Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Robert Albert Victor Cheale

Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
Central School Honour Roll
Robert Albert Victor Cheale,  Corporal 131st Overseas Battalion. Signed his attestation papers on the 14th of January 1916 at New Westminster 790399     b.12 December 1897 Bexhill, Sussex, England. He lived in Port Coquitlam with his parents, and worked as a carpenter. Active: 104th Regiment, New Westminster. Service file: while emptying 6-pounder shells, accidently dropped match and received 2nd and 3rd degree burns to the right side of his face; he was hospitalized for a few weeks then returned into the fray.

Photo from 1916, 131st Battalion , 14th Platoon; Robert is pictured in the front row, far right.

Father: George Cheale  1863 – 28 December 1941 age78. worked as a carpenter; lived in Port Coquitlam.
 Mother: Jane Langridge b. 27 August 1861 Sussex, England - d. 8 June1925 Port Coquitlam, age 63.

1911census, finds the family living at Harrison Mills; it appears that the family moved to Port Coquitlam in 1913, at which time Robert's father built the John Kilmer Residence at  1575 Pitt River Road, today more easily seen from Knappen Street. ( photo from the PoCo museum ) Followed in 1914 by a home at 1824 Pitt River Road, and another next door 1828 Pitt River Road, built in 1922. Robert's father George was a well trained English carpenter, who probably built many more homes than these three.

After the war, Robert returned to Port Coquitlam, and in 1926 he married Nellie Greenwood, (1901 – 1984 )

Brother:   Percy Cheale
Sisters:   Mrs. E. Bartons
Mrs. Florence Gertrude Pricilla Goodsell, VI ( 1893 – 1973 ) she was married in 1913
Jeannie Cheale married in 1923 Clarence Edward Nichols;  In 1932 as a widow she remarried, becoming Mrs. Jennie Georgina Davidson West, ( 1904 – 1971 )

Also a Bernice Cheale, Bernice Donald 

Robert Albert Victor Cheale, died on the 22nd of January 1977 at the Royal Columbian hospital, New Westminster, he was cremated.   Retired postal supervisor, and was living at 108-711 7th Avenue, New Westminster, B.C.

Sunday, January 18, 2015

Alexander Mainland Campbell

Essondale Honour Roll
Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
Alexander Mainland Campbell, Sapper. 13th Field company Canadian engineers, also in the 6th and 12th, Canadian Engineers.  Alexander signed his attestation papers on the 29th of February 1916, in Vancouver, B.C. Van.   504701  he listed his occupations as a  carpenter, concrete construction worker. He was working at Colony Farm, and his wife is listed as living there also with their children.  Alexander was previously active in the 91st Highlanders, Hamilton, Ontario.   He was born on the 3rd of November 1888, at Hamilton, Ontario. and died on the 14th of June 1929, age 41,  from a skull injury from a car accident in Burnaby, B.C. he was living  at Essondale, working as a stone mason.
        His wife was, May Farquhar ( Marie Farquhar?) they had at least two children: John Alexander Campbell,(1911-) and William James Campbell (1913- ); according to his death certificate the family moved here in 1911, which coincides with the birth of John Alexander Campbell.
       During his war service he received medical attention for gonorrhoea, and he suffered through a bout of influenza in 1917.  During the war his wife moved to Vancouver, then to Hamilton, Ontario; and it appears that the family moved back here immediately after the war, because an A.M. Campbell is listed as working as a manager for the P. Burns & Co. in 1920.
Alexander’s parents were: Alexander McNab Campbell, and Elizabeth Barlow

NOTE: also miss-spelled as Alexander Maitland Campbell.

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Alexander Hugh Lewis Taylor Campbell

Port Coquitlam Honour roll
Alexander Hugh Lewis Taylor Campbell AKA Louis.    lieutenant, in the Canadian Army Dental Core761135  enlisted in the 121st Battalion; previously served with the 18th field ambulance. Dental surgeon. Born on the 13th of October 1878  at Stranraer, Scotland. At the time of his signing his attestation papers he was living somewhere along Manning Street, Port Coquitlam; later moved to 1650 Hollywood Crescent, Victoria.  Married in 1913  to  Emily "Francis” Gestner Huntington Crawley (1893 – 1971 ). Children: Alexander Hugh Lewis Taylor Campbell, AKA Allistair (1914 – 1985 ) he became a doctor; Miriam Annie Campbell,( 1917 – ).   Parents were: Capt. George Campbell, and Mina Taylor.
Alexander Hugh Lewis Taylor Campbell, died on the 16th of November 1951 at home, which was at 3691 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, B.C.,  and he is buried in the Ocean View Burial Park, Burnaby, B.C.

    Information from the web, provided by a granddaughter: Judy  re. Scots in Boer war:  My wounded “Vet” is my grandfather, Alexander Hugh Lewis Taylor Campbell, b.1878 Stranraer, Scotland. I'd love to be able to know some of the facts, including which battle, so forth. The family lore is that he was on his horse, it was shot and they fell. The horse landed atop Grandad. He suffered a hip injury, and an eye/facial bones injury. Apparently they lay in the hot sun for hours before being found and rescued. Grandad may have been shot too, but I don't know that.

NOTE: It is mentioned in his service file that he has ptosis in his left eyelid, something he may have acquired from his Boer war service..

Thomas Cameron

Port Coquitlam Honour Roll
T. Cameron, probably Thomas Cameron 238th Battalion . Signed his attestation papers on the 28th of July 1916, at Vancouver, B.C.  1036961  working as a logger. difficult to read but his date of birth appears to read as 10th of June 1876 or 1874, but his death certificate probably has it correct at 10th of June 1868, he was born at Stellarton, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. Living in Vancouver, B.C., he was single. Brother: Jack Cameron,( John Cameron ? ) Hillcrest, Alberta.  Prior to serving he had been active with the 5th Militia Sturgeon Falls, Ontario.
        His Service Record, states that his brother is John Cameron, and also a sister, Barbara Cameron.  He was discharged early with a diagnosis of cirrhosis of his liver, and  nephritis in 1917.
The medical staff diagnosed him as an alcoholic, and he also acquired syphillis during his war time efforts.
Thomas died at the Shaughnessy Hospital, Vancouver, B.C. on the 20th of January 1929, at the age of 59.