Friday, December 4, 2015

Charles Sheldon Davies

Port Coquitlam honour Roll
Charles Sheldon Davies  Lcp.    10th Battalion Canadian Engineers.    Signed his attestation papers on the 2nd of June 1916 at Vancouver, B.C.  505370     contractor, home was in Port Coquitlam. Born on the 9th of September 1886(1885) Rugby, Warwickshire,England.   Active 6th Company, Canadian Engineers.
 Charles Sheldon Davies died on the 22nd of January 1963, at the Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster,  and he is buried in the Coquitlam Cemetery; his home at that time was 2441 Shaughnessy St., Port Coquitlam.
Parents: Edward Davies, and Edna Thackwray Anderson.

In 1912 at Port Coquitlam Charles married Nellie Marshall (1891 - 1971).
   They produced a son, Charles Edward Davies
SERVICE RECORD: 10th Battalion Canadian Engineers.  His father  was still alive and living at Rocky Lane, Moutan Green, Lancashire, but his mother Edna was dead.   Charles served in France. .

George Davison

Essondale Honour Roll
George Davison  British Columbia Horse; 48th Battalion.  Essondale employee. George was born on the 21st of December 1884 at Wingate, Durham, England.
He signed his attestation papers on March 3rd 1915 at Victoria, B.C.  430311 worked as a horse shoer.  Parents: James Davison, and Mary Tunnah

He was married in 1920 at Nakusp, to Rosa(Rose) Hannah Gregory,( 1896 - 1979 ) both were living there and he was working as a blacksmith.
  George Davison died at home on the 6th of November 1943,  age 58 at Nakusp, he is also buried there, cause of death was silicosis; after a life of blacksmithing and mining, he had lived in Nakusp for 24 years, and in B.C. for 29 years.    
SERVICE RECORD:  3rd Pioneers,48th Battalion,  107th East Kooteney Regiment.He was giving part of his pay cheque to his widowed mother, Mary Davison, 1 Wyndgate Terrace, Wingate, England.  After demobilization he moved to Coal Creek, then Fernie; then Naksup.  He suffered from influenza, during the war, fully recovered, and got away unscathed from any other injuries.
NOTE: Not sure if this is the same fellow mentioned in the Honour Roll, but he does fit the limited information that i have the best.

George Dalziel

 Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
George Dalziel  131st Battalion "D"    Signed his attestation papers on the 28th of February 1916 at New Westminster.  790737  stated that he was a  plumber; born on the 6th of September 1879 at  Wishaw , Lanarkshire, Scotland.  He was active in the 104th Regiment.  Home: was in Port Coquitlam, then it was crossed out, now Vancouver; but his wife continued to live in Port Coquitlam, and later moved to Vancouver..
  WIFE: Katharine Napier, Catherine Dalziel ( 1886 – 1955 )
George Dalziel died on the 5th of September 1971 at the Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver. buried at Ocean View Cemetery, Burnaby, B.C.  He had lived in B.C. for 60 years, and was living at that time at 3407 East 45th Ave., Vancouver.  He had retired in 1940. DAUGHTER:  Elizabeth Flockhart "Parsons",( 1912-1987 ).
131st Battalion, No.14 platoon
Top Row: G. Brown, Percy Gibb, Hosford Franklin Nagle, Leslie Lemuel Evans Goldsmith, William Gower, S. Brown, John Simon Whittaker, James Alvin Scott, J. Gourlay, F. Jackson, P.J. Leidmeier, Frederick Harvard.
Second Row: Marmaduke George Bateman, Ralph Wellington Atkinson, Herbert William Henry, Harry Gower, J. Walker, John Gleave, James Arthur Hayne, Joseph Ladoux, William Perry Patten, J. Stewart, D. Dougherty,(David or Daniel Dougherty).
Third Row: George Dalziel, J. MacKenzie, Justin Dorr, G. Williams, John Henry Griffiths, William Henry Lawrence, A. Henderson, Ernest Turner, Wilfred Harold Coleman, Walter John Wigmore, Edward Cadenhead, Abe Denson.
Fourth Row: Albert Richard Eden, David Gillies, James Glass, William Herbert Simpson, F. Grant, Ernest Austen, James Joseph Shea, Roy Torrence Hildebrand, Martin Marin Beadle, James Lyall Goldsmith.
Front Row: Corporal Harry Carter, Company Sergeant Major Richard Arthur Henderson, Lieutenant Vyvyan Chard Brimacombe, Lieutenant Keith Campbell MacGowan, Company Quartermaster Sergeant Leslie George Rayner, Sergeant Edward Groves, Corporal Robert Albert Victor Cheale, Bugler Victor Thomas Crispin.

