Frank Murphy - Lest We Forget

Frank Murphy was born September 22, 1881 at Whitby, Ontario. He was working as a rancher in the Arrowhead area when war was declared in August 1914. He listed his brother Dennis Murphy, of Toronto, Ontario as his next of kin.

Frank Murphy signed his enlistment papers September 28, 1915 at Vernon. His regimental number was 464412. He was 34 years old, single, 5’ 9” tall with black hair and brown eyes. His religious affiliation was Presbyterian. Just prior to his departure for the Vernon camp he was one of the guests at a party in Arrowhead at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cecil Johnston, 24 Mile Board to host the local men who had signed up. He was taken out on a moonlight excursion on the Arrow Lake that evening. He sailed with his unit on the SS Baltic on April 1, 1916, arriving in England on April 10.

Frank Murphy died September 27, 1916 of wounds received during the battle of the Somme. He was 35 years old. At the time of his death he was a Private serving with the 14th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec) Regiment. He is buried at the Contay British Cemetery, France.

The name of Frank Murphy is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques under the Arrowhead listing.

 

Daniel Montgomery - Lest We Forget

Daniel Montgomery was born February 4, 1888 at Parry Sound, Ontario. He was the son of Son of James A. Montgomery and Annie McNeil Montgomery, who lived in Morse, Saskatchewan at the beginning of the war, and later moved to Revelstoke. Daniel Montgomery had a brother, John Alexander, born September 26, 1893, who enlisted in December of 1915, and a sister, Alice Irene, born circa 1897. Alice married John Alexander Davidson in Revelstoke in 1922.

Daniel Montgomery was living in Revelstoke and working as a labourer in the Arrowhead area when war broke out in August of 1914. He signed his enlistment papers December 8, 1914 at Victoria. His regimental number was 107432. He was 26 years old, single, 6’ 2” tall with dark brown hair and brown eyes. His height would have made him stand out among all the other recruits. His religious affiliation was Presbyterian.

Daniel Montgomery died September 28, 1916 during the battle of the Somme.  He was 28 years old. At the time of his death he was a Sergeant serving with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment.  He is buried at Courcelette British Cemetery, Somme, France.

The name of Daniel Montgomery is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques under the Arrowhead listing.

 

 

 

Charles Robert McRae - Lest We Forget

Charles McRae was born July 13, 1894 at Illecillewaet, B.C. He was the son of Alex McRae born Feb 7, 1863 in Ontario, of Scotch descent and Annie McRae, born March 18, 1871 in England. Two of his brothers were born at Illecillewaet: Alexander on Feb. 26 1892 and Walter on Oct. 10 1896.  He had four other brothers, all born in Revelstoke: Thomas born Oct. 26 1898, William John born April 17, 1901, James born Oct. 19, 1903 and Mundy born March 1907.  

Alex McRae was a prominent merchant and mining and lumber speculator in the early history of Revelstoke. Charles was employed as a newspaper reporter for the Revelstoke Review at the time he signed up. He is recorded as attending the Revelstoke High School in 1907.

Charles McRae signed his enlistment papers June 4, 1915 at Vernon, one of about 100 men from Revelstoke to join the 54th Battalion in the spring and summer of 1915. His regimental number was 442161. He was 21 years old, single, 5’ 8” tall with black hair and hazel eyes. His religious affiliation was Presbyterian. Charles’ older brother, Alexander, also joined up.

Charles McRae died June 14, 1916 during the battle for Mount Sorrel. He was 22 years old.  At the time of his death he was a Private with the 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment. He is buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium.

The Review of July 6, 1916 carried this article on the death of Charlie McRae:

            “Mr. and Mrs. A. McRae, on Tuesday evening received letters from E.S. Kidner, officer commanding the 7th battalion, and from Freddie McMahon, announcing the sad news of the death of their son “Charlie,” who was killed in France on June 15th.  “Charlie,” who joined with the second expeditionary force, and left for the front about a year ago, had been on active service in the trenches in France for seven months and five days. He was in the great battle of St. Eloi on June 3rd and 4th and was in the trenches at the time of the death of Judd Eaton and Earl Pettipiece, and with Fred McMahon he came through that famous battle without an injury, and was enjoying a well earned rest in billets five miles behind the lines when a shell exploded over the tent in which he was resting, killing him instantly.

            The news of “Charlie’s” death caused wide spread sorrow in the city, where he was so well and favourably known, being one of the most popular young men in the city, with hosts of personal friends.”

