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Elizabeth Eldridge Port Elgin Ontario b.1914

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Gordon Report 1 Jan 2013 20:27

I am trying to find info about my relative above


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 20:29

Hello Gordon, you must already know something if you know she's your relative!

What's her relationship to you - do you know her parents, spouse, children?

What sort of info are you hoping to find?

We need all of the info you have.


Gordon Report 1 Jan 2013 20:35

She was the daughter of Samuel George Eldridge and Clara Wells Eldridge, one of
seven children. She would be my great aunt. Samuel was killed in the war in France in 1917.


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 20:35

There's this passenger list:

Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865-1935

Name: Elizabeth Eldridge
Gender: Female
Age: 6
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1914
Birth Country: Canada
Date of Arrival: 28 Mar 1920
Vessel: Melita
Port of Arrival: St John, New Brunswick
Port of Departure: London, England
Roll: T-14840

Travelling with Clara (41, born England) Florence (15, born England) and Samuel (8)


Gordon Report 1 Jan 2013 20:37

I have that passenger list from 1920 but nothing else after that date


MarieCeleste Report 1 Jan 2013 20:42

That's the problem Gordon. Canadian privacy laws are much stricter than ours so there are no recent vital records available on-line. Births only go up to about 1912 and marriages to the mid 1920s.


Yvonne Report 1 Jan 2013 20:45

I have looked on the Canadian phone book for Eldridge in Port Elgin. There is only one and maybe they are related. Perhaps a letter or phone call would help. If you send me a private reply I'll give you the address and phone no.



Gordon Report 1 Jan 2013 20:47

You are right. It is like this woman disappeared...........very frustrating. Thank you for trying, I appreciate it.


mgnv Report 2 Jan 2013 03:01

I'm inclined to think one should be looking at Port Hope or Toronto, not Port Elgin.

1911 Census of Canada
Home / 1911 / Ontario / Durham / 49 Port Hope / page 16
16 199 Eldridge Samuel M Head M Nov 1877 33
17 199 Eldridge Clara F Wife M Jul 1878 32
18 199 Eldridge Alice F Daughter S Jun 1898 13
19 199 Eldridge George M Son S Feb 1900 11
20 199 Eldridge Florence F Daughter S Aug 1902 9
21 199 Eldridge Charles M Son S Jun 1904 7
22 199 Eldridge Samuel M Son S Feb 1908 3
23 199 Eldridge Gertrude F Daughter S Apr 1909 1
[addy=Elgin St; immig 1896 although Chas and older had pob=England; Sam's occup=Helper & Labourer - Port Hope is on L Ontario, abt 100km NW of Toronto]

There is a 97/82/"70" y closure on BMDs in Ontario. Strictly speaking, deaths are not closed, but there's no index published for 70y.
So, tomorrow 1915 births should be released, but I think they've not yet indexed 1914.

name: Gertrude Mary Elizabeth Rose Eldridge
event: Birth
event date: 20 Apr 1910
event place: Port Elgin, Bruce, Ontario, Canada
gender: Female
father: S G W Eldridge
mother: Clara Wells
registration year: 1910
registration number: 012826
film number: 2413410
digital folder number: 004530027
image number: 01079
Citing this Record
"Ontario Births, 1869-1912," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 02 Jan 2013), Gertrude Mary Elizabeth Rose Eldridge, 1910.

Port Elgin is on L Huron, so they've moved by 1911.
The nominal census date was 1/6/1911, but they were enumerated on 13-14/6/1911.

CWGC says:
Service No:412576
Date of Death:05/05/1917
Regiment/Service:Canadian Infantry 24th Bn.
Panel Reference
Additional Information:Husband of Clara Eldridge, of 124, Millicent St., Toronto, Ontario.
[so he's moved again]

There's a "view certificate" link in top right corner of hit which links to a pdf doc showing the Vimy Memorial.

Since he's commemorated on the Vimy memorial, note that it bears the names of 11,000 Canadian servicemen who died in France - many of them in the fight for Vimy Ridge - who have no known grave.

One can find his attestation papers via:
[He enlisted 15/2/15 - Clara was still in Pt Hope - he's a gardener.]

If one takes the search help link, it tells how you can purchase a copy of his service record, and also how to access the unit War Diaries of the 24th bn (part of the 5th brigade of the 2nd division).

On 5/5/17, 3 ORs(=other ranks) were killed & 28 wounded by shelling.

A look up on:
gets a digital collection (a pic) for George.
You want collection 20
Title: Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War
Microform: 31829_B016740
Page 686-7 of 881
[KIA - Trenches at Mont Foret Quarrie - Grave reported at Sheet 44a,T.23.b.8.5]

Title: Commonwealth War Graves Registers, First World War
Microform: 31830_B016601
Page 98-99 of 1201
[Letter re loss of grave sent to Mrs G Eldridge]