Guy Johnson and Florence Marian Andrade

Guy Johnson

Guy Johnson, c1904

Florence Marian Andrade

Florence Marian Andrade, c1904

Guy Johnson was born 5 November 1877 in Henley on Thames, Oxfordshire. He served in the Boer War and following his discharge he continued to live in South Africa. It was there that he met Florence Marian Andrade who was born 2 January 1880 in Eastney, Hampshire. They married and returned to Harpsden, Oxfordshire, England where Guy worked as a Boat Manager. Their first child, Marjorie Andrade was born 2 January 1904.

In 1907 they immigrated to Canada and Guy tried his hand at farming in Shoal Lake Manitoba. Twin boys, Frederick Hamilton and Harold were born 8 September 1907 but Harold died 5 months later.

The family then moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where a son, Geoffrey Richard, was born 24 January 1911. They then moved to Oxbow, Saskatchewan where Guy worked in a retail store. Their fifth child, Eric Guy, was born 14 July 1913 in Oxbow.

With the outbreak of WWI, Guy returned to England as part of the Canadian Expeditionary Force. The family was in England from October 1916 to August 1917. On their return to Canada, they settled in Regina, Saskatchewan where their last child, Douglas Brian, was born 17 February 1918. The stay in Regina was short and Guy again tried farming at Handsworth, Saskatchewan. However, he wasn't cut out to be a farmer and after a few years they returned to Regina where Guy found employment with the Provincial Government.

On Guy's retirement, Guy and Florence moved to Victoria, British Columbia where Guy died 31 July 1942. Florence returned to Regina and later moved to Yorkton, Saskatchewan where she met and married John (Jack) Edlin. Florence died in Yorkton 10 August 1967.

Norman Alexander Hall and Gertrude Garnett

Norman Alexander Hall

Norman Alexander Hall, c1913

Gertrude Garnett

Gertrude Garnett, c1913

Norman Alexander Hall was born 14 October 1886 in Stockport, Lancashire although his family has deep roots in Staffordshire, principally the Leek and Ipstones area. He trained as an electrical engineer at General Electric Co.

Gertrude Garnett was born 12 April 1888 in Ulverston, Lancashire. She trained as a confectionist.

Norman and Gertrude became engaged but marriage had to wait. Norman immigrated to Canada with his family in 1910 and Gertrude followed with her family in 1913. A month after Gertrude arrived, they were married in Regina, Saskatchewan.

Their first child, Beatrice Elizabeth (Bea), was born 15 May 1914. Norman's work as an electrician took the family to North Battleford, Saskatchewan where their other two daughters were born - Katherine Patricia (Kay) on 8 December 1915 and Nora Garnett on 18 March 1920.

After stops in Prince Albert and Weyburn, Saskatchewan, the family returned to Regina where Norman worked as an electrical contractor and later as an electrical inspector.

Gertrude died 12 August 1974 in Regina and Norman on 1 October 1982.