Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthOctober 4, 1896
Place of BirthWinnipeg, Manitoba
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinMrs WC Hower, mother, Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingClerk
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number529575
Service Record Link to Service Record
BattalionNo 10 Canadian Field Ambulance
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Army Medical Corps
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Date of EnlistmentAugust 30, 1915
Age at Enlistment18
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathDecember 26, 1978
Age at Death82
Buried AtOcean View Burial Park, Burnaby, British Columbiabia

Haldane, William

William Haldane was born on 4 October 1896 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. He was the second son of William Haldane Sr and Catherine (Kate) Lightfoot who had married on 27 July 1892 in Winnipeg. The couple gave birth to John in 1893 and another son, Clifford in 1898. Sadly, William Sr died in April of 1900, never knowing his fourth son Frederick born that December. Kate, born in Peterborough in England, and her family had immigrated to Canada in the early 1890’s, most settling in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora). After the death of her husband, Kate and the boys moved to Rat Portage. Kate’s sister Emma (Emily) had married William Hower in 1899 in Rat Portage and the couple gave birth to two children, Arthur and Harold. Emma died in 1904 and Kate married William the next year, blending the two families.

With occupation given as clerk and his mother Mrs WC Hower in Kenora as next of kin, William signed his attestation papers on 30 August 1915 in Kenora. With what was called at the time the Royal Army Medical Corps, he trained in Winnipeg for a number of months for the 10th Field Ambulance. In late February of 1916 a train passed through Kenora on its way east on the first leg of the journey to France, on board was William along with a number of other local men. The No 10 Canadian Field Ambulance left Saint John, New Brunswick 02 March 1916 aboard the Scandinavian, arriving in England on the 12th, strength 9 officers, 180 other ranks. By early April, they were in France. Field ambulance units removed casualties from dressing stations and regimental aid posts to casualty clearing stations where urgent surgery was performed. The No 10 Canadian Field Ambulance served with the 3rd Canadian Division.

William was granted two leaves, the first in mid July of 1917 and the second, a fourteen day leave to the UK, in September of 1918. He had been appointed Lance Corporal that August. William was out of service from mid January to mid June of 1919, having returned to England in May. He had been hospitalized for reasons unrelated to the war. William returned to Canada in early July of 1919 and was discharged from service on the 12th in Winnipeg.

During the war William’s family had moved to Winnipeg. The 1921 census found the family living on Warsaw Avenue, with William working as a clerk for the Canadian National Railway. On 11 April 1925, in Winnipeg, William married Mary Lillian Adshead. Born in 1900 in Winnipeg, Lillian was the daughter of Charles Adshead and Rose Green. A 1935 Voters list found William and Lillian living on Broadway Street in Winnipeg, William’s occupation given as purchasing agent. At some point they moved to Vancouver where William worked for the Canadian Pacific Airlines as an equipment manager/supervisor. It is not known if the couple had any children.

Predeceased by his stepfather William Hower in 1954 and his mother Kate in 1956, both in Vancouver, William died on 26 December 1978 in Shaughnessy Hospital in Vancouver. Lillian died on 24 March 1988 in the Vancouver General Hospital and is interred with William in the Ocean View Burial Park in Burnaby, British Columbia.

by Judy Stockham

newspaper articles: Kenora Miner and News
grave marker photo: courtesy of Mike Melen

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