Ernest James Gander

Ernest James Gander

Birth
England
Death 6 Jul 1960 (aged 76)
Kenora, Kenora District, Ontario, Canada
Burial Kenora, Kenora District, Ontario, Canada
Memorial ID 131208018 · View Source
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Ernest James Gander hailed from Upper Dicker, Arlington, Sussex. His parents were Albert and Jane Ann (Martin) Gander. The children in the family were Albert Edward, George Henry, Bessie, Ernest, Edith, and Ellen Louise. In the 1891 census the family was residing in Arlington, father's occupation listed as groom. By 1901, the family was in Hellingly District in Sussex, with the father's occupation changed to farmer. Ernest immigrated to Canada in 1908, coming to Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) to be employed first as a wiper for the Canadian Pacific Railway, then as a fireman in 1910, and finally as engineer in 1915.

Ernest James Gander signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg on 19 February 1916. With the qualifications of steam engineer, Ernest embarked from Halifax on 21 June 1916 aboard the Baltic with the 2nd Field Company, Canadian Engineers. Once overseas, he was transferred to the 15th Field Company, 4th Division of the Canadian Engineers at Bramshott, and arrived in France on 12 August 1916 to be transferred yet again to the 11th Field Company. In January of 1917, Ernest wrote the Kenora Miner and News, thanking the ladies of Kenora for "the kind and generous parcels" sent to the boys; the cake was a great treat as it arrived in time for Christmas. Ernest reported the boys were well and hearty but had lots of narrow escapes and that although not very cold, the weather was "awful wet and muddy, which puts the trenches in fearful shape for the boys". Sapper Ernest Gander was awarded a Good Conduct Badge on 18 February 1918. During his time in France, twice Ernest was granted leave: 12 days during October of 1917, and then 14 days from 26 October 1918 to 13 November 1918, perhaps spending time with his future wife the day the war was officially ended. Ernest returned to Kenora, Ontario, Canada in June of 1919.

Ernest Gander returned to England after the war to marry Julie Adrienne Pinet in April 1920. Julie was from Belgium; circumstances of how they met during the war unknown. The couple returned to Kenora where they raised their family: Albert James, Helen, Margaret, and Roland. Ernest retired from the CPR in 1949.

Ernest James Gander died 06 July 1960 in Kenora and is buried in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery. His wife Julie died in 1968 and is also buried in the cemetery. Over the course of his life, he talked very little of the war to his family.

By Kenora Great War Project - honouring all who served, remembering those who died.


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  • Created by: JAS
  • Added: 10 Jun 2014
  • Find A Grave Memorial 131208018
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Ernest James Gander (18 May 1884–6 Jul 1960), Find A Grave Memorial no. 131208018, citing Lake Of The Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Kenora District, Ontario, Canada ; Maintained by JAS (contributor 47879709) .