VAD Margaret C. Glew

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Margaret C. Glew

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Margaret Caroline Barrett was born on 5th January 1890 to Jonas and Annie Barrett nee Wilson, who had married in August 1889 in Austwick, North Yorkshire. Jonas was from Silsden and Annie was from Austwick.

Margaret was baptised on 4th May 1890 at St. James' Church in Silsden.

Margaret Caroline Barrett's baptism record

In 1891, when Margaret was just a year old, they lived at 36 Aireview in Silsden. Jonas worked as a railway signalman, Annie was a dressmaker.

By 1901 they had moved to Bingley, at 9 Oak Street and Margaret now had a younger brother, John Geoffrey who was six years old.

The Barrett family on the 1901 census

By 1911 they were back in Silsden at 35 South View Terrace, however Annie had sadly died in 1903. John was 16 and working as an assistant clerk. Margaret was living away from home, as she was working as a 'Hospital Probationer in Hospital Service' in Ecclesall near Sheffield.

Margaret worked as a Trainee Nurse from 29th October 1915 until November 1916, though unfortunately her VAD record card does not state which hospital in Keighley she worked at.

Shortly after commencing this work, in the first quarter of 1916 she married William John Draper Glew, a sergeant with 148th Battery Royal Field Artillery, Woolwich. He was originally from St. Helens on the Isle of Wight. Sadly, they were not married for long, as he died of wounds sustained in France. He is buried at Corbie Communal Cemetery.

Sergeant William John Draper Glew. Photo courtesy of Craven's Part in The Great War

When the war was over Margaret emigrated to Calgary, Alberta in Canada. She sailed there in October 1919 to stay with an aunt.

The passenger record for Margaret's arrival in Canada

A year later Margaret married Artemus Ward (known as Jack), who was also an Englishman who had emigrated some years earlier. He had served with the Royal Engineers. He had also been widowed and had a daughter, Annie. Margaret and Artemus had more children - Artemus, Alice, Dorothy and Geoffrey.

The family appear to have settled in Edmonton, Alberta as voter's lists show them there until Margaret's death on 26th January 1971. She is buried with Jack at Mount Pleasant Cemetery in Edmonton.


England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1837-1915

West Yorkshire, England, Church of England Births and Baptisms, 1813-1935

1891 England Census

1901 England Census

1911 England Census

England and Wales, Civil Registration Marriage Index, 1916-2005

UK, Commonwealth War Graves, 1914-1921 and 1939-1947

UK, Soldiers Died in the Great War, 1914-1919

Craven's Part in The Great War (Craven's Part in The Great War (

Canada, Incoming Passengers Lists, 1865-1935

1921 Census of Canada

Canada, Imperial War Service Gratuities, 1919-1921

Canada, Obituary Index, 1800s - Current


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