|Date of Birth||January 31, 1897|
|Place of Birth||Kenora, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Joseph Montalbetti, father, Blairmore, Alberta|
|Trade / Calling||Bank Clerk|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||Machine Gun Depot|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Branch||Canadian Machine Gun Corps|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Enlisted|
|Address at Enlistment||Blairmore, Alberta|
|Date of Enlistment||October 1, 1917|
|Age at Enlistment||20|
|Theatre of Service||Great Britain|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||May 12, 1983|
|Age at Death||86|
|Buried At||Old Blairmore Union Cemetery, Blairmore, Alberta|
Peter Charles Montalbetti was born on 31 January 1897 in Kenora (Rat Portage at the time), Ontario according to his delayed birth record of 1933. He was the son of Joseph and Rosa Montalbetti, Joseph working as a section foreman for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the area at the time. By the time of the 1901 census Joseph, Rosa, and Peter had moved to Blairmore, Alberta, with a daughter Idda born in 1899 in Ontario added to the family. It appears that Idda died, with another daughter Ada born in 1903 in Alberta. In 1907 Rosa left the marriage, moving to Missoula, Montana, likely taking Ada with her, where she married William Thibodeau in November of 1908. At the time of the 1911 census Peter and his father were in Blairmore, with Joseph listed as a furniture merchant.
Peter signed his attestation papers with the Canadian Army Medical Corps No 13 Training Depot at Sarcee Camp in Calgary, Alberta on 1 October 1917. Living in Blairmore, his occupation was given as bank clerk and his father Joseph as next of kin. His date and place of birth was given as 1 February 1897 in Kenora. Peter was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps Depot in Hamilton in March of 1918, embarking from Halifax on 4 August aboard the Nankin. Once in England he was taken on strength with the Canadian Machine Gun Corps Depot. With the end of the war Peter embarked for Canada aboard the Canada on 15 February 1919 and was discharged from service on 17 March in Calgary.
Peter returned to Blairmore, found living with his father and working as a bank clerk for the 1921 census. On 3 January 1925 in Hillcrest, a hamlet near Blairmore, Peter married Lilian Mansell. Born in 1902 in Norton Canes, Staffordshire, England, Lilian was the daughter of John Mansell and Alice Cross. Her father, a coal miner, had immigrated to the area in October of 1910, with Lilian, her mother, and two sisters following in 1911, arriving in St John, New Brunswick aboard the Empress of Britain on the 18th.
Peter and Lilian were to make Blairmore their home where he was employed as an accountant for 44 years by West Canadian Collieries and for several years also worked for Canadian Bechtel. The couple gave birth to two daughters, Jean and Shirley.
Peter died on 12 May 1983 in the Lethbridge Regional Hospital. At the time of his death he was survived by his wife Lilian of Blairmore, daughters Jean Maschio of Blairmore and Shirley Wolfe of Calgary, four grandchildren and two great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his father Joseph in 1938 in Blairmore, his mother Rosa Thibodeau in 1955 in Missoula, and his sister Ada Zucconi in March of 1983, also in Missoula. Lilian died in 1989 and is interred with Peter in the Old Blairmore Union Cemetery in Blairmore.
By Judy Stockham
photos of Peter and Lilian: as found on the public Sherratt and Mack family tree on ancestry.ca
gravemarker photo: courtesy of Alison Glass