The name of Charles McRae is inscribed on the courthouse and Cenotaph plaques.

McRae family home on Third Street West, circa 1903. P196

McRae family home on Third Street West, circa 1903. P196

Angus McLeod - Lest We Forget

Angus McLeod was born January 4, 1886 at Lochinver, Scotland. He was the son of Norman and N. MacLeod of Inverkirkaig, Sutherlandshire, Scotland.  Angus was a carpenter and was living in Arrowhead.

Angus McLeod signed his enlistment papers May 23, 1915 at Vernon. He was 29 years old, single, 5’ 10” tall with dark brown hair and grey eyes. His religious affiliation was Presbyterian. His regimental number was 442160. He was one of about 100 men from the Revelstoke and Arrowhead area to enlist with the 54th Battalion in the spring and summer of 1915. The local newspaper reported that there was only one unmarried male of military age living in Arrowhead that summer. All the rest had joined up.

Angus McLeod died June 5, 1916 during the battle for Mount Sorrel. He was 30 years old. At the time of his death he was a Private serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba) Regiment. He is buried at the Railway Dugouts Burial Ground, Belgium.

The name of Angus McLeod is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques under the Arrowhead listing.

 

John Donald (Rory) McLennan - Lest We Forget

John Donald (Rory) McLennan was born January 6, 1880 at River Denys Nova Scotia. He was the son of Allan and Margaret McLennan and the husband of Georgina G. McLennan. In 1916 he was working as a railway conductor at Field.

John Donald McLennan signed his enlistment papers on May 30, 1916 at Kamloops, B.C. He was 36 years old, married, with some military experience with the 102nd RMR. He was 6 feet tall, an uncommon height at that time. He enlisted as a Lieutenant. He sailed for England on the SS Maurentania on October 25, 2016, arriving there on October 31.

John Donald (Rory) McLennan died on April 9, 1917 at Vimy Ridge. He was 37 years old. At the time of his death he was a Lieutenant with the 72nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment. He is buried at the Givenchy–En–Gohelle Canadian Cemetery.

The Review of June 7, 1917 carried this item on the death of Rory McLennan.

            “Rory McLennan Killed in Action:  Hundreds of friends throughout B.C. will learn with the deepest regret of the death of Lieutenant John Donald (Rory) McLennan, who left Vernon in October of last year and who was mortally wounded at Vimy Ridge on April 9, dying before the stretcher bearers reached the dressing station. The late Lieut. McLennan was born at River Denys, N.S. At the age of 17 he left his home for the Pacific coast, and has almost ever since been with the C.P.R., holding several responsible positions with that company.

            "The late Lieut. McLennan was sent as a representative from the city of Revelstoke to the coronation of King Edward VII, an honor which he modestly accepted and creditably filled, being one of the winners of the international tug-of-war team when the Canadians won the world's championship. Since going to France he was the captain of a winning team on two occasions. An athlete of outstanding ability, Lieut. McLennan, or as he was more familiarly known, "Rory", was always a leading spirit in the organization of field sports. In 1903 he carried off the Maxwell gold medal as champion wrestler of the coast, besides holding the title for the maritime provinces. 

           "In November 1908, he married Miss Georgina Urquhart of Courtenay, Vancouver Island, who with four children, survive him. His death cast hundreds of friends and relatives under the shadow of a great loss. A devoted husband and father, a true, noble son and brother, an esteemed friend and a loyal soldier, with a heart as big as his great manly body, Lieutenant McLennan was universally loved and few will be more missed by his friends.”

The name of Rory McLennan is not listed on either the Courthouse or Cenotaph plaques in Revelstoke. He is included in this memorial because he worked out of Revelstoke for several years.

CPR Champion Tug-of-war team, 1906. John Donald (Rory) McLennan is on the right in the front row. RMA-P63

CPR Champion Tug-of-war team, 1906. John Donald (Rory) McLennan is on the right in the front row. RMA-P63

Clifford Jack McLennan - Lest We Forget

Clifford Jack McLennan was born July 25, 1897 at New Westminster, B.C, although the 1911 census claims he was born in 1900. His father was Jack McLennan who in 1916 was living at Fraser Mills, B.C. The 1911 census shows the rest of the family living in Revelstoke on Third Street. There was mother Bella McLennan who was born April 1872 in Ontario, sister Mabel born 1894 in B.C. and brother Harold born March 1896 in B.C. Harold worked as a CPR machinist.  Although the children were all claimed to be born in B.C. on the 1911 census, the B.C. Archives record of births does not register any of them as being born in B.C.  The B.C. Archives does note that Mabel Mary J. McLennan married David Orr at Revelstoke on December 25, 1912.  It also notes that Harold McLennan married Norah Marrs at Revelstoke on September 24, 1927. The B.C. Archives record of deaths notes that Mabel Mary Jesse Orr died in Victoria on January 6, 1957 at the age of 62.

