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  • David Anderson was born on 19 February 1890 in Colmonell, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents were William Anderson and Mary Colvin. Siblings included Catherine (b. 1882) and William (b. 1885). By the 1901 Scottish census, father William was not with the family. In June 1910 David immigrated to Canada. The passenger list showed him going to his brother in Keewatin, Ontario and his occupation as farming. In the 1911 Canadian census, David was a lodger in the James Stewart residence in Keewatin and his occupation was shipper in the flour mill. David married Janet Ferguson Fisher on 23 March 1915 in Keewatin. A few months later he enlisted for WW1.

    David signed his attestation papers in Camp Sewell, Manitoba on 02 August 1915 and joined the 53rd battalion. The following April he arrived in England and when going to France in June was transferred to the 14th Battalion. By October of 1917 David was attached to a salvage company.  He served for three years eight months, some of it with the 1st Canadian Divisional Employment Company. David returned to England in April of 1919. His official discharge came in May of 1919 due to demobilization.

    After the war David returned to Keewatin and his job at the flour mill. He and Janet had five daughters – Catherine, Janet, Edith, Elizabeth and Isabel; and six sons – Bill, Stewart, Dan, David, Jack and Robert. In World War 2 he was a member of the Veteran’s Guard. David retired from the flour mill in 1955. He died on 06 July 1978 and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 441630
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 53rd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Colmonell, Ayrshire
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Next of Kin:
  • wife, Janet Anderson, of Keewatin, Ontari0
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 19, 1891
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Teamster
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Sewell Camp, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • August 4, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 24
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • July 6, 1978
  • Age at Death:
  • 87
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 16E-18-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • David Anderson was born on 19 February 1890 in Colmonell, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents were William Anderson and Mary Colvin. Siblings included Catherine (b. 1882) and William (b. 1885). By the 1901 Scottish census, father William was not with the family. In June 1910 David immigrated to Canada. The passenger list showed him going to his brother in Keewatin, Ontario and his occupation as farming. In the 1911 Canadian census, David was a lodger in the James Stewart residence in Keewatin and his occupation was shipper in the flour mill. David married Janet Ferguson Fisher on 23 March 1915 in Keewatin. A few months later he enlisted for WW1.

    David signed his attestation papers in Camp Sewell, Manitoba on 02 August 1915 and joined the 53rd battalion. The following April he arrived in England and when going to France in June was transferred to the 14th Battalion. By October of 1917 David was attached to a salvage company.  He served for three years eight months, some of it with the 1st Canadian Divisional Employment Company. David returned to England in April of 1919. His official discharge came in May of 1919 due to demobilization.

    After the war David returned to Keewatin and his job at the flour mill. He and Janet had five daughters – Catherine, Janet, Edith, Elizabeth and Isabel; and six sons – Bill, Stewart, Dan, David, Jack and Robert. In World War 2 he was a member of the Veteran’s Guard. David retired from the flour mill in 1955. He died on 06 July 1978 and is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario.

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  • Anderson, David Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 441630
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 53rd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Colmonell, Ayrshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • wife, Janet Anderson, of Keewatin, Ontari0
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 19, 1891
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Teamster
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Sewell Camp, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • August 4, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 24
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • July 6, 1978
  • Age at Death:
  • 87
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 16E-18-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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