Residents Who Served M-Z

Residents Who Served A - L

The District of Saanich remembers the following residents who served in the First World War:

Mackintosh, W.R.

W.R. Mackintosh was one of the soldiers who took advantage of the Saanich Soldiers Housing Scheme. He lived at 437 Boleskine Road. His home was part of the first phase of the program (14 houses), headed by architect Major Karl Branwhite Spurgin. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.

Mawhinney, Francis Christopher

Francis Christopher Mawhinney was one of the soldiers who took advantage of the Saanich Soldiers Housing Scheme. He lived at 3305 Shelbourne Street. His home was part of the second phase of the program (5 houses), headed by architect Ralph Berrill. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.

Malcolm, William Gilbert

Service Number: 400142. William Gilbert Malcom was born in Ireland on March 22, 1887 to Alex and Mary Malcolm. He married Agnes Strickland at the Centennial Methodist Church in Victoria on August 23, 1911. William was a carpenter by trade. When he enlisted in 1915 at the age of 28, he and his wife were living at 164 Burnside Road, Maywood Post Office. At the time of his death, he was listed as being divorced. He died at Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver on July 8, 1956 at the age of 73. Information submitted by: J. Clements.  Attestation Papers | Veteran Death Card

Mallett Pte Arthur

Martin Cpl W.

Massey Cpl Owen

Matheson Sgt Jas. J.

Matheson, Murdock (Private)

Killed in Action October 8, 1915. Service Number: 430496. Murdock Matheson is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial and the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. In September 2015, a group visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Photographs courtesy of Gavin Cooper. Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves | Name on Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial | Grave

Matthews Gunner H.B.

Matthews Lce Cpl W.C.

Mattin Driver F.

May Gunner J.G.

Mayo Pte Thos. Sr.

McAdoo, Lyndhurst Howard Barry Henderson (Driver)

Died of Wounds 22 January 1918. Service Number: 313932. McAdoo Place located in Saanich municipality was named in honor of Lyndhurst McAdoo, a soldier who died 22 January 1918 in the Queen's Military Hospital, Kingston, Ontario. He had become seriously ill of a malignant tumor while serving in France during World War One and had been invalided back to Canada. Driver Lyndhurst McAdoo, Reg. No. 313932, of the 3rd Division, Ammunition Column, Canadian Field Artillery, was buried in Grave 15, Range 7, and Section G of Kingston's Cataraqui Cemetery. Although he had paternal roots in Ireland, and was a Canadian soldier, Lyndhurst McAdoo was born in Australia. Lyndhurst Howard Barry Henderson McAdoo was born 30 October 1880 at Colac, Victoria, Australia, the eldest of four children of Robert McAdoo, a merchant, and Julia Morrow Gordon. According to the Victoria, Australia Marriage Index, Lyndhurst's father was born in County Donegal, Ireland, and his mother at Geelong, Victoria, Australia. After serving for 3 1/2 years in an Australian Cadet Corps, he immigrated to Ireland, and at the time of the 1901 census was an assistant farmer with his Uncle James McAdoo at Dernacally, Taughboyne Parish, County Donegal. Dernacally is a town land in south Donegal about one mile north of St. Johnstown. Lyndhurst McAdoo married 29th October 1909 in Ireland. According to the marriage registration in the Registration District of Stabane, County Tyrone, he was a bachelor, farmer of full age residing at Dernacally, his deceased father was listed as Robert McAdoo, merchant. His bride, Roberta Donnell Todd, a spinster of full age residing at Fyfin, was a daughter of William H. Todd, a Justice of the Peace and Land Surveyor as well as being a farmer. The marriage was solemnized in the Ardstraw Presbyterian Church, County Tyrone, by license. The officiating minister was A. MacLurg, and the marriage witnesses were Ethel Todd and Robert McAdoo. Fyfin, where Roberta Todd resided, is a townland near Ardstraw, County Tyrone. They had two daughters, Eileen and Lorna May. Lyndhurst, known as "Lindie," and wife and two daughters emigrated from Ireland to British Columbia settling at Errington near Parksville on Vancouver Island, where he became a rancher. While living at Errington they had two more daughters, Mona Frances and Patricia. In the middle of World War I, Lindie McAdoo joined the army, enlisting 13th January 1916 at Victoria, B.C. According to his attestation service records, he was a man of medium height and ruddy complexion with auburn hair and grey eyes. His only distinguishing marks were a scar on his left cheek and a mole on his right calf. He disposed of his property at Errington and moved his wife and children to ‘Cloverdale’ the home of the Tolmie’s shortly before enlisting. Lindie was the grandnephew of Honorable Chief Factor John Work. The 1917 Victoria Directory lists Roberta McAdoo residing at 3570 Calumet Avenue, in a house owned by the Tolmie family while her husband Lindie was away on Active Service. Lindie McAdoo arrived in England 12 March 1916 aboard the S.S. Missanabie, and was attached to the Ammunition Column, 10th Brigade Canadian Field Artillery. In late April he was admitted to hospital for two weeks with an inflamed mole. On 13th July he embarked for France. He was hospitalized for a week in April 1917 with the 6th Canadian Field Ambulance for a sprained left knee. On 5 July 1917 he was admitted to No. 8 Red Cross Hospital, Le Touret, France, with a lymphatic tumor. From there he was transferred to a number of military hospitals before finally being invalided back to Canada in late December seriously ill. He was admitted to the Queens Military Hospital, Kingston, on 31st December, where he died 22nd January, 1918. A memorial service was held for Driver Lyndhurt McAdoo at St. Mark’s Church, Boleskine Road in Victoria, B.C. on January 25th 1918. His funeral was held the same afternoon at Kingston's Cataraqui Cemetery where he was buried with full military honors. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, in addition to showing his widow Roberta McAdoo living at 3570 Calumet Ave., Victoria, B.C. reveal that his mother, Mrs. Julia McAdoo, was residing at Exeter, Devon, England, and that his father, Robert McAdoo, was deceased. Saanich Heritage Register entry for McAdoo Residence, 3571 Calumet Avenue: "Roberta Donnell McAdoo, the widow of Lyndhurst McAdoo, was a cousin of John McAdoo Wark (Work), the nephew of John Work, who was related by marriage to the family of William Fraser Tolmie. While Lyndhurst McAdoo was in active service in Europe during the First World War, Roberta and her daughters lived at Cloverdale, the Tolmie family stone residence located north of the present Cloverdale Avenue. Lyndhurst was wounded during combat and died in Kingston Military Hospital in 1918. Roberta built this house on land she obtained from John Work Tolmie. For a number of years she supported her family by running a boarding house. She returned to Ireland in the late 1920s." Lindie’s name is inscribed on the Cenotaph of the Parksville War Memorial as L. McAdoo and he is listed on the Honour Roll of the Parksville Legion. Rest in Peace, Lyndhurst -You have not been forgotten. Information submitted by: P. Gaudio.  Attestation Papers