Clifford Jack McLennan signed his enlistment papers March 13, 1916 at Vancouver. He was either 15 or 18 years old, single, 5’ 8” tall with brown hair and brown eyes. He gave his occupation as teamster. His religious affiliation was Anglican. At the time of his enlistment he was living on 61st Avenue, South Vancouver. He sailed from Halifax on the SS Olympic on November 14, 1916.

Clifford Jack McLennan died August 28, 1917, perhaps during the battle for Hill 70. He was either 17 or 20 years old. At the time of his death he was a Private with the 29th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment. He was presumed to have died while a prisoner of war at Feldlazarett Leforest. He is buried at the Cabaret-Rouge British Cemetery, France.

The name of Clifford McLennan is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques.

Posted on September 22, 2017 .

Leo McKinnon - Lest We Forget

Leo McKinnon was born March 2, 1887 at Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia. His brother, Hector McKinnon, was Revelstoke’s mayor for most of the war years.  Another brother, Joe, also lived here for many years, and with Hector, ran McKinnon’s Pool Hall on First Street. Leo gave his occupation as merchant on his attestation paper. He joined up with the Second Contingent of Canadian Volunteers to go overseas. He also had three sisters, who at the time of his death were living on the west coast.

Leo McKinnon signed his enlistment papers November 7, 1914 at Victoria. He was 27 years old, single, 5’ 3” tall with dark hair and dark eyes. His religious affiliation was Roman Catholic. After he reached the front in May of 1915 he sent home many letters which were printed in the local newspaper. He noted the names of the Revelstoke casualties, his experiences as a stretcher-bearer and the dangers of snipers and shelling. On one occasion shells burst around a party, of which he was one, while engaged in preparing tea. The tea was ruined, but all the party escaped. On another occasion a bullet ripped a sandbag he was carrying but he escaped injury. He said that he was trying to send off his diary if the officers would pass it. He also had some nerve-wracking experiences in no man’s land. He was eventually wounded at the battle of the Somme and spent some time in hospital in England. In January of 1917 he returned to action promoted from Sergeant to Lieutenant.

Leo McKinnon died on April 9, 1917 at Vimy Ridge, one of 12 Revelstoke soldiers who died in that battle. He was 30 years old. At the time of his death he was a Lieutenant with the 7th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment. He is buried at the Nine Elms Military Cemetery, France.

In May of 1917 Maple trees were planted around the courthouse in memory of all the Revelstoke men who had perished in the war. It was the sad duty of Leo’s brother, Mayor Hector McKinnon to officiate at this ceremony. He said these words: “It is but a small thing to plant some trees in honour of our boys, but it will show they are not forgotten and will in years to come serve to remind these children assembled here today what they owe to the brave lads who gave up splendid positions and loved ones and adopted the Maple Leaf as their badge, many of them to go down to their death, that we might live in safety. Let us not forget them but prepare in a substantial way to receive with open arms those who may be spared to return.”

The name of Leo McKinnon is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques.

Many family members still reside in Revelstoke.

Leo McKinnon on active service overseas during World War I

Leo McKinnon on active service overseas during World War I

William McInerny - Lest We Forget

William McInerny was born January 1, 1880 at Hampton, New Brunswick. By 1914 his father, F.J. McInerny lived at St. John, N.B. William McInerny worked as a railway conductor with the Canadian Pacific Railroad out of Revelstoke. His name appears on the 1914 Voters List as eligible to vote for School Trustee which means that he lived outside the city limits.

William McInerny was one of 25 men from Revelstoke to join the Second Contingent of volunteers for the war effort.  He signed his enlistment papers on November 9, 1914 at Victoria. His regimental number was 77535. He was 34 years old, single, 5’ 6” tall with a ruddy complexion, dark hair and grey eyes. His religious affiliation was Anglican. He had 3 years of military experience with the 102nd Rocky Mountain Rangers. He appears in a photograph of the Rocky Mountain Rangers taken outside of the drill hall in 1906 as well as in numerous local sports photographs. 

