Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Marital StatusSingle
Service Details
Regimental NumberM205487
BattalionMechanical Transport
ForceBritish Expeditionary Force
BranchRoyal Army Service Corp
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathMarch 1968

Makin, Edward B.

Edward B. Makin was the youngest son of John Makin and Elizabeth Ann Green.  He was baptized on 01 July 1894 in Christ Church, Chadderton, Lancashire, England. Siblings included Margaret (b. 1882), William (b. 1885), Ruth (b. 1889) and James (b. 1893).  Edward’s father, John, was a bricklayer.  In the 1911 England Census the family is living in Oldham, Lancashire and Edward is also working as a bricklayer.

On 25 January 1913, Edward immigrated to Canada arriving in Halifax aboard the Hesperian.  His destination was Rainy River, Ontario where he had secured employment as a bricklayer.

Edward returned to England and on 04 December 1916 he enlisted with the Royal Army Service Corps – Mechanical Transport.  He served until demobilization on 29 March 1919.

In 1917 he married Grace L. Goodman in Oldham.  They had four children: Grace E., Violet M., Edward J., and Margaret.

In August 1928 Edward brought his family to Canada.  Immigration records indicate they were going to a friend, J. L. Locking, in Emo, Ontario.  In December of 1929, when Edward signed a Legion membership application they were living at 817 4th Ave. S., Kenora, Ontario.  Edward was a radio enthusiast and in September 1930 his letter to ‘Radio Index – A Magazine for the Radio Home’ was published.  In the letter he described that he had logged 367 radio stations while ‘DXing’ in Kenora.

In August of 1931 the Makin family returned to England with their intended residence being 12 Layton Rd., Wimbledon.

Edward Makin died in March of 1968 in Littleborough, Lancashire, England.

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