Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthMarch 19, 1899
Place of BirthWinnipeg, Manitoba
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinGeorge Edgar Blunderfield, father, 765 William Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Trade / CallingGrocery Clerk
ReligionRoman Catholic
Service Details
Regimental Number2147469
Service RecordLink to Service Record
BattalionFort Garry Horse
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at Enlistment765 William Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba
Date of EnlistmentApril 19, 1917
Age at Enlistment18
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Death Details
Date of DeathApril 18, 1961
Age at Death62
Buried AtSt Marys Cemetery, Winnipeg, Manitoba
PlotSection J Row 1

Blunderfield, Edgar Russell

Edgar Russell Blunderfield was born on 19 March 1899 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents were George Edgar Blunderfield and Ella May Gossell, the couple marrying on 7 July 1897 in Winnipeg. In the early years George worked as a butcher but latterly as a building contractor. Children born to the couple were Gertrude May (1898), Edgar, Annie Evelyn (1900-1997), Richard John (1901-1982), Emily Eugenia (Jean) (1903-2005), Agnes Kathleen (1905-1993), Stanley George (1908-1957) and Dorothy Mary (1910-1994).

Edgar signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg on 9 April 1917. Likely to appear older, his date of birth was given as 19 March 1898. With his occupation given as grocery clerk, his father George at the family home in Winnipeg was given as next of kin. With the 7th Draft to the 34th Fort Garry Horse, Edgar arrived in England aboard the Grampian on 16 February 1918. On 16 April he proceeded overseas to for service with the Fort Garry Horse. However during a baseball game at base camp in Etaples, Edgar sustained fractures to both bones in his lower leg on April 24th. He was invalided to England a few days later, admitted to the Military Hospital at Lewisham on the 27th. On August 12th he was transferred to Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton in Derbyshire and then on to No 5 Canadian General Hospital in Liverpool on October 18th. It was decided that Edgar be invalided to Canada for further treatment. He was discharged from service as medically unfit on 27 May 1919 in Winnipeg.

At the time of the 1921 census Edgar was listed both at the family home and as living in St Andrew on the outskirts of Winnipeg where he was working as a clerk in a grocery store. On 24 July 1929, in Kenora, Ontario, Edgar married Eleanor Leona McLaren. Born on 11 July 1909 in Winnipeg, Eleanor was the daughter of Archibald McLaren and Angeline Fortier who had married in March of 1908 in Winnipeg. At the time of the marriage both Edgar and Eleanor were living in the village of Redditt, a community about 30 kilometres north of Kenora.

For the 1931 census Edgar and Eleanor were living in Redditt where Edgar’s occupation was given as a railway section man. They later moved to Selkirk, Manitoba (Old Kildonan) where Voters lists gave Edgar’s occupation as machinist (1945) and warehouseman (1949). After the death of Eleanor in 1955, Edgar moved to the Saint Boniface area of Winnipeg where he lived with his daughter Anne and family. In later life he worked as night caretaker at the St Regis Hotel. Children born to Edgar and Eleanor were Monica Jean, Ella May, Anne, George, Marguerite, Bernice (Bunny), and Frederick.

Edgar died on 18 April 1961 at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. His daughter Mrs. Anne Trapp in Winnipeg was given as next of kin on his Veteran Death card. At the time of his death Edgar was survived by his daughters Monica (Walter) Lychowid of Edmonton, Ella May (Peter) Chenkie of Selkirk, Anne (Ronald) Trapp of Winnipeg, Marguerite (Donald) Trapp of Winnipeg, and Bernice, also of Winnipeg as well as his sons George and Frederick of Winnipeg. He was also survived by thirteen grandchildren and siblings Dorothy (Samuel) Starr of Winnipeg, Anne Provost of Winnipeg, Gertrude (Eric) Thomas of Brandon, Jean Kennedy of Saint Paul, Minnesota, Kathleen Starr of Atikokan and Richard of Winnipeg. He was predeceased by his father George in 1937, his brother Stanley in 1957, and his mother Ella in 1960.

Edgar and Eleanor are interred in St Mary’s Cemetery in Winnipeg.

By Judy Thorburn