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  • Ture Amandas Carlson was born on 15 September 1897 in Limsta in the parish of Gudmundrå in the county of Västernorrland, Sweden. His father Carl Carlson was from Nordingrå in Västernorrland while his mother Sofia Amanda Westmark was from Pitea in Norbotton. The couple had married in Brunno in Gudmundrå in 1888. Over the years Carl’s occupation in Sweden was given as arbetare (labourer). Their first child, Eleonara Anna, only lived for a couple of months and their second born child died at time of birth. By 1890 Carl and Amanda had moved to Timrå in Västernorrland where they gave birth to son Carl Ragner (Roy) that August. The next year they moved to Sundsvall where two more children were added to the family, Einar Axel Reinhold (Angus) in 1891 and Gustave Edwin Antonius (Gus) in 1893. In April of 1897 the family left Sundsvall to go back to Gudmundrå, in time for Ture’s birth that September. Another child, Judit Marie (Edith) was born in 1899.

    Carl was the first to immigrate to Canada, leaving the parish in mid August of 1903. He was found on the passenger list of the Mount Temple that arrived in Montreal on the 6th of September, destination given as Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora). Amanda and the children followed in September of 1904, arriving in Montreal aboard the Ionion on the 21st on their way to join Carl in Rat Portage. The family bought property in the nearby rural area of Jaffray Melick where they farmed. Carl also worked as a carpenter.

    With occupation given as railroad fireman and his father Carl in Kenora as next of kin, Ture signed his recruitment papers in Winnipeg on 11 November 1917. He gave his place of birth as Pitea in Sweden. A few days later Ture had his medical examination at Minto St Barracks in Winnipeg and was classified as A2. In February of 1918 he was on conditional leave, returning toward the end of August. He was next on a harvest leave, returning on the 26th of December. With the end of the war, Ture was discharged due to demobilization on 4 January 1919 in Winnipeg.

    Returning to Kenora, Ture married Florence Helena Gunn on 21 July 1920. At the time his occupation was given as chauffeur. Born in 1901 in Portland, Leeds, Ontario, Florence was the daughter of Samuel and Charlotte (née Byington) Gunn. In 1906 Florence and her parents had moved from Brockville where Samuel had been working as a machinist, to Ogdensburg, New York. In March of 1919 they moved to Kenora where Charlotte’s mother Ruth Byington and her two brothers Charles and Napoleon were living.

    Ture continued to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, eventually becoming an engineer. He also operated one of the first taxi businesses in Kenora. The couple had three children, Gerald, Helen Ruth, and Douglas Harold. Ture was a member of the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Legion and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen.

    Predeceased by his father Carl in 1923 and his mother Amanda in 1937, Ture died at his home in Jaffray Melick on 20 September 1951. His wife Florence died in 1986. they are interred together in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    Two of Ture’s brothers, Roy and Gus, signed recruitment papers in Winnipeg in the late fall of 1917 with the 1st Depot Battalion Manitoba Regiment but they did not go overseas.

    by Judy Stockham

    photos of Ture: courtesy of scarlsongirl Carlson public family tree on ancestry.ca and used with permission

    research notes: Although Ture’s place of birth was given as Pitea on his attestation papers as well as in his obituary, his Sweden birth record confirms his place of birth as Gudmundrå. (Swedish Church Records Archive; Johanneshov, Sweden; Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1880-1929; GID Number:100022.105.26800; Roll/Fiche Number:Sc-1805; Volume: HIAA:1206; Year Range: 1897 as found on ancestry.ca)

    Back row: Roy, Carl holding Edith, Amanda's sister Hilda Front row: Gus, Angus, Amanda holding Ture

    Back row: Roy, Carl holding Edith, Amanda’s sister Hilda
    Front row: Gus, Angus, Amanda holding Ture

