The District of Saanich remembers the following residents who served in the First World War:
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.
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, Owen (Corporal)
Service Number: 102334. Owen Massey was born 30 January 1890 in Birtles, Chelford, Cheshire, England to parents Simeon and Emma (nee Warburton) Massey. Following in his father’s footsteps, Massey worked as a farmer before and after the war. He lived with his parents in what must have been a large household with three sisters, a brother, several servants, and, in 1901, a cousin until 1912 when he immigrated to Canada, arriving in Quebec City aboard RMS Victorian in May 1912. There is no record of when he moved to British Columbia but he enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Forces in Victoria on 3 September 1915 as a private in the 67th Battalion. Prior to enlisting, Massey had served with the 50th Regiment Gordon Highlanders. During his service, Massey moved through the ranks with a promotion to Corporal in October 1915 and appointment to commissioned rank in the 6th Reserve Battalion on 28 April 1918. He was also awarded a military medal L.G. no. 30259 on 29 August 1917. Massey served in Canada, England, and France with the 67th Battalion, the 102nd Battalion, the 4th Canadian Infantry Base Depot, the British Columbia Regimental Depot in Seaford, the 8th Reserve, C.C.R.C., the 2nd Central Ontario Regimental Depot in Witley, and the Canadian Concentration Camp in Witley. Between 1917 and 1919 Massey was hospitalized several times in France, first for a gun-shot wound to the left wrist on 6 October 1917, then for several bouts of influenza, and then for a gun-shot wound to the right leg on 27 September 1918 which caused him to be admitted to several hospitals in France between October and November 1918. Massey was discharged on 11 September 1919. He never married and continued to work as a farmer in British Columbia until his death on 11 July 1977 at the Langley Memorial Hospital in Murrayville, British Columbia at the age of 87. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers | Death Certificate
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.
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.
May Gunner J.G.
Mayo, Thomas Sr. (Private)
Service Number: 180902. Thomas Mayo was born 18th September 1866 in Manchester England. On 7th September 1891 Mayo married Charlotte Emma (nee Kenyon), whose father was also a postal porter in Manchester. They had six children: Thomas (born 1893?), Edith (born 1894), Emma (born 1899), Albert (born 1901), Arthur (born 1906), and Elsie (born 1912). They also had at least one child who died in infancy. Prior to immigrating to Canada in 1913, Mayo worked as a postman (sometimes described as a parcel or postal porter) in Manchester and had volunteered for 17 years with the 7th Lancashire Fusiliers. In 1913, Thomas immigrated to Canada with his youngest son Arthur, and in 1915, Charlotte followed with the rest of the children. They settled on York Road in the neighborhood of Sevenoaks in Saanich. Prior to enlisting, Mayo was working as a labourer. He enlisted with the 88th battalion on 4th January 1916. In 1916, Mayo was 50 years old, but he appears to have lied on his attestation documents. He put his birth year as 1871, making him 45, the age maximum for recruits. He did provide his correct birth year during his medical exam upon leaving the service when he was being discharged in 1919. After enlisting, Mayo sailed to England and spent a month at the Canadian Pioneer Training Depot at Shorncliffe Army Camp near Cheriton in Kent and was then transferred to the 4th Canadian Pioneer Battalion. On 4th October 1916, he was transferred to the 25th battalion, and served with them in France until being discharged in 1919. Mayo was discharged in February 1919 and returned to his family, many of whom were still residing on York Road. According to the 1921 census, Mayo had returned to work as a labourer, earning $400 per year doing odd jobs. His daughter Emma, now 22, was working as a sorter at Jones Economy Wet Wash Laundry and earning $500 per year and his son Albert, now 19, was working as an apprentice molder at Albion Stove Works. Thomas Mayo died on 3rd April 1946 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital. He is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
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
McCullough, David (Private)
Service Number: 77995. David McCullough was born in Cork, Ireland on 27 August 1887 to Samuel and Susanna (nee Wray) McCullough. David’s siblings were Sarah, who was also born in Ireland (1889); Samuel Jr. (Metchosin, 1896); Margaret ‘Maggie’(Saanich, 1893), and Gawn (Saanich, 1901). An older sister, Olive Jane, died in 1891 at the age of 5. Samuel Sr. and Susanna immigrated to Canada in 1891, settling first in the Metchosin area and then in the Prospect Lake District where Samuel Sr. made his living as a farmer and laborer, among other things. In 1912, the family moved to 5323 West Saanich Road. The family owned the property until 1930, Samuel Sr. having died in July 1929. In 1913, Samuel Sr. built the Prospect Lake General Store at 5303 West Saanich Road which was operated by the family until 1946 when it was sold to Jack and Evelyn Durrance. Two streets in Greater Victoria are named after Susanna McCullough; Antrim Street in Esquimalt (the county in Ireland where both she and Samuel Sr. were born) and Wray Avenue near Prospect Lake (her maiden name). Prior to the war, David made his living as a teamster. David enlisted with the 11th Canadian Mounted Rifles on 31 March 1915. By 1916, he was serving with the 7th Battalion in France. In Ypres, on 3 June 1916, David received a gun-shot wound to his left hand and was soon admitted to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital Bearwood in Berkshire, England. Although he continued to complain of pain, he was discharged for duty less than a month later on 6 July 1916. His sister Sarah married John ‘Jack’ Nesbit Findlay (1885-1956) in 1908 and together they ran the Prospect Lake General Store and Post Office. During the war, Mrs. J.N. Findlay is listed as living at 1606 Yale Street in Oak bay, the same address as her sister Maggie. Gawn ‘Bud’ McCullough, was too young to enlist and began his career as a laborer in 1934. In 1940, following in the footsteps of his father, he was raised to ward foreman. He later became public works foreman and spent 32 years as a Saanich Municipal employee before retiring in 1966. David’s brother Samuel also served in WWI, enlisting in 1915 and serving with the 11th Canadian Engineers and the 124th Battalion in France. His sister Maggie enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps in 1918 and served at the Drummond Military Convalescent Hospital in Montreal. David was discharged in July 1919. No death or burial records have been located at this time. David McCullough is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll.Information submitted by J. Clements and Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist 11 Jun 1916 (p. 5)
