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  • Walter Baldwin was born Clarence Walter Baldwin in Grenville, Ontario on 12 December 1883. His parents were Eli and Minerva Ann Baldwin. The 1901 Canadian Census shows his family living in Elizabethtown, Brockville, Ontario with his mother’s parents John and Sarah Mccready. Father, Eli, is a farmer and Walter is listed as a farmer’s son. Siblings included: Charles Albert (1888 -1968), Annie May (1890 – 1948), Florence Flassy (1895 – 1967), Frederick Pierce (1897 – 1958) and Minnie M. (1901 – 1985).

    Walter moved west and spent 10 years with the Canadian Mounted Rifles – three years “in colours” and seven years in the reserves.  He married Margaret (Maggie) Gilmour on 02 November 1910 in Thompson, Manitoba. By 1911 he and Maggie were in the Kenora area with Walter working at the Keewatin Lumber Company sawmill. The couple gave birth to daughter Margaret Minerva that August in Norman where the family resided.

    When WWI was declared, Walter was the first man from Norman to enlist. On 28 December 1914 he joined the 52nd Battalion in Kenora. In June of 1915 his unit left for Port Arthur, Ontario to join up with the other units of the 52nd Battalion. They sailed for England on 04 September 1915 aboard the S.S. Missanabie. Walter spent six months with the 12th Reserve Battalion in Shorncliffe before being sent to France with the 4th Canadian Infantry Battalion in February of 1916. During the battle of the Somme Walter was wounded at Courcelette. He received shrapnel wounds to his back. As a result, he spent seven days at #6 General Hospital in Rouen, eleven weeks at 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham, and two months at Oxbridge Convalescent Home. He refused an operation to remove a bullet from his back and suffered impaired use of his right leg and other medical problems. A medical board deemed he was no longer fit for military service and Walter returned to Canada in October 1917. His official discharge from duty came on 31 December 1917.

    Walter returned to Norman and his job at the Keewatin Lumber Company. He was an employee of the company for thirty years serving as a fireman and a stationary engineer. After that he was the caretaker of the Norman school for two years. Walter retired from active work in 1950. Their daughter Margaret, age 14, died on 28 November 1925. He and Maggie were members of the Presbyterian Church.

    Walter died at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 07 August 1952 and Maggie in February of 1968. They are buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Walter’s younger brother Frederick Pierce Baldwin also served in WWI.  He was a Sergeant with the 38th Battalion.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 439061
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Grenville, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • wife, Margaret Baldwin of Norman, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Norman, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 12, 1883
  • Trade or Calling:
  • carpenter
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • December 28, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 31
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 7, 1952
  • Age at Death:
  • 68
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 34E-33-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Walter Baldwin was born Clarence Walter Baldwin in Grenville, Ontario on 12 December 1883. His parents were Eli and Minerva Ann Baldwin. The 1901 Canadian Census shows his family living in Elizabethtown, Brockville, Ontario with his mother’s parents John and Sarah Mccready. Father, Eli, is a farmer and Walter is listed as a farmer’s son. Siblings included: Charles Albert (1888 -1968), Annie May (1890 – 1948), Florence Flassy (1895 – 1967), Frederick Pierce (1897 – 1958) and Minnie M. (1901 – 1985).

    Walter moved west and spent 10 years with the Canadian Mounted Rifles – three years “in colours” and seven years in the reserves.  He married Margaret (Maggie) Gilmour on 02 November 1910 in Thompson, Manitoba. By 1911 he and Maggie were in the Kenora area with Walter working at the Keewatin Lumber Company sawmill. The couple gave birth to daughter Margaret Minerva that August in Norman where the family resided.

    When WWI was declared, Walter was the first man from Norman to enlist. On 28 December 1914 he joined the 52nd Battalion in Kenora. In June of 1915 his unit left for Port Arthur, Ontario to join up with the other units of the 52nd Battalion. They sailed for England on 04 September 1915 aboard the S.S. Missanabie. Walter spent six months with the 12th Reserve Battalion in Shorncliffe before being sent to France with the 4th Canadian Infantry Battalion in February of 1916. During the battle of the Somme Walter was wounded at Courcelette. He received shrapnel wounds to his back. As a result, he spent seven days at #6 General Hospital in Rouen, eleven weeks at 1st Southern General Hospital in Birmingham, and two months at Oxbridge Convalescent Home. He refused an operation to remove a bullet from his back and suffered impaired use of his right leg and other medical problems. A medical board deemed he was no longer fit for military service and Walter returned to Canada in October 1917. His official discharge from duty came on 31 December 1917.

    Walter returned to Norman and his job at the Keewatin Lumber Company. He was an employee of the company for thirty years serving as a fireman and a stationary engineer. After that he was the caretaker of the Norman school for two years. Walter retired from active work in 1950. Their daughter Margaret, age 14, died on 28 November 1925. He and Maggie were members of the Presbyterian Church.

    Walter died at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg, Manitoba on 07 August 1952 and Maggie in February of 1968. They are buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Walter’s younger brother Frederick Pierce Baldwin also served in WWI.  He was a Sergeant with the 38th Battalion.

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  • Baldwin, Clarence Walter Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 439061
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 52nd Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Grenville, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • wife, Margaret Baldwin of Norman, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • December 12, 1883
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Norman, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • carpenter
  • Marital Status:
  • Married
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • December 28, 1914
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 31
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 7, 1952
  • Age at Death:
  • 68
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 34E-33-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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