Walkem, George Alexander (1872-1946)

George Alexander Walkem - Vancouver City Archives - Port P1078: http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/george-walkem;rad

George Alexander Walkem – Vancouver City Archives – Port P1078: http://searcharchives.vancouver.ca/george-walkem;rad.

George Alexander Walkem was a prominent businessman and politician. He lived at 2056 Beach Avenue in 1903; 2054 Comox Street from 1904 to 1907, 2044 Comox Street from 1908 to 1910, and 1000 Gilford Street in 1914.

His brother was Richard Knox Walkem (1880-1962), who lived at 2044 Comox Street in 1907.

 

Family Background

George Alexander Walkem was born on July 8, 1872, in Kingston, Ontario. His parents were Richard Thomas Walkem (1840-1906) and Emily Ann Henderson (1847-1917).

Richard Thomas Walkem was a prominent lawyer. His brother was George Anthony Walkem (1834-1908), who was the premier of British Columbia and a judge on the Supreme Court of British Columbia.

 

Education

After his early schooling, George was an apprentice with the Kingston Foundry and Locomotive Works from 1887 to 1891.

He went to McGill University in Montreal, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering in 1896.

 

To Vancouver

George arrived in Vancouver about 1898.

He became a track superintendent for the British Columbia Electric Railway.

In 1901, he became the manager of the Vancouver Engineering Works.

By 1907, he had established George A. Walkem and Co., Engineers and Contractors.

George A. Walkem & Co. advertisement - Henderson's City of Vancouver Directory - 1907 - page 81

George A. Walkem & Co. advertisement – Henderson’s City of Vancouver Directory – 1907 – page 81.

 

A Legal Issue

In 1908, George became involved in a complex legal issue, relating to charges that he had induced a woman to consent to an operation that would remedy a “certain condition.” The case attracted front-page interest in Vancouver, and it involved three separate trials and multiple appeals.

 

Marriage to Mary Byrn (née Collins)

On May 26, 1909, in Vancouver, George married Mary Byrn, who was the widow of James Stanhope Byrn (1876-1905).

Mary was born in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba, on March 17, 1878. Her parents were Thomas Collins (1844-1898) and Margaret Cameron (1834-1910). Thomas Collins was the first mayor of Portage la Prairie in Manitoba. He later worked for the Victoria Times newspaper.

Mary Collins’s first marriage was to James Byrn, in Victoria, British Columbia, on November 25, 1897. James was born in Victoria on March 3, 1876; he became a clerk in the provincial land registry office. James and Mary had two sons and one daughter. James died in Victoria on January 5, 1905.

 

Business and Family Life in Vancouver

In 1911, George became president of the Gulf of Georgia Towing Company, a role which he held until 1945. He also formed Vancouver Iron Works Ltd. in 1926 and West Coast Shipbuilders Ltd. in 1942.

In 1914, the Walkem family was living at 1000 Gilford Street. By about 1915, they had moved to their new house at 3990 Marguerite Street in Shaughnessy Heights. The architect was Robert Mackay Fripp.

 

War Service and Politics

During the First World War, George joined the Royal Engineers. He worked on the Kantara Military Railway in the Middle East.

After George returned from the war, he entered politics. He became a councillor for the municipality of Point Grey in 1921; he was the reeve of Point Grey in 1923 and 1924. He was a Conservative member of the British Columbia Legislature for Point Grey from 1924 to 1928, and for Vancouver from 1928 to 1932.

 

Later Life

The family stayed in the Marguerite Street house until 1925, when they sold it to Albert Henry Grant (1868-1955). The Walkems built a new house at 5575 Sperling Avenue (called Wiltshire Street since 1950).

George died in Vancouver on December 13, 1946. Following a ceremony on the tugboat George A. Walkem, his ashes were scattered on English Bay.

In October 1947, Mary Walkem was travelling with several other people on the MV Gulf Stream, when it crashed into Dinner Island [now called “Dinner Rock”], eight miles northwest of Powell River, British Columbia. Two women and three children were drowned. Mrs. Walkem was injured, but she survived the incident.

