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Walter Ainslie Thorburn

Born Greenock Nov 30 1876. Enlisted Mar 23 1916 in Grand Forks BC. Son of Walter and Jane Thorburn; husband of E. Winifred Thorburn, of Kettle Valley, British Columbia. Native of Greenock, Scotland. SON OF WALTER AND JANE THORBURN; HUSBAND OF E. WINIFRED THORBURN, OF KETTLE VALLEY, BRITISH COLUMBIA. NATIVE OF GREENOCK, SCOTLAND. Had been secretary of the West of Scotland Boat Club and had played for the Wanderers.

WALTER AINSLIE THORBURN 1874-1917 Walter was born on the 30th November 1874 in Greenock. A son to Mr & Mrs Walter Thorburn born at Roseneath House, Greenock on 30th November 1874. (Greenock Advertiser 1.12.1874) The family were involved in the St Johns, Newfoundland Trade as well as whisky and sugar in Greenock. Walter went to Canada where he became a rancher in the Kettle Valley, British Columbia. He met and married Ethel Winifred Gane on the 31st January 1916 at Rock Creek, British Columbia, Canada. Ethel was born in January 1876, Fordingbridge, Hampshire, the daughter of Richard Gane (b.1839, Newington, London), a Manager of Wilts and Dorset Bank, and his wife, Mary (b.1847, Fordingbridge, Hampshire). Ethel had gone to the USA to visit her older sister Maude. They were not married long before Walter enlisted as a Private, 931372, in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. He was killed in action on the 2nd June 1917 whilst defending the capture of Vimy Ridge at Thelus. Ethel never remarried and went to live in the USA near her sister, before eventually retuning to her birth county of Hampshire, England. She died in Bournemouth in July 1957

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