MacNAMARA Edward

EDWARD MacNAMARA 1886 – 1917

2507391 Private Edward MacNamara, Canadian Infantry, 1st Central Ontario Regiment died of pneumonia 29 August 1917 aged 31.  He is buried at Barrie Union Cemetery, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.[1]

Family Details

Edward MacNamara was born 6 April 1886,[2] the son of Thomas and Margaret MacNamara.  There were at least 3 children, all born at Sunderland:

  • Edward born 1886
  • Mathew Henry bc.1892
  • Joseph John bc.1896
  • James [3]

By 1911, 21 years old Edward lived with his widowed 57 years old mother and 2 brothers at Tilly Row, Butterknowle.  Edward is recorded as a “coal miner/putter”.[4]

Service Details [5]

Edward MacNamara enlisted 24 July 1917 at Toronto, Ontario, Canada.  His address was recorded as Wabash Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA and his trade was a cook.  His age was given as 31 years 2 months.  He was posted to Camp Borden, Ontario and was destined to join the 110th Regiment, being given the regimental number 2507391.  After undergoing a medical examination on 24 July at the Toronto Mobilization Centre, he was considered fit for service.  He was posted to “F” Company, 1st Depot Battalion, 1st Central Ontario Regiment.  9 August 1917, he was admitted to Camp Borden Hospital and died of pneumonia 29 August.  [6]  Private E. MacNamara died within 5 weeks of joining up.

Burial [7]

Private Edward MacNamara is buried at grave reference 2nd N.196 Block H, Barrie Union Cemetery, Ontario, Canada.  CWGC details record that Edward’s mother was Margaret MacNamara of 41 Cross Row, Lands Bank, Cockfield, County Durham.


[1] Commonwealth War Graves Commission

[2] England & Wales Birth Index 1837-1915 Vol.10a p.585 1889 Q2 Sunderland but Attestation Paper records 6 April 1886

[3] Attestation card – James lived in Portland, Oregon, USA

[4] 1911 census Note: I have not traced the family in earlier census records.

[5] Attestation Form and Army Forms

[6] Army Form

[7] CWGC