Mary lived in Vancouver until she died on September 3, 1953.

 

George and Mary had five children.

 

Richard Walkem

Richard Walkem was born in Vancouver on February 23, 1910. He served in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War. On March 2, 1940, in Edmonton, Alberta, he married Charlotte Louise Christmas. She was born in Montreal, Quebec on May 3, 1911. Her parents were William Cecil Christmas (1879-1941) and Ellen Harriet Turk.

Richard later became a machinery dealer. He died in Vancouver on May 22, 1985.

Charlotte died in Vancouver on April 29, 1981.

 

Mary Ann Walkem

Mary Ann was born in Vancouver on June 18, 1911. On July 15, 1931, in Vancouver, she married John Gabriel Baxter, who was an accountant. He was born on January 10, 1904, in Lochwinnoch, Renfrewshire, Scotland. His parents were William Aitkenhead Baxter (1869-1951) and Jane Fulton Lindsay (1874-1968).

John died on January 20, 1977.

Mary Ann died in Vancouver on December 31, 1991.

 

Jean Alexandra Walkem

Jean was born on February 19, 1913, in Vancouver.

On June 7, 1937, she married Harry Alder. He was born on December 16, 1905, in Scotland (some sources say Northumberland, England); his parents were Harry Alder and Amy Mary Lovell.

Harry served with the Canadian Forces during the Second World War. He later became a real estate salesman.

Harry died on July 30, 1986, in White Rock, British Columbia.

Jean died on December 30, 2006, in Aldergrove, British Columbia.

 

Albert Drury Walkem

Albert was born in Vancouver on February 1, 1914.

He served in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War, and later became a master mariner.

He married Patricia Vaughan Webber. She was born on December 13, 1917, in Hammond, British Columbia. Her parents were William Webber (1889-1949) and Gertrude Patricia McGarrity (1891-1964).

Albert and Patricia later divorced.

Patricia died in Burnaby, British Columbia, on March 4, 1965.

Albert died in North Vancouver, British Columbia on August 19, 1983.

 

George Rodney Alexander Walkem

George was born in Vancouver on March 17, 1917.

He joined the Royal Canadian Air Force during the Second World War and he became a sergeant.

On July 6, 1942, in Calgary, Alberta, he married Lolita Cecilia Cockfield.

In January 1943, George and Mary Walkem had a family dinner for Sergeant Walkem, who was leaving for eastern Canada on his way to Europe. While on an air operation, he went missing, and he was presumed to have died on October 24, 1943.

 

Step-Children

George Alexander Walker was a step-father to three children from Mary Collins’s first marriage to James Stanhope Byrn.

 

Thomas Stavert Byrn

Thomas was born on June 6, 1899, in Victoria, British Columbia.

He went to Corrig College, which was a private school in Victoria. He later went to University School in Victoria and the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.

He served with the Royal Flying Corps and the Royal Air Force from 1916 to 1918.

In 1922, he married Ethel Muriel Cresswell. She was born on December 11, 1896, in Toronto, Ontario. Her parents were Richard Watt Cresswell and Jean Carpenter.

Thomas was a member of the Vancouver Club and the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club. He belonged to the Alpha Delta Phi society and the Air Force Officers Association.

Ethel died in Vancouver on February 10, 1957.

Thomas died in Vancouver on May 18, 1980.

 

James Charles Byrn

James Charles Byrn (Charlie)was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on June 6, 1901.

He served in the Canadian Forces during the Second World War. After the war, he was a consulting engineer.

He married Alice Jane Channer, who was born on July 30, 1902, in Michigan State, U.S.A. She died in West Vancouver on May 7, 1958.

On December 28, 1959, Charlie married Peggy Coughlin.

By 1964, Charlie was married to Elizabeth Esther Byrne (née Newton). She died in West Vancouver, British Columbia on June 11, 1964.

Charlie was married once more, to Dorothy Agnes Hardin.

Charlie died in North Vancouver, British Columbia, on June 27, 1966.

Dorothy died in West Vancouver on January 22, 1988.

