Emanuel Warren - Lest We Forget


Emanuel H. Warren was born June 12, 1893 in London, England. His father was Henry Larter Warren living in Cardiff, Wales. He had some military experience with the 7th Battalion Welsh Regiment prior to his emigration to Canada in 1912. According to his attestation papers Emanuel was working as a mechanic prior to his enlistment.

Emanuel Warren signed his enlistment papers November 16, 1914 at Victoria. His regimental number was 107639. He was 21 years old, single, 5’ 9” tall with brown eyes. His religious affiliation was Anglican.  

Emanuel served overseas with the 2nd CMR but was invalided back to the Revelstoke/Nakusp area prior to November 1917. The Revelstoke Review of November 15, 1917 noted that he had been brought to the Nakusp hospital suffering from hemorrhage. 

The Revelstoke Review of December 20, 1917 relates the circumstances of his death and burial:

“Death of Returned Soldier.

            The death took place in the Revelstoke Hospital last Thursday (Dec. 13) of Pte. Warren, a returned soldier of the 2nd CMR. Pte. Warren, who was in the 24th year of his age, was brought from Halcyon in November, suffering from an acute attack of Bright’s Disease (a kidney disease also known as nephritis.) The funeral took place on Tuesday afternoon (Dec. 18) to the Revelstoke cemetery, attended by the Cadets, the service being conducted by Rev. Geo. Lardner. Pte. Warren’s parents reside in England.” 

The Revelstoke Review of December 27, 1917 carried this account of his military burial:

“Pte. Warren Given Military Funeral

            A military funeral was given for Pte. Warren, attended by the Cadets and the ladies of the Committee for Wounded and Returned Soldiers. The ladies placed white chrysanthemums on the coffin, which was draped by the Union Jack.

            Returned Soldiers acted as the pallbearers, who were in charge of Capt. Hamilton. A service was held in St. Peter’s Anglican Church by Rev. G. Larder. At the grave the “Last Post” was signed at the conclusion of the obsequies.

To the late Pte. Warren’s people in the Old Country the deepest sympathy is extended.”

Although the name of Emanuel Warren does not appear on either of the Courthouse or Cenotaph plaques, he is buried in the Revelstoke (Mountain View) Cemetery with the Maple Leaf inscribed on his stone. He is also listed on Canada’s Virtual War Memorial which lists all of Canada’s war dead from all its conflicts. He is listed in this memorial because his funeral and burial took place in Revelstoke.