Maurice Thomas Walsh Jnr
Born Sheernes Kent 2nd July 1887
Died Regina Canada 4th November 1928.
We know that in 1901 Maurice, sometimes referred to as Tommy was at the Xaverian brothers school with Gerald his younger brother.
On 13th November 1908 he leaves for Canada from Liverpool, not certain of his arrival date, his trade is shown as a clerk.
He sailed on the Empress of Britain from Liverpool, there were 673 registered passengers on board of which only two were heading for Moose Jaw, Maurice was the very first entry on page one of the ships passenger log. Click here to see the ships log entry.
We know part of the attraction of Moose Jaw was that some relatives of Maurice Snr were already living there although apart from that it seems quite a tough place to live, however they appeared to have thrived there and become part of the community.
Maurice senior, Charles and Maurice Jnr all get a mention in the Canadian press and of course Maurice’s death in Canada made the UK newspapers, see his page for more.
At some point in Canada, after 1921, he marries Gladys C Cartlidge the daughter of Frank Edwin Cartlidge and Mary Jane Taylor. We know this as first we find that in the 1921 Canadian Census Gladys still shows as single, we also know that in 1928 when Maurice T Walsh died in Moosejaw it was at the home of his father in law Frank Cartlidge. Sometime after Maurice’s death we know Gladys moved to the USA where according to the US 1940 census she moved in with her sister and her husband John R Jones and and died in Connecticut in 1994 aged 92.
Her job in the Canadian and US census was a stenographer. Despite being a widow in 1928 aged just 26 she died as widow to Maurice. Despite extensive research I have been unable to locate marriage details between Maurice and Gladys.
Buried 14th November 1928.
CANADIAN OBITUARIES TYPED VERBATIM
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Obituary 1 (click to see copy of the original transcript)
MILITARY HONORS ARE ACCORDED TO VETERAN OF WAR.
LATE THOS. WALSH HONORED BY VETERANS AT BURIAL ON SATURDAY MORNING
Full military honors were accorded the late Thomas Walsh, a member of the Princess Pats Light Infantry, on Saturday morning when the funeral service took place from St. Joseph Roman Catholic church at 9 o’clock. Rev. Fr. Hill, C.S.S.R., conducted the services.
A military funeral took place from the church to the Moosejaw cemetery, where interment took place in the soldiers plot. A great number of friends and relatives were present at the service, and the casket was covered with a large number of floral tributes. The pallbearers were a number of old time friends of the late Mr. Walsh.
The late Mr. Walsh was born in Kent, England and came to Canada 19 years ago at which time he took up residence in this city. He was a member of the original Princess Pats and served with them during the four years of war.
At one time the deceased had been employed by Brown’s taxi company as a chauffeur, but had left their employment to go to California, where he resided for a time. Three weeks ago he returned to the city and a few days ago developed a cold which later turned into pneumonia.
To survive him he leaves his widow who resides at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Cartlidge Grandview Avenue two brothers C. P. Walsh of this city and Gerald Walsh of Hampshire, England and two sisters Mrs Webb and Mrs. T. Bostridge both of London, England.
Broadfoot Bros were in charge of funeral arrangements.
Obituary 2 (click to see copy of the original transcript)
Veteran of Great War, Thos. Walsh Died Wednesday
Thomas Walsh a well known resident of this city passed away late Wednesday night at the home of his father-in-law Frank Cartlidge 152, Grandview avenue south after only a brief illness caused from pneumonia.
The late Mr. Walsh was one of the members of the original Princess Pats.
He left with the Frontiersmen on August 14th 1914 serving with them right through the war. He was formerly a chauffeur with Brown’s Taxi of this city but had left their employment to go to California to reside where he had been up till three weeks ago when he returned to this city.
A few days ago the deceased had contracted a severe cold which later developed into pneumonia. To mourn his loss he leaves his wife and two brothers. The brothers are C. P. Walsh of this city and a brother Jerry who at one time was a member of the local postal staff but who now resides in England. Another brother John (William) predeceased him during the was being killed in the battle of Ypres where many Canadians fell.
It is expected all members of the Princess Pats will attend the funeral.