McMullough, Margaret (Nursing Sister)
Margaret ‘Maggie’ McCullough was born in Saanich on 18 April 1893, one of 6 children of Samuel and Susanna (nee Wray) McCullough. Samuel Sr. and Susanna immigrated to Canada in 1891, settling first in the Metchosin area and then in the Prospect Lake District where Samuel Sr. made his living as a farmer and laborer, among other things. In 1912, the family moved to 5323 West Saanich Road. The family owned the property until 1930, Samuel Sr. having died in July 1929. In 1913, Samuel Sr. built the Prospect Lake General Store at 5303 West Saanich Road which was operated by Samuel Jr.’s sister Sarah and her husband Jack Nesbit Findlay until 1946 when it was sold to Jack and Evelyn Durrance. Maggie graduated from St. Joseph’s Hospital School of Nursing in 1915. During her training she lived at 1606 Yale Street in Oak Bay. She enlisted as a nursing sister in Montreal on 1 June 1918. She served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in Canada and in England, working at the Drummond Military Convalescent Hospital in Montreal, the Canadian Red Cross Hospital in Buxton, England, the C.A.M.C. training depot, Number 16 Canadian General Hospital in Ontario, the Canadian Convalescent Officers Hospital, and on transport duty to Canada. Maggie was discharged 26 February 1919 and returned to Canada. On 11 March 1919, Maggie married Lieutenant-Colonel Colin Stone MacDonald in Ottawa, Ontario. The couple were still living in Ottawa in 1950. Maggie’s older brothers David and Samuel Jr. also served in WWI, both enlisting in 1915 and serving in France until 1919. Information submitted by Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
McCullough, Samuel (Private)
Service Number: 102123. Samuel McCullough Jr. was born in Metchosin on 21 October 1896 to Irish immigrants Samuel and Susanna (nee Wray) McCullough. Samuel Sr. and Susanna immigrated to Canada in 1891, settling first in the Metchosin area and then in the Prospect Lake District where Samuel Sr. made his living as a farmer and laborer, among other things. In 1912, the family moved to 5323 West Saanich Road. The family owned the property until 1930, Samuel Sr. having died in July 1929. In 1913, Samuel Sr. built the Prospect Lake General Store at 5303 West Saanich Road which was operated by Samuel Jr.’s sister Sarah and her husband Jack Nesbit until 1946 when it was sold to Jack and Evelyn Durrance. Samuel McCullough Jr. had five siblings, Olive Jane who died in 1891 at the age of 5, David and Sarah born in Ireland in 1887 and 1889, and Margaret ‘Maggie’ and Gawn born in Saanich in 1893 and 1901. Prior to enlisting with the Canadian Expeditionary Forces in 1915, Samuel McCullough Jr. lived at home with his parents and siblings and was employed as a bookkeeper. He had also previously served with the 50th Regiment Gordon Highlanders. Samuel enlisted with the 67th Battalion in Victoria on the 1st September 1915. Beginning in 1916, McCullough served with the 11th Canadian Engineers in France and, by May 1918, he was serving with the 124th Battalion with the rank of Lieutenant Corporal. He was discharged from the 11th Canadian Engineers with the rank of 2nd Corporal in June 1919 and returned to Canada. Samuel’s older brother David and younger sister Maggie also served: David serving with the 7th battalion in France and Maggie in the Canadian Army Medical Corps at the Drummond Military Convalescent Hospital in Montreal. After returning home, Samuel Jr. moved to Ottawa where he worked as an appraiser in the Federal Customs Department. In 1922, he married Eveline Frederica Burnett and the couple had two sons, Robert and Samuel. The couple returned to Victoria in 1961 after Samuel’s retirement from the Federal Government. Eveline died in 1978 and Samuel married Beatrice Maude Gamey. Samuel McCullough died at the Royal Jubilee Hospital at the age of 85 on 10 November 1981 and was cremated at Royal Oak Burial Park. Samuel McCullough is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: J. Clements and Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
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.
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.
Research in progress by: Minaker family
McSween Pte Neil
Meads Bandmaster S.
Menmuir Pte David
Milne, H. (Private)
Research in progress by: E. Cook.
Moody Pte Edgar L.
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 Memorial | Menin Gate Memorial | Name on Menin Gate Memorial
Moore Pte Fred
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 Memorial | Chester 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)
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 Memorial | Canadian War Graves Commission
O'Shea Pte Ben
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)
Patterson, John (Private)
Research in progress by: E. Liu.
Service Number: 2198352. Samuel Patterson was born 29 August 1880 in Dubreen, Tyrone, Ireland to Joseph and Annie (nee Blaney) Patterson. He had 14 brothers and sisters, and 4 step-brothers and sisters. He came to Canada from Belfast, Ireland in 1901 with his family. As a young man Samuel worked in the north on a working boat around the Vancouver Island coast. He also worked as a milkman and as a construction worker on the Empress Hotel project before joining the “Saanich Municipal Force” in 1908. He married Sidney (Sadie) McCormick in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada in 1917, and they lived in Saanich for the rest of their lives. He served on the “Saanich Municipal Force” continuously from 1908 to his retirement in 1946. Samuel enlisted in WWI CEF forces in February 1917 and was assigned to the Forestry Battalion. He was a member of LOL, No 1597, Saanich; Mount Newton Lodge, AF & AM, No 89, BCR., and the Saanich Pioneer Society, and was a resident of Saanich for 70 years. Samuel Patterson died on 8 November 1970 at his home at 306 Davida Street at the age of 89. He was survived by 4 sons (Alexander, Samuel, George, and Richard); daughter Mrs. Matilda (Tilly) Little of Portland, Oregon, USA; 14 grandchildren, 6 great grandchildren, and sister Mrs. Isabella Kyle of London, Ontario. He is buried with his wife Sadie in a family plot along with several of his relatives in Shady Creek Cemetery on East Saanich Road. Information submitted by S. Gill. Attestation Papers | Other Sources: FamilySearch.org; Saanich Archives vertical files.
Pearce, Leonard George Mackie (Private)
Service Number: 826081.