In March of 1915 he sent a letter to Allan McDonald (who also perished in the war) which was printed in the local newspaper. In it, he indicated that he had arrived safe and sound in Liverpool and noted that there were many wounded men in England, with more coming in all the time. He said, “The first Canadians are there now and got pretty badly chewed up. Remember me to Dan and the folks and all the rest of the boys in Revelstoke and write soon and tell me all the news. Yours, Wm. McInerny.”

William was reported wounded in May of 1915, perhaps at Festubert. William McInerny died on December 28, 1915, four days before his 36th birthday. At the time of his death he was a Private in the 15th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario) Regiment. He is buried at La Plus Douve Farm Cemetery, Belgium.

The Review of January 13, 1916 carried this item: “Wm. McInerny Killed in Action. William McInerny of the 15th battalion, “killed in action” is announced through the casualty lists. To many friends in Revelstoke this news will be received with genuine regret. “Billie” McInerny was a resident of this city for many years being employed on the CPR.

His name is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques as well as the YMCA Honor Roll.

World War I recruits in front of Revelstoke Drill Hall, circa 1914. William McInerny is in the second row, 2nd from the left. P53RMA

World War I recruits in front of Revelstoke Drill Hall, circa 1914. William McInerny is in the second row, 2nd from the left. P53RMA

James McGiven - Lest We Forget

James McGiven was born December 13, 1900, (according to family records) although he gave his year of birth as 1898 on his attestation papers. He was born at Broxburn, Scotland, the son of George and Georgina (McGregor) McGiven. He had a sister Agnes, born 1898, a sister Ross, born in 1901 and a brother George Jr. born in 1906. Two other children, Alex and Robert, died in infancy. The family came to Revelstoke in the fall of 1912. George Sr. was a carpenter and worked for the CPR as a foreman on the bridge and building gang. The McGiven family lived on Boyle Avenue near the Police Station, the corner of Boyle Avenue and Fourth Street West. James was employed by the CPR according to newspaper reports but listed Teamster on his attestation papers. In August 1915 James volunteered for bridge guard duty.

James’ sister Ross died suddenly on November 28, 1914, at the age of 13, most likely of a brain aneurysm. Agnes McGiven was very involved in the High School Girls Patriotic Society, and other patriotic societies in town. Mrs. McGiven was involved with the Red Cross and Hospital Societies. George attended Central School. In January of 1918 there was a fire at the McGiven home and the family then moved to 714 First Street West.

James McGiven signed his enlistment papers on January 8, 1917 at Revelstoke. He was either 16 or 18 years old, single, 5’ 11” tall with fair hair and brown eyes. His religious affiliation was Presbyterian. He had enlisted with the 231st Highlanders. He left Halifax on April 10, 1917, arriving in Liverpool on April 22.

James McGiven died on October 30, 1917 during the opening assault of the battle of Passchendaele. He was either 16 or 18 years old. At the time of his death he was a Private with the 72nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia) Regiment. His body was never found or identified and his name is memorialized on the Menin Gate (Ypres) Memorial.

His name is also inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques.

James McGiven still has famly members living in Revelstoke.  

Posted on August 16, 2017 .

Daniel William McDonald - Lest We Forget

Daniel William McDonald was born at Cape George, Antigonish, Nova Scotia on March 3, 1890. His parents were D.J. and Christina McDonald, also of Cape George. In 1914 he was working as a brakeman for the Canadian Pacific Railroad.

There is a possible mention of him in a letter sent back from the front by William McInerny in April 1915.: Letter from William McInerney from No. 4 Co., 30th Battalion, 2nd C.E.F., Shorncliffe Camp, Napier Barracks, Kent, England to Allan McDonald. Both men later perished in the war.

“Arrived safe and sound in Liverpool.  The first Canadians are there now and got pretty badly chewed up.  Remember me to Dan (Daniel McDonald?) and the folks and all the rest of the boys in Revelstoke and write soon and tell me all the news.  Yours, Wm. McInerney.”

Daniel William McDonald signed his enlistment papers October 20, 1915 at Vancouver. He was 25 years old, single, 5’ 11” tall with brown hair and grey eyes. His religious affiliation was Roman Catholic. He arrived in England on May 7, 1916 on the Empress of Britain, and was in the battlefield by June 19th, 1916.

Daniel William McDonald died October 8, 1916 in the battle of the Somme, perhaps during the attempts to take Regina Trench. He was 26 years old. At the time of his death he was a Private with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba) Regiment. He is buried at the Adanac Military Cemetery, France. His name is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques.