William Park Whitehead died in November, 1948, aged 69 years. He was survived by two sons and two grandchildren. 

  • See William P. Whitehead, Police Constable, The Journal Printing Company Limited, St. Thomas (1914), p. 59 (Photograph), 70. Elgin County Archives
  • St. Thomas and Its Men of Affairs, Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1911 Census of Canada, Yarmouth Township
  • St. Thomas Journal: September 18, 1913, p. 8, c2. Article – William P. Whitehead of St. Thomas. September 20,1913, p. 1, c4. Photo – William P. Whitehead of St. Thomas. Elgin OGS STJ 1913 Sep-Oct
  • St. Thomas Journal: April 25, 1917, p. 1, c2. Photo – William Park Whitehead of St. Thomas Police. Elgin OGS STJ 1917 Jan-Apr
  • London Evening Free Press: Jan. 31, 1921, p. 4. W. P. Whitehead declined to work as a patrolman for the wages offered. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: November 1, 1940, p. 9, c8. Died – Ann Jane Whitehead, 31 Oct., age 64. November 1, 1940, p. 18, c3. Died – Ann Jane Whitehead, age 64. November 4, 1940, p. 7, c5. Died – Mrs. William Whitehead. Elgin OGS STTJ 1940
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: November 3, 1948, p. 7, c7. Died – William Park Whitehead, 69 years, Nov. 3, father of William D. and John R. Whitehead; grandfather of William and Thomas Whitehead. November 3,1948, p. 8, c2. Died – William Park Whitehead, 69 years, Nov. 3, father of William Dawson Whitehead and John Robert Whitehead. November 4, 1948, p. 7, c6. Died – William Park Whitehead, 69 years, Nov 3. November 6, 1948, p. 7, c2. Funeral – William P. Whitehead, Nov. 5. Elgin OGS STTJ 1948 Oct-Dec
  • CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project, St. Thomas Cemetery, William P. Whitehead, 1880-1948, and Ann Jane Whitehead, 1876-1940

 

WILLIAMS, Walter. South African Constabulary.
Walter LeRoy Williams of Grovesend was born in 1883. He was a son of John Ogden Williams and Mary Louisa Doolittle. In March, 1901, he volunteered for the South African Constabulary at London, Ontario. His true to life letters home described the fighting, the hardships and suffering he endured, and the cruelty of the war. He returned to Grovesend on October 27, 1902. In the summer of 1903, at Niagara Camp, he was congratulated on his service by Lord Dundonald, the commander of the militia. Walter Williams and Ella May Cudney were married in August, 1903. In 1912 and 1913 his parents passed away. His brother Oscar served in the Great War. He became ill overseas and died in 1925. Walter Williams was a farmer and a carpenter. He was a religious man. He died on Christmas Day in 1962. His obituary remarked that he lived his entire life in Malahide Township. He was survived by his wife, six sons, three daughters and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

  • More information on the Williams family can be found in Malahide Families Concession Four, by James L. McCallum. Search for Mary Louisa Doolittle and for John Ogden Williams. Elgin OGS
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1891 Census of Canada.
  • London Advertiser: March 7, 1901, p. 5. “OFF FOR AFRICA! Forty-One Men from This District Ready to Start…As Members of the Baden-Powell Constabulary…” Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: July 4, 1901, p.1, 6. (May 2, 1901) Sickness (measles and mumps) on the voyage to South Africa. “All along the way we saw where Boer houses had been burned and farms made desolate by this terrible war.” Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: April 24, 1902, p. 1. Announced the letter to be published on May 1, 1902 as the most interesting letter from South Africa ever published by the newspaper. Elgin OGS
  • The Aylmer Express: May 1, 1902, p. 6. (March 5, 1902) Hardship and suffering, hard fighting, the cruelty of war, had been very ill from enteric fever. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Sept. 18, 1902, p. 6. May 24 Celebration. Enteric fever worse than battle. Duty as a soldier of the king. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: Nov. 6, 1902, p. 6. Return to Grovesend. Granted discharge by S.A.C. Canadiana
  • The Aylmer Express: July 9, 1903, p. 1. Walter Williams and Lord Dundonald at Niagara Camp. Canadiana
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada
  • The Aylmer Express: May 8, 1924, p. 1. Canadiana 
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: Walter L. Williams, December 26, 1962. p. 7, c3. Died – Walter L. Williams, 82 years, Dec 25; c4. Died – Walter LeRoy Williams, Dec 26. December 27, 1962, p.7, c7. Died – Walter LeRoy Williams, Dec 25. Elgin OGS STTJ 1962 Nov – Dec January 2,1963, p. 6, c3. Funeral – Walter L. Williams, Dec 28. Elgin OGS STTJ 1963 Jan – Feb
  • Walter Williams (1883-1962) and Ella Williams (1886-1965), Aylmer Cemetery, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

 

WYETT, William John. British Army
William John Wyett was born in Denbury, Devon, England in 1877. His obituary records that he served in the British Army in the Boer War. He and Ethel Maud Brenton were married in 1907 at Newton Abbot in Devon. In 1911 they lived in Kingsteignton, Devon, where he worked for a brick and tile manufacturer. They emigrated to Canada in 1913 with their son Harold. They first settled in Sunderland and then came to Elgin County during the Great War. He worked for the London and Port Stanley Railway for thirty years, becoming a section foreman. He retired in 1946. He was a well-known resident of Port Stanley. He passed away in 1954, at age 77, survived by his wife Ethel, their sons Harold, Cyril and Claude, a grandson, and several brothers and sisters in England. He was buried at Christ Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Stanley.

  • Kingsteignton History Society
  • Library and Archives Canada, Passenger Lists for the Port of Quebec City and Other Ports, 1865-1922. Ethel, Harold and William Wyott, Halifax, April, 1913.
  • Library and Archives Canada, Ethel Wyott
  • Library and Archives Canada, Harold Wyott
  • Library and Archives Canada, William Wyott
  • Library and Archives Canada, 1921 Census of Canada, In the 1921 Census, William John Wyett was the only adult male Wyett recorded in Elgin County. He was working as a railroad labourer.
  • The Elgin County Archives has a photograph of railway workers (likely the London & Port Stanley Railway) at Stop 1 (Thompson Road) at Beattie’s Siding, ca. 1928. This photograph includes includes a Jack Wyett.
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: July 31, 1954, p. 7, c5. Died – William J. Wyett, 77 years, July 30, husband of Mrs. Ethel M. Wyett; father of Harold G., Cyril J. and Claude B. Wyett; grandfather of William Wyett. July 31, 1954, p. 7, c6. Died – William J. Wyett, July 30, Boer War Veteran. August 3, 1954, p. 7, c5. Funeral – William J. Wyett, Aug. 2. Elgin OGS STTJ 1954 July – Aug
  • St. Thomas Times-Journal: June 9, 1958, p. 7, c5. Died – Mrs. Ethel M. Wyett, 78 years, June 8, widow of William J. Wyett; mother of Harold, Cyril J. and Claude B. Wyett; sister of Edith. June 9, 1958, p. 7, c5. Died – Mrs. William J. Wyett, June 8. June 11, 1958, p. 7, c5. Funeral – Mrs. Ethel M. Wyett, June 10. Elgin OGS STTJ 1958 May – June
  • Cyril J. Wyett, Obituary, 1979. Elgin County Archives, Profile Photographs, General Interest – Mr. Cyril Wyett
  • William John Wyett, 1877-1954, Christ Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Stanley, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project
  • Ethel Maud Wyett, 1880-1958, Christ Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Stanley, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project
  • Claude Brenton Wyett, 1919-1969, Christ Anglican Church Cemetery, Port Stanly, CanadaGenWeb’s Cemetery Project

ADDENDUM

COHOON, Lorentus H.
He had been a resident of Aylmer wrote letters concerning Soldiers at Halifax but no evidence that he himself served in South Africa.He was born 23 Aug 1859 at Nova Scotia and died at Middleton, Nova Sotia, 13 Feb 1902. He was the son of Stephen COHOON and Susannah Elizabeth LEWIS.”L. H.

  • Cohoon wrote a letter describing Canadian soldiers soon to depart from Halifax. The Aylmer Express:  Feb. 22, 1900.
  • He also sent a telegram to Aylmer about the returning soldiers upon their arrival in Halifax. The Aylmer Express: Jan. 10, 1901, p. 1.” Aylmer Express
  • 21 May 1896, COHOON, L. H., Aylmer, Pump Dealer
  • 22 Feb 1900, COHOON, L. H., Boer War Letters
  • Feb 27 1902, COHOON, L. H., 43, Death; Pneumonia