 

Margaret Louise Byrn

Margaret was born in Victoria, British Columbia, on May 16, 1903.

On December 5, 1925, in Vancouver, she married Raymond John Bicknell. Raymond was born in Vancouver. His parents were Percy George Bicknell and Rose Harriett Mann.

Raymond died in Vancouver on September 16, 1985.

Margaret died in Vancouver on December 7, 1991.

 

Sources

Richard Thomas Walkem (father of George Alexander Walkem)

Richard Thomas Walkem, A Cyclopaedia of Candian Biography, ed. George Maclean Rose, Toronto, Rose Publishing Col, 1886, page 676, http://archive.org/stream/acyclopediacana00rosegoog#page/n689/mode/1up

Career of the late Richard Thomas Walkem; The Lisburn Standard, Saturday, April 28th 1906; http://ied.dippam.ac.uk/records/23493.

 

George Alexander Walkem

George Alexander Walkem, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Alexander_Walkem
George Alexander Walkem, Who’s Who in Canada, 1928-1929, page 342 (includes photograph).

George Alexander Walkem, Biographical Dictionary of Canadian Engineers, David Slichter, http://history.uwo.ca/cdneng/walkem.html

George Alexander Walkem, http://www.vancouverhistory.ca/whoswho_W.htm

“Memo of Conversation with Colonel George E. Walkem . . .,” Major James Skitt Matthews, Early Vancouver, Vol. 6 (Vancouver: City of Vancouver, 2011), 163, http://archive.org/stream/EarlyVancouverVolume6/MatthewsEarlyVancouverVol6_FullVersionPDF-A#page/n163/mode/1up/search/sperling

Elizabeth Walker, Street Names of Vancouver, Vancouver: Vancouver Historical Society, 1999, pages 131-132. “Wiltshire Street: Named arbitrarily after Wiltshire, England, in 1950, By-law 3199, which renamed Sperling Street to remove duplication with Sperling Avenue in Burnaby.”

“Ontario Births, 1869-1912,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FM3F-SCM : accessed 11 Aug 2013), George Alexander Walkem, 1872.

“Canada Census, 1901,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KHVN-P58 : accessed 11 Aug 2013), George Walkem, 1901.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD8F-KFX : accessed 11 Aug 2013), George Alexander Walkens and Mary Byon, 1909.

1911 Census of Canada, British Columbia / Vancouver / 41 Vancouver City / page 1, http://automatedgenealogy.com/census11/View.jsp?id=62541&highlight=6&desc=1911+Census+of+Canada+page+containing+George+A.+Walkem

Supplement to the London Gazette, August 5, 1916, page 7747, http://www.london-gazette.co.uk/issues/29696/supplements/7747/page.pdf: “George Alexander Walkem to be temp. 2nd Lt. (on prob.). 24th July 1916.

2/Lieutenant George Alexander Walkem, Royal Engineers, http://discovery.nationalarchives.gov.uk/SearchUI/details/C1120378?descriptiontype=Full&ref=WO+339/66542

“Walkem Residence Sold for $25,000: Former Reeve and Member of Legislature Will Build Again,” Vancouver Province, May 6, 1925, page 16: “Point Grey, May 6. – Through Municipal Hall circles it has become known that Mr. George A. Walkem, M.L.A., former reeve of this municipality, has sold his residence, 3990 Marguerite avenue, Old Shaughnessy, to Mr. A.H. Grant, the sale price being $25,000. It is understood that Mr. Walkem intends to move into the West Point Grey district.”

Wrigley’s British Columbia Directory, 1926, page 920: “Grant, Albt H pres Can Exp & Imp h 3990 Marguerite.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLR5-CF3 : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Albert Henry Grant, 1955. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1955-09-005993, Albert Henry Grant.

