Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ernest Whitman Bigelow

Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
Ernest Whitman Bigelow  196th Battalion, ( Western Universities ) C.E.F., 46th Battalion
Signed his attestation papers on the 17th of June 1916 at Vancouver, B.C., he was living in Port Coquitlam.
  911998   Service File: PDF   Barrister.  Born on the 4th of June 1889 at Canso, Nova Scotia.

In 1914 granted the permission to be a notary public, working in Port Coquitlam
Went to France, in April 1917  and at Vimy Ridge while bringing in the wounded he was shot in left arm. Sent to No.1 Convalescent Depot, Bologne.  At the end of May 1917 sent to England, where in June he had gonorrhoea.   He was discharged as medically unfit on the 30th of April 1918.

NOTE: apparently 1 in 9 soldiers would suffer from this disease, and the prostitutes favored the Canadian soldiers because they were better paid, than the other countries personnel.

FATHER: Abraham Whitman Bigelow ( – 1918 ) (first marriage to, Emma M. Wylde  )
MOTHER: Sarah Pyle ( 1861 – 1943 ) married in 1879

SIBLINGS: Lila Emma Bigelow "Moffatt", Hazel Carrie Bigelow "Hastie",( 1886 - ); William Samuel Bigelow, ( 1887 - 1963 )-{ 463732 }

1891 Census: Guysborough,Canso, Nova Scotia. Captures the family; Abraham Whitman Bigelow was a local merchant, hotel keeper…
Ernest Whitman Bigelow, after the war he lived in Port Coquitlam, and practiced law in the Coquitlam-Mission, B.C. area.

Advertisement from October 1919, which ran in the paper until the middle of 1921 in the Abbottsford Post
  He died on the 20th of May 1933 at Essondale Hospital; where he had spent the last 10 years of his life, being admitted on the 1st of September 1924.  he was single and suffering from sarcoma of his lungs, and  dementia praecox.   He is buried in Fraser Cemetery,  IOOF plot, New Westminster, Veterans section Lot 8 Blk.10.
On the Find-a-Grave site, the listing for Ernest Whitman Bigelow, has a wild story at the bottom that does not fit in at all with what is on the death certificate.

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