Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthDecember 20, 1882
Place of BirthRangoon
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinWife: Hannah McCutchan, Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingAccountant
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental NumberNA
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion94th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentDecember 18, 1914
Age at Enlistment32
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathApril 19, 1931
Age at Death48
Buried AtSaint Luke's Anglican Cemetery, Victoria, British Columbia
PlotRow G - Plot 39

McCutchan, Edward Head

Edward Head McCutchan was among the early volunteers for the 52nd Battalion, the first infantry battalion to be raised in Northwestern Ontario during the war with volunteers from Kenora, Fort Frances, Dryden, Port Arthur and Fort William.

Recruiting had begun in the fall of 1914 and Edward McCutcheon enlisted as a private on Dec 18, 1914 in Kenora and was promoted to Sergeant by the following day. The son of a British Army Surgeon — Lt. Col. James Shaw McCutcheon — he was well acquainted with military life and had over a decade of previous military service including training as a midshipman with the Royal Navy from 1897 to 1900, followed by service in South Africa with the Natal Police, then the British South Africa Police. He’d earned a campaign medal during the Natal Rebellion in 1906.

His older brother, Lt. Philip McCutchan, died during the Boer War in 1900.

Following his South African service Edward returned to England, and married Maude Hannah Winfield in 1911. In 1912 he came to Canada, settling in Kenora with his new wife and new born daughter Lena.  A second child, Edward HJ McCutchan, was born in Kenora in 1913.  His mother, Susan Head McCutchan-Vereker and her second husband the Hon. JEP Vereker had been in Kenora since 1900 and Edward was employed as an accountant with his stepfather’s business, The Rat Portage Cold Storage Company.

When the 52nd Battalion sailed for England in the fall of 1915, McCutchan did not go with them. A second Northwestern Ontario battalion, the 94th, had been authorized in late October 1915 and several hundred surplus troops from the 52nd Battalion were used to form the basis for the new battalion. Sgt. Edward McCutchan was among them and was sent for officer training in Winnipeg. On Jan. 8, 1916, he was appointed a Lieutenant with the newly formed 94th Battalion.

When the 94th battalion shipped overseas in the summer of 1916 it was broken up to provide reinforcements to units in the field and Lt. Edward McCutchan was assigned to the 58th Battalion, arriving in France on Sept 29, 1916. He served in France with the 58th Battalion until April of 1917 when he was returned to England suffering from ulcers and recurring bouts of malaria, which he’d likely contracted during his time in South Africa. Doctors also determined he had cirrhosis of the liver.

In November of 1917 he was deemed unfit for further service due to his health and  was shipped home in January 1918 and released from the military effective Feb. 12, 1918.

Following the war Edward and Hannah had a third child, Philip McCutchan, born in 1919.

The family settled in Victoria B.C. but Edward was not in good health as a result of his Canadian war service and British police service in South Africa and died on April 19, 1931.  His Veteran’s Death Card lists the cause of death as Vascular Neurosis and Cardiac Renal Disease and attributed his death to his war service.

by Bob Stewart

Grave marker photograph by Kathy,
Obituaries provided by Dan & Betty,

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