McCallum, Angus Charles

Killed in Action 27 September 1918. Service Number: 703021. 102nd Battalion CEF. Died of Wounds received 27 Sept 1918 during the taking of Bourlon Wood by the 4th Division to which he was attached as Brigade Headquarters Battalion Runner. Born at Rowland Manitoba 7 April 1889. Died 27 Sept 1918. Son of A.C. McCallum Lake Hill B.C. and Sarah Hughes McCallum (deceased). The above information is taken from a letter from Florence McCallum, Private Angus McCallum’s sister, to the Saanich Municipal Clerk on 24 Feb 1925 for inclusion on the municipality’s Honour Roll. The original letter is preserved at Saanich Archives. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives and J. Clements.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission

McCreight Trooper

McCullough Pte David

McCullough Pte Samuel

McGowan, Ralph (Sapper)

Service Number: 181079. Ralph McGowan was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England on January 22, 1880. His parents George and Harriet (Crompton) christened Ralph on February 29, 1880 at Deane Parish, Lancaster, England. According to the 1881 England and Wales Census, Ralph’s father George was working as a coal miner. Ralph immigrated to Canada in 1911 and his wife Jane Alice (Ormrod) and daughter Minnie followed in 1912. The McGowan family took up residence in the newly constructed Parkdale Subdivision (211 Battlefield Ave) in Saanich West, Victoria BC with Ralph as the architect and original owner of his home. On February 14, 1916 Ralph enlisted in Victoria BC with the 88th Battalion Victoria Fusiliers C.E.F., a local militia unit established in Victoria in 1912. On his Attestation Papers his current address was listed as Parkdale, Saanich BC and next of kin, his wife J.A. McGowan. At the time of his enlistment Ralph was 36 and listed his current occupation as a miner which made him a very suitable candidate to be recruited as a Sapper for the war effort. Working as a Sapper required a special type of individual that could work underground digging tunnels and setting explosives in near darkness towards enemy lines. Miners were especially recruited for this dangerous work and were at great risk of death and capture. Ralph and the 88th Battalion set sail for England from Halifax on board the S.S. Olympic in June 1916. Ralph spent 3 years in France with the 88th Battalion 1st Tunnelling Company Canadian Engineers. On Ralph’s service record he is recorded as a Prisoner of War (POW) but the details of his capture and return home are not documented. Ralph does return home safely and is recorded as the Head of Household at 211 Battleford Ave along with his wife Jane Alice, daughter Minnie and son John on the 1921 Saanich Census pg. 69. Line 26. Ward 7. Ralph worked as a painter and lived in Saanich for 17 years until his death on June 28, 1928. He died at Saint Joseph’s Hospital in Victoria, BC at the age of 48. On his death certificate Ralph’s occupation is listed as a soldier. He is buried at Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, BC. Ralph McGowan is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Obreza.  Attestation Papers

McIntyre Pte A.

McKay, N.E.

N.E. McKay was one of the soldiers who took advantage of the Saanich Soldiers Housing Scheme. He lived at 3073 Millgrove Street. His home was part of the first phase of the program (14 houses), headed by architect Major Karl Branwhite Spurgin. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.

McKay, Robert Matheson

Robert Matheson McKay was one of the soldiers who took advantage of the Saanich Soldiers Housing Scheme. He lived at3074 Earl Grey Street. His home was part of the first phase of the program (14 houses), headed by architect Major Karl Branwhite Spurgin. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.

McNally, John Edward (Lance Corporal)

Killed in Action 13 June 1917. Service Number: 703663. John Edward McNally was a rancher in Saanichton at the time of his enlistment on February 18, 1916. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial and the Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial. Information submitted by: J. Clements. Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

McNally Pte W.H.

McNeill, Jock

Research in progress by: Minaker family

McSween Pte Neil

Meads Bandmaster S.

Menmuir Pte David

Milne Pte H.

Moody Pte Edgar L.

Moore Pte Fred

Moody Pte Horace A.

Mooney, Hugh (Private)

Killed in Action 3 June 1916. Service Number: 429067. Hugh Mooney is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. In June 2016, Military Researcher Steve Clifford visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Menin Gate Memorial in Belgium. Photographs courtesy of Steve Clifford.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War MemorialMenin Gate Memorial | Name on Menin Gate Memorial

Muir, William D. (Drummer)

Killed in Action 19 April 1916. Service Number: 77912. William Muir is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. In June 2016, Military Researcher Steve Clifford visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Chester Farm Cemetery in Belgium. Photographs courtesy of Steve Clifford.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War MemorialChester Farm Cemetery | Grave

Munro Pte F.T.

Murray Pte Alex S

Murray Pte Robert

Neville Cpl W.B.

Nixon, Edward Atcherly Eckersal (Commander)

Edward Atcherly Eckersal Nixon was born in Ireland in 1878.  He served with the Royal Navy before being appointed by the Canadian government in 1911 to establish the Royal Navy College of Canada in Halifax.  He was seriously injured during the 1917 Halifax explosion that also destroyed the college buildings.  In July 1918 he was appointed to undertake the transfer of the college to Esquimalt and lived in Saanich at Hill Farm, 1231 Santa Rosa Avenue until his death from pneumonia on Nov. 10, 1924. His widow continued to own the property in Saanich until 1965. He is buried at the Veterans Cemetery (God's Acre) in Esquimalt. Information submitted by:  J. Azar.

Norwood Lieut E.J.

Oates, A.E. (Private)

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Ockwell, George (Private)

Service Number: 103204. George Henry Ockwell was born on April 9, 1884 in London, England to parents Henry George and Sarah (nee Tinkler). According to the England and Wales Census of 1891, George’s father was a labourer supporting his wife and 7 children (5 boys and 2 girls) on Salt Box Row, East Ham Essex, England. In his early twenties George left England and immigrated to Canada. He arrived in Quebec City in May 1903 aboard the ship Canada. George took up residence at the home and B&B of his brother Alfred Ockwell at 3226 Alder Street, Saanich West, Victoria BC. On September 8, 1915 George signed his attestation papers and “took strength” with the 67th Battalion (Western Scots), CEF. The 67th Battalion was an infantry battalion that recruited and mobilized in Victoria, BC. At the time of enlistment George is 31 years old, unmarried and lists his mother Sarah as his next of kin at 31 Cleve Rd., East Ham, London, England. George is described as 5’6, medium complexion, dark brown hair and grey eyes. Of special note is a large distinct scar on his left ankle. George also recorded active militia experience with the 50th Regiment (Gordon Highlanders). George and the 67th Battalion embarked to Britain on April 5, 1916 from Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympic. The 67th Battalion served in the field in France and Flanders as the 67th Canadian Pioneer Battalion with the 4th Canadian Division from August 14, 1916 to April 28, 1917. Traditionally Pioneers travel in advance of the main body of soldiers clearing paths across the landscape, making roads and digging intrenchments. Pioneers provided the same services as the CEF engineering units, although they remained under infantry command. On George’s service record he is recorded as a prisoner of war. Once home from the war, George is recorded working as a self-employed carpenter on the 1921 Saanich Census Ward 2 line 309. George is living in his brother Alfred’s home at 3226 Alder Street along with Alfred’s wife Margaret, daughter Doris and son Alfred. In addition to the family members in the 4 bedroom home, a 39 year old widow named Rebeccah Anson is recorded on the Census. George lived in Saanich for 44 years before his death on August 22, 1950 at the Veteran’s Hospital in Victoria, BC. His brother Alfred signed the death certificate as George’s next of kin. He is buried at Colwood Burial Park in Colwood BC. George Ockwell is commemorated on the Saanch WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Obreza.  Attestation Papers

Oldfield Sapper E.

