|Date of Birth||August 27, 1889|
|Place of Birth||Arthur, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Charles Galloway, father, Keewatin, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Surveyor|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Branch||Canadian Field Artillery|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Address at Enlistment||Keewatin, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||July 6, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||28|
|Theatre of Service||Great Britain|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||June 29, 1977|
|Age at Death||88|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
Cecil Charles Galloway was born on 27 August 1889 in Arthur, Wellington, Ontario. His parents were Cyrus and Janet Scott (Small) Galloway who had married on 14 December 1881 in Arthur. Cecil had four brothers, Cyrus Leslie, Hubert Scott, William Osgoode, and Norman Lloyd, and a younger sister, Janet (Jennie) Florence. For both the 1881 and 1891 censuses the family was in Arthur, with Cyrus having the occupation of shoemaker. By 1901, the family had moved to Keewatin, Ontario where once again Cyrus was working as a shoemaker. In the 1911 Canada census, the family was living on Bay Street in Keewatin, family members living in the household included the parents and children Hubert, William, Norman, and Janet. Cecil was out in the Grand Forks Riding, Kootenay, British Columbia working as a carpenter.
Cecil Galloway signed his recruitment papers with the 76th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery on 6 July 1918 in Petawawa Camp in Ontario although he had completed his medical examination in Winnipeg the day before. Occupation given as surveyor, he listed his father Cyrus Galloway of Keewatin as next of kin. He embarked from Quebec aboard the SS Themistocles on 10 September 1918, taken on strength with the Reserve Brigade Canadian Field Artillery at Witley. By the following March the process for his return to Canada had begun and he embarked from Liverpool in early May aboard the SS Celtic.
After the war, Cecil returned to Keewatin. In 1921 he married Frances Elizabeth Boyd, a native of Ireland who had immigrated to Boston in 1914, ending up in Keewatin in 1919. The couple went on to have two sons and two daughters. He was employed with the Department of Energy, Mines and Resources from 1919 until his retirement in 1954. Over the years he was involved in the sports of baseball, hockey, and curling. He served on Keewatin Town Council for a number of years as well as on the Board of Elders for St Andrew’s United Church. He was initiated, passed, and raised in the Masonic Keewatin Lodge #417 in 1917, was elected Master of the Lodge in 1926 and made a life member in 1957.
Cecil’s brothers Osgoode and Norman also served during WW1, with Norman reported as killed in action on 27 September 1918 near the village of Bourlon in France. His mother Janet died in 1921 and father Cyrus in 1946. His brothers Leslie and Osgoode and sister Janet stayed in the Kenora/Keewatin area, with Leslie and Janet both marrying and raising families. All are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Hubert married and eventually moved to Victoria, British Columbia where he later died.
Cecil Charles Galloway died on 29 June 1977 and wife Frances 13 August 1993. Both are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. Cecil and Osgoode were honoured at a Municipality Keewatin service in August of 1919, receiving badges and medals for their service. Their brother Norman was also honoured, with his badge and medal going to next of kin.
by Judy Stockham
photographs of Cecil as found on many public family trees on ancestry.ca