Ernest Evan McEwan — WW1– Christopher Muller

Ernest Evan McEwan — WW1– Christopher Muller




Good Day Linda !! Still out here in Vancouver trying to build the McEwan Family tree. John Max Enos McEwan was a Cpl in the forces during WWII. He had an Uncle, Ernest Evan McEwan, who served in WWI according to this newspaper clipping. I was wondering if you have heard of him before and if you know whether or not what was written … that he spent the longest time in the trenches of any Canadian Soldier … is actually true.



08 Jan 1935, Tue

Here is his death certificate. Notice that he died of self-administered overdose. Such a horrible end for an outstanding war hero if what they said in his obit is true. And here we are 85 years later and it seems not much has improved for the lives of our vets.


The Ottawa Valley seems to be rich in women and men, past and present, who gave of themselves in service to our Armed Forces so that we all can have and enjoy what we have and enjoy !! I was struck by the juxtaposition of Ernest in that his obit makes reference to the fact that no Canadian spent more time in the trenches than he did … and then his death certificate says he died of a self-administered overdose of pain killers. I just have a feeling that there is an incredible story here somewhere … if one can only find it !!

Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918

Regimental number 2779803
NAME:  ErnestMcEwan
BIRTH:  Hull, Quebec
RESIDENCE:  Ottawa, Ontario

Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, 1914-1918

Regimental number 145110
38th Battalion
NAME:  ErnestMcEwan
BIRTH:  Hull, Quebe



Come and visit the Lanark County Genealogical Society Facebook page– what’s there? Cool old photos–and lots of things interesting to read. Also check out The Tales of Carleton Place and The Tales of Almonte

About lindaseccaspina

Before she laid her fingers to a keyboard, Linda was a fashion designer, and then owned the eclectic store Flash Cadilac and Savannah Devilles in Ottawa on Rideau Street from 1976-1996. She also did clothing for various media and worked on “You Can’t do that on Television”. After writing for years about things that she cared about or pissed her off on American media she finally found her calling. She is a weekly columnist for the Sherbrooke Record and documents history every single day and has over 6500 blogs about Lanark County and Ottawa and an enormous weekly readership. Linda has published six books and is in her 4th year as a town councillor for Carleton Place. She believes in community and promoting business owners because she believes she can, so she does.

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