Heritage Vancouver’s letter urges preservation of 3990 Marguerite Street: http://heritagevancouver.org/pdf_letters/HVS-letter-3990-Marguerite-2013-02-21.pdf

“The Sperling Avenue Residence of Major and Mrs. George Walkem,” Vancouver Sun, July 11, 1931, page 16, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=riY_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=XE8MAAAAIBAJ&dq=walkem%20vancouver&pg=5288%2C3577008

“Walkem Out of Politics; Dick May Go,” Vancouver Sun, April 16, 1932, page 1, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=7y5lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=0IgNAAAAIBAJ&dq=walkem%20vancouver&pg=2742%2C1666559

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKR-8FM : accessed 11 Aug 2013), George Alexander Walkem, 1946. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1946-09-013292, George A. Walkem.

“Col. G.A. Walkem Dead Here at 74,” Vancouver Sun, December 13, 1946, page 32 (includes photograph).

G.A. Walkem, City Pioneer, Claimed by Death at 76,” Vancouver Province, December 13, 1946, page 5.

George Alexander Walkem, death notice, Vancouver Sun, December 14, 1946, page 19; Vancouver Province, December 14, 1946, page 21.

“Eight Bells Mark Sea Burial Here,” Vancouver Sun, December 18, 1946, page 14 (includes photograph of ceremony on the tugboat George Walkem.)

“Death Takes Col. Walkem,” Windsor Daily Star, December 14, 1946, page 4, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=riY_AAAAIBAJ&sjid=XE8MAAAAIBAJ&dq=walkem%20vancouver&pg=5288%2C3577008.

 

The Legal Case

The case involved accusations by Miss Blanche Bond that she had been induced to have an abortion. Miss Bond was been born in South Africa, where her father was a major of Light Artillery in the British Army; later he moved to be in charge of the arsenal in Hong Kong. Blanche arrived in Vancouver about 1904; she met George at the house of a mutual friend in July 1906, and they had a relationship that led to her “condition.” The prosecution alleged that George had procured various methods of causing a miscarriage, including counseling an abortion, and supplying ergot pills.

The first trial in May 1908 was full of melodrama. Blanche had a tendency to faint at various times; Blanche’s brother, Richard, got into a fight with George just outside the courtroom. The trial ended in a conviction, but the BC Supreme Court ordered a new trial; the BC Court of Appeal and the Judicial Committee of the Privy Council affirmed the decision to have a new trial.

The second trial began in September 1908. Just after the prosecution and the defence had put in all of their evidence, the judge, George Filmore Cane, died of apparent heart failure.

A new judge arrived, and the third trial started in early October 1908. Two days later, the judge convicted George of supplying the ergot pills and sentenced him to nine months in the common jail at New Westminster, “without hard labour.” According to the Vancouver Province, George was unlikely to appeal. No further information on this case seems to be available in the newspapers.

“Blanche Bond Fainted When Walkem Case Opened,” Vancouver Province, May 2, 1908, page 1.

“Walkem’s Face Was Marked in Fight To-Day,” Vancouver Province, May 5, 1908, page 1.

“Seattle Physician is Grilled in the Walkem Case,” Vancouver Province, May 6, 1908, page 1.

“Crown’s Evidence in Walkem Case is Finished,” Vancouver Province, May 6, 1908, page 5.

“Powerful Address of M’Clean in the Walkem Case,” Vancouver Province, May 7, 1908, pages 1, 5.

“Walkem Testified on His Own Behalf Yesterday,” Vancouver Province, May 7, 1908, page 12.

“George A. Walkem was Found Guilty by His Honor Judge Cane in Court this Forenoon,” Vancouver Province, May 8, 1908, page 1.

“Walkem Found Guilty on Both Charges To-day,” Vancouver Province, May 8, 1908, page 1.

R. v. Walkem (1908), 8 Western Law Reporter 857 (B.C. Supreme Court, Full Court), page 857; R. v. George A. Walkem, (1908) Canadian Reports, Appeal Cases, page 197 (new trial ordered).

“Blanche Bond Will be on Hand at Trial of Walkem,” Vancouver Province, September 19, 1908, page 1.

R. v. Walkem, Times (London), July 28, 1908, page 3.

“Blanche Bond Appears to Testify Against Walkem,” Vancouver Province, September 22, 1908, page 1.