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
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
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 Papers | Times Colonist 9 Sept 2016 | Photo | R.G. Rice fonds (Saanich Archives 2016-031) | Other sources: Book – “This Old House: Volume 3” (Victoria Heritage Foundation) | Saanich Heritage Register 2008
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
Scott, Tom (Sergeant)
Killed in Action 22 September 1918. Service Number: 180529. Tom Hobart Scott was born on September 30, 1881 in Carlisle, England to Thomas Scott and Emma Louise Jackson. He married Lizzie Ruth Ella Cowan in Victoria on August 29, 1912. Fred Dawson, for whom he worked as a carpenter, was a witness. (See WWI entry for Dawson, Charles Frederick). He had previously worked for Moore & Whittington. The 1913 City Directory lists Thomas H. Scott, carpenter, at 1446 Camosun Street in Victoria. When he enlisted on November 19, 1915, Tom listed his wife Lizzie as his next-of-kin, address: corner of Albina and Burnside (Saanich). His previous military experience included 6 years in the 1st Volunteer Batt. Border Regiment, and 3 years in the 5th Regiment. He left Victoria with the 88th Battalion and sailed from Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympia on May 31, 1916. Tom served with the 25th Battalion (Canadian Corps Gas Services), earning the Rank of Sergeant on April 22, 1918. Other Units listed in the service file include the 5th Canadian Training Brigade and the 4th Canadian Pioneer Battalion. He was Killed in Action in France on September 22, 1918, age 37 and is buried at Queant Communal Cemetery British Extension in Pas de Calais, France. The grave marker inscription reads: “In Loving Memory”. According to the Daily Colonist (16 Oct 1918), Tom had been about to leave the battalion to train for his commission (promotion) when he was killed. His brother, Leslie Scott, had also served overseas and had been a prisoner of war for several years, but did ultimately return home. Sometime after Tom’s death, his widow (and presumably his young child) moved back to Stanwix, Carlisle, England, where she had lived prior to her wedding. She received the Memorial Cross medal. A stone memorial in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria for Sergeant Scott and his parents is inscribed: “In memory of / Thomas Scott / Died Sept. 28, 1907 / Emma L. Scott / Died Nov. 27, 1908 / Sergt. Tom H. Scott / Son of the above / Killed in Action in France / Sept. 22, 1918.” An inscription was also added to a family gravestone in Stanwix Cemetery, Carlisle, England: “Tom Hobart Scott / Born Sep 30th 1881 / Killed in France / Sept 22nd 1918 / Canadian Gas Service. Tom Hobart Scott is commemorated by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission and on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial. Information submitted by: Y. Van Ruskenveld. Photograph of memorial at Ross Bay courtesy of Y. Van Ruskenveld. Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Canadian Virtual War Memorial | Daily Colonist 16 Oct 1918 (p.5) | Daily Colonist 29 Oct 1918 (p.11) | Memorial at Ross Bay Cemetery
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
Spurgin, Karl Branwite (Major)
Karl Branwite Spurgin was born on April 17, 1877 in Maryport, Cumberland, England to Dr. William H. and Emma Spurgin. Karl became an architect in England but shortly thereafter joined the Northumberland Yeomanry and served in the Boer War. He came to Victoria in 1911 and joined H.S. Griffiths in an architectural practice. When he signed his Officers’ Declaration Paper in November 1915, he was living at 785 Island Road, Oak Bay, and his wife Janet (nee Coote) was listed as next-of-kin. He had been with the B.C. Horse militia unit for 5 months. Karl Spurgin went overseas in 1916 with the 103rd Battalion (which later became the Scottish Regiment), second in command. In England, Karl transferred to the Imperial Forces. He returned to Victoria in 1919 and continued his work as an architect. His projects included: the Brentwood College Chapel, Royal Jubilee Hospital (addition), Oak Bay fire hall, and the cenotaph at St. Matthias Church on Foul Bay Road. He inspected the cadets at St. Michael’s University School in 1921 and 1922. Major Spurgin was in charge of land grants for returning veterans, heading the Saanich Soldiers’ Settlement program, and was co-architect for the Saanich War Memorial Health Centre with R.G. Rice, artist of the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. His wife Janet died in March 1927, and he married Ann Isobel (nee Buss) Paterson in Oak Bay on December 27, 1928. She was headmistress of St. Margaret’s School. Ann’s husband Lieutenant William Paterson had died of Spanish Flu in 1919 on his way home after the war. Karl and Ann lived at 1908 Waterloo Road (now a Saanich heritage building) from 1928 until his passing on November 27, 1936. He had two sons and a daughter. The funeral was held at St. Matthias Church, and Major Spurgin was buried at Royal Oak Burial Park. Information submitted by R. Anders and Saanich Archives. Officers' Declaration Paper | Canadian Great War Project | Other Sources: Imperial Vancouver Island by J.F. Bosher (2010); Saanich Heritage Register 2008 (1908 Waterloo Road).
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 Pte Joseph
Stevens, David Valentine Vernon (Sergeant)
Killed in Action May 20, 1915. Service Number: 77649. David Valentine Vernon Stevens, known as Vernon, 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
Stewart, Arthur (Corporal)
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)
Swallow Pte H
Taylor Lieut E.R.
Taylor Driver H.V.