    Ture

    Ture

    Kenora Legion application card

    Kenora Legion application card

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

  • Regimental Number:
  • 4070230
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment
  • Place of Birth:
  • Gudmundrå, Västernorrland
  • Country:
  • Sweden
  • Next of Kin:
  • Carl Carlson, father, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • September 15, 1897
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Railroad Fireman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • November 11, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • September 19, 1951
  • Age at Death:
  • 54
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 55E-37-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Ture Amandas Carlson was born on 15 September 1897 in Limsta in the parish of Gudmundrå in the county of Västernorrland, Sweden. His father Carl Carlson was from Nordingrå in Västernorrland while his mother Sofia Amanda Westmark was from Pitea in Norbotton. The couple had married in Brunno in Gudmundrå in 1888. Over the years Carl’s occupation in Sweden was given as arbetare (labourer). Their first child, Eleonara Anna, only lived for a couple of months and their second born child died at time of birth. By 1890 Carl and Amanda had moved to Timrå in Västernorrland where they gave birth to son Carl Ragner (Roy) that August. The next year they moved to Sundsvall where two more children were added to the family, Einar Axel Reinhold (Angus) in 1891 and Gustave Edwin Antonius (Gus) in 1893. In April of 1897 the family left Sundsvall to go back to Gudmundrå, in time for Ture’s birth that September. Another child, Judit Marie (Edith) was born in 1899.

    Carl was the first to immigrate to Canada, leaving the parish in mid August of 1903. He was found on the passenger list of the Mount Temple that arrived in Montreal on the 6th of September, destination given as Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora). Amanda and the children followed in September of 1904, arriving in Montreal aboard the Ionion on the 21st on their way to join Carl in Rat Portage. The family bought property in the nearby rural area of Jaffray Melick where they farmed. Carl also worked as a carpenter.

    With occupation given as railroad fireman and his father Carl in Kenora as next of kin, Ture signed his recruitment papers in Winnipeg on 11 November 1917. He gave his place of birth as Pitea in Sweden. A few days later Ture had his medical examination at Minto St Barracks in Winnipeg and was classified as A2. In February of 1918 he was on conditional leave, returning toward the end of August. He was next on a harvest leave, returning on the 26th of December. With the end of the war, Ture was discharged due to demobilization on 4 January 1919 in Winnipeg.

    Returning to Kenora, Ture married Florence Helena Gunn on 21 July 1920. At the time his occupation was given as chauffeur. Born in 1901 in Portland, Leeds, Ontario, Florence was the daughter of Samuel and Charlotte (née Byington) Gunn. In 1906 Florence and her parents had moved from Brockville where Samuel had been working as a machinist, to Ogdensburg, New York. In March of 1919 they moved to Kenora where Charlotte’s mother Ruth Byington and her two brothers Charles and Napoleon were living.

    Ture continued to work for the Canadian Pacific Railway, eventually becoming an engineer. He also operated one of the first taxi businesses in Kenora. The couple had three children, Gerald, Helen Ruth, and Douglas Harold. Ture was a member of the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Legion and the Brotherhood of Locomotive Engineers and Firemen.

    Predeceased by his father Carl in 1923 and his mother Amanda in 1937, Ture died at his home in Jaffray Melick on 20 September 1951. His wife Florence died in 1986. they are interred together in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    Two of Ture’s brothers, Roy and Gus, signed recruitment papers in Winnipeg in the late fall of 1917 with the 1st Depot Battalion Manitoba Regiment but they did not go overseas.

    by Judy Stockham

    photos of Ture: courtesy of scarlsongirl Carlson public family tree on ancestry.ca and used with permission

    research notes: Although Ture’s place of birth was given as Pitea on his attestation papers as well as in his obituary, his Sweden birth record confirms his place of birth as Gudmundrå. (Swedish Church Records Archive; Johanneshov, Sweden; Sweden, Indexed Birth Records, 1880-1929; GID Number:100022.105.26800; Roll/Fiche Number:Sc-1805; Volume: HIAA:1206; Year Range: 1897 as found on ancestry.ca)

    Back row: Roy, Carl holding Edith, Amanda's sister Hilda Front row: Gus, Angus, Amanda holding Ture

    Back row: Roy, Carl holding Edith, Amanda’s sister Hilda
    Front row: Gus, Angus, Amanda holding Ture

    Ture

    Ture

    Kenora Legion application card

    Kenora Legion application card

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

    Lake of the Woods Cemetery

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  • Carlson, Ture Amandas Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 4070230
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment
  • Place of Birth:
  • Gudmundrå, Västernorrland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Carl Carlson, father, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • September 15, 1897
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Sweden
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Railroad Fireman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • November 11, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Lutheran
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Conscripted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Canada
  • Date of Death:
  • September 19, 1951
  • Age at Death:
  • 54
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 55E-37-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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