“Miss Bond’s Story of How Confession was Secured,” Vancouver Province, September 23, 1908, page 1.

“Cannot Construe Full Court Judgment in Walkem Case,” Vancouver Province, September 23, 1908, page 1.

Technical Testimony at Walkem Trial Yesterday,” Vancouver Province, September 24, 1908, page 5.

“A ‘Confession’ and the Sequel,” Toronto Globe, October 3, 1908, page 3.

“His Honor Judge Cane Died Suddenly To-day,” Vancouver Province, September 26, 1908, page 1.

“Third Hearing for Walkem Next Week,” Vancouver Province, September 26, 1908.

“Funeral of the Late Judge Cane,” Vancouver Province, September 28, 1908, page 1.

“Walkem Faces His Third Trial,” Vancouver Province, October 7, 1908.

“Close of Crown’s Case in the Walkem Trial,” Vancouver Province, October 8, 1908, page 1.

“Walkem Sentenced to Nine Months in Jail: Apparently No Intention to Appeal from Judge Lampman’s Decision,” Vancouver Province, October 9, 1908, pages 1, 3.

References to the Walkem case still appear in more modern court decisions, including: Libman v. The Queen, [1985] 2 SCR 178, http://www.canlii.org/en/ca/scc/doc/1985/1985canlii51/1985canlii51.html; http://scc.lexum.org/decisia-scc-csc/scc-csc/scc-csc/en/item/79/index.do?r=AAAAAQAGbGlibWFuAAAAAAAAAQ.

 

Thomas Collins (father of Mary Collins)

Memorable Manitobans: Thomas Collins (1846-1898), http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/people/collins_t.shtml.

Thomas Collins, born September quarter, 1844, East Stonehouse District, Volume 9, page 339, http://freebmd.rootsweb.com/cgi/districts.pl?r=8143512&d=bmd_1375741217

Proceedings of the Grand Lodge of Manitoba, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, Freemasons. Grand Lodge of Manitoba, 1885, Page 63, http://books.google.ca/books?id=BF5HAAAAYAAJ&pg=PA63&lpg=PA63&dq=%22thomas+collins%22+portage+la+prairie&source=bl&ots=uXfTDrmVS_&sig=XuW6vQEDuv_WlwG0hyHYNDAKvxc&hl=en&sa=X&ei=ggsMUs3PKcfuyAG984HwDg&ved=0CEkQ6AEwBg#v=onepage&q&f=false

“Canada Census, 1891,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/MWKQ-9V9 : accessed 14 Aug 2013), Thos Collins, Victoria City James Bay Ward, Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.

Portage la Prairie, From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Portage_la_Prairie
Manitoba Municipalities: Portage la Prairie (City), http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/municipalities/portagelaprairie.shtml

Victoria City Archives: Ross Bay Cemetery, http://web.victoria.ca/archives/rosssearch.asp:

Last Name First Name Age Date Died Country Born City Born City Died Blk Plot
Collins Thomas 53 y 1898.01.28 Stonehouse, Plymouth Victoria, BC H 76 E 23

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKQ-3Y8 : accessed 14 Aug 2013), Thomas Collins, 1898.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKQ-3YD : accessed 14 Aug 2013), Thomas Collins, 1898. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1898-09-011213, Thomas Collins.

 

Margaret Cameron (mother of Mary Collins)

Biography of Margaret Cameron (1834-1910), http://www.cameronville.com/crofts/tom-kari/cameron/cousins/bio-mc.html

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL27-K3N : accessed 14 Aug 2013), Margaret Collins, 1910. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1910-09-023481, Margaret Collins.

Victoria City Archives: Ross Bay Cemetery

Last Name First Name Age Date Died Country Born City Born City Died Blk Plot
Collins Margaret 69 y 1910.08.28 Victoria, BC H 77 E 23

Victoria City Archives: Deaths

Last Name First Name Date of Death Age Place Reference
Collins Margaret Allen (Mrs. Thos.) 1910.08.28 69 Victoria, BC Tim 1910.08.29,02 – 30,05

Obituary Notice, Mrs. Margaret Collins, Victoria Times, August 29, 1910, page 2.