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
Tilley, Walter (Private)
Service Number: 180771. Walter Tilley was born in London, England in 1879. By 1912, he was living in Saanich, and in July of that year he married Alice Dodd. In 1914 Walter was working as a painter, and he and Alice were living on Easter Road in Saanich. The following year, they were living on Jackson Ave (Jackson Avenue changed to Lodge Avenue in 1923). In 1915, Walter enlisted, joining the 88th Regiment, Victoria Fusiliers, and he sailed to Liverpool on the S.S. Olympic in May of 1916. The 1917 Henderson's Directory lists him on active service. He served with the 88th Battalion in England and France, and was demobilized in May of 1919. In 1921, the city directory shows him living on Jackson Avenue and working as a painter with the Canadian Pacific Railway. According to the 1921 census, Walter lived with his wife Alice, twin daughters Florence and Vera (age 6) and son Albert (age 11 months). When he died in 1951 at the age of 71, he and Alice still resided in the home they had lived in since 1915, 1029 Lodge Avenue. Pte. W. Tillie (i.e. Tilley) is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
Todd, Thomas (Bombardier)
Toms Pte Charles
Toms, Frank Fulford
Service Number: 706278. Frank Fulford Toms (of 259 Springfield Avenue, Victoria), plasterer, was born at Moose Jaw on 30 July 1888 to Henry Lewis and Blanche (nee Paxton) Toms. He assisted his father until his father’s death in 1915; Frank then joined the army and proceeded to France. He enlisted with his brother Frederick Ernest, (their service numbers are in sequence). While serving with the Canadian Forces, he received a serious head wound which kept him in hospital for six months. After the war he returned to Victoria. He and his wife Marjorie Kate Flemming, a trained nurse born at Esquimalt, had two children: Vivian Doreen (born 13 January 1922) and Margaret Joan (born 13 May 1924). Frank Fulford Toms died on November 1, 1947 in Victoria at age 58. He is buried at Royal Oak Burial Park in Saanich. Information submitted by: J. Humphries. Attestation Papers
Toms, Frederick Ernest (Private)
Service Number: 706277. Frederick Ernest Toms was born at Stow-on-the-Wold, Gloucester, England on 18 June 1876. He immigrated to Canada in 1887 with his parents Henry Lewis Toms and Blanche Paxton Toms, and four siblings. They settled in the Qu’Appelle Valley, NWT (now Saskatchewan). After some years as a prairie farmer, in 1908 he moved to Cordova Bay, Saanich. In December 1915 with his brother Frank, Frederick signed up for the Great War with the 103rd Battalion, known as the Timber Wolves. In 1917, he proceeded to France where he served with the Canadian Forces until the Armistice. Excerpt from his biography: “I do not wish to relate any of my experiences in the war other than I came out alive bar being gassed and buried once I was never seriously wounded although I was feeling more or less a wreck by the time the Armistice was signed”. In July 1919 at St. John's Church, Calgary, Alberta, Frederick was married to Aliceia Frances, born 30 June, 1891 and daughter of George Charles and Frances Bunn Mannix of Stonewall, Manitoba. He returned to Victoria where he was employed with the CPR, working at the new Crystal Gardens swimming pool. He died 30 November 1938 and is buried in Ross Bay Cemetery, Victoria. Frederick E. Toms is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: J. Humphries. Attestation Papers | Other Sources: Autobiography of Fred E. Toms (copy available at Saanich Archives)
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
Toogood Lce Cpl Charles
Toogood Cpl Fred
Research in progress by: E. Spence.
Treherne, Howard Randolph (Gunner)
Service Number: 476665. Howard Randolph Treherne was born in Leamington, Warwickshire, England on December 10, 1887. At the time of his enlistment in November 1915, he was 27 years old and living in the Colquitz area of Saanich. He listed his occupation as builder. According to the 1911 census, Howard and Margaret Treherne immigrated to Canada in 1911 with their young children Richard (age 2) and Sybil (age 1). At that time, they lived in the Okanagan region of BC. H.R. Treherne enlisted in the Canadian Garrison Artillery in Esquimalt, and sailed for England on the SS Missanabie in December of 1915. In August of 1916 he left England to serve in France and Belgium for the duration of the war. Near the end of the war he spent some time in the military hospital at Eastleigh being treated for “error of refraction”. In October 1918, he was promoted to Corporal. He returned to Canada in July of 1919, and was discharged on July 14, 1919. The Treherne family is not listed in the 1921 Saanich census, but by 1929 when their daughter Margaret Sybil was married, they were living in Eburne, BC, a town on Sea Island in the Fraser River near Richmond. Their son Howard Cedric (b. 1921) served as a navigator with the RCAF during WW2, and was killed during air operations in 1943. Howard Randolph Treherne was a resident of North Vancouver when he died in 1971 at age 83. He is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll. Information submitted by J. Clements and Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
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)
Verling, Barney (Private)
Service Number: 180395. Bartholomew (Barney) Verling was born in Newmarket, County Cork, Ireland January 29, 1877. It is not known when he moved to Canada, but when he enlisted on December 21, 1915, he was living in the Royal Oak area of Saanich and his Attestation Papers give his occupation as farmer. In June of 1916, he sailed to England on the S.S. Olympic. A month later, Pte. Verling was transferred to the 25th Canadian Pioneers Battalion in France. On February 27, 1918 he was seriously wounded by gunshot, and his left leg was amputated as a result. The initial recovery period was spent at the City of London Military Hospital, but in September of 1918 he was sent back to Canada to continue his convalescence at the Shaunessy Military Hospital in Vancouver. The 1934 Sun British Columbia Directory shows him living in Quesnel, BC, and he lived there until his death July 19, 1950 at the age of 73. Barney Verling is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
Wainwright, Albert (Private)
Service Number: 181076. Albert Wainwright was born in Bollington, Cheshire, England, on June 10, 1876. He was the 4th of 6 children born to John and Emma Wainwright (nee Johnson). The 1891 census of England shows him at age 16 to be working as a “Chain Horse Boy” for a UK railroad company and 10 years later as a “General Hawker”. In 1900, at the age of 24, he married Alice Hulse, also of Bollington. They had one daughter, Lizzy, born the following year. His father John Wainwright died in 1902 and in 1907 Albert and his family sailed to Montreal on the SS Tunisian giving their final destination as Toronto. His occupation at that time was listed as “Carter”. In 1911 the census shows him living with his family in York South, Ontario and working as a butcher at “Martins”. At some point the Wainwright family moved west to Saanich where Albert enlisted in the CEF on Feb. 12, 1916 at the age of 39. He gave his occupation as Boot Repairer and his address as 81 Battleford Ave., Parkdale, Saanich. He was assigned to the 88th Battalion Cdn Infantry (Victoria Fusiliers) and sailed with his unit to Liverpool, England on the SS Olympic, arriving there June 8, 1916. One month later, while still in England, he was transferred to the 30th Battalion and was then declared “no longer physically fit for war service” in Sept. of the same year. He was, however, designated as “fit for permanent base duty”. It doesn’t appear that he was ever sent to the theatre of war, but rather returned to Canada where he was discharged in Quebec on Oct. 29, 1916, 8 months after he enlisted. The 1921 census of Canada shows Albert still living at Battleford Ave. with his wife and daughter. His occupation is given as “Farmer” while daughter Lizzy is a “Dressmaker”. In 1925 Lizzy married William Williams. Albert’s wife Alice died in Saanich in 1944 and in 1945 Albert was living in Kamloops with Lizzy and her family. He died March 16, 1959 at the age of 82. Lizzy had 2 children and died in Kamloops in 1987. Albert Wainwright is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: J. Wood. Attestation Papers
