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Aspray, Owen Talbot

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  • 1880-1948

Owen Talbot Aspray was born in London, England on December 12th, 1880 to parents Thomas Neville and Emily Aspray. He immigrated to Canada in 1900. On November 1, 1910, Aspray married Matilda Collier in Victoria. They had three daughters: Emily Matilda (1911), Annette Ada Violet (1913), and Constance Owena May (1917). The Asprays are listed as living on Tolmie Avenue in the 1911 census. Aspray gave his occupation at this time as a teamster. At Willows Camp on December 11th, 1914, Owen Aspray enlisted in the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles, reg. #107066. He listed previous military experience in the Imperial Yeomanry for a duration of one year and 192 days. The address given for his wife was 10 Sims St, Maywood P.O. Private Aspray landed in France on September 22nd, 1915 and was promoted to Lance Corporal on March 6th, 1916. While serving in Ypres, he “caught a chill in the trenches”. Pain in his back and legs and increasing jaundice sent him to hospital in England. While his condition was initially quite grave, he eventually improved and was sent to a convalescent home in Woodcote Park, Epsom. The diagnosis was Infectious Jaundice (Hepatitis. Aspray returned to active duty on September 18th, 1916. Promotions followed: L. Sergeant on June 13th 1917, and Sergeant by July 14th of the same year. Sergeant Aspray is reported wounded in action twice, on September 15th 1917, and October 27th, 1917 at which time he received injuries to his hands and face. January of 1918 found him assigned to be an “Instructor to Canadian Corps School”. On August 7th, 1918, Aspray was “transferred to England with a view to being granted a commission”. He officially became Lieutenant Owen Talbot Aspray on November 23rd, 1918 and was assigned to the 1st Central Ontario Regiment. Aspray returned to Canada on board the Empress of Britain and received his discharge in Victoria on March 19th, 1919. On March 31st, 1948, Owen Talbot Aspray died at St. Joseph’s Hospital, Victoria. His death registration lists his occupation as “Returned Soldier”. His address was 68 Sims Avenue. He is buried in the Royal Oak Burial Park. Owen Talbot Aspray is commemorated on the Saanich WWI Honour Roll.

Squair, Robert Charles

  • Person
  • 1932-

Robert Charles "Bud" Squair was born on September 18, 1932. In his early years, he lived with his adoptive mother Agnes Ethelyn Wilson and her parents in Vancouver. Agnes Ethelyn had married Robert James Squair in Washington State, but the relationship had ended. Mother and son moved to 2836 Austin Avenue in Saanich ca. 1937. Bud's grandfather, Charles James Wilson, had a bungalow and garage built next door at 2830 Austin. Agnes Ethelyn later married Robert McRae Mackay and the family moved to 906 Empress in Victoria. Bud attended Craigflower, Tillicum, Central Junior High, and Victoria High schools, graduating in 1950. Robert Mackay died while working for the City of Victoria cemetery. Later, Agnes Ethelyn married Harry Anderson, an elevator operator at a hotel in downtown Victoria. The family then moved back to Saanich, to 530 Davida. Harry Anderson became a career fire fighter with the Victoria Fire Department and had served overseas in WWI in the 62nd Battery, Canadian Artillery. Bud joined the RCMP in 1951 and left Saanich. He married Betty Blanchett.

Fagerberg family

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Oscar Fagerberg began building 588 Ridgegrove Avenue (now a Saanich heritage property) for himself and wife Bertha (nee Nelson) in 1920 but he died the following year. Son George completed the house after his father's death. Daughters Clara and Elsa never married and lived in the house for most of their lives. George married Myrtle Lindquist in 1935, and he built a house for them on what is now Daffodil Lane. Myrtle's family lived in Gordon Head for many years, and her brother was named Gordon after the area. George and Myrtle never had any children. The house that George built was never finished upstairs because that was to have been rooms for the children that they did not have.

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