|Date of Birth||September 15, 1897|
|Place of Birth||GudmundrГҐ, Västernorrland|
|Next of Kin||Carl Carlson, father, Kenora, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Railroad Fireman|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Address at Enlistment||Kenora, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||November 11, 1917|
|Age at Enlistment||20|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||September 19, 1951|
|Age at Death||54|
|Buried At||Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario|
Ture Amandas Carlson was born on 15 September 1897 in Limsta in the parish of GudmundrГҐ in the county of Västernorrland, Sweden. His father Carl Carlson was from NordingrГҐ in Västernorrland while his mother Sofia Amanda Westmark was from Pitea in Norbotton. The couple had married in Brunno in GudmundrГҐ in 1888. Over the years Carl’s occupation in Sweden was given as arbetare (labourer). Their first child, Eleonara Anna, only lived for a couple of months and their second born child died at time of birth. By 1890 Carl and Amanda had moved to TimrГҐ in Västernorrland where they gave birth to son Carl Ragner (Roy) that August. The next year they moved to Sundsvall where two more children were added to the family, Einar Axel Reinhold (Angus) in 1891 and Gustave Edwin Antonius (Gus) in 1893. In April of 1897 the family left Sundsvall to go back to GudmundrГҐ, in time for Ture’s birth that September. Another child, Judit Marie (Edith) was born in 1899.
Carl was the first to immigrate to Canada, leaving the parish in mid August of 1903. He was found on the passenger list of the Mount Temple that arrived in Montreal on the 6th of September, destination given as Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora). Amanda and the children followed in September of 1904, arriving in Montreal aboard the Ionion on the 21st on their way to join Carl in Rat Portage. The family bought property in the nearby rural area of Jaffray Melick where they farmed. Carl also worked as a carpenter.
With occupation given as railroad fireman and his father Carl in Kenora as next of kin, Ture signed his recruitment papers in Winnipeg on 11 November 1917. He gave his place of birth as Pitea in Sweden. A few days later Ture had his medical examination at Minto St Barracks in Winnipeg and was classified as A2. In February of 1918 he was on conditional leave, returning toward the end of August. He was next on a harvest leave, returning on the 26th of December. With the end of the war, Ture was discharged due to demobilization on 4 January 1919 in Winnipeg.
Returning to Kenora, Ture married Florence Helena Gunn on 21 July 1920. At the time his occupation was given as chauffeur. Born in 1901 in Portland, Leeds, Ontario, Florence was the daughter of Samuel and Charlotte (née Byington) Gunn. In 1906 Florence and her parents had moved from Brockville where Samuel had been working as a machinist, to Ogdensburg, New York. In March of 1919 they moved to Kenora where Charlotte’s mother Ruth Byington and her two brothers Charles and Napoleon were living.
Ture continued to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, eventually becoming an engineer. He also operated one of the first taxi businesses in Kenora. The couple had three children, Gerald, Helen Ruth, and Douglas Harold. Ture was a member of the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Legion and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen.
Predeceased by his father Carl in 1923 and his mother Amanda in 1937, Ture died at his home in Jaffray Melick on 20 September 1951. His wife Florence died in 1986. They are interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.
by Judy Stockham
photos of Ture: courtesy of scarlsongirl Carlson public family tree on ancestry.ca
research notes: Although Ture’s place of birth was given as Pitea on his attestation papers as well as in his obituary, his Sweden birth record confirms his place of birth as GudmundrГҐ. (Swedish Church Records Archive; Johanneshov, Sweden; Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1880-1929; GID Number:100022.105.26800; Roll/Fiche Number:Sc-1805; Volume: HIAA:1206; Year Range: 1897 as found on ancestry.ca)