Walker, Maude (Nursing Sister)
Maude Walker was born in Yokohamo, Japan on 28 April 1888 to Captain Robert Neill Walker (born 27 April 1851 in Cumberland, England) and Sato Fukuda. She had three sisters: Kate and Violet, also born in Japan (15 January 1887 and 13 December 1889 or 1890, respectively), and Gladys Jane, born in Cumberland, England on 7 December 1893. Robert Walker and his four daughters immigrated to Canada in 1908 or 1909 (records vary), his wife Sato having died sometime before, and settled in the Strawberry Vale area in a house named “The Anchorage” on Burnside Road. Robert Walker’s profession is listed either as Master Mariner or as Retired Captain on all documents until his death in April 1941. Maude attended the Royal Jubilee Hospital School of Nursing, graduating in 1912. During this time, her family lived at R.R. #3, Burnside Road (1245 Burnside, now on the Saanich Heritage Register) and Violet was working as a stenographer at Victoria City Hall. In 1913, Maude worked as a nurse for Dr. H.J. Henderson and lived at 1024 McClure Street. On 30 July 1915, Maude enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corp in Esquimalt. She then traveled to London where she signed her Attestation Papers on 16 September 1915. The England and Wales Civil Registration Marriage Index shows that Maude married Captain Joseph Peter Bilodeau (a physician and surgeon born 12 April 1885 in New Westminster, B.C.) in Derby County, England in the fall of 1917. However, his attestation records, signed in May 1916 while he was working at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal, lists his wife Maude as his next-of-kin and states her address as Sussex Lodge in Hampton Hill, England, indicating that they may have been married prior to her traveling to London in September 1915. No British Columbia marriage record exists. A contradictory document from Joseph’s service record signed July 1916 states that Maude’s 1916 address is Suite 22 Crescent Court, 1504 4th Avenue West in Vancouver; however, the Vancouver directories of 1915 and 1916 list that address as vacant and we know from her service records that she was already overseas by 1916. Maude served at the #5 Canadian General Hospital in Salonika, Greece. During the war, she spent a few months in hospital, first for a diagnosis of ‘debility’ and then a year later for tonsillitis. After both stays in hospital, Maude returned to work at the General Hospital in Salonika. Joseph Peter Bilodeau also served at the #5 Canadian General Hospital in Salonika in addition to several hospitals in England and France. In September 1917, Maude was granted 15 days leave; on 6 October 1917, she traveled to Liverpool, England to work at the #4 Canadian General Hospital there. She resigned from her appointment as Nursing Sister on 12 November 1917 and returned to British Columbia. Joseph Peter returned to British Columbia in October 1919 and the couple lived in Vancouver. In 1920, Mr. and Mrs. Bilodeau were living in Suite 22, Kenilworth Apartments, 843 Cardero Street in Vancouver. From 1921 to 1924, Maude and Joseph were living at 2808 41st Street West in Vancouver. In October 1922, Maude gave birth to a stillborn baby girl. There is no record that the couple had any other children. In 1924, Joseph was still working as a physician, but it appears that Maude did not return to her career in nursing after the war. Meanwhile, Maude’s father, younger sister Gladys, older sister Kate, Kate’s husband Hubert Cumberbirch (married July 1915), and Kate and Hubert’s children Robert and Patricia were living together at ‘The Anchorage” on Burnside Road. In 1921, Gladys was working as a public school teacher earning $1,400 a year while Kate and her husband Hubert are noted as unemployed. Gladys later married Stewart Graham Clark. In 1924, Maude and Joseph immigrated to Bellingham, Washington but by 1940, they had returned to British Columbia. Joseph Peter Bilodeau died 29 July 1940 at the Tranquille Tuberculosis Sanatorium in Kamloops at the age of 55. Maude was still living at the time of her husband’s death but there are no records of her in British Columbia after 1940. She died in 1977, place and other details undetermined at this time. Maude Walker is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by J. Clements, L. Boon, and S. Hervieux. Attestation Papers | Daily Colonist, 3 Aug 1915, p.5 | Daily Colonist, 1 Apr 1919, p.6
Walker, Violet (Nursing Sister)
Violet Walker was born in Japan on 13 December 1890 to parents Captain Robert Neill Walker (born 27 April 1851 in Cumberland, England, died 1941) and Sato Fukuda. She had 3 younger sisters: Kate, Maude, and Gladys Jane. Robert Walker and his four daughters immigrated to Canada in 1908 or 1909 (records vary), his wife Sato having died sometime before, and settled in the Strawberry Vale area in a house named “The Anchorage” on Burnside Road (now 1245 Burnside Road West). In 1912, while her sister Maude was attending the Royal Jubilee School of Nursing, Violet was working as a stenographer at Victoria City Hall. Maude enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corp Oversees Expeditionary Forces in 1915 and travelled to London. Meanwhile, Violet enrolled at St. Joseph’s School of Nursing, graduating in 1917. She enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corp training depot No. 11 C.E.F. in Victoria on 16 November 1917. At that time, she was living at 817 McClure Street, Victoria. Violet served at the No. 4, No. 11, No. 13, and No. 14 Canadian General hospitals in England. She was discharged 21 July 1919 as part of general demobilization and returned to her father’s home on Burnside Road. By 1921, Violet moved to Vancouver. She was living at 1235-33 Ave West in Vancouver when she married Charles William Stewart on 26 November 1930. After her marriage, it appears that Violet never returned to work as a nurse and her death certificate lists her profession as housewife. By 1950, the couple had moved to Penticton, where they lived until Violet’s death in 1971. She died on 5 May 1971 and was survived by her husband. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
Wallis, Percy (Private)
Died of Wounds 31 August 1917. Service Number: 180152. Percy Wallis was born November 27, 1880 in Alvaston, Derbyshire, England to parents John and Francis Wallis. He was the youngest of 5 children. Wallis was the only member of his family to leave England, immigrating to Canada in May 1906 aboard the Lake Manitoba. The ship manifest lists his destination as Manitoba, however, he eventually made his way to Victoria, settled in the Colquitz area, and got a job as a teamster. Wallis enlisted with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force on November 6, 1915 and served as a Private in the 7th Battalion Canadian Infantry. He died on August 31, 1917 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery. Percy Wallis is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers | Commonwealth War Graves Commission | Daily Colonist, 18 Oct 1917, p.5
Wallis, William (Lance Corporal)
The identity of the William Wallis on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll is undetermined at this time. A search of WWI service records shows only one Lance Corporal and he enlisted in Winnipeg. His next-of-kin was his mother in England, he was Killed in Action, and he did not appear to have any connection to British Columbia. There was a career soldier who eventually retired to the Victoria area but he was a Sergeant Major. Two Wallis’s with Victoria area addresses had William as their middle name (and did not use this name to enlist) and both were Privates at discharge. The only other possibility was a William Wallis who had a Saanich address but enlisted with the British Army; no records have been located for this soldier. Information submitted by J. Wood.
