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  • The third child in the family, Walter Loutett (also commonly spelled Louttit, Loutitt) was born on 6 February 1888 in St Andrews, Red River Settlement. His parents Thomas Lowe Loutitt and Catherine Corrigal were both descendants of Orkney Island Scotsmen that immigrated to the area to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company and who married 1st Nation or Metis women. According to the Diocese of Rupert’s Land Archives, Thomas and Catherine had married on 11 February 1880. Walter had 5 siblings: Catherine, Frederick, Margaret, Ada, and George. Sometime between 1891 and 1901 the family moved to Rat Portage (Kenora) Ontario where Walter’s father found employment as a livery man/blacksmith. On the 1911 census the family was living on 4th Avenue in Kenora although Walter was not present at the time.

    Walter enlisted on 8 February 1917 in Kenora, and because he had been employed by the CPR as a trainman, he was with the No 1 Section of Skilled Railway Employees overseas (later known as 58th Battalion Broad Gauge Railroad Troops). He embarked for England aboard the SS Ausonia on 4 March 1917, arriving 11 days later. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal on 13 April 1917 at Aldershot.

    Sometime before leaving for France on 17 April 1917, he met his future wife Ellen (Nell) Florence Sharman. According to his records, on 3 August 1918 Walter was granted 2 weeks leave for England. While on leave, he married Ellen on the 12 of August at the Registrar’s Office in London. However, his records also state that on 24 January 1919 he was granted permission to marry, well after the fact!

    Suffering a gunshot wound to the head during the latter part of the war, Walter was hospitalized in the University College Hospital in Rouen, France from 23 October 1918 until 15 November 1918. Because of this injury, he is listed on Canadian Pacific Railway Honour Roll.

    On 4 November 1918 at his own request, Walter reverted to the rank of Sapper. Walter embarked for Canada at Liverpool 8 March 1919 aboard the RMS Minnedosa, arriving in St John New Brunswick on the 17th.

    After the war Walter and Nell settled in Kenora and had one child, Jean. They also cared for a great nephew, grandson of sister Catherine, for a number of years in their home as well as foster children. Walter worked for the CPR, retiring as a conductor in 1947. Walter and his family later moved to nearby Sioux Narrows where he was living at the time of his death on 27 August 1953. Walter’s wife Nell made a couple of trips back to England to visit her family, one in 1924 and another in 1954. Nell died on 25 April 1974.

    Walter and Nell’s daughter Jean married William Franchuk in 1945 and had a tourist camp for a number of years in Sioux Narrows. Jean and William had two sons, grandsons for Walter and Nell. Predeceased by her husband William in 1989, Jean died in March of 2013. Walter’s father Thomas died in Kenora in 1940 followed by his mother in 1942. His brother Fred died in 1911. Walter’s sister Cathrine married John Bailey. After the deaths of three of their young children, she died of tuberculosis in 1916, leaving behind four children. Walter’s sister Margaret married Captain William Oake of the Salvation Army and they had a family of two boys and two girls. She died in 1938 in Winnipeg. His sister Ada married Fred Houghton and they had at least 8 children. Ada died in 1951. Walter’s brother George, more commonly known as Dodie, died in 1965. He never married. With the lone exception of Margaret, Walter and Nell and his parents and siblings are all interred in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora. His daughter, son-in-law, and grandson Stephen are interred in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Sioux Narrows.

    by Judy Stockham

    Newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News
    Veteran Death card: Library and Archives Canada

    KMN 17 February 1917

    KMN 17 February 1917

    KMN 20 February 1917

    KMN 20 February 1917

    KMN 6 November 1918

    KMN 6 November 1918

    KMN 19 March 1919

    KMN 19 March 1919

    Canadian Legion application card

    Canadian Legion application card

    KMN 1948

    KMN 1948

    Veteran Death card

    Veteran Death card

    KMN 28 August 1953

    KMN 28 August 1953

     

