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Personal Details
Date of Birth1884
Place of BirthMaidenhead, Berkshire
CountryEngland
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinMrs Gladys Weston, wife, Langruth, Manitoba
Trade / CallingTrapper
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number2650719
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion76th Depot Battery
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Field Artillery
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at EnlistmentRedditt, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentFebruary 12, 1918
Age at Enlistment33
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMarch 20, 1972
Age at Death88
Buried AtLundy's Lane Cemetery, Niagara Falls, Ontario

Weston, Henry James

Although he gave his date of birth as 9 May 1882 on his attestation papers, born in Maidenhead, Berkshire in England, Henry James Weston’s birth was registered during the second quarter of 1884. His parents Henry Weston and Emily Looker had married during the second quarter of 1882 in the same registration district. Henry had two younger brothers, Albert and Dan. By the 1891 England census for Maidenhead, Henry Sr had passed away and Emily was working as a assistant laundress. She and the three boys were living in a house with another widow, Maryanne Mills, and her five children. By the 1901 census the family unit had disintegrated and Henry was living with his uncle and aunt Isaac and Ada Hazeldine in Maidenhead and working as a general labourer. He had signed attestation papers in February of 1899 with the Seaforth Highlanders but had been discharged that May. In May of 1901 Henry enlisted with the Royal Berkshire Regiment, occupation given as shoemaker but previous employment as with the GW Railway out of Acton, London. Details of Henry’s service are unknown although his obituary stated that he had served in the Boer War and in Egypt as a bugler.

At some point Henry immigrated to Canada, at age 18 according to his obituary. The newspaper account of his life said that he had come Canada to mine, ‘leaving Canada he worked in Seattle, then on to Alaska once more at mining. Later he arrived in San Francisco and was there at the time of the great earthquake in 1906. He stayed there to assist in the cleaning up of the devastation. He came back to Canada and for many years was very active as a trapper and guide.’ Records were not found to confirm his whereabouts.

On 9 August 1917, in Winnipeg, Henry married Gladys May Vowles. Born in 1895 in Wrington, Somerset in England, Gladys had immigrate to Canada with her parents Richard and Louisa Vowles in 1903. Their only child, the family farmed in the Lakeview/Langruth area of Manitoba.

Henry signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg on 12 February 1918 with the 76th Depot Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. Living in Redditt near Kenora in northwestern Ontario, his occupation was given as trapper and his next of kin as his wife Gladys who was living in Langruth, Manitoba. He listed previous military service as four years with the Royal Berkshire Regiment.

As a Lance Corporal Henry’s service was confined to Canada and he was discharged on 3 December 1918 in Quebec due to demobilization. According to his obituary ‘he was stationed in Quebec where he was responsible for the capture of deserters who were hiding in the woods. His extensive travelling in this regard was done on snowshoes in winter and by horseback in other months.’

After the war Henry returned to Redditt, listed on the 1921 Canada census for Redditt as a quartz miner. At some point Henry remarried, his bride the former Minnie Louise Lambert. Born in England, Minnie had previously been married to George Ellis and had three children, Robert, Edwin, and Ruth. Henry was first employed building log cabins in the Redditt area and then later began working for the Canadian National Railway as a carman until his retirement in 1949, working out of both Niagara Falls and Redditt at some points.

Predeceased by his wife Minnie in 1945 in Niagara Falls where she had gone to stay with her daughter while undergoing medical treatment, Henry died on 20 March 1972 in the Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora. At the time of his death he was survived by Robert Ellis of Galt, Edwin Ellis of Ottawa, and Ruth Bynon of Long Beach, California. Along with Minnie, Henry is interred in the Lundy Lane Cemetery in Niagara Falls.

by Judy Stockham

grave marker photographs: Lundys Lane Cemetery


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