1911 census:  South Vancouver:  Finds George staying with kates brother  James Napier,(1874 - 1930)  who was the plumbing inspector 

SERVICE RECORD: George and Katherine were  married on the 28th of April 1911 at Edinburgh, Scotland.  He was serving in the 30th battalion. Came down with influenza.  He received a severe concussion, which caused him deafness, and chronic tinnitus caused by the war.  George served  his country for three years.

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Alfred G. Fitt

Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
Alfred G. Fitt  131st Battalion. He signed his attestation papers on the 18th of April 1916 at Vancouver, B.C.   791030      logger( hooktender)  b.18 May 1872 ( 11 May 1868 )    Georgetown, Ontario.    Home: Port Coquitlam
Alfred died on the 14th of February 1924 after staying four months at the Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, B.C. At the age of 55;  of mouth cancer, he is buried at Mountain View Cemetery, Vancouver,   Home: 1928-34th Ave., East Vancouver, B.C.      Parents: James Fitt, and  Elizabeth Sykes  ( Shyles/Symes? )

Alfred’s father, James Fitt settled in 1854  at Esquesing, Ontario.
1861 census 
James Fitt (45 labourer logging),Elizabeth Fitt (24). Mary Fitt (18), James Fitt (16), George Fitt (14), Matilda Fitt (12)( married 1883 Winnipeg to Henry A. Manwearing), Emma Fitt (10), William Fitt (8),Elizabeth Fitt (6) born in Canada: Hariet Fitt (4), Jane Fitt(3), Maria Fitt (2)
1871 Census Esquesing, Halton, Ontario : James Fitts (55 farmer); Elizabeth (18); Jane(14); Joshua Fitt (10); John Fitt (8); Hannah  Fitt (6); Alfred Fitt (4).  

James Fitt (63) in 1879, married Sarah Kennedy (53) both were widowed.
1881 Census 
1891 census  James wife and children from her first marriage
James Fitt  died 20 May 1899 Birtle, Manitoba, age 84.
The 1901 census  finds Alfred Fitt working as a fisherman, and living in South Vancouver.
1911 census Coquitlam: Working in a logging camp 
Alfred Fitt
Gertrude Elizabeth Fitt
Henry Fitt
      b. March 1905, actually: Henry George Shelton (1905-1949)
Alfred Fitt      b.March 1907 actually: Alfred Shelton (1907-1971)

Gertrude Lillian Fitt  b. April 1909; married in 1926 to Arthur joseph Parker (she 18, he 21-parents: William, and Emily). [  Gertrude Lavina Fitt (1909-1983) Appears to have remarried in 1938 Peter Severin  Gundersen ( certificate is full of errors )

Dorothy May Fitt
    b.January 1911 Coquitlam;  married in 1926 Kristopher Skjigstad Johnson, she was 15, he 28
Henry Shelton married in 1906 Vancouver,  Gertrude Evans, he was 45, she 25

On the 26th of September 1912 at Westminster Junction, Alfred Fitt married Gertrude Elizabeth Shelton (widow) WIFE: Gertrude Elizabeth Evans Fitt. After Alfred died she remarried in 1924: John Thomas Faircloth (1877-1945).
131st Battalion, No.16 platoon  Year Book   

Top Row: Richard Henry Vicary, A.W.P. Nesbitt, Raymond William Combs, E. Williams, Wilfred Casey Currie, Richard Empey, Earle Marsh Martin, E. Fraser, John Dearman Dransfield, Arthur Coppen Wardle, W. Crowe, Hal Russell Bowers.
Second Row: T.H. Muir, William Murray Webster, John Henry Bears, Alfred Charles Duncan, Wallace Vivian Tapp, P.O. Lillie, George Aloyssius Currie, James Stephens Ferguson, Steven Jerry Ross, William Daniel Ronald, J.H. Pierce, Charles Edward Daveney.
Third Row: William Wretham, Frederick Tupper, A. Kemeski, George Latimer, T.W. Burks, Harrold Pickton, Alfred Fitt, George Thomas Reid, Stephen Angus Patten, T. Lichow.
Fourth Row: A. Anderson, J.H. Willot, Henry Edward Webb, Arthur Farthing, Hayward Vernon Wedrick, Thomas Jefferson Davier, J. Allison, J.G. Woods, Thomas Henry Laity, Walter Henry Hayward.
Front Row: Lance-Corporal Leonard William Parren, Corporal Peter Leslie Birrell, Company Sergeant Major Richard Arthur Henderson, Lieutenant J. Scott, Company Quartermaster Sergeant Leslie George Rayner, Sergeant Donald Eastman, Corporal Albert Charles Healey, Lance-Corporal Peter Boyd Todd, Bugler Robert Carl Paige.     