Oldfield, Herbert Lionel (Captain)

Killed in Action 6 April 1918. Herbert Lionel Oldfield was born on October 3, 1894 in Winnipeg, Manitoba to John Henry Oldfield and Emma Louise Inman. He attended Mostyn House School, a boarding school in Parkgate, Cheshire, England. In 1903, His parents purchased 300 acres in Saanich for their retirement, but did not move there until 1912 (“Norfolk Lodge”, 5789 Brookhill Road). Herbert’s Attestation Papers show that he enlisted on September 23, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec but the Magistrate’s signature appears to have been applied at Lark Hill on August 9, 1914. At the time of enlistment, his occupation was financial clerk. At one time prior to the war, he worked with the Merchants Bank in Victoria, “subsequently being with the firm of Oldfield, Kirby & Gardner, Winnipeg, of which his father was senior member.” (Daily Colonist Apr 13, 1918). Herbert served with the 8th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), reaching the rank of Major. According to a report in the Daily Colonist, he had been wounded three times since reaching France. Official records indicate that he died on April 6, 1918, although a researcher note on the Canadian Great War Project states that “his 8th Bn had left the shelter of the Ronville Caves at Arras on 6th of April 1918 and marched 9km to relieve contingents of Brit infantry Regts in the Fampoux area. While setting in on the 7th Major Oldfield inspected the front line and was hit by the blast of a whizz-bang. He died same day in a casualty clearing Stn.” (Michael Barton). He was 24 years old. Herbert’s sister, Kathleen Oldfield, was one of the first people to bring forward the idea of a Saanich Honour Roll to Municipal Council in 1916 (before Herbert’s death). His brother, Henry Clarence, was a Saanich Councillor from 1924 to 1930. Herbert Lionel Oldfield is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll, the Manitoba Next of Kin Monument on the grounds of the Manitoba Legislative Building, the War Memorial at Mostyn House School, Parkgate, Cheshire, and at Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun, France. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves | Virtual War Memorial | Daily Colonist Apr 13, 1918 (p.7) | Canadian Great War Project

Oldfield Pte Kenneth J.

O'Meara Pte A.V.

O'Meara Cpl Tom

Osborne, Charles Henry

Killed in Action 27 Sept 1918. Service number: 2138006. Charles Henry Osborne, born in Victoria in 1896, was the son of Annie M. Osborne and the late George Osborne of Burnside Road in Saanich. He drove a grocery wagon for Burnside Grocery and other firms before he was recruited in January of 1918. He served with the Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment), 72nd Bn., and was only on the front lines for 6 weeks before he was killed in action on September 27, 1918. He is buried in the Quarry Wood Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Information submitted by: J. Clements.  Attestation Papers | Canadian Virtual War MemorialCanadian War Graves Commission

O'Shea Pte Ben

Ostler, L.C.

L.C. Ostler was one of the soldiers who took advantage of the Saanich Soldiers Housing Scheme. He lived at 3543 (now 3339) Doncaster Drive. His home was part of the first phase of the program (14 houses), headed by architect Major Karl Branwhite Spurgin. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.

Owens Pte Norman

Owens Gunner Robert

Paine, Frederick William (Sapper)

Killed in Action 8 November 1917. Service Number: 540408. Frederick William Paine (known as Fred) was the second child (of ten) of Frederick Arthur Jonas Paine and Henrietta Paine (nee McGee). He was born at Victoria, BC on 10 June 1896. Fred had nine siblings -- two sisters and seven brothers. The girls were Henrietta Eleanor and Margaret Mary; the boys were George Henry, John Edward Joseph, James Arthur, Thomas David, William Hall, Matthew Patrick and Daniel Francis. (John Edward and James Arthur also served in the First World War). The only photo available of Fred (see link below) is one taken at the entrance of his father's store ("Fred Paine's" General Store at 39 Ontario Street in James Bay, Victoria). It appears to have been taken when Fred was seventeen or eighteen years old. His parents are standing in the doorway and Fred is standing to the right of his father. Fred enlisted in the army on the 3rd of September, 1915 at the age of 19. He was Killed in Action on the 8th of November, 1917 in the 3rd Battle of Ypres at Passchendaele -- two days before the end of the battle. After the war, the family moved to Belgrave Road in Saanich. Frederick William Paine is commemorated on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial. Information submitted by: Anthony (Tony) Southwell, son of Henrietta Southwell (nee Paine), one of Fred Paine's two sisters.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War Memorial | Photo (BC Archives) | Medal

Paine, James Arthur

James Arthur Paine was one of ten children of Frederick Arthur Jonas Paine and Henrietta Paine (nee McGee). After the war, the family moved to Belgrave Road in Saanich. Research in progress by: Anthony Southwell. 

Paine, John Edward Joseph (Private)

Service Number: 180514. John Edward Joseph Paine was one of ten children of Frederick Arthur Jonas Paine and Henrietta Paine (nee McGee). After the war, the family moved to Belgrave Road in Saanich. Research in progress by: Anthony Southwell.  Attestation Papers | Colonist 15 Oct 1916 (p. 10) | Colonist 24 Mar 1935

Parkinson, Fred K. (Private)

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Patterson Pte John

Patterson, Samuel

see Saanich Archives vertical files

Pemberton Pte J.W.

Petch, Arthur (Corporal)

Service Number: 430579. Arthur Petch was born in Conway, Wales on December 18, 1891. At the time of his enlistment (March 18, 1915) he listed his profession as a plumber. Arthur first served as a private, with the 48th Battalion, CEF and advanced to lance corporal and corporal. In late 1916 Arthur (then a platoon sergeant) was awarded a medal for gallantry in action. After gaining a commission he was attached to the Canadian Engineers until the end of the war. Arthur returned to the Victoria area and married Ozella Thompson on September 24, 1919 at Sluggett Memorial Baptist Church. Arthur Petch died July 28, 1975 at the age of 83 in Vancouver, BC. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Charlebois. Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist 20 Aug 1916, p.19

Petch, Frances Ernest (Sergeant)

Service Number: 703375. Frances Ernest Petch was born in Conway, Wales on December 18, 1889. Prior to enlisting (on January 21, 1916) and serving with 102nd Battalion, Ernest worked as a clerk at the Victoria Post Office. He was a talented singer and entertained troops as a performer with the Maple Leaf Concert Party. In the summer of 1920, Ernest decided to leave Victoria to continue his musical career in Toronto. On August 29, 1929 Ernest married Florence Eva Payne. The couple lived in Vancouver and Ernest managed the Windsor Theatre. F. Ernest Petch is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Charlebois.  Attestation Papers | Library and Archives Canada (see photos of Maple Leaf Concert Party) | Daily Colonist 20 Aug 1916, p.19

