3 September

Today, a death in infancy and a reluctant recruit to the Canadian WW1 forces.

3 September 1858
Birth of Margaret Strachan at Greenock, Renfrewshire to John Francis Strachan and Jean Johnston Loudon and granddaughter of my ggg uncle Thomas Strachan and Elizbaeth Nisbet. The family had moved to Greenock in the early 1850s. Margaret died in infancy in 1859 at Greenock East.

3 September 1893
Birth of Frederick Milne at Cruden, Aberdeenshire, son of Alexander Milne and Elizabeth Thomson and grandson of Janet aka Jessie Fraser and William Milne. Frederick is with his parents and siblings at Main Road, Cruden in 1901, his father a blacksmith. By 1911 the family have moved to Olive Cottage, Hatton and 17 year old Frederick is working as a butcher. He migrated to Canada and is on a passenger list arriving at Quebec in June 1912 as Fred Milne age 19, butcher. He was drafted into the Canadian Forces in WW1 and his draft papers say he was single, of Palace Hotel, Vancouver, born on 3 September 1893 at Hatton, occupation steel caulker and next of kin Alexander Milne of Olive Cottage, Hatton. Frederick had a medical under military service in October 1917 but his draft card is dated June 1918. He’d been apprehended by the APM as he’d defaulted, i.e. not registered when he should have, so was a reluctant recruit by the sound of it. He has signed himself Fred Milne. He was duly posted to the 2nd Depot Batt. B.C. Regt., and was no doubt delighted that the war was to end not long afterwards. A tree on Ancestry has a marriage for him in 1928 to Eliza Jane Barclay Buchan, and his death in June 1973 at Surrey, BC – which is, ironically, close to the Fraser River.

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