Anne Gafiuk

Freelance Writer with interest in WWII Canadian History
I am a freelance writer in Calgary, author of three books (WWII themed non-fiction) and three websites.

WWI Veteran Albert Raymond Auger, Buried in Union Cemetery, Calgary

  1. Albert Raymond
  2. Auger
  3. Date of Birth (09-?-1880)
  4. Date of Death (11-15-1921)
  5. Rank:  Captain
  6. Trade: Quartermaster, Canadian Expeditionary Forces
  7. Commendations/Medals:  Member of the OBE; British Empire Medal
  8. Unit or Regiment:  4th Pioneers, Canadian Forestry Corps
  9. Biography: See below
  10. Country:  Canada
  11. Photograph(s) of the veteran
  12. Cemetery:  Union Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

He was of Scottish heritage, born in Elora, Ontario, near Guelph, in September of 1880 to Aron and Margaret Elizabeth Auger, farmers in the area.  At some point, he moved west.  He and his wife Mabel, first settled in Okotoks, Alberta, establishing a hardware business in 1906, then moved to Calgary, in 1908.
In 1910, the residence listed at was 1312 – 1st Street SE, Calgary....near the location where the Bernard Callebaut head office is today.
On the 1911 census, he was married to Mabel (Mave) Christina, with two children:  Fred, who was 8, and Jean, who was 11.
In 1912, at the age of 32, he was the President and Treasurer of Comer Hardware Ltd., located at 1st and 8th E Calgary, now where the Glenbow Museum is located.  
The Great War – aka First World War – started 28 July 1914 – 11 November 1918.  Albert signed up, at the age of 35, in March 1916, for overseas service.  His attestation papers indicate he was 5' 7 ½ “ tall and weighed 165 pounds, having a mole on the upper central region of his abdomen and several small marks on the left region of his neck.  He was listed as being Methodist.  

He was a Shriner.
He took out $8 500 worth of life insurance before he went overseas.
Commissioned rank:  March 25, 1916.  He served in France at some point.  He was paid $50/month in 1916, compared to $30/month for privates.  He was in the 4th Pioneers, Canadian Expeditionary Forces.  He was a Captain at the Base Depot CFC Sunningdale. 
March 1917:  Temporary Quarter Master -- In land armies, a quartermaster is either an individual soldier or a unit who specializes in distributing supplies and provisions to troops. The senior unit, post or base supply officer is customarily referred to as "the quartermaster". 
Member of the OBE:   7-1-18   At this point he was appointed Second in Command at Sunningdale, England.  He also earned the British Empire Medal.

On May 14, 1919, he embarked for Canada.  He had been discharged/demobilized on May 30, 1919. 
Albert, after the war, was a salesman (1919-1920) for Marshall Bevers Hardware.
Other addresses listed for the Auger Family:
·       1314 – 16th Avenue W, Suite 1, Cornell Apartments, across the street from where the lawn-bowling area is.
·       1320 – 13 Avenue W, Calgary
·       1826 – 14th Street W, Calgary – 1827 is part of the 100 Year Old Heritage Home Project
Albert Raymond Auger died at 5 am at his home on November 15, 1921 and was interred on November 17, 1921, aged 41.  Cause: Endocarditis and cardiorenal complications.  He had heart and kidney problems resulting from his WWI service. Newspaper articles indicate he died of injuries sustained in the war.
Obituary was in the paper on November 16, 1921.  
Mabel is also interred in Union Cemetery with Albert and their daughter, Jean, and son in law, John D. Williams.  Mabel died in 1972, Jean in 1983 and John in 1957.

Albert Auger's name is preserved in stained glass at the Scarboro United Church in Calgary. 


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