Funeral description, Mrs. Margaret Allen Collins, Victoria Times, August 30, 1910, page 5.

 

Mary Collins (wife of George Alexander Walkem)

Woodside / Second Crossing Monument (RM of Westbourne): http://www.mhs.mb.ca/docs/sites/woodside.shtml

“Authorities Probe Wreck; Five Lost: Coast Vessel Runs Up on Rock; Rescuers Win High Praise,” Vancouver Province, October 14, 1947, page 1.

“‘Capt. Petersen Saved My Life’ – Mrs. Walkem,” Vancouver Province, October 14, 1947, page 1.

“Wreck Survivors Tell How Wife, Baby Lost,” Vancouver Province, October 14, 1947, page 19 (includes photographs of MV Gulf Stream after the vessel struck Dinner Rock.)

“Packer Spotted SOS by Chance,” Vancouver Province, October 14, 1947, page 19.

Dinner Rock, BC Geographical Names, 49°57’00”N, 124°43’00”W, Off SW side of Malaspina Peninsula E of Savary Island, NW of Powell River (city), New Westminster Land District, http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/bcgnws/names/17358.html

Dinner Rock, Panoramio, http://www.panoramio.com/photo/23083690.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL5S-L8W : accessed 11 Aug 2013), Mary Walkem, 1953. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1953-09-008590, Mary Walkem.

“Mrs. George Walkem Funeral on Saturday,” Vancouver Province, September 4, 1953, page 10. (includes photograph).

Mrs. Walkem Funeral Rites on Saturday,” Vancouver Sun, September 4, 1953, page 2. (includes photograph).

Mary Walkem, death notice, Vancouver Sun, September 4, 1953, page 31.

 

Richard Walkem

“Wed in Edmonton,” Vancouver Sun, March 8, 1940, page 6: “Mrs. Richard Walkem, who was married to Lieut. Walkem, 111th Field Batter, son of Col. And Mrs. George A. Walkem of Vancouver, last Saturday in Edmonton. Mrs. Walkem is the former Charlotte Louise Christmas of Westmount, P.Q., daughter of Mr. William C. Christmas and the late Mrs. Christmas. They are residing at the Corona Hotel in Edmonton,” (includes photograph): http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=3jNlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=PokNAAAAIBAJ&dq=walkem%20vancouver&pg=3430%2C1160709

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLKT-VDD : accessed 11 Aug 2013), George Alexander Walkem in entry for Richard Walkem, 1985. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1985-09-009960, Richard Walkem.

“Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KZ1S-JJP : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Willie C Christmas and Ellen Harriet Turk.

Thomas James CHRISTMAS, b.15 Nov 1831 UK. immigrated to Canada 1841 d.11 Jan 1919, http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~qcmtl-w/queries.htm

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1P-CQS : accessed 11 Aug 2013), Charlotte Louise Walkem, 1981. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1981-09-007398, Charlotte Louise Walkem.

 

Mary Ann Walkem

“Details of Miss Walkem’s Wedding Announced,” Vancouver Sun, June 24, 1931, page 10, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=BS5lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yogNAAAAIBAJ&dq=baxter%20walkem&pg=2947%2C2896552.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDDS-XYY : accessed 16 Aug 2013), John Gabriel Baxter and Mary Ann Walkem, 1931.

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1931-09-386705, John Gabriel Baxter and Mary Ann Walkem, http://search-collections.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca/Genealogy/DisplayGenealogyImage?k=c0b9d927-0a8e-4ff8-a65e-1f0e9c7fade6

“Mrs. John Baxter is Sunday Hostess,” Vancouver Sun, October 5, 1931, page 8, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=2i1lAAAAIBAJ&sjid=yYgNAAAAIBAJ&dq=baxter%20walkem&pg=3536%2C562718.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1Q-BPS : accessed 11 Aug 2013), John Gabriel Baxter, 1977. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1977-09-001653, John Gabriel Baxter.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1991-09-023868, Mary Ann Baxter.

