Thursday, March 26, 2015

Herbert Lawrence Coleman

Not found on any list, but he should be on Port Coquitlam’s honour roll
Herbert Lawrence Coleman No. 5 Company R.C.G.A., C.E.F.  2602051   Born on the 25th of May 1898 at Winnipeg, Manitoba.   Bert signed his attestation papers on the 21st of May 1918 at Esquimalt, B.C.  At the time he lived in Port Coquitlam, and was working as a CPR switchman.
1911 census places him living with his parents in Vancouver at 736-7th Avenue; 
Robert John Coleman (1873 - 1940)  was his father born in Ontario; he worked as a contractor and builder.
Mother was Margaret Cecilia Meakin (1879 - 1965)  they were married in 1896 at Morton, Manitoba.

Children of Robert and Margaret Coleman:
Wilfred Harold Coleman (1897 - 1968)
William George Coleman (1899 - 1973)
Lily May Coleman (1900 - 1992) married Ernest Cook, they divorced, then she married John Merrick, and she became, Lillian May Merrick
Robert Albert Coleman (1904 - 1983)

Service Record:  discharge certificate:  No.5 Company R.C.G.A. he was a gunner.  Discharged at Esquimalt on the 5th of December 1918, at the end he was attached to the 11th artillery depot, Esquimalt . 

In 1923
Herbert married Annie Isabella McLean ( 1899 - 1951 )
at this time he was a CPR yard foreman. Annie’s parents were the children of some of the early area pioneers:
 Donald McLean,( 1856 –
1930 ) and  Annie Munday ( 1863 - 1945 )
Herbert died on the 24th of October 1945 at St. Vincent's Hospital, in Vancouver, at the age of 47. He is buried at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, B.C. At the time of his death he was the General yard master, of the CPR yards.  

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