Petch, George Meredith (Private)

Service Number: 463587. George Meredith Petch was born on April 22, 1893 in Conway, Wales. He listed his profession as farmer when he signed his attestation papers (July 21, 1915). He was 22 years old. Prior to enlisting to fight in Europe, George served with the 88th Battalion (Victoria Fusiliers). After the war George returned to the Greater Victoria area and married Muriel Maye Bartholomew on June 4, 1928. He worked as a salesman and clerk. Muriel died in August 1975 and George lived another 8 years until his death at 89 on January 18, 1983. George Meredith Petch is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Charlebois.  Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist 20 Aug 1916, p.19

Petch, Robert Alfred (Private)

Service Number: 103417. Robert Alfred Petch was born in Derbyshire England on March 22, 1883. Prior to the First Word War, Robert was a clerk and he farmed in Saanichton. Robert married Margaret Edith Harold on June 23, 1908 in Vancouver, BC and they had one child. Robert enlisted on February 29, 1916 and served with the 67th Battalion of the Canadian Infantry. He may have been a prisoner of war, but this has not been confirmed. Robert and Margaret divorced and he remarried Lila Howard in September 1928. Robert died in August 1941 in Vancouver, BC at the age of 58. Robert Alfred Petch is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Charlebois.  Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist 20 Aug 1916, p.19

Petch, Sidney [Sydney] (Staff Sergeant)

Service Number: 77059. Sydney Petch (spelled “Sidney” on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll) was born on February 27, 1888 in Conway, Wales. Prior to enlisting to fight in Europe he worked as a cement finisher and served with the 88th Battalion (Victoria Fusiliers). Sydney was 26 years old when he signed his CEF attestation papers on November 7, 1914. He may have been a prisoner of war, but this has not yet been confirmed. Sydney survived the First World War and married Lillian Maud Simons. Sydney Petch died on June 25, 1951 in Victoria, BC at age 63. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Charlebois.  Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist 20 Aug 1916, p.19

Peter Pte Kenneth W.

Peterson Pte John

Peterson Pte Wm.

Phillips, Thomas Arthur

Service Number: 506785. Thomas Arthur Phillips was born on August 4, 1872 in Birmingham, England. At the time of his enlistment in 1916, he was already married to wife Nellie. His address was listed as Tillicum Post Office, and his occupation was miner. City directories indicate that Thomas and Nellie lived at 2815 Inlet Avenue in Saanich after the war. Nellie is later listed as a widow in the 1930s at 2838 Colquitz. A death certificate for Thomas could not be located. Nellie died on March 1, 1945; her son Lawrence signed the death certificate. Information submitted by: J. Clements.  Attestation Papers

Pierce (Peirce), Earle Allan

Service Number: 180116. E.A. Pierce is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. See: Stewart, William (Private) for photo.  Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist 1 Nov 1916, p.5

Piercy, James Edward (Lieutenant)

James Edward Piercy was born on October 19, 1887 in Hong Kong, China. He and his first wife, Adelaide, were married in St. Luke's Church in Saanich in 1915, and his address at that time was Palo Alto Drive, Mount Tolmie. He listed Maywood P.O. as his address when he signed up for the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in 1917. The 1917 directory lists his residence as Kenneth near Glanford. In the 1921 census, he and Adelaide and their 1-year-old daughter Dorothy were then living in Point Grey, Vancouver. Adelaide died in 1928 at age 39, and James married Catherine Muriel Hellewell in 1933. James Edward Piercy died in Vancouver in 1976 at the age of 88. Information submitted by: J. Clements.  Attestation Papers | Death Certificate

Pinder Pte Joseph

Pinkerton Pte Eldon

Pook Sgt F

Radford, Arnold

Service Number: 1288541. Born April 11, 1875. Attestation papers list Mount Tolmie as the address of his wife (next of kin). Information submitted by: Julie Clements. Attestation Papers

Reid Pte A.J.

Rice Gunner Arthur

Rice, Richard Grenville (Sapper)

Service Number: 2005324. Richard Grenville Rice was born on August 10, 1888 in Derby, England to Richard Rice and Constance Hardwick. At the time of his enlistment on December 4, 1916, he and his wife Gladys lived at 2559 Vancouver Street in Victoria. His trade is listed as draughtsman. In the 1920 directory, R.G. Rice is listed as living at 1325 Finlayson in Victoria. At that time he was a draughtsman with the E & N Railway, and later with the BC Department of Public Works. Richard and Karl Branwhite Spurgin were co-architects for the Saanich Memorial Health Centre at 4353 West Saanich Road. Richard also designed the house Oak Crest (3149 Cook Street). He is the Saanich WWI Honour Roll artist. In 1922, he moved to Seattle where he continued his work as an architect. Richard and Gladys had two children: Hilda M. and Richard H. Richard Grenville Rice died in Seattle on June 7, 1941 at the age of 52. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: D. Foster and M. Rice.  Attestation PapersTimes Colonist 9 Sept 2016

Richardson Pte Chas.

Richardson Pte Edward

Richardson Pte John

Riddell, James Davidson

Service Number: 102280. James Davidson Riddell, son of John Riddell, was born in Scotland on September 3, 1896. He worked as a chauffeur before enlisting with the CEF in 1915. He died in Saanich on November 25, 1971 at age 74. Information submitted by: Julie Clements.  Attestation Papers

Riddell Pte Walter

Ridgeley Pte Percy

Riley Pte Arthur W.E.

Robb, Hector (Private)                                                                   

Service Number: 706098. Hector Robb was born on October 15, 1885 in Banff, Scotland. He worked as a plumber before enlisting on November 29, 1915. At the time, he was living on Prideau Street, Maywood Post Office in Saanich. He died in 1919 in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Hector Robb is commemorated on the Saskatechewan Virtual War Memorial. Information submitted by: J. Clements.  Attestation Papers | Saskatchewan Virtual War Memorial

Roberts Gunner J.G.

Robinson Pte T.

Rough Pte H.L.

Rough Pte Henry

Rowland Gunner E.

Sattersthwaite Pioneer W.

Scharschmidt Lieut Guy

Scharschmidt Capt H.B.

Scott, Chester Alexander (Private)

Service Number: 180528. C. Scott is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. See: Stewart, William (Private) for photo.  Attestation Papers

Scott, Robert Graham (Private)

Killed in Action September 22, 1916. Service Number: 463182. Robert Graham Scott is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll and the Vimy Memorial. In September 2015, a group visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Vimy Memorial. Photographs courtesy of Gavin Cooper. Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves | Vimy Memorial| Name on Vimy Memorial

Seedhouse

Shires Trooper J.

Simmonds Gunner W.D.

Simpson, Alexander Henry (Private)                                     

Killed in Action April 9, 1917. Service Number: 116773. Alexander Henry Simpson is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. In September 2015, a group visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Vimy Memorial. Photographs courtesy of Gavin Cooper.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves | Vimy Memorial | Name on Vimy Memorial

Singer Pte Walter John

Smith Pte A.W.