SERVICE RECORD: Medically unfit. pain, left shoulder. Epiphora  in left eye.   went to Jubilee hospital, Victoria, then Resthaven. discharged overage, physically unfit.  injured knee 20 years previous,Dacryocystitis   At Vernon Camp he got dirt in eye digging trench for water supply. His tear sac was removed at the Vernon hospital, then he spent one month in Vancouver.

Saturday, May 2, 2015

Frederick John Culliford

Coquitlam Honour roll
Frederick John Culliford  29th Battalion, 1st tunnelling company, 9th Battalion, C.E.   75408   Signed his attestation papers on the 12th of March 1915 at Vancouver, B.C.  Trade: logger. Frederick was born on the 20th of November 1880 at Chester, Cheshire, England.   His father, Frederick Culliford, lived at the Blue Cap Inn (Today: Blue Bell Inn), Hampton Heath, Malpas, Cheshire; and his mother was Elizabeth Culliford.   Prior military service was with the Cheshire Regiment, 22nd Battalion. 
Siblings of F.J. Culliford:

Margaret Albertina Culliford ( 1879 – ? )
Florence Elizabeth Culliford ( 1885 – ? )
Frederick David Henry Culliford (1887 – ? )
Minnie Gladys  Culliford  ( 1894 – ? )

Service Record:   states that within three-months of service in September 1915 he was found medically unfit for service, due to gonorrhoea, overcome the medical issue and continued to serve.  In his attestation he worked as a logger, but in the Service Record he is now a miner.  After the war he moved to 585 East Columbia St., New Westminster.
    After the war I only found him listed in the 1926,1927 directories; working as a grounds-man and living at 181-W.7th Vancouver.
Frederick John Culliford died on the 12th of February 1957 at St. Paul's hospital, Vancouver, B.C., he is buried in Forest Lawn cemetery, in Burnaby, B.C.  He apparently never married, and was working as a caretaker of a yacht club at Deep Cove, B.C.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Robert Carruthers

Port Coquitlam Honour roll
Robert Carruthers    1st Canadian Division Cyclist ( Canadian Corps Cyclists Battalion ) 2141  Robert signed his attestation papers on the 14th of October 1914 while onboard the S.S. Ruthenia (1)   he was born on the 18th of March 1883 at Penrith, Cumberland, England. He was living in Port Coquitlam, and working as an insurance broker. Robert has the distinction of being the only person on the Honour rolls in the Tri-Cities to have served with the Cyclist Corps, a great resource about them can be found HERE   

SERVICE RECORD:   Medical discharge, due to deafness 30 August 1918, he served for just a few weeks over three years, primarily in France. His wife stayed in Port Coquitlam, while Robert was away and then in 1916 she moved to 2547-45th Avenue, Kerrisdale, Vancouver.  Robert apparently had some sort of nasal abnormality, that was thought to be a partial cause of his deafness, which was intensified by him serving his country so he was discharged, before he could become totally deaf.
Service Bicycle Mark IV (Source)
Robert Carruthers, married in 1912 Emily Marlowe ( 1884 — 1958 ) He was a broker living in Coquitlam at this time. Witnesses were: Frank H. Seabrook, broker;  and George Roy Leigh, manager Coquitlam Insurance Department.
1912 Directory advertisement
Robert Carruthers, died on the 9th of May 1967 at Essondale hospital, Coquitlam, B.C.  His parents: Thomas Marlow & Elizabeth Stalker
Robert Carruthers is buried in the Mountain View cemetery, Vancouver, B.C.
     Some information about his fellow associates in the  Coquitlam Investment Company Limited:
  George Roy Leigh / G. Roy Leigh   26 January 1888 Peterborough, England. – 6 June1961 Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, B.C., he was 73.  parents: George Thomas Leigh, and Cathleen Gibson.  Retired in 1958, city clerk for 23 years. In 1913 Roy married Alice Lucy Seabrook ( 1888 — 1969 )  
      In the 1911 Census: we find living at Sunshine Falls, North Vancouver; F.H. Seabrook ( 1874 — ) and his wife Fedelia ( 1884 — )  they had immigrated in 1904. Their guest was George Roy Leigh, school teacher, who had immigrated the year before in 1910.
  “For More Than 40 Years, G.R. Leigh has Guided Destiny of Port Coquitlam
        Those words were printed in the Vancouver Sun on April 17, 1954, in honour of the retirement of G. Roy Leigh. Arriving from Northamptonshire, England in 1912, Leigh was a charter member of the Port Coquitlam staff when the city was incorporated in 1913. Soon after, the boundless optimism which had swept through the city had faded amidst hard times. By 1921, the war, Spanish Flu, fire and flood had taken their toll on the city and its finances. Some 75 percent of all properties reverted back to the city through tax sales. The remaining 25 percent carried the burden of debt payment and maintenance.
       While other cities were defaulting on their loans and going into receivership, Port Coquitlam remained steadfast under Leigh’s no-nonsense, honest and gentlemanly approach. He lowered salaries, reduced overhead and costs and re-negotiated debts with bondholders.
          In addition to his roles as assessor and city clerk (a role he assumed in 1938 from John Smith) he had served as the first president of the Municipal Officers Association of B.C., Secretary of the School Board, Justice of the Peace, as well as being a judge and police magistrate. It is likely not a stretch to say that Port Coquitlam as it exists today would probably not have been the same if it were not for Leigh, who passed away in 1961. The original Leigh School in Coquitlam as well as Leigh Square  both carry his name. 
Francis Henry Seabrook  born in 1874 at Peterborough, England. Parents:  William Seabrook and Jane Hooker.   In 1909 he married Marie Emma Fedelia Seguin (1884—). Her preferred first name was: Fedelia
George Roy Leigh was married to Francis H. Seabrook’s sister Alice Lucy
      They appear to have became naturalized American citizens in 1936; they  appear to have been living in the Los Angles area for a few years.