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
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.
Only one person named George Watson (Reg. #102960) enlisted in Victoria, and he is unlikely to have been the George Charles Watson on the Saanich Honour Roll. There was a George C. Watson residing in Saanich, listed in the Victoria directories of 1914, 1915 and 1917. He was living in the Burnside area of Saanich near the Colquitz River, and his occupations were listed as engineer (1914), labourer (1915) and employee of the Navy Yard (1917). The 1916 Saanich Voters List gives his address as Burke Street, which is now part of Cuthbert Holmes Park near Admirals Road. This George Watson may have been the person commemorated on the Honour Roll, however, the directories list him as employed locally during the war, and not on active service. Research for Geo. Chas. Watson was inconclusive. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives.
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 Memorial | Passchendaele New British Cemetery | Grave | Article from Doing Our Bit blog, 10 Nov 2017
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
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, Robert (Private)
Service Number: 1015649. Private Robert Webster was born on December 16th in Grey County Ontario in 1866. Presbyterian 50 year old Robert Webster was a police constable in Victoria and joined the 231st Overseas Battalion of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force’s medical unit on June 23rd 1916 in Victoria BC. In his attestation papers, Robert stated he was single and that both his mother and father had already passed sometime before 1916; he listed his brother, Alexander C. Webster in Agassiz B.C. as his next of kin. I could not find his address in Victoria before his enlistment but his address listed after his return was 3rd Street, Atlin BC. He was sent to England with the 7th reserve battalion of the Yukon Infantry Company on February 7th and trained at a camp in Seaford for a couple of days. He was sent to Witley England after receiving an SOS on March 24th of 1917 and returned to Seaford on May 26th. He then was sent to France and joined Princess Patricia's Light Canadian Infantry on June 26th and returned to Seaford on March 19th 1918 from a short trip to Scotland and filed a medical case sheet on March 25th. He wrote that he had pain in the left abdomen whenever he tired out during training in Seaford and he then had pain in his legs during the cold seasons of 1917 in France and was treated by a battalion medical officer. Afterwards he felt severe pain in his legs in Scotland. His complaints were heard and Robert Webster returned to Canada on June 21st 1918 due to myalgia. His history of previous injuries such as a dislocated shoulder, and current conditions of myalgia, defective vision and varicose in saphenous veins along with the older age of 53 got him discharged from duties. He is now recognized in the Saanich Remembers WWI Project. Information submitted by: E. Liu. Attestation Papers
Webster, William (Private)
Service Number: 706850. William Webster was born in Yorkshire, England on July 4 1888 and emigrated to Canada in 1906 at the age of 18. His parents remained in England. According to the 1911 census William was at that time living as a boarder and labourer on the Mercer dairy farm in the Blenkinsop valley. He enlisted in the 103rd Battalion of the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force in Victoria on January 31st 1916. His papers say that he was a rancher and from his correspondence sent from France it seems that he worked with horses when in the army. WiIl set sail from Halifax aboard the SS Olympic on July 23 arriving in Liverpool eight days later. During his time based in England he was transferred to the 29th Battalion and arrived in France on October 6 1916. He was discharged from service in Vancouver on May 24 1919. Whilst overseas, Will corresponded with members of the Mercer family - Robert and his wife Gertrude and Rob’s sister Anne (Priscilla Anne). Postcards found amongst Mercer family memorabilia give us an insight into Will’s war experience. His exact locations during the War are not revealed, rather he talks of training, home, his eagerness to receive letters and appreciation of items sent to him. One card was written a few days after peace was declared and Will wrote, “Well Rob old boy it is all over and they’re sure a happy bunch over here.” Will was subsequently stationed in Germany and then Belgium from where he wrote that they were hoping to soon return to “Blighty”. After his discharge Will returned to Saanich and he and Anne married. He continued to work on the family farm and spent the rest of his life at 4436 Blenkinsop Road in a home built for the newlyweds on the Mercer property. Will died suddenly of appendicitis on January 27 1957 aged 68 and his wife Anne lived to be 105. William Webster is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: S. Douglas. Postcards generously shared by the Douglas family. Attestation Papers | Birthday Card to Anne 10 Sept 1917 [PDF - 512 KB] | Field Service Postcard 13 Oct 1917 [PDF - 961 KB] | For God and Country 23 Oct [191-] [PDF - 510 KB] | War End 14 Nov 1914 [PDF - 514 KB] | Rhine Post War [PDF - 546 KB] | Bonn Post War in Germany [PDF - 513 KB] | Belgium 5 Feb 1919 [PDF - 498 KB]
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
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Whitman, Charles Lester (Private)