“Scotland, Births and Baptisms, 1564-1950,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FQT2-3GD : accessed 16 Aug 2013), William Aitkenhead Baxter, 12 Jul 1870.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLP4-LJS : accessed 16 Aug 2013), William Aitkenhead Baxter, 1951. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1951-09-006505, William Aitkenhead Baxter.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLY6-851 : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Jane Fulton Baxter, 1968. British Columbia Death Registrations , Registration Number: 1968-09-003712, Jane Fulton Baxter.

 

Jean Alexandra Walkem

British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1937-09-447131, Harry Alder and Jean Alexandra Walkem.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLGC-J28 : accessed 15 Aug 2013), Harry Alder, 1986. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1986-09-012513, Harry Alder.

Jean Alexandra Alder [née Walkem], Vancouver Sun and Vancouver Province, January 3, 2007, http://archiver.rootsweb.ancestry.com/th/read/CAN-BC-OBITS/2007-01/1167907015.

 

Albert Drury Walkem

“Washington, Seattle, Passenger Lists, 1890-1957,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/KDZ6-89R : accessed 11 Aug 2013), Albert Walkem, 1936. Image: https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1951-22076-27821-59?cc=1916081&wc=M9MJ-BFM:n658917908

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1B-8JK : accessed 11 Aug 2013), George Walkem in entry for Albert Drury Walkem, 1983. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1983-09-013356, Albert Drury Walkem.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTG-CVB : accessed 11 Aug 2013), Albert Drury Walkem in entry for Patricia Vaughan Walkem, 1965. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1965-09-003961, Patricia Vaughan Walkem.

 

George Rodney Alexander Walkem

Vancouver Sun – Jul 3, 1942, page 10: “Miss Lolita Cockfield who leaves Saturday evening for Calgary where her wedding to George Walkem, RCAF, takes place Monday [July 6, 1942], has been much feted prior to her departure. . . .”

“United States Border Crossings from Canada to United States, 1895-1956,” index, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/XPXC-JNL : accessed 15 Aug 2013), Lolita Cecilia Walken, 1942.

“Mrs. Geo. Walkem to See Soldier Son At Medicine Hat,” Vancouver Sun, January 12, 1943, page 6: “Col. And Mrs. George Walkem entertained recently at a family dinner for their son, Sgt. George Walkem, RCAF, who will leave Wednesday for the east after a brief home leave. Mrs. J.G. Baxter has also entertained for her brother, as have Mrs. Raymond Bicknell and Mrs. Stafford Byrn. When Sgt. Walkem leaves for the east on Wednesday he will be accompanied by his mother, who will stop over in Medicine Hat to visit another son, Major J.C. Byrn, who was stationed there on his return from England. Other sons of Col. And Mrs. Walkem in active services are Major Richard Walkem, who has been overseas for hte past three years, and Capt. A.D. Walkem, RCE. A grandson, J.F. Byrn, whose father, Mr. Stafford Byrn, served in the last war, is with the RCAF, as a son-in-law of Col. And Mrs. Walkem, Mr. Harry Alder. Another son-in-law, Mr. Ray Bicknell, is with the Irish Fusiliers.”

Second World War Service Files: Canadian Armed Forces War Dead: George Rodney Alexander Walkem, Service Number: R146393; Date of Birth: 17 May 1917; Date of Death: 20 Oct 1943; http://www.collectionscanada.gc.ca/databases/war-dead/001056-119.01-e.php?&id_nbr=36765&interval=20&&PHPSESSID=tengiljuhreg4h1jivl88voet5.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLYD-LNB : accessed 11 Aug 2013), George Alexander Walkem in entry for George Rodney Alexander Walkem, 1943. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1943-09-703788.

George Rodney Alexander Walkem, Flight Sergeant, died October 20, 1943, age 26, Service No. R/146393, Berlin and 1939-1945 War Cemetery, Grave Reference: Coll. grave 8. C. 6-9; http://www.cwgc.org/find-war-dead/casualty/2761322/WALKEM,%20GEORGE%20RODNEY%20ALEXANDER.