No idea if there was a familial relationship with
Frank Herbert Seabrook ( 1868 — 1937 
who was into much the same business.

1907 Directory advertisement

The LAKE CHAMPLAIN was built by Barclay, Curle & Co,Ltd, Glasgow in 1900 for Elder Dempster's Beaver Line
. She was a 7,392 gross ton ship, length 446ft x beam 52ft, one funnel, four masts, twin screw and a speed of 13 knots. Accommodation was provided for 100-1st, 80-2nd and 500-3rd class passengers. Launched on 31/3/1900, she sailed on 15/5/1900 from Liverpool on her maiden voyage to Quebec and Montreal. On 21/5/1901, she was the first merchant ship to be fitted with permanent wireless telegraphy apparatus and on 6/4/1903 was taken over with the rest of Beaver Line's fleet by Canadian Pacific. In 1906 her accommodation was modified to carry 150-2nd and 1,000-3rd class passengers and on 7/3/1913 she was renamed RUTHENIA. She commenced sailings between Trieste and St John,NB on 20/3/1913 and completed 5.5 round voyages on this service, the last starting in Jan 1914. On 4/2/1914 she left St John,NB for London and in Sep 1914 commenced her last London - Quebec - Montreal voyage. She arrived at Belfast in Nov 1914 and was converted into a dummy of the battleship HMS KING GEORGE V. In summer 1915 she became a store ship and in 1916 was used as a naval oiler. In 1929 she became an oil hulk at Singapore and in 1942 was captured by the Japanese and renamed CHORAN MARU. Recaptured by Allied forces in 1945, she stranded in the Moesi River in 1946, was refloated and towed to the Clyde. Arriving there on 18/6/1949, she was broken up at Dalmuir. [North Atlantic seaway by N.R.P.Bonsor, Vol.3,p.1308] [Canadian Pacific, 100 years by George Musk]

Friday, April 17, 2015

Rudolph Robert Corbett

Central School Honour roll
Rudolph Robert Corbett  43rd Howitzer Battery, Canadian Field Artillery   307610  Rudolph signed his attestation papers on the 6th of December 1915 at Guelph, Ontario.  He was a student, born on the 12th of February 1896 at Mimico, York, Ontario.
His parents:  Thomas Corbett ( 1856 — 1923  ) and,
      Annie Maria Young ( 1856 — 1940 )-(Funeral director file)

      At New Westminster in 1920, we find Rudolph who normally was working as a rancher in Princeton, B.C., with enough time to get married to Minda Alvilde Hanson.  And later in 1940 he was living in Toronto.

Brothers:   Arthur Ernest Corbett ( 1880 — 1960) ;  Frederick William Corbett,( 1889 — 1962 )  also Thomas Edward Corbett ( 1885 — 1934 )

Sisters:  Marie Emmeline Corbett "Freeman"( 1883 — 1955 ); Helen Corbett "McLeod" ; Florence Amy Corbett "Swackhamer" ( 1894 — 1958 )

SERVICE RECORD:   states that he was demobilized on the 7th of April 1919 at Toronto, Ontario.

NOTE:  No idea when he or his wife passed away. His brother Frederick William Corbett, also served in WWI