131. Edward Nathaniel BARTLETT (Edward James
, Charles Cox
) was born 13 Nov 1877 in Hadley Highstone, Middlesex., England.
Edward Nathaniel Bartlett and Mary Elizabeth Whiteway
Edward Nathaniel, born near Hadley Highstone, Middlesex on November 13, 1877, was the first child of Edward James Bartlett and Isabella Sarah Ellis. As a young man, he worked as a plumber until enlisting in the British Army during the Boer War, where he served in the Transvaal in 1901 - 1902 with the Duke of Cambridge's Own Imperial Yeomanry VII Battalion, 27th (Devon) Squadron.
Edward Nathaniel's future wife, Mary Elizabeth Whiteway was born on April 9, 1878 at Shiphay, in the parish of St. Marychurch, near Torquay, Devon. She was the daughter of Joseph Whiteway, a dairyman who was born in Kingerswell (his birth was registered in the fourth quarter of 1840 at Newton Abbott). Mary Elizabeth's mother was Johanna Crews who was born at Abbotskerswell (her birth was registered in the fourth quarter of 1839 at Newton Abbott).
Edward Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth (Bessie) were married on the 6th of November, 1904 at Christchurch, Barnet, Middlesex. At the time of their marriage, she was residing at Rose Hill, Totteridge, Middlesex, while he was living with his parents at 12 Sebright Road, Bamet, Hertfordshire. Her father was deceased at that time. The witnesses of the marriage were Edward's sister, Celia Snow Barker and his uncle, Frank Bartlett.
After their marriage, Edward and Bessie lived next door to his parents at 10 Sebright Road, Barnet. It was there that their son Edward was born in 1905.
In 1907, Edward Nathaniel and Mary Elizabeth emigrated to Canada and settled on a farm at Morewood near Ottawa. Their daughter, Grace Isabel, was born at Morewood in August of the following year. Postcards sent in 1910 by Edward Nathaniel's sister Lilian to him and his brother Frank, indicate that Frank was also living with Edward and his family.
Mary Elizabeth had a silver cup which her younger brother Edwin John C. Whiteway won in a shooting competition in 1908. The cup has been handed down and is now in the possession of grandson Edward Albert Bartlett. It is engraved:
TRANSVAAL BISLEY 1908
THE "ABE BAILEY" CUP
WON BY L/Cpl E.J. WHITEWAY
I st K.O.Y.L.I.
Edward Nathaniel found it hard to make a living on his farm and used to travel to Western Canada to work during harvest time. He eventually moved with his family into Ottawa where he worked as a streetcar conductor.
During the 1914-1918 war, Edward Nathaniel came home one day with an armful of Army clothes and told his wife he had enlisted. He was sent overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served at least some of his time with the First Reserve Battery. He enlisted on September 22, 1914, and there may have been some age restriction on enlistment, because he gave his year of birth as 1884 instead of 1877. He served in Canada, Britain and France and rose to the rank of sergeant.
Edward Nathaniel was returned to Canada before the war ended because of an illness, which his son believed was malaria but according to a letter written to his son, it would seem more likely that he was suffering from a form of battle fatigue,, known more commonly in those days as "shell shock". He was officially Honourably Discharged on March 31, 1922.
Edward Nathaniel re-enlisted in Ottawa on December 2, 1925 in the Permanent Canadian Force and served at the "Wood's Building" in Ottawa. He finally retired on October 14, 1943 with the rank of corporal.
The family went camping quite often. Edward Nathaniel was very fond of hunting and fishing, and never missed his deer hunting in the Fall.
Mary Elizabeth died in Ottawa on November 9, 1947. Edward Nathaniel died twenty years later on January 9, 1967 at Ottawa, and is buried in Pinecrest Cemetery, Ottawa.