 

Thomas Stavert Byrn

Thomas Stavert Byrn, Who’s Who in Canada, 1947-1948, page 136 (includes photograph).

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JDZ1-LWR : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Thomas Stavert Byrn and Ethel Muriel Cresswell, 1922. British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1922-09-245665, Thomas Stavert Byn and Ethel Muriel Cresswell.

Vancouver Sun – Oct 22, 1922, page 9, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=GiplAAAAIBAJ&sjid=oYgNAAAAIBAJ&dq=byrn%20vancouver&pg=1701%2C5245752: “Mrs. T. Stavert Byrn, a former Toronto girl, and a bride of six months. She is the daughter-in-law of Mrs. George Walkem, Marguerite avenue. Both Mr. and Mrs. Byrn are well-known in the younger set.” (includes photograph)

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL1C-N1C : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Thomas Stavert Byrn, 1980. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1980-09-008039, Thomas Stavert Byrn.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL57-8QQ : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Ethel Muriel Byrn, 1957. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1957-09-002289, Ethel Muriel Byrn.

Ethel Muriel Byrn, death notice, Vancouver Sun, February 11, 1957, page 26.

 

James Charles Byrn

British Columbia Birth Registration, Registration Number: 1901-09-012717, James Charles Byrn, born June 2, 1901, Victoria.

Vancouver Sun – Aug 13, 1920, page 8, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=cyRlAAAAIBAJ&sjid=fIgNAAAAIBAJ&dq=byrn%20vancouver&pg=1554%2C4502510 (fourth item in this column.): “Major and Mrs. George Walkem are leaving on Saturday for Banff, where Major Walkem will read a paper on engineering at the Civil Engineers’ convention. Mr. Charlie Byrn will accompany them, and after spending a few days there will go to Kingston, where he attends the Royal Military college.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FL51-KRM : accessed 16 Aug 2013), James Charles Byrn in entry for Alice Jane Byrn, 1958. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1958-09-005523, Alice Jane Byrn.

“Newlyweds Sail in Arcadia,” Vancouver Sun – Dec 29, 1959, page 22, http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=ZEllAAAAIBAJ&sjid=5okNAAAAIBAJ&dq=bicknell%20byrn&pg=2938%2C5564172: “Of interest to their many friends is the wedding of Peggy Coughlin and J. Charles Byrn, which took place quietly Monday morning. Rev. J. R. Reitter officiated at the ceremony in the Church of Sts. Peter and Paul. Mrs. J.R. Chalmers and T. Stavert Byrn, the groom’s brother, attended the couple. After a reception at the home of the groom’s brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. Ray J. Bicknell, the couple sailed for Honolulu in the Arcadia. They will return in the Oronsay and will be in residence at 2296 West Fortieth.”

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTK-ZZ9 : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Elizabeth Esther Byrn, 1964. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1964-09-007912, Elizabeth Esther Byrn.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLTY-YMH : accessed 16 Aug 2013), James Charles Byrn, 1966. British Columbia Death Registration, Registration Number: 1966-09-009079, James Charles Byrn.

British Columbia Death Registration, Registration Number: 1988-09-001165, Dorothy Agnes Byrn.

 

Margaret Louise Byrn

British Columbia Birth Registrations, Registration Number: 1903-09-013193, Margaret Louise Byrn.

“British Columbia Marriage Registrations, 1859-1932,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/JD85-5Y3 : accessed 12 Aug 2013), Raymond John Bicknell and Margaret Stanhope Byrn, 1925. British Columbia Marriage Registrations, Registration Number: 1925-09-285749, Raymond John Bicknell and Margaret Stanhope Byrn.

“British Columbia Death Registrations, 1872-1986,” index and images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.1.1/FLL8-R3B : accessed 16 Aug 2013), Margaret Louise Stanhope Byrn in entry for Raymond John Bicknell, 1985. British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1985-09-015516, Raymond John Bicknell.

British Columbia Death Registrations, Registration Number: 1991-09-012589, Margaret Louise Stanhope Bicknell.

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