Smith Pte F.

Smith, Frederick George

Service Number: 1413.  Attestation Papers

Smith, Frederick George

Service Number: 1049273. Frederick George Smith was born on July 3, 1875 in London, England to Henry and Harriet (nee Goulder) Smith. Based on information on his death certificate, he arrived in Canada ca. 1906. He married Eleanor Maude Beard, date undetermined. They would have at least six children, as indicated in the 1921 Census: Myrtle (later South), Mabel (later Seadlock), Hilda, Phyllis, Frederick, and William. A millwright and carpenter, F.G. Smith lived with his family at 3502 Calumet Avenue in Saanich, first appearing there in the 1912 City Directory as the only resident on the street and remaining there until his death. He enlisted on September 25, 1916 and ultimately returned from service. In 1948, the Daily Colonist reported that F.G. Smith appeared at Saanich Police Court after being "caught in a drive to enforce dog licence by-law". Described as a "$30-a-month pensioner", he was ordered to get rid of his 19 unlicensed dogs and he asked anyone interested in giving them a home to take them so that they dogs would not have to be destroyed. Less than a year later, in February 1949, he was again summoned to court, charged with "keeping a goat in a building used for human habitation". Frederick George Smith died on July 1, 1955 just prior to his 82nd birthday, at the Veterans' Hospital in Saanich. He is buried at the Veterans' Cemetery in Esquimalt. His wife Eleanor died on April 10, 1974; her residence at the time was 2535 Shelbourne Street in Victoria. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.  Attestation Papers | Death Certificate | Daily Colonist June 8, 1948 p.23 | Daily Colonist Feb 25, 1949 p.27

Smith Pte Henry

Smith Cpl John W.

Smith Sgt R. Lomas

Smith Lce Cpl Wm.

Snider, Edwin Percival T. (Private)

Killed in Action May 3, 1917. Service Number: 500255. Edwin Percival Snider was born in the Lake District of Saanich on August 30, 1880. Information submitted by: Julie Clements. He is commemorated on the Vimy Memorial. In September 2015, a group visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Vimy Memorial. Photographs courtesy of Gavin Cooper.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War Memorial | Vimy Memorial | Name on Vimy Memorial

Stacey, Albert (Driver)

Killed in Action 16 December 1917. Service Number: 476568. Albert Stacey is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. In September 2016, a group led by Gavin Cooper visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including Les Baraques Military Cemetery in France. Photograph courtesy of Gavin Cooper. Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War Memorial | Grave

Stacey Pte Fred

Steele Cyclist Arthur

Steele Gordon

Steele Pte Joseph

Stevens, David Valentine Vernon (Sergeant)                                                                

Killed in Action May 20, 1915. Service Number: 77649. David Valentine Vernon Stevens is commemorated at the Vimy Memorial and on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. In September 2015, a group visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Vimy Memorial. Photographs courtesy of Gavin Cooper.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves | Canadian Cemetery No. 2 at Vimy | Canadian Grave Marker

Stevens Pte Gerald

Stevens Sgt Vernon

Stewart, Arthur (Corporal)

Service Number: 524637. Attestation Papers | Photo

Stewart Pte Frank

Stewart, Fred (Private)

Stewart, William (Private)                                                                                                          

Killed in Action October 8, 1916. Service Number: 180140. William Stewart was the son of Arthur and Janet Stewart of 1250 Tattersall Drive. A Memorial Cross GVI medal was given to William’s mother to recognize his death, and it has remained with the family. His Service Number is engraved on the back. From the Saanich Heritage Register Book entry for 1149 Tattersall Drive: “Arthur Stewart (1870-1938) was a contractor and mason who built many houses in the Tattersall and Quadra areas […]. His brother, also a stonemason, was killed building the Cenotaph in Vancouver in 1924, and Arthur was asked to complete it. William Stewart is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll and the Vimy Memorial. Information submitted by: K. Andersen and family. In September 2015, a group visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including the Vimy Memorial. Photographs courtesy of Gavin Cooper.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves | Vimy Memorial | Name on Vimy Memorial | Photos [PDF - 393 KB] | Memorial Cross (front) | Memorial Cross (back)

Steyan C.L.

Swallow Pte H

Taylor Lieut E.R.

Taylor Driver H.V.

Thomas Clarence

Thompson Bugler Hugh

Thurburn, Augustus Edward Sedgwick C. (Captain)

Killed in action on 28 May 1917. Service Number: 16823. Captain Thurburn served with the 9th Battalion (Essex Regiment) and the 3rd Battalion (King's Royal Rifle Corps).He was the son of Thory Vincent and Mary Thurburn of Mount Tolmie. Captain Thurburn was killed in action in or around Salonika (now Thessaloniki, Greece) on May 28, 1917. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: J. Orr. Sources: Commonwealth War Graves Commission ; J. F. Bosher, Imperial Vancouver Island: Who Was Who, p.730.  Attestation Papers

Tillie Pte W.

Todd, Thomas (Bombardier)

Photo

Toogood Lce Cpl Charles

Toogood Cpl Fred

Research in progress by: E. Spence.

Treherne Gunner H.R.

Trickey, William John (Corporal)

Killed in Action 1 November 1918. Service No: 476666. Corporal William John (W.J.) Trickey was born to English farmer William Trickey and Mary Ann Marwick on December 11, 1878. He was the eldest of his siblings Jane May Trickey, Robert James Trickey, Elizabeth Isabel Trickey, Annie Hyacinthe Trickey, and Arthur Trickey. Like his father, William John Trickey was a farmer in the Royal Oak area at R.M.D. #1. He enlisted in Esquimalt on November 11, 1915, having previously served in the 5th Regiment Canadian Garrison Artillery. A gunner with the Canadian Artillery Regiment 3rd Brigade, he died at the Battle of Valenciennes on November 1, 1918 at the age of 39. His widow, Sybil Amelia Trickey, would later remarry Robert Atherton on May 5, 1920. William John Trickey is buried in St. Roch Communal Cemetery in Valenciennes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: E. Spence.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Colonist 17 Nov 1918 (p. 5)

Toms Pte Charles

Toms, Frederick (Private)

Frederick E. Toms is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Research in progress by: J. Humphries.

