Friday, 10 November 2017

Orpington UK, WW1 Cemetery, Canadian Corner

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission site notes that there
 are 88 First World War Canadian soldiers buried in All Saints Orpington. 
All Saints Orpington, Kent
© Penny Allen
The soldier's names were very easily found on the CWGC website. 458 records exist for Australia, Indian, New Zealand, Non Commonwealth, South African, United Kingdom.

Here are some of the names of the 88 Canadian soldiers buried in All Saints Orpington. Canadian Corner.
         Under each soldier's name I have provided a link to a photo on the Find A Grave website and his service record on the Library and Archive Canada's WW1 database is hyperlinked on his service number.
         A couple of intriguing records - Harold Fergusson GRAY used an alias, Angus HOWARD. Michel NEPIN's attestation page is noted as "Indian Draft" and he states his occupation as "hunting".

Library and Archives Canada: please note: John BEAUCHENE's record on the LAC website is out by one digit. His regimental number is listed on the website as 183901 and on the scan of the document it is noted as 183981.

UPDATE: Thanks to the librarians at Bromley Library & Archives who pointed out that John Pateman has written a fabulous account of Canadian Corner. It is very detailed, gives a history of the Hospital where some of these men died and what they died of, as well as names of nursing sisters. A must for your World War Library! Canadian Corner by John Pateman 9781291024463 Mr. Pateman has written similar books about Orpington and area during the First World War.

At the end of this article is a 'come by chance' reference to a Frances (DOUGHTY) COX / BATEMAN whose first husband Ernest COX emigrated to Canada, but returned in order to marry her. He did not return to Canada.

BEAUCHENE, John  183981  Machine Gun Corps
dob:  8 Nov 1897      d. 20 Nov 1918
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COTE, N. Private 33342
dob:   10 July 1891  Smith Falls, Quebec   d. 08 June 1916
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DUFFY, DeWitt Talmage 1030705
dob: 27 Nov 1876   d. 9 Oct 1918
All Saints Orpington, Kent
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Son of Mrs. S. C. Duffy, of Sunny Brae, New Brunswick.

GALLAGHER, John Henry 300319 Gunner
dob: 03 Apr 1892 or 1893   d. 06 Oct 1917
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Son of Mrs. Patrick Gallagher, Trenton, Ontario

GRAY, Harold Fergusson  773108 
dob: 08 Aug 1888   d. 15 Mar 1919
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     Notes from the Find A Grave site:
"Canadian Forestry Corps who died age 28 on 15 March 1919
Son of Jean W. Case (formerly GRAY), of 440, Riverside Drive, New York City, and the late John B. Gray. Harold Ferguson Gray, using the alias 'Angus Howard', enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force on 9 June 1916 in Paris, Ontario, Canada. Residing in Paris, he stated that he was a farm labourer by trade and that he was born on 8 August 1888 in Ingersoll, Ontario."

LeBLANC, W. 121136, 22nd Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
dob:  03 Aug 1894   d. 10 Sep 1918
Find A Grave:
Son of Arcade LeBlanc, of 964 Dorchester West, Montreal.

MACGILLIVARY, John Angus (a picture of John MacGillivary is provided)  488356, 87th Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
dob: 08 Jul 1895     d. age 23,  17 Dec 1918
Son of Ronald and Catherine MacGillivary, of Rear Doctor's Brook, Antigonish Co., Nova Scotia.Find A Grave:

NEPIN, Michel  Private 2497982 Canadian Forestry Corps "Indian Draft"
dob: June 1897     d. 25 Dec 1917
Find A Grave:
Son of Sophia Nepin. Attawapiskat, James Bay, Ontario. Occupation : Hunting.

RIVERS, Lawrence Louis (a picture of Lawrence Rivers is provided)  177812, 23rd (Reserve) Bn., Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment)
dob: 30 Oct 1895   d. age 23, 19 Jun 1918
Son of Hannah Rivers, of Massey, Ontario, and the late James Rivers.
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While researching this article I came across a unique story with a connection to Canada. (Unfortunately not related to the Great War, which is the point of this article, but it may be of interest to some.)

Fanny May DOUGHTY was born 5 May 1908 in Cannock, Staffordshire, England. Fanny, known as Fan was a daughter of George Henry Doughty and Anna Louisa Chetter Doughty. She had a friend since childhood, Olive (COX) VAILE who lived in the same village, Broohill.

Olive immigrated to Canada in 1928, and this short article on Find A Grave does not mention where she went or whether she married a Mr. VAILE in Canada. Olive's brother Ernest, known as Ern, went to Canada in 1929. Ernie and Fan were a couple, and he wanted her to go to Canada to be with him, but she did not want to leave her family, so Ernie returned to England and they were married in 1935 in Bromley, Kent.  Ernie and Olive, and Olive's second husband, BATEMAN are buried in All Saints Cemetery, Orpington.

       It is quite easy to find Commonwealth graves on these 3 sites. Canadian soldiers were buried all throughout England and the CWGC site has quite an extensive reach. If you would like to add information to the Find A Grave record about your ancestor, please sign up in order to be able to edit the content. Or, if you prefer, email them a note.

There are many worthwhile projects undertaken by volunteers in the UK to recognize the Canadian military during the First and Second World War. In my recent article  Britain's Unmarked Canadian Graves I have highlighted a couple.

My thanks to the hard work and efforts of the folks of Library and Archives Canada, Commonwealth War Graves Commission and Find A Grave who helped to write this article.

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