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Personal Details
Date of BirthFebruary 4, 1880
Place of BirthLane Head, Wolverhampton, Staffordshire
CountryEngland
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinMary Squire, wife, 319 Inglewood Street, St James, Manitoba
Trade / CallingCook
ReligionMethodist
Service Details
Regimental Number4922
Service Record
BattalionNo 1 Overseas CASC Training Depot
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Army Service Corps
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentCamp Hughes, Manitoba
Address at Enlistment319 Inglewood Street, St James, Manitoba
Date of EnlistmentJune 6, 1916
Age at Enlistment36
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMarch 17, 1960
Age at Death80
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot19E-13-2

Squire, Job

Although a birth record would be needed to confirm, by most accounts Job Squire was born on 4 February 1880 in Short Heath in the registration district of Wolverhampton, Staffordshire in England. Short Heath is presently a small urban residential area north of the town of Willenhall, nestled in between the urban villages of New Invention and Lane Head. His father Reuben Squire, a lockmaker, and mother Emma Duncomb were both from Short Heath, marrying during the last quarter of 1858. Over the years the family lived in a number of communities in the area, including New Invention, Short Heath, Bentley, and Willenhall, all in the district of Wolverhampton. Job was the last born to the family, having older siblings Mary Ann (1860), Enos (1861), Emma (1863), Reuben (1864), Thomas George (1866), Rachel (1868), Arthur Henry (1870), Sarah Jane (1872), James Eber (1874), and Herbert (1875). After Job’s father died in 1888 Emma raised the children. By the time of the 1901 census Job, living at home with his mother and some of his siblings, was working as a baker/confectioner/bread man in Short Heath.

Job’s brother James was the first to immigrate to Canada, settling in Invermay in Saskatchewan shortly after arriving in 1901. Job followed in 1903, arriving in Halifax aboard the Numidian on 9 April. He was listed as a baker on his way to Winnipeg on the passenger list. By the time of the 1906 census Job was living with his brother James and family in Saskatchewan. It appears that he returned to England in December of 1909, arriving back in Canada in May of 1910 on the Laurentic, Winnipeg again given as his destination. On 3 April 1911, in Winnipeg, Job married Mary Ann Jackson. Born on 3 February 1884 in Willenhall, Staffordshire, Mary was the daughter of James Jackson and Fanny Amphlet. After her father died her mother worked as a retailer of sweets and later as a grocer.

Job and Mary were to make Winnipeg their home where over the years Job worked as a cook or baker. The couple gave birth to their first child, son Henry Jackson, on 16 March 1912, followed by daughters Mary on 10 April 1915, Florence May on 27 January 1918, and Alice Emily on 26 August 1920. Sadly, toddler Mary died on 26 April 1917 in Winnipeg.

Job had signed his attestation papers with the No 1 Overseas Canadian Army Service Corps Training Depot on 6 June 1916 at Camp Hughes in Manitoba (elsewhere in his record given as Winnipeg). His place of birth was given as Lane Head, Wolverhampton, England, occupation as cook, and his wife Mary on Inglewood Street in the St James area of Winnipeg as next of kin. Previous military service was given as nine months with the No 18 Company, CASC (supplies). Although declared fit, his medical category was B2. First serving in Manitoba with the CASC Service Company, on 15 May 1918 Job was transferred to the Ottawa Depot of the CASC and then back to Winnipeg in late November. In April of 1919 Job was posted to the Manitoba Military Hospital Tuxedo Park and promoted to Corporal that October. In early July of 1921 he was transferred to the No 10 Detachment General List and then discharged from service on 18 July 1921 in Winnipeg. It is likely that Job worked as a cook during the course of his service.

After discharge, Job and Mary continued to live on Inglewood Avenue in Winnipeg. According to his obituary Job operated his own bakery for a number of years in Winnipeg before moving to Kenora, Ontario in 1938. He was employed by Jackson’s Bakery in Kenora for fifteen years.

Job’s wife Mary died on 7 April 1957 while visiting their daughter Florence Sherburne and husband Norman in Otsego, Michigan. She is interred in the Mountain Home Cemetery in Otsego. Job died on 17 March 1960 in Kenora following a lengthy illness. At the time of his death he was survived by son Harry of Dryden, and daughters Florence (Norman) Sherburne in Ostego and Alice (Arthur) Cook of Keewatin, a community a few kilometres west of Kenora. He was predeceased by his father (1888) and mother Emma (1913), both in Short Heath, as well as all of his siblings, the following in England: Mary Ann (Eli) Clayton (1917), Thomas (1921), Emma (Jabez) Pontin (1923), Reuben (1931), Arthur (1934), Henry (1940), Rachel (George) Lewis (1941), and Sarah (1946). His brothers Herbert died in 1944 in Wales and James in 1945 in Saskatchewan. Job is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

By Judy Stockham

 

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Mary’s grave marker photograph by Russ Holmes, findagrave.com
Job’s grave marker was installed in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in 2018 by the Last Post Fund.

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