Toms, Pte Sydney

Private Sydney Toms was born in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, on Apr.13, 1892 to parents Blanche Paxton and Henry “Harry” Toms. His parents and older brother George had moved from England in the late 1880s. He had 7 siblings, Blanche, Emily, Frank, Flora, George, Henry, and Frederich. In 1901, the entire family moved from Moose Jaw to Assiniboia, which was, at the time, part of the North West Territories. Assiniboia was about 110 km from Moose Jaw. In 1907, the family moved again, this time to the Saanich area. According to the 1911 census, the family (excluding George, who had by this time moved out), lived at Box 124, land on which they farmed, in Cordova Bay. In December of 1915, Sydney’s older brother Frank enlisted with the 103rd Battalion CEF. Sydney, aged 23, probably enlisted at this time as well. On June 27th, 1916, he married Ellen Grace Heaslip, aged 21, who was from Kenora, Ontario. They married in Breadalbane, the name of the house owned by Reverend John D. Campbell, who married them. The house used to sit on 1185 Fort Street. Sydney and Ellen’s first child, Sidney Earle Toms, was born a year after the war on September 16th, 1919, in Victoria. By the birth of their next two daughters, Dorothy and Elaine, in 1925 and 1930, respectively, the young family was living in Port Alberni. Sydney worked as a janitor for most of his working life, and died in Langford on October 1st, 1976. He is buried in Hatley Memorial Gardens, in Colwood. Sydney is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Theresa W. Sources: familysearch.org; Saanich Archives 1918 Voters List, Saanich Archives 1911 and 1921 Census (see Saanich Archives Collections & Research

Verling Pte Barney

Wainwright Pte Albert

Walker Sister Maud

Research in progress by: S. Hervieux.

Wallis Pte Percy

Research in progress by: S. Hervieux.

Wallis Lce Cpl Wm

Walsh, Frederick Martin (Sapper)

Service Number: 504871. "F M Walsh, Wounded in Action, well known in Victoria, left here with 6th Field Co, Canadian Engineers. Nov 1 - resident of Gordon Head 6 years." Source: Leona Taylor and Dorothy Mindenhall, “Index of Historical Victoria Newspapers,” Victoria’s Victoria, http://www.victoriasvictoria.ca/, 2007. Fred Walsh is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: S. Hope.  Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist, 28 Oct 1916, p.5

Watkins, A.

A. Watkins was one of the soldiers who took advantage of the Saanich Soldiers Housing Scheme. He lived at 3275 Wascana Street. His home was part of the first phase of the program (14 houses), headed by architect Major Karl Branwhite Spurgin. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.

Watson Geo. Chas.

Watt, William McLeod (Private)

Service Number: 430932. William McLeod Watt was born in Victoria, BC to parents John Watt and Elizabeth McLeod who immigrated from Scotland. Prior to joining the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Forces on April 6, 1915, Watts had been living in the Royal Oak area and working as an engineer. He had also been serving with the 50th Regiment of Canada. On September 6, 1918, Watts married Annie Brubacher in Ontario. She was born in 1895, immigrated to Canada in 1906, and had previously been widowed. After the war, the couple returned to British Columbia. At the time of the 1921 census they were living in Saanich and Watts was working as an electrician. Watts died February 20, 1961 and Annie died February 9, 1980, and they are both buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park Cemetery. The couple had at least one son. William McLeod Watt is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: S. Hervieux.  Attestation Papers

Watts, Cecil (Private)

Service Number: A30833. Cecil Malcom Watts was born February 28, 1891 in Oxford, England where he worked as a farm labourer. He immigrated to Canada in 1911 aboard the Lake Champlain. In Victoria, Watts worked as a Teamster and rented a room in the home of a Mrs. Robinson. Prior to enlisting on March 30, 1915, he served with the 88th Victoria Fusiliers. Cecil Malcom Watts is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: S. Hervieux.  Attestation Papers

Webb, Frank Joseph (Lance Corporal)

Killed in Action 10 November 1917. Service Number: 16830. In June 2016, Military Researcher Steve Clifford visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including Passchendaele New British Cemetery in Belgium. Photographs courtesy of Steve Clifford.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War MemorialPasschendaele New British Cemetery | Grave

Webster, Arthur James (Private) 

Service Number: 11646. Arthur James Webster (also known as James Arthur) was born on March 23, 1886 in Fenny Stratford, Bucks, England to William and Sarah Webster. The Websters moved to the Royal Oak area of Saanich in 1913. Arthur married Annie Elizabeth Hawkins on October 5, 1912 in Victoria. His occupation was blacksmith. Arthur James served in the First World War, signing up on November 19, 1915. He was discharged from service by reason of demobilization, while with the 4th C'oy, 2nd Div. Train Regiment, on May 31, 1919. Arthur James married Lillian Minnie Blackwell on March 5, 1920 in Lucas Co., Ohio. He died on May 8, 1968 in West Palm Beach, Florida. Arthur James Webster is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll (as Webster J). Information submitted by: D. Cino.  Attestation Papers

Webster, Ernest

Service Number: 315934 / 2139456. Ernest ("Ernie") Webster was born on November 21, 1894 in Fenny Stratford, Bucks, England to William and Sarah Webster. Ernie came to Canada in 1909. The Websters moved to the Royal Oak area of Saanich in 1913. Ernie enlisted on May 7, 1918 and served with the Canadian Expeditionary Force Regiment. On May 17, 1921 he married Elsie Louise Pimlott in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Ernie was a Blacksmith, first in Victoria, then moving to Nanaimo. Ernest Webster died at the age of 74 and is buried at the Cedar Memorial Gardens in Nanaimo, B.C. Information submitted by: D. Cino.  Attestation Papers

Webster, Frederick (Private)

Service Number: 180329. Frederick Webster was born on December 19, 1875 in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire, England to William and Sarah Webster. The Websters moved to the Royal Oak area of Saanich in 1913. Frederick served in the First World War, signing up on November 9, 1915. He sailed from Halifax on June 1, 1916 arriving in Liverpool later that same month. He signed up with the 88th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force as a Private #180329. He was then sent to France (Pte Field) from August 28, 1916 until February 14, 1919 and was with both the 30th, 28th and 29th Battalions. He served for some time in the motor pools of the Battalions. It seems he suffered heart trouble and was treated at Seaford, Sussex during March 1919. He was discharged from service by reason of demobilization, while with the 88th Battalion Victoria Fusiliers C.E.F., on April 16, 1919. He embarked to Canada aboard the SS Saturnia from Glasgow on March 30, 1919. His occupation was gardener, and he married Mary Ann Suggs. He died on December 6, 1940 in Victoria. Frederick Webster is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: D. Cino.  Attestation Papers

Webster, Frederick (Private)

Service Number: 430458. Frederick Webster was one of the soldiers who took advantage of the Saanich Soldiers Housing Scheme. He lived at 3244 Alder Street. His home was part of the first phase of the program (14 houses), headed by architect Major Karl Branwhite Spurgin. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.  Attestation Papers

Webster, Henry Charles (Pioneer)