Service Number: 430696. Charles Lester Whitman was born April 2, 1888 in Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia. He enlisted March 18, 1915 at Willows Camp in Victoria. At the time of enlistment, his occupation was carpenter. The 1913 Henderson’s Directory for Victoria shows him living at 1042 Pandora Street in Victoria, and working as a carpenter with Nelson Benneck & Sons. According to his service record, Charles Whitman sailed for England in June 1915, then served in France with the 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry and the 48th Battalion. He was promoted to Corporal in January of 1917, then to Sergeant later that year. In the spring of 1918 he was promoted again to C.Q.M.S (Company Quarter Master Sergeant). In 1918, Whitman spent some months in hospital in Taplow, England due to a gunshot wound to his right leg. He had previously spent time in hospital for wounds to his left leg and “D.A.H.” (disorderly action of the heart). His father, W.W. Whitman of Lawrencetown, Annapolis Co., Nova Scotia, was originally listed as next-of-kin, but in December of 1918 he received permission to marry, and his wife Florence Whitman of Barking, Essex, England became his next-of-kin. Whitman received his discharge June 3, 1919 and returned to Canada. His connection to Saanich has yet to be discovered, as no evidence was found that he ever lived in the municipality. On his discharge papers, he indicated his occupation was farmer, and that his intended place of residence after the war would be Halifax. He and wife Florence ended up moving to the United States in 1919, however, where he registered for WWII service in 1942. His United States World War II Draft Registration Card lists his address as 61 Lyall Avenue, Shawomet, Warwick, Kent, Rhode Island. He died in Rhode Island in December 1977 (age 89) and is buried at Pawtuxet Memorial Park. Charles Lester Whitman is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll, (rank: Private). Information submitted by Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
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 Memorial | Poelcapelle British Cemetery | Grave | Article from Doing Our Bit blog, 10 Nov 2017
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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
Willson, Henry John (Corporal)
Service Number: 706545. Henry John Willson (misspelled ‘Wilson’ on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll) was born in Grimsby, Lincolnshire on September 15, 1885. He was the 5th of 6 children born to Charles Willson and Harriett Willson (nee Bowskin). In 1907, at the age of 21, he emigrated to Canada aboard the SS Virginian with his ultimate destination given as Victoria, BC. He gave his occupation at that time as ‘Decorator’. In Vancouver on October 22, 1910, H. J. Willson married Mary Ellen Williams (who was also born in Grimsby) and the 1911 census of Canada shows them residing in the Burnside area of Saanich. They subsequently had 2 children, Edith Caroline in 1911 and Roy in 1914. Henry enlisted on January 4, 1916 at the age of 30. He gave his occupation as ‘painter’ and his address as Tillicum P.O, stating that he had been a member of the 88th Victoria Fusiliers in the past. He was assigned to the 103rd Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles. Henry was promoted to Corporal (provisional) prior to sailing for England aboard the SS Olympic on July 23, 1916. While in England he was again promoted, this time to acting Sergeant, and also received one Good Conduct stripe. In late 1917 he reverted to ranks (Private) and embarked for France. During the fighting at Arras, on July 21, 1918, he received shrapnel wounds to his back and was sent back to hospital in England, having spent 7 months in the field. Upon discharge from the hospital on October 11, 1918, he was assigned to a reserve battalion where he served as a musketry instructor and regained the rank of Lance Corporal. He returned to Canada in January of 1919 and was officially demobilized on February 4, 1919, giving his address as 2873 Inlet Ave., Saanich. Henry John Willson died on October 25, 1950 at the age of 65 and is buried in the Colwood Burial Park. His wife died in 1970, his son Roy in 1980 and daughter Edith Caroline (Chester/Bigelow) in 1994. Henry John Willson is commemorated on the Saanich WW1 Honour Roll, (rank: Corporal). Information submitted by J. Clements and J. Wood. Attestation Papers
Wilson, Cyril Stafford (Gunner)
Service Number: 332881. Cyril Stafford Wilson was born in Victoria on Feb. 5, 1895. He was the youngest of 9 children born to John James Wilson and Emma Wilson (nee Smith). The 1901 census shows the family living in the area known as “Tolmie” and by 1911 they were living at 607 Manchester Road and Cyril was, at age 15, an apprentice. Mother Emma died in 1913. Cyril enlisted on May 13, 1916 at the age of 21. He gave his occupation as ‘plumber’ and his address as Maywood P.O., Saanich. He was assigned to the 15th Overseas Brigade - Ammunition Column of the Canadian Field Artillery, with the rank of gunner. He left Halifax with his unit on Sept. 11, 1916 aboard the SS Cameronia, arriving in Liverpool 11 days later. Almost a year later, on Aug. 22, 1917, he embarked for Havre, France. In fighting at Lens (January 1818) he was wounded by shrapnel, injuring his right hand. He was transported back to England to convalesce from his wounds and also to recover from trench fever. Upon discharge from hospital he was assigned to a reserve unit training in England. In September of 1918 he volunteered to join the North Russia (Siberian) Expeditionary Force and travelled with the 16th Brigade of the C.F.A. to Archangel aboard the SS Stephen, serving as part of the multi-national Allied and US campaign that continued after the armistice. In April of 1919, while serving in Russia, Cyril Wilson was awarded the Military Medal for “Gallantry in the Field”. In June the entire Canadian Brigade was relieved, returning to England first and then to Canada, in July, aboard the RMS Carmania. His address at discharge was given as Davidson Ave., Maywood P.O. The 1921 census shows Cyril living with his eldest sister Lilian Sketch, however, later that year on Oct. 22, 1921, he married Beatrice May Shaw, daughter of John and Susan Shaw. His occupation was ‘plumber’. There is no record of any children of this marriage and Cyril died on Aug. 1, 1979 at the age of 83, still in Victoria at #202-1160 Esquimalt Road. He is buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park. Cyril Stafford Wilson is commemorated on the Saanich WW1 Honour Roll (Rank: Driver). Information submitted by: J. Wood. Attestation Papers
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, Ronald (Private)
No records for Ronald Wilson have been located at this time.
