Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthAugust 19, 1894
Place of BirthTännäs
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinJohn Green, father, Ostersund, Ontario
Trade / CallingLabourer
Service Details
Regimental Number913316
Service Record Link to Service Record
BattalionNo. 28 Company
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Foresty Corps
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentOstersund, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentApril 13, 1916
Age at Enlistment21
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of Death19590611
Age at Death64
Buried AtMountain View Cemetery, Thunder Bay, Ontario

Green, Gustave

Gustave/Gustaf Green was from  Ostersund, Pellatt Township, near Kenora, Ontario. He was born August 19, 1894 in Tännäs, Sweden to John Green and Gertrude (Olson) Green.  His older brothers were Olaf and Axel. After Gustave brothers Oscar, Magnus and Edward and a sister Mary were born. Gertrude also had a daughter, Kristina Ronsberg, from a previous marriage. The family immigrated to Canada with their children in 1905/1906 and settled near the town of  Kenora in northwestern  Ontario. They made their home in the rural area of Ostersund in the township of Pellatt. John started farming like many of his Scandinavian  neighbours. In October 1912 Gertrude passed away from tuberculosis and she’s buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

Gustave was 21 years old when he and his younger brother Oscar made the trip to  Winnipeg to enlist. They  signed up together on April 13, 1916 with the regiment known as the ‘Vikings of Canada’, the 197th Battalion of Manitoba.  The 197th Battalion was based in Winnipeg, Manitoba and the unit began recruiting throughout western Canada during the winter of 1915/16. Before going overseas Gustave was transferred to the 230th Battalion, a forestry unit. He sailed from Halifax on April 3, 1917 on the S.S. Ausonia, as part of the 3rd reinforcing draft. He arrived in London, England about twelve days later.

Gustave was transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps and sent to France on April 21, 1917. He served there with No. 28 Company until January 1919. On his return to England he was transferred to the Canadian Forestry Corps Base Depot. He embarked for Canada in February 1919 on the S.S. Scotian and he was discharged on April 1, 1919 in Winnipeg. His brother Oscar had also enlisted on April 13, 1916 but he never went overseas as he was discharged as a deserter in November 1916. Their brother Axel was called up in February 1918 and he served in France with the 52nd Battalion.

In 1921 Gustave was living back on the farm in Pellatt with his brothers Oscar, Magnus and Edward. He married Gladys Dowler in Kenora on September 3, 1927 and they had four children: Clifford, Douglas, Edwin and Mildred. Gustave was employed by the Kenora Board of Works for about 30 years. He was a member of the Civic Employees Union and the Canadian Legion, Keewatin branch. He and his wife moved to Fort William in 1958 and he died there on June 11, 1959. He is interred in Mountain View Cemetery in Thunder Bay.

Grave marker photo courtesy of Lynda Piilo.

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