  • Regimental Number:
  • 2125136
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Railway Troops
  • Battalion:
  • No. 58 Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
  • Place of Birth:
  • St Andrews, Manitoba
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Catherine Loutett (Loutitt), mother
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 6, 1888
  • Trade or Calling:
  • railroad brakeman, CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 8, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 29
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 27, 1953
  • Age at Death:
  • 65
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 31E-17-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • The third child in the family, Walter Loutett (also commonly spelled Louttit, Loutitt) was born on 6 February 1888 in St Andrews, Red River Settlement. His parents Thomas Lowe Loutitt and Catherine Corrigal were both descendants of Orkney Island Scotsmen that immigrated to the area to work for the Hudson’s Bay Company and who married 1st Nation or Metis women. According to the Diocese of Rupert’s Land Archives, Thomas and Catherine had married on 11 February 1880. Walter had 5 siblings: Catherine, Frederick, Margaret, Ada, and George. Sometime between 1891 and 1901 the family moved to Rat Portage (Kenora) Ontario where Walter’s father found employment as a livery man/blacksmith. On the 1911 census the family was living on 4th Avenue in Kenora although Walter was not present at the time.

    Walter enlisted on 8 February 1917 in Kenora, and because he had been employed by the CPR as a trainman, he was with the No 1 Section of Skilled Railway Employees overseas (later known as 58th Battalion Broad Gauge Railroad Troops). He embarked for England aboard the SS Ausonia on 4 March 1917, arriving 11 days later. He was promoted to 2nd Corporal on 13 April 1917 at Aldershot.

    Sometime before leaving for France on 17 April 1917, he met his future wife Ellen (Nell) Florence Sharman. According to his records, on 3 August 1918 Walter was granted 2 weeks leave for England. While on leave, he married Ellen on the 12 of August at the Registrar’s Office in London. However, his records also state that on 24 January 1919 he was granted permission to marry, well after the fact!

    Suffering a gunshot wound to the head during the latter part of the war, Walter was hospitalized in the University College Hospital in Rouen, France from 23 October 1918 until 15 November 1918. Because of this injury, he is listed on Canadian Pacific Railway Honour Roll.

    On 4 November 1918 at his own request, Walter reverted to the rank of Sapper. Walter embarked for Canada at Liverpool 8 March 1919 aboard the RMS Minnedosa, arriving in St John New Brunswick on the 17th.

    After the war Walter and Nell settled in Kenora and had one child, Jean. They also cared for a great nephew, grandson of sister Catherine, for a number of years in their home as well as foster children. Walter worked for the CPR, retiring as a conductor in 1947. Walter and his family later moved to nearby Sioux Narrows where he was living at the time of his death on 27 August 1953. Walter’s wife Nell made a couple of trips back to England to visit her family, one in 1924 and another in 1954. Nell died on 25 April 1974.

    Walter and Nell’s daughter Jean married William Franchuk in 1945 and had a tourist camp for a number of years in Sioux Narrows. Jean and William had two sons, grandsons for Walter and Nell. Predeceased by her husband William in 1989, Jean died in March of 2013. Walter’s father Thomas died in Kenora in 1940 followed by his mother in 1942. His brother Fred died in 1911. Walter’s sister Cathrine married John Bailey. After the deaths of three of their young children, she died of tuberculosis in 1916, leaving behind four children. Walter’s sister Margaret married Captain William Oake of the Salvation Army and they had a family of two boys and two girls. She died in 1938 in Winnipeg. His sister Ada married Fred Houghton and they had at least 8 children. Ada died in 1951. Walter’s brother George, more commonly known as Dodie, died in 1965. He never married. With the lone exception of Margaret, Walter and Nell and his parents and siblings are all interred in Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora. His daughter, son-in-law, and grandson Stephen are interred in Pine Ridge Cemetery in Sioux Narrows.

    by Judy Stockham

    Newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News
    Veteran Death card: Library and Archives Canada

    KMN 17 February 1917

    KMN 17 February 1917

    KMN 20 February 1917

    KMN 20 February 1917

    KMN 6 November 1918

    KMN 6 November 1918

    KMN 19 March 1919

    KMN 19 March 1919

    Canadian Legion application card

    Canadian Legion application card

    KMN 1948

    KMN 1948

    Veteran Death card

    Veteran Death card

    KMN 28 August 1953

    KMN 28 August 1953

     

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  • Loutett, Walter Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 2125136
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • No. 58 Broad Gauge Railway Operating Company
  • Place of Birth:
  • St Andrews, Manitoba
  • Next of Kin:
  • Catherine Loutett (Loutitt), mother
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 6, 1888
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Railway Troops
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • railroad brakeman, CPR
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 8, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 29
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 27, 1953
  • Age at Death:
  • 65
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 31E-17-1
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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