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, William Richard (Corporal)
Service Number: 1012779. William Richard Woods was born in Liverpool on September 1st, 1881. He came to the Victoria area in 1912. According to local directories, in 1913 he lived on Store Street in Victoria and worked as a clerk for the E & N Railway. In 1915 he is listed as living on Wilkinson Road in Saanich, and when he enlisted in 1916, he gave his address as the Marigold Post Office. After the war, he continued to work for E & N Railway as a cashier, and by 1927 he was living on Glanford Ave. near Broadway Street in Saanich. Beginning in 1930, W.R. Richards served seven terms on Saanich Council, representing Ward 4 from 1930 – 1936. He was also Rector’s Warden at St. Michaels’ Church on West Saanich Road. He died on September 19th, 1940 at the family home “Norris Dene” on Glanford Avenue, and is buried in St. Michael’s Church cemetery. William Richard Woods is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers | Photo
Wright, Cyril James (Private)
Service Number: 51097. Cyril James Wright was born in Norfolk, England on July 3, 1893. His father’s name was James Wright, Norwich, England. On his attestation papers, he gave his trade as gardener. In the 1916 Saanich Voters List, he is shown to be living at Royal Oak and his occupation is “farm help”. When he enlisted on February 5, 1915, he was 21 years old, and he had previously served in the 50th Gordon Highlanders. After the war, C.J. Wright is listed in the 1920 Henderson’s Victoria directory; his occupation at that time was clerk at HMC Dockyard, and his residence was 941 Richmond (Victoria). Cyril James Wright is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation papers
Wright, Thomas (Private)
Service Number: 490288. Before coming to Canada, Thomas Wright served with the 1st Middlesex Engineers for 10 years. At the time of enlistment in 1916, his Attestation Paper state that he was born in 1871 (age 44), working as a cook, and serving as a member of the 50th Gordon Highlanders. He was living on Amphion Street in Victoria with his wife, Alice. According to the website “A City goes to War” his service record indicates that he served with the Army, Canadian Engineers, 1st Pioneer Battalion, and that he was a prisoner-of-war. Nothing could be verified about his life after the war. In the 1918 directory, there is a Thomas Wright, labourer, residing on Duchess Street, Victoria, but it is not clear whether this is the same man. His name does not appear in subsequent directories. The 1911 census shows a Thomas and Alice Wright and their children living in the Richmond Riding, New Westminster District of British Columbia. If this is the same man, his actual birthdate was 1858, making him 57 years of age at enlistment. He had seven children, including a son named Fred and a daughter was named Violet. In the 1917 Victoria directory, Violet Wright and Frederick Wright (on active service) are listed at the same address as Thomas Wright who was on active service at the time. Thomas Wright is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll, but no other connection to Saanich could be found. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
Yates, William (Sapper)
Service Number: 181055. William Yates was born in the town of Leigh, Lancashire, England on December 14, 1884 to Alfred and Mary Yates. According to the 1921 census, he and his wife Gertrude came to Canada in 1909. The 1913 directory lists him as a labourer living on Crease Avenue in Saanich. At the time of his enlistment in January 1916, he resided on Warren Avenue in Saanich. He gave his occupation as miner. At the age of 31, William was assigned to the 88th Battalion Victoria Fusiliers. In May of 1916 he sailed to England on the SS Olympia, and subsequently served in France and Belgium with the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company. In late 1917, he spent some time in a military hospital being treated for a shrapnel wound to his left hand which he received at Ypres, and for “nervous debility”. William was discharged in June of 1919. The 1920 voters’ list shows that he and Gertrude were living on Broadway Avenue in the Sevenoaks area of Saanich, and his occupation at that time was auto painter. He was 56 years of age when he died in 1939, and he is buried in Royal Oak Burial Park. William Yates is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll, (rank: Private). Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
Young, Arthur (Private)
Service Number: 524778. Arthur Young was born in Lichfield, England on January 16,1895. His mother, Mrs. Richard Young, also lived in Lichfield. He enlisted on March 15, 1916 in Victoria, and at the time of his enlistment, he was working as a sales clerk at Stewart Shoe Store on Douglas Street. The 1915 Henderson’s directory entry lists his residence on Douglas Street in Saanich, and he received his mail at the Maywood P.O. At this time, there is no information available about his wartime service, but he is presumed to have survived the war. He is listed in the 1918 Saanich Voters list with Maywood as his address again. Nothing is known about his life after WWI. Private Arthur Young is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll. Information submitted by: J. Clements and Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
Young, Douglas Brougham (Private)
Service Number: 1286059. Douglas Brougham Young was born October 11, 1884 in Kingston upon Thames, Surrey England to Thomas and Maria Harvey Young. It is not known when he immigrated to Canada, but by 1914, he was working as the doorkeeper at a moving picture theatre, the Crystal Theatre at 1317 Broad Street. At that time, he was living at the residence of Thomas Young who lived on Whittier Ave near Ardersier Road in Saanich. The 1917 directory lists him on active service and his residence as 3356 Whittier, presumably the same residence which now has a house number. At this time (March 2018), it is not know when or where he enlisted, as his attestation and service records are not yet available online. After the war, in 1921, he was living on Fernwood Road in Victoria, and working at J.L. Young’s Meat Market which was also on Fernwood Road. In 1922, he married Ruth Grace Clemence. Their marriage certificate lists his occupation as butcher, and his residence as 2073 Fernwood Road. The 1927 directory gives his residence as 2, 1009 Southgate in Victoria, and his occupation is proprietor of Young’s Meat Market at 1056 Pandora in Victoria. At the time of his death, in 1959 at age 74, he had been living on Thurlow Road in Victoria, and his former occupation was a clerk with the Salvation Army. Douglas Brougham Young is commemorated on the Saanich Honour Roll. Information submitted by: Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
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Young, John "Jack" Leonard (Private)
Service Number: 1286068. John Leonard Young was born in Kingston-on-Thames, Surrey, England in 1886. It is not known when he immigrated to Canada, but his name does not appear in the Saanich pages of the 1911 census. The 1914 Henderson’s Victoria Directory shows him living with his father Thomas Young on Whittier Avenue in Saanich. According to his attestation papers, his occupation was shipping clerk. The 1917 directory lists him as ”on active service”, still living at 3356 Whittier. Although his Attestation Papers were dated November 1, 1918, Jack Leonard Young had been serving with the Canadian Army Service Corps since January of 1916. In World War I, the Canadian Army Service Corps (CASC) provided transportation and supply services for the Army. According to Pte. Young’s service record, he served with the CASC in Victoria during the war, and was discharged in 1920. By 1920, he is no longer listed in the directory, and he is not in the Saanich listings for the 1921 census. He married Anne Simpson (nee Alexander) in Oak Bay on August 27, 1929. The 1930 directory for Langford Station lists him as Young, Jack L. of Palace Cafe. The Palace Café was located at 622 Yates Street in Victoria. He was a resident of Langford Lake when he died in 1946. John Leonard Young was buried in Colwood Burial Park, which is now called Hatley Memorial Gardens. Information submitted by: J. Clements and Saanich Archives. Attestation Papers
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: 180708. 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