Service Number: 490301. Henry Charles Webster (known as Harry) was born on February 27, 1892 in Fenny Stratford, Bucks, England to William and Sarah Webster. The Websters moved to the Royal Oak area of Saanich in 1913. Harry served in the First World War, signing up on March 29, 1916 with the First Canadian Pioneers, Canadian Expeditionary Force as Private #490301. He arrived in England in May of 1916 and by June 1916 was sent to the "Fields" in France. In June of 1917 he was promoted to Corporal but by November of that same year he had asked to be returned to the rank of Sapper. Around January of 1919 he was transferred to Depot from Borden, France. On January 5 Harry had a fall and broke his ankle, receiving a 'Potts' fracture. On January 26 a Court of Enquiry was held for the purpose of enquiry into circumstances of injury to Pte. H.C. Webster #490301 9th Battalion CRT. The first witness, Sgt. W. Matheson 154 301 CRT stated: "On the morning of January 5th 1919 I was orderly Sapr. of Draft on Strength, of which Pte. Webster had been detailed for Camp fatigue and responded to me at about 0900 hrs. for duty of cleaning lines. I saw him slip on concrete walk and fall. He called out and I went to him and found he had injured his ankle. I detailed four men to carry him to our post." Question by court: "Was he sober at the time of the accident?" Answer: "Yes sir." Second witness Capt. J. Metche stated "I saw Pte. Webster this morning. He is suffering from a fracture of his left Fibulas just above the ankle. (Pott's fracture). He states he received it this morning from a fall on the sidewalk. He was in perfectly sober condition when seen by me a short time after the accident." "In my opinion #490301 Pte. Webster H.C. 9th CRT received the injury herein described, through no fault of his own and in the course of his duty." McAllister, Major. Harry was released from Hospital on April 14, 1919 to duty. His unit was demobilized and left England on May 14, 1919 and arrived in Winnipeg on May 30, 1919. He was discharged from service on May 30th, 1919. He married Winnifred Garner on March 30, 1922 in Toledo, Ohio. Henry Charles Webster died on September 15, 1954 in Los Angeles, California. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: D. Cino.  Attestation Papers

Webster, R.

Webster Pte Wm.

Westgate, Arthur Clement (Private)

Service Number: 313986. Arthur Clement Westgate was born in Romford, Essex, England on December 3, 1882 to parents Frederick and Elizabeth Westgate. In 1901, he was still living in his parents’ home and was working as a carpenter. In 1911, he was renting a room in the home of Charles McCafferty in Saanich and working as a building contractor. Prior to his enlistment on January 7, 1916, he served for 1 month in the 5th regiment, Canadian Garrison Artillery. After his return to Canada, Westgate worked as a manufacturer. He married Francis Porter on November 5, 1921 and in 1923 the couple moved to Seattle, Washington. Arthur Clement Westgate is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: S. Hervieux.  Attestation Papers

White Sgt A.

Whitman Pte Chas. L.

Whittle, John Christopher (Private)

Service Number: 506563. According to the England and Wales Birth Registration, John Christopher (J.C.) Whittle was born in Preston, Lancashire, England in March of 1867 to parents William and Anne. In 1893 at the age of 26 he married Mary Alice Liptrot at Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, England. J.C. immigrated to Canada aboard the Empress of Britain and arrived in Quebec in Sept 1907. In 1911 he is recorded in the BC Directories as living at 721 Pandora Street, Victoria BC and working as an Iron Steel Moulder for BC Foundry. His family soon followed in May 1912 and his wife Mary Alice, eldest son Robert, daughter Alice and his youngest son Sidney took up residence at 658 Ralph Street in the Swan Lake area of Saanich West. In February of 1913 J.C. along with a small crew of men worked as labourers to clear land on Mr. Bridgman’s ranch on Salt Spring Island. What was a typical day of work ended up a scene of a tragedy as one of J.C.’s fellow labourers, George Hamilton wounded three of the men, one severely, and then committed suicide. J.C. suffered the least of the injuries but was bitten severely on his right hand by Hamilton (Daily Colonist 1913-02-16 pg. 7). On December 8, 1916 J.C. signed his attestation papers in Victoria, BC and listed his date of birth as March 23, 1872. By changing his birthday he appeared to be 44 at the time of enlistment. J.C. enlisted with the 48th Battalion CEF and worked as a Sapper for three years with the Canadian Engineers. His sons Robert and Sidney also served in the Great War. Eldest son Robert served with the 48th Battalion and youngest son Sidney as a Gunner with the Canadian Field Artillery. Robert was awarded the Military Medal for his bravery but regrettably Sidney died of bronchial pneumonia following influenza and is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery in France (Daily Colonist 1919-01-21 pg.5). After the war, J.C. worked as a steel moulder at Yarrow’s Limited building ships. His wife Mary Alice worked as a housekeeper at the Dominion Hotel, his eldest son Robert worked as an electrician and his daughter was a fur finisher. On February 4, 1949 Sapper John Christopher Whittle died from tuberculous after being hospitalized for 8 months at the Victoria TB Unit at Saint Joseph’s Hospital. His son Robert signed his death certificate, and he was laid to rest at Royal Oak Burial Park, Victoria, BC. John Christopher Whittle is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Obreza.  Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist Feb 16, 1913 p. 7 | Daily Colonist Jan 21, 1919 p. 5

Whittle, Robert (Private)

Service Number: 430740. Robert Whittle was born on March 14, 1895 to parents John Christopher (J.C.) and Mary Alice (Liptrot). According to the England, Lancashire Parish Registers Robert was christened on May 12, 1895 at St. John’s Church, Preston,  Lancashire, England. Robert’s father J.C., immigrated to Canada in Sept 1907 and found work as an iron worker in Victoria, BC. In May 1912 Robert’s Mother Mary Alice, his sister Alice and his younger brother Sidney followed their father to Canada. The Whittle family took up residence at 658 Ralph Street in the Swan Lake area of Saanich West, Victoria BC. Before going overseas to serve in the Great War, Robert navigated the rugged mountain terrain of central Vancouver Island as a member of a survey party for Stathcona Park. Stathcona Park is the oldest park in British Columbia and the largest on Vancouver Island. On March 18, 1915 at the age of 20 Robert enlisted to serve overseas. Robert was assigned to the 48th Battalion CEF and left Victoria with his battalion in June 1915. Robert served in the Great War with his father Sapper J.C., of the Canadian Engineers and his younger brother Sidney, a Gunner with the Canadian Field Artillery. Robert’s uncles’ John and Walter Liptrot, also from Saanich, as well as Uncle William from Ontario all fought in the Great War. While overseas Robert was wounded four times during his duty and was awarded the Military Medal for his efforts. Sadly his younger brother Sidney did not survive the war and died of bronchial pneumonia. Following the war Robert returned to Victoria and worked as an electrician for the British Columbia Electric Railway (BCER) which later became a division of BC Electric. Robert never married and lived at 658 Ralph Street, Saanich West until he died at the age of 95 on October 5, 1990. He is buried at Hatley Memorial Gardens, Victoria BC. Robert Whittle is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Obreza.  Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist Feb 2, 1919 p. 11

Whittle, Sidney (Private)

