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  • Stoker Andrew Still was born in Scotland and living in Canada when the war started. He returned to the UK and joined the Royal Naval Reserve in February 1918, serving with them for fifteen months.

    Andrew was born on 8 June 1887 in the parish of Grange, Banffshire, Scotland. His parents were Robert Still, a farmer and crofter, and Jane Shand. Andrew had at least one sister, Maggie, who was five years younger than him. Andrew became a merchant marine and by the time he was in his early twenties he was living in Balboa, a port on the south (Pacific) side of the Panama Canal. The canal was under construction at the time and was not completed until 1913.

    In 1911 Andrew moved from Balboa to Canada, sailing on 9 April on the SS San Juan and arriving in San Francisco on 6 May. His occupation was marine engineer and his final destination was listed as Vancouver. He settled in the town of Kenora in northwestern Ontario where he worked as a locomotive fireman. Sometime after the war started he returned to Scotland and joined the Royal Naval Reserve.

    Although he may have served earlier, Andrew enlisted with the Trawler Section of the Royal Naval Reserve on 12 February 1918 in Anstruther, Scotland. He was posted to HMS Pembroke, the Royal Navy shore establishment at Chatham. From 4 May to 20 May he was on the trawler HMT Pekin and from 20 May to 22 June he served on the HMS Venerable. The Venerable was based at Portland, Dorset at the time and it served as a depot ship for mine-laying trawlers in the Northern Patrol. On 22 June Andrew was transferred to the HMS Implacable and he served on the ship for almost a year. During that time the Implacable was also a depot ship for the Northern Patrol and it played a crucial role in the anti-submarine war. It was based in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and on the northern coast of Ireland.

    Andrew was dispersed to shore on 14 April 1919 and discharged on demobilization on 11 May. His character was described as very good and he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. Ten days after his discharge he was on his way back to Canada, embarking from Liverpool on 21 May on the SS Carmania and arriving in Halifax on 29 May. His destination was Kenora where he intended to work as a locomotive fireman.

    On 19 June 1920 Miss Mary Forbes arrived in Quebec from Glasgow, Scotland on the SS Sicilian. She was a domestic servant from Edinburgh and she was going to Kenora. Andrew met her in Montreal and they were married there on 20 June at the Inspector Street Presbyterian Church. Andrew and Mary settled in Kenora where he had a long career with the Canadian Pacific Railway, first as a fireman and later as an engineer. They lived on First Street South in Lakeside and they had a daughter Jean who was born in 1926.

    Andrew was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen and a life member of the Canadian Legion, Kenora branch. By the early 1960s he was retired and his wife passed away in 1967, at age 77. During Kenora’s centennial in 1982 Andrew was named an honorary citizen of the town. He passed away the following year, on 4 August 1983, at age 96. He was survived by his daughter Jean of Kenora and his sister Mrs. Maggie Henderson in Aberdeen, Scotland. Jean died in 2007, at age 81.

    Andrew, Mary and Jean are buried in Chapel Grounds West Block at Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    By Becky Johnson

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 7712
  • Service Record:
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Royal Naval Reserve
  • Branch:
  • Trawler Section
  • Battalion:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Grange, Banffshire
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Next of Kin:
  • Robert and Jane Still (parents)
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 711 River Street, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • June 8, 1887
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Marine engineer/locomotive fireman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 12, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 30
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Great Britain
  • Date of Death:
  • August 4, 1983
  • Age at Death:
  • 96
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 9W-2-2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Stoker Andrew Still was born in Scotland and living in Canada when the war started. He returned to the UK and joined the Royal Naval Reserve in February 1918, serving with them for fifteen months.

    Andrew was born on 8 June 1887 in the parish of Grange, Banffshire, Scotland. His parents were Robert Still, a farmer and crofter, and Jane Shand. Andrew had at least one sister, Maggie, who was five years younger than him. Andrew became a merchant marine and by the time he was in his early twenties he was living in Balboa, a port on the south (Pacific) side of the Panama Canal. The canal was under construction at the time and was not completed until 1913.

    In 1911 Andrew moved from Balboa to Canada, sailing on 9 April on the SS San Juan and arriving in San Francisco on 6 May. His occupation was marine engineer and his final destination was listed as Vancouver. He settled in the town of Kenora in northwestern Ontario where he worked as a locomotive fireman. Sometime after the war started he returned to Scotland and joined the Royal Naval Reserve.

    Although he may have served earlier, Andrew enlisted with the Trawler Section of the Royal Naval Reserve on 12 February 1918 in Anstruther, Scotland. He was posted to HMS Pembroke, the Royal Navy shore establishment at Chatham. From 4 May to 20 May he was on the trawler HMT Pekin and from 20 May to 22 June he served on the HMS Venerable. The Venerable was based at Portland, Dorset at the time and it served as a depot ship for mine-laying trawlers in the Northern Patrol. On 22 June Andrew was transferred to the HMS Implacable and he served on the ship for almost a year. During that time the Implacable was also a depot ship for the Northern Patrol and it played a crucial role in the anti-submarine war. It was based in the Shetland and Orkney Islands and on the northern coast of Ireland.

    Andrew was dispersed to shore on 14 April 1919 and discharged on demobilization on 11 May. His character was described as very good and he was awarded the British War and Victory Medals. Ten days after his discharge he was on his way back to Canada, embarking from Liverpool on 21 May on the SS Carmania and arriving in Halifax on 29 May. His destination was Kenora where he intended to work as a locomotive fireman.

    On 19 June 1920 Miss Mary Forbes arrived in Quebec from Glasgow, Scotland on the SS Sicilian. She was a domestic servant from Edinburgh and she was going to Kenora. Andrew met her in Montreal and they were married there on 20 June at the Inspector Street Presbyterian Church. Andrew and Mary settled in Kenora where he had a long career with the Canadian Pacific Railway, first as a fireman and later as an engineer. They lived on First Street South in Lakeside and they had a daughter Jean who was born in 1926.

    Andrew was a member of the Brotherhood of Locomotive Firemen and Enginemen and a life member of the Canadian Legion, Kenora branch. By the early 1960s he was retired and his wife passed away in 1967, at age 77. During Kenora’s centennial in 1982 Andrew was named an honorary citizen of the town. He passed away the following year, on 4 August 1983, at age 96. He was survived by his daughter Jean of Kenora and his sister Mrs. Maggie Henderson in Aberdeen, Scotland. Jean died in 2007, at age 81.

    Andrew, Mary and Jean are buried in Chapel Grounds West Block at Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

    By Becky Johnson

    Still-Andrew-90 Still-Andrew-91

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  • Still, Andrew Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 7712
  • Force:
  • Royal Naval Reserve
  • Battalion:
  • Place of Birth:
  • Grange, Banffshire
  • Next of Kin:
  • Robert and Jane Still (parents)
  • Date of Birth:
  • June 8, 1887
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Trawler Section
  • Country:
  • Scotland
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • 711 River Street, Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Marine engineer/locomotive fireman
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • February 12, 1918
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 30
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Great Britain
  • Date of Death:
  • August 4, 1983
  • Age at Death:
  • 96
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 9W-2-2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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