Killed in Action 21 November 1918. Service Number: 180875 and 2044026. According to the England Lancashire Parish Registers, Sidney Whittle was christened on April 15, 1900 at St. John’s Church, Preston, Lancashire, England. He was the youngest son of John Christopher (J.C.) Whittle and Mary Alice (Liptrot). In May of 1912 Sidney and his mother Mary Alice, his older brother Robert and his sister Alice immigrated to Canada and joined their father who had come to Canada in 1907. The Whittle family took up residence at 658 Ralph Street in the Swan Lake area of Saanich West, Victoria BC. Sidney was the youngest member of his family to enlist and serve in the Great War. His father J.C. was a Sapper with the Canadian Engineers and his older brother Robert was awarded the Military Medal for his service with the 48th Battalion CEF. At the age of fifteen, Sidney signed his first attestation papers (Service Number 180875) in Vernon BC and gave his date of birth as November 5, 1896. He was assigned to the 62nd Battalion and headed overseas in July 1915. He served from July 1915 to August 1916 with the 62nd and 88th Battalions but was sent home August 1916 because he was underage. In December of 1916 Sidney signed attestation papers again (Service Number 2044026) in Victoria, BC. The birthday he provided this time was Nov 5, 1898. Sidney was assigned to the 5th BDE., Canadian Field Artillery, returned to France in May 1917 and served in the line of fire until his death on November 21, 1918. The British Colonist wrote a story about Sidney and the Whittle family in the January 21, 1919 edition of the paper. The headline read, “SUCCUMBED IN FRANCE FROM PNEUMONIA. Gunner Sidney Whittle, Only Fifteen When He Enlisted, Showed Fine Pluck to the End.” Sidney Whittle is buried at Etaples Military Cemetery in Etaples, near Boulogne on the north-west coast of France. The inscription on his headstone reads: “Only Sleeping.” Sidney Whittle is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: K. Obreza.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War Memorial | British Colonist Jan 21, 1919 p. 5

Willey, Frank (Sergeant)

Killed in Action 10 November 1917. Service Number: 16948. Frank Willey is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. In June 2016, Military Researcher Steve Clifford visited cemeteries overseas as part of the Saanich Remembers Project, including Poelcapelle British Cemetery in Belgium. Photographs courtesy of Steve Clifford.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War MemorialPoelcapelle British Cemetery | Grave

Williams Sig John

Williams J.

Williams Pte J.

Williams, John (Gunner)

Service No. 332809. John Williams was born on May 14, 1881 at Burnley, Lancashire, England and was living in Saanich at 1225 Maywood Road when he enlisted for service. He served with the 15th Brigade CFA, 62nd Battery and died in Saanich at age 68 on October 10, 1949. His wife, Caroline (nee Sedgwick) Williams, died in Victoria in 1972 at age 89. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Julie Clements.  Attestation Papers | Death Card

Wilson Driver Cyril S.

Wilson Cpl Henry John

Wilson, Morris (Private)

Service Number: 524818. Morris Wilson was born November 3, 1887 in Sulfolk, England to George Wilson and Rosetta (nee Ridley) Wilson where he worked as a farmer until immigrating to Canada in May 1905 at the age of 18. Wilson’s mother and brother Cecil joined him in 1912, and his brother Rowland came in 1913. They lived at 2825 Holland Road. Although Wilson lists his profession as engineer on his 1916 attestation papers, all other documents before and after the war list him and his brothers as farmers. Wilson joined the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force April 3, 1916. His brother Cecil was drafted on June 6, 1918. Both men returned to Holland Road after the war and were living there at the time of the 1921 census. Wilson married Barbara Constance Chaplin on August 3, 1928. They had two sons, Ridley and Herbert who died in 1976. Wilson died a widower on May 28, 1968, having been retired from farming since 1958. Morris Wilson is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: S. Hervieux.  Attestation Papers

Wilson Pte Ronald

Winkel (Winkle), William Charles (Lieutenant)

Service Number: 154042. William Charles Winkel was born approximately 1880 in London, England and immigrated to Canada with his family as an infant. He served with the British Forces in South Africa from February 1900 until March 1901 and in 1908, applied for a land grant under The Volunteer Bounty Act. Winkel married his first wife, Jessie Ethel (Prescott) Winkel in 1903. Jessie was born in Coburg, Ontario in 1880. At the time of their wedding, Winkel was working as a policeman. The couple lived at 218 Simcoe Street and had two children, Albert in 1905 and Elithia in 1907. In 1915, Winkel was working as a structural engineer. He reenlisted on August 17, 1915 and served as corporal with the 1st Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Engineers. At some time during the war, he spent time as a POW. After the war, Winkel worked as a structural engineer. The family continued to live on Simcoe Street, but Jessie and William moved to the Strawberry Vale area sometime in the 1930s, after both of their children were married. Jessie Ethel died in 1942 and is buried in Colwood Burial Park. Sometime later, Winkel married Constance Irene (Seale) Winkel, who was born in Manitoba in 1888. They lived at 150 Douglas Street. Winkel died on May 8, 1959 at St. Joseph’s hospital and was buried with his first wife at Colwood Burial Park. He is commemorated on the Saanich WW1 Honor Roll. Information submitted by: S. Hervieux.  Attestation Papers

Woods, Cpl W.R.

Wright Pte C.J.

Wright Pte T.

Yates Pte W.

Research in progress by: Spectrum Community School Student, Library Science course (Grade 10 & 11)

Young Pte Arthur

Young Pte Douglas B.

Young Gunner Henry H.

Young Pte John Leonard

Young, John William (Private)

Service Number: 180751. John William Young was born in Croydon, Surrey, England on December 10, 1872 to parents Thomas and Mary Jane Young. Young had four sisters and two brothers and his mother died before he turned 8. His father soon remarried, had 3 more children, and moved the family to Kingston, Surrey where, as a young adult, Young worked as a Solicitor’s Clerk. At some point between 1891 and 1901 Young married Kate Elizabeth Hayes who was born and raised in Kingston, and in 1909 the couple moved to Victoria. They lived at 3161 Highview Street in Victoria and Young worked as a general labourer. Young enlisted on November 12, 1915 and became a private in the 88th (Victoria Fusiliers) Battalion, a unit in the Canadian Expeditionary Force. War records indicate that at some point during the war he also spent time as a POW, although it is not known where or for how long he was imprisoned. Kate continued to live on Highview Street during the war but the couple moved to 952 Caledonia Avenue in Victoria after Young returned from service where he continued to work as a general labourer. Young died in St. Joseph’s Hospital on June 2, 1943 and was buried at Colwood Burial Park. At the time of his death, Young and his wife had been living at 840 Vernon Avenue in Saanich. They never had any children. Information submitted by: S. Hervieux.  Attestation Papers 

Young, William (Private)

Killed in Action August 8, 1918. Service Number: 1807808. William Young was born in Lichfield, Staffordshire, England on May 28, 1880 to parents Richard and Harriett Young. He had a sister, Ada Annie Young (later Porter) born 1878.  As an adult, Young worked as a house painter like his father.  While still living in England, he also spent a year serving with the 2nd Battalion North Staffordshire Volunteers. Ada Annie immigrated to Canada in 1911 and William likely immigrated around that same time.  She married Charles Henry Porter in August of 1911, and he married a woman named Grace sometime before the war. They lived on Lake Road in Saanich. Young enlisted on December 27, 1915 and served with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion. He died of wounds received on the first day of the Battle of Amiens along with 4,000 other Canadian soldiers. He is buried in the Crouy British Cemetery in Crouy-Sur-Somme, France (Grave Reference: V.A.23). Young’s sister and her family continued to live in Victoria after the war but his wife’s whereabouts are unknown. Young is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honor Roll. Information submitted by: S. Hervieux.  Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission