Obituary, Captain Charles Graham

Transcript, clipping, death notice from the autograph album of Nina Cameron Graham [presumably from The Journal of Commerce, “a shipping paper which started in Oct. 1861. Liverpool Record Office only has a microfilm set from June 1939-1974 when it ceased publication and bound copies from 1914-1974 (incomplete).” The journal “periodically published a flag sheet identifying the port’s shipping companies and their fleets.”]

The Late Captain Chas. Graham

Captain Charles Graham, whose death it is our melancholy duty to announce, was a many-sided man, and various Liverpool interests will mourn his passing to the Great Beyond. A man of simple tastes and simple habits, tobacco and alcohol were anathema to him, he possessed boundless energy, and he taxed it to the fullest limits. After a successful sea career, our friend joined the staff of this newspaper, and was a respected colleague for many years. Subsequently he plunged into commercialism, and then his amazing energy was given its outlet, shooting hither and thither like forked lightning. He has made a useful contribution towards the betterment of the world; we mourn his passing, and extend profoundest sympathy to his widow and family.


Transcript, obituary, “Reprinted from The Journal of Commerce, December 9, 1922,” from the autograph album of Nina Cameron Graham (edited to the extent that paragraph breaks have been  inserted — the original is pretty much one big block of type, and except for his photo, all images have been added).


Captain Charles Graham

It is with deep regret that we have to announce the death of Captain Charles Graham, formerly nautical editor of The Journal of Commerce, and in later years principal of Messrs. Chas. Graham and Co., colliery and general commission agents, 14 Water-street, Liverpool, which took place on Wednesday at a Wallasey nursing home following an illness of about two weeks duration.


Map of Liverpool showing the original seven main streets, including Water Street, where the offices of Charles Graham and Co. were located.


For many months past Captain Graham had been in failing health, following a severe attack of influenza about twelve months ago from which he never really recovered, and which left him very impaired in health. Despite this handicap he still retained, up to a few weeks ago, his tireless energy and enthusiasm for any task he had in hand, and in the Exchange Newsroom, in shipping, commercial, and coal circles in Liverpool he was a well-known personality, and the announcement of his death will come as a personal sorrow to many of his friends.

About a fortnight ago he had a recurrence of the influenza attack, which later developed into pneumonia. In the early stages of his illness there was every hope that he would recover, but on Friday last complications developed, and on the recommendations of Dr. Lyburn, Dr. C.J. Macalister, the Liverpool specialist [1], who was also a personal friend of Capt. Graham was called in for consultation, and confirmed the worst fears entertained by Dr. Lyburn. Everything possible was done for the amelioration of his sufferings, which, towards the end, were very intense, but despite the best of medical skill and the most efficient and careful nursing he passed away in his 63rd year.

To those that knew Capt. Graham intimately — and the writer was one of those so privileged — he was the personification of kindliness, geniality, and conscientiousness. Behind a seeming roughness of speech there was hidden one of the most lovable dispositions and many instances could be cited by the writer where Captain Graham had manifested the finer traits of character.


Mersey and riverside c. 1920, with the domed Mersey Docks and Harbour Board Building in the mid-ground.


The deceased gentleman came of a well-known Cumberland family [2], and after leaving school he served a short time as an office boy at one of the south-end docks in the employ of the Mersey Docks and Harbour Board. But he had a strong leaning towards the sea. At the first opportunity, therefore, he gave up this work and went to sea as an apprentice in vessels belonging to one of the old sailing ship companies of Liverpool. After serving his apprenticeship he became second officer of the fine full-rigged ship Newman Hall which was under the command of Captain Sclater, of Liverpool.

Captain Sclater was accompanied on his voyages by his wife and daughter, and during one particular voyage when second officer Graham and Miss Sclater were brought very much together something more than friendship sprang up between them, and shortly after the ship’s return to England the second officer and the captain’s daughter were married.


Alfred Holt


On returning to the sea Capt. Graham joined Messrs. Alfred Holt and Co. in the capacity of junior officer, and made several voyages to China, being promoted each grade until he became chief officer.



His progress in the profession was very marked as he not only secured his extra master’s Board of Trade certificate, but also held a Board of Trade certificate which to qualify for necessitated a knowledge of marine engineering, and therefore he was not only conversant with seamanship and navigation, but he also had the advantage of being versed in marine engines.

While in Messrs. Alfred Holt and Company’s employ he was given command of the late Mr. Alfred Holt’s steam yacht Argus, and accompanied that gentleman on many of his pleasure cruises to the Mediterranean and elsewhere.

On retiring from the sea, Captain Graham took up insurance work in Liverpool, and later met the late Mr. Charles Birchall[3] — at that time the proprietor of The Journal of Commerce — who offered him a position on the staff of the paper, and for some years he acted as nautical editor, resigning from that position in 1907 to take up business on his own account under the style of Mssrs. Chas. Graham and Company. He occupied the position of Liverpool representative for the Times Engineering Supplement and was also the publicity manager of the Allan line until that company was taken over by the Canadian Pacific. Captain Graham was also Liverpool representative of the Dalton Main Collieries.


Publicity for the Allan Line


Amongst his outstanding friendships during his connection with The Journal of Commerce and on his own accounts were those with the late Alfred L. Jones, R.C.M.G., of the Elder Dempster Line, and Mr. Hugh A. Allan, of the Allan Line, and on several occasions when Sir Alfred Jones was making trips abroad Captain Graham accompanied him. He was also associated with the late Sir Alfred in many ventures, and one of these was on the occasion when Sir Alfred was opening the Jamaican trade in the “Port” liners, Captain Graham accompanied them to the West Indies.

Shortly after leaving the seas he was asked if he could recommend a good master to command the steam yacht Cleopatra for a tour of the Norwegian Fjords and the official opening of the Kiel Canal. He thereupon jocularly recommended himself, and was there and then placed in command of the ship. The cruise was a most successful one, many distinguished passengers taking the opportunity of making the round voyage in the ship, amongst whom might be mentioned the late Lord Chief Justice, Sir Gorell Barnes.


Ceremony marking the opening of the Kiel Canal


Amongst his many activities he occupied the position of chairman of the North-western branch of the Seamen’s and Boatmen’s Friend Society, succeeding the late Captain R.P.J. Simpson, while Mrs. Graham held the position of lady president, and they worked most indefatigably on behalf of the society both in Liverpool and on the Cheshire side of the Mersey.

Liverpool Sailors’ Home (Liverpool Journal 1 August 1846).


He leaves a widow and five children, two sons and three daughters, all grown up. His elder son, Mr. Douglas Graham is at present second officer in the City of Vancouver, while his second son, Mr. C. Kingsley Graham, who was partner with his father, will carry on the business. His eldest daughter, Mrs. C.S. Walley, who resides in Canada, was the first lady in Liverpool, and indeed in England, to secure the Degree of Bachelor of Engineering.

The Funeral

The funeral took place yesterday afternoon, at Rake-lane Cemetery, Wallasey, and there was a numerous attendance of those connected with the commerce of the port, thus testifying to the high esteem in which the deceased was held in business circles.

Chapel at Rake-lane Cemetery


The cortege proceeded direct from the residence of the deceased, Orrell-road, to the cemetery, where it was met by the Revs. Emlyn James, B.A., B.D. (Martin’s-lane Church), Adam Waugh (New Brighton Baptist Church), and Robert Clark (superintendent of the Seamen’s and Boatmen’s Friendly [sic] Society). The Rev. E. James, in the course of a few remarks in the cemetery chapel, said they were honouring a man who had been called to his rest. They thought over the things in Captain Graham’s life which made it easier for other men to live the overcoming life. They thanked God for their departed friend’s big heart, and how he was used in the services of the people, and he trusted they would be led to continue the good work he had carried on.

The chief mourners were Mr. and Mrs. C. Kingsley Graham (son and daughter-in-law), Miss Graham and Mrs. Hinton (daughters), Messrs. W.R. Graham, John Graham, and Jake Graham (brothers); Messrs. J.K. Sclater, Alex. Sclater, and Alf. Sclater (brothers-in-law); Mrs. A. Sclater (sister-in-law), Nurse Chell and Miss Chell, Miss Dutton, Mr. Catchpole, of London, representing the Seamen’s and Boatmen’s Friend Society; and the Rev. Robert Clark (superintendent of the North-western Branch of the Seamen’s and Boatmen’s Friend Society).

The Journal of Commerce was represented by Mr. C. Herbert Birchall, J.P. (proprietor), and Messrs. Geo. F. Nugent, Joseph B. Burrows, Arthur Budge, and Chas. J. McFarlin.

Amongst the general assembly gathered at the graveside and in the church representing Liverpool shipping, commercial and colliery circles were Messrs. John Craig (London director) and A. Thompson, representing the Liverpool directors of the Elder Dempster Line; Jonathan Holt and J. Lee (John Holt and Co. (Liverpool, Ltd.) [sic.]; Mazzini Stuart [4], J.P., and Thos. E. Groves (Stuart and Douglas); Arthur Leighton (Montague, Higgenson and Co.); T.C. Rowlands (Henry Griffin and Son); T.H.G. Muir (Mersey Docks and Harbour Board); J. Flounders (Donaldson Bros.); H. Verity (H. Verity and Co.); A.P. Doolittle (Thos. Doolittle and Co.); W.J. Davies (W.J. Davies and Co.); Herbert Evans (Cunard Line); T. McNeil (general agent, Canadian Pacific Railway); Wm. McGuinness (Furness, Withy and Co.); C.S. Tomilson, representing R.V. Edwards, director Wm. Barker, Jun., and Co.; T.E. Taylor (traffic manager’s office, Great Central Railway); Leonard Day (Alwarke Main, Car House, Rotherham Main, and Dalton Main Collieries, Sheffield); John Harrison and John Harrison Jun. (John Harrison and Sons Ltd., of which Captain Graham was a director).

Jas. P. Mooney, J.M. Dott, Arthur J. Maginnie, M.Inst.C.E., R. D’Arcy Nesbitt and D.A.S. Nesbitt, John H. Thomas, J. Miles Lewis, Owen Lewis, Henry Lloyd, jun., Harry Winter, John A. Davies (Central Insurance Co.), John Bennett (secretary of the Association of Religious Agencies).

J.W. Kirkness, J. Chew, Thos. A. Leigh, E.O. Davies, Wm. West, Wm. Kennaugh, Renton Gibbs, Wm. Hart, G.W. Hart, E.A. Barrett, J. Beattie, David Geddes, E.J. Marriott, N.R. Ferguson, J.F. Quayle, E.E. Keel, E. Adkins, W. Mills, F. Williams, T.W. Stanfield, A. Warden, Harry Winter, Barlow Davies.

Captains R.H.L. Risk, R.N. (secretary, Liverpool Seamen’s and Boatmen’s Orphanage), A.M. Simpson, Chas, K, Browne, Wm. Ellery, W.H. Kidley, T. Potter, J.C. Hannay, Colonel R.R> Green &c.

Numerous very choice floral tributes covered the coffin, that from Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Kingsley Graham, and Miss Graham being a real lifebuoy embowered in flowers bearing the inscription, “Eternal Father, strong to save,” while the tribute from the staff of The Journal of Commerce was an anchor, also from the Seamen’s and Boatmen’s Society.

Tributes were also sent by Messrs. John Holt and Co. (Liverpool), Ltd., Montague Higgenson and Co., W.H. Bowater and Co., Elder Dempster and Co., Mr. Jake Graham and family, Mr. Massini Stuart, J.P., Captain and Mrs. Hinton, Seamen’s Bethel at Seacombe, Mr. and Mrs. C. Herbert Birchall, J.P., Mr. and Mrs. Burrows, Mr. and Mrs. Robert Clark and Doreen, Stanley and Reginald Scott, Mr. and Mrs. Morris, Mr. and Mrs. Eves, Mrs. Kennaugh, Mr. Basil T. Magauran, Mrs. Dott, Mr. and Mrs. John Dott, &c.

[1] possibly C.J. Macalister, author of The origin and history of the Royal Liverpool Country Hospital for Children (Campden, Alcuin Press, 1930)

[3] The Grahams ‘of Cumberland’ were exceedingly numerous. Historically they were also regarded as a lawless and dangerous bunch — feared by Scotland and England alike.

[3] “Charles Birchall, born South Wingfield Park, Derbyshire, 1842. From the 1861 Census, he was known to have been a shop man aged 18. In later life, he owned a Liverpool Shipping Paper called the Journal of Commerce and had his own firm; Messrs Charles Birchall & Co. His brother-in-law, John Hide, worked as a journalist on the above newspaper, and later joined the Board. Charles Birchall was also known to have been a Freemason; his niece, Marian Hudson, used to ask him to let her know what the Masons’ secret handshake was. Charles used to tease her by tickling the palm of her hand in answer to this request. At the time his father made his will, in 1875, Charles was living at 2, Oriel Terrace, Seacombe.”

[4] possibly author of The life of Peter Stuart, the “Ditton Doctor” (1920)


Ships Charles Graham Knew

Newman Hall


Record of Canadian Shipping: NEWMAN HALL, ship, 1528 tons, 215.0 X 40.0 X 24.0. Built 1875, St. Martin’s, NB, by J. Bradshaw. Owned De Wolf, Liverpool.

Marine Intelligence, CLEARED. ARRIVED. SAILED. FOREIGN PORTS. LATEST SHIPPING NEWS BY CABLE, New York Times (18 July 1875): Newman Hall sailed from St. John’s New Brunswick July 16 for Liverpool. Sailed from St. John’s Newfoundland July 17 for Liverpool.


Shipping News, Commercial and Financial Chronicle 1876, exports of cotton from the United States: Newman Hall from Mobile to Liverpool, 4187 bales


Marine Intelligence: CLEARED. ARRIVED. SAILED. FOREIGN PORTS. LATEST SHIPPING NEWS BY CABLE, New York Times (8 May 1880): Newman Hall sailed from London 7 May for New York


RETURN OF WRECKS AND CASUALTIES IN INDIAN WATERS FOR THE YEAR 1881: “The British wooden ship Newman Hall (of St. John’s [sic] New Brunswick, 1.524 tons register, official number 72,216) from Calcutta to Antwerp with a cargo of wheat and seeds. At 12-15 p.m. on the 5th October, whilst proceeding down the river Houghly in pilotage charge, and in tow of tug, touched very slightly on crossing the bar of the Gaspar. No damage.”

Ships in Port in Cheshire 1881, Birkenhead: Newman Hall listed two apprentices for the census.


Extracts from Register of Deceased Seamen relating to Ireland 1887: Newman Hall of Liverpool, in Singapore, discharges John Needham Able Bodied Seaman, terminally ill, dysentery.


South Atlantic quarantine, 10 June 1893: British ship Newman Hall arrived from Rio 5 June 1893, bound for Sapelo, held for disinfection



750 tons register



steamer, 1467 tons register


Family Ties:

Chesterfield Church,” at which a Joseph Graham Esq. served as Warden in 1778. There was also a Joseph Graham, gentleman, who married Elizabeth Esther Lucas. And, in 1815, a Joseph Lucas I was Alderman at Chesterfield, while in 1819 Joseph Lucas II served in that capacity. Though whether or not there is a connection to the people below is unknown.

1. GRAHAM, Joseph. Of Chesterfield, [and?] Scotland.

— sp.

2. GRAHAM, Jacob. Born 1808; of Chesterfield and Liverpool.

— sp. BATTERS, Ann.

Church of St. Nicholas, Liverpool

3. GRAHAM, George. Born 3 January 1833 [apparently not Scotland]; Mariner [the Atlantic Canada Shipping Project records show a George Graham born 1833, England, signed his own name on the crew list as the cook/ steward under Captain Eben C. Byrns for a voyage aboard the newly built 3 masted bargue Chili (official number 057141, owner Frank Killam, Merchant of Yarmouth County, Nova Sotia, voyage registration Y868019) on Thursday, 3 August 1869 at New York City, and he was discharged on Friday, 11 February at Savannah];  1st marriage 4 December 1854, Church of St. Nicholas, Liverpool; 2d marriage 1872; profession 1881 Dock Gateman, residing 10 Hodges Mount, Toxteth Park, Lancashire, 1881; died Monday, 7 December 1903, at No. 2 Duncan Street, Hamilton Square, Birkenhead, England; buried 10 December 1903, Section 7, Church of England Consecrated Ground, Birkenhead Cemetery, Flaybrick Hill.

— sp. CRAIG, Ann. Born 21 August 1834, Harrington, Cumberland; died 1871.

Harrington, Cumberland

4. GRAHAM, William Robert. Born 3 September 1855, Harrington; baptized 6 September 1855, Parish of Harrington, County of Cumberland; died 10 February 1932, Camaes Bay, Anglesey, Wales.

— sp. SMATHERS, Harriet. Born 3 August 1858; died 1944, Camaes Bay, Anglesey, Wales.

5. GRAHAM, Constance Gladys. Born 18 January 1889, Lancaster; died 26 February 1950, Wales.

— sp. SIBLY, Joseph Edgar. Born 9 May 1883, Lancashire, to Nicholas Hawken SIBLY and Sarah Ann CHADWICK; died 1963.

6. SIBLY, John Graham. Born 30 August 1916, Lancashire; died 6 September 1996, Wellington, New Zealand.

— sp. WHITE, Averil Nance Mary. Born 7 April 1912, Port Said Egypt; died 2003, Lincolnshire, England.

4. GRAHAM, John. Born 1858.

— sp. ‘Kate’.

5. GRAHAM, Romola.

5. GRAHAM, [son]. Died in infancy.

4. GRAHAM, Charles. Born 15 July 1859, Harrington, Cumberland, England; Mariner; married 24 October 1888; died 6 December 1922 Harrington, Derby, England, 63 years old; buried 8 December 1922 at Rake-Lane Cemetery, Wallasey, Cheshire, England.

— sp. SLATER/ SCLATER, Mary Cameron. Born 11 March 1864 a twin and was said to have been small enough to fit in a milk jug; baptized 2 June 1864 at Oldham Street Presbyterian, Liverpool, Lancashire, England; 1881 census, listed as age 17, born 1864 at Liverpool, unmarried, address 188 Toxteth Park, Lancashire; died 23 February 1934/1936; buried at Rake-Lane Cemetery, Wallasey.

5. GRAHAM, Douglas Wood. Born c. 17 July 1889, Liscard, Cheshire; married 17 February 1919.

– sp. CLAYTON, ‘Amy’ [Dorothy?].

6. GRAHAM, Charles. Born 21 September 1922.


6. GRAHAM, Daphne Mary. Born May 1926.


5. GRAHAM, Nina Cameron. married 12 Oct. 1912, Winnipeg.

Wedding Notice, Winnipeg. Newspaper: “A pretty wedding took place in Winnipeg, Canada, on October 12th. The bridegroom was Mr. Cecil S. Walley, B. Eng., and the bride Miss Nina Cameron Graham, B. Eng. Mr. Walley is the third son of the late Mr. Thos. Walley, and of Mrs. Walley of Frankton, Oswestry. The bridegroom stands 6 ft. 6 ins. in height, and the bride and bridegroom are both Bachelors of Engineering, and the bride is the only lady who holds that degree. She is also described as domestic to a degree, not at all common in these days and this invaluable qualification in a wife, particularly in a new country where domestic labour is scarce and indifferent, is an enormous advantage. The bride, who carried a lovely bouquet tied with silk ribbons of the Graham tartar [sic], the gift of the bridegroom, was dressed in a robe of ivory satin and lace with veil looped with orange blossom. Her ornaments included a pearl necklace, the gift of the bridegroom’s mother, and a valuable ruby ring, the gift of the bride’s mother, and other jewelry. The ceremony took place at the Nassean [sic: Nasseau] Street Baptist Church, the Rev. A.M. McDonald officiating. The bride was driven to the church by her cousin, the Hon. Colin Inkster, Sheriff of Winnipeg, who gave her away. The wedding cake, made in England, was greatly admired, and was taken out by the bride. Mr. Walley is associated with the Dominion Bridge Company of Canada. The wedding presents were numerous and costly, and included gifts from professors and graduates of Liverpool University where the bride and bridegroom won their degrees.”

— sp. WALLEY, Cecil Stephen. Born 21 March 1890 Bunbury, Cheshire, England/ Frankton, Shropshire, England, to Thomas Tomlinson WALLEY (born 7 July 1859, Frankton, Whittington, Shropshire, England; died 27 July 1898, Welsh Frankton, Oswestry, Cheshire, England) and Martha MINSHULL (born 29 August 1866, England; died 30 September 1946, England) — farmers and cheese makers; brother to Victor Pedley WALLEY (born 1891), Richard Minshull WALLEY, Thomas ‘Arthur’ WALLEY, and Percival ‘Percy’ WALLEY; graduated as civil engineer, Liverpool University, 1910;  joined the R.A.M.C. 1912 at Winnipeg; enlisted for regular duty with R.C. Engineers 1914; commissioned Lieutenant 8 May 1915, and sailed overseas from Halifax with the 44th Battalion 23 Oct. 1915; 11 November 1918, as Captain, signed the liberation notice posted in Mons, France; awarded the Military Cross; died in 1960 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

6. WALLEY, [son].

 sp. BLAKER, Rosemary ‘Ro’. died 2012.

7. WALLEY, Derek ‘Rick’ Graham. Born 1944; died 1995.

7. WALLEY, Blake.

Kenneth 1942

Kenneth Walley 1942 (front row, 3rd from left)

6. WALLEY, Kenneth Richard. Born 20 November 1915, Liverpool, England; taken to Winnipeg MB after the war; lived on Oakwood Ave., Riverview, Wpg.; grades 1-6 at Riverview School, 1921-1926; moved to farm, approx. 2 miles south west of Balmoral (village) 1926; moved to Balmoral MB 1934; grades 6-12 at Balmoral High; enjoyed swimming; attended United Church; raised cattle with brother Graham for university tuition 1935; ‘road the rails’ with Graham to BC; miner at the Pioneer Gold Mine BC, 1936-1938 (1 yr., 7 mos.); as a CPR sleeping car conductor for 2 summers, 1938-1940; salesman, Hudson’s Bay Company, Wpg. MB; 2 years of Science, U of Manitoba, c. 1937-1939; Private, U of Manitoba Training Corp, 1939-1940; 2 years Medical College, University of Manitoba, c. 1939-1941; could read some German; lived at 366 Langside Str. Winnipeg MB, 1941; joined RCAF 20 May 1941 (Service #J-15973); married 14 June 1941, Medicine Hat AB (with permission, authority 34SF180); made Pilot Officer, 11 August 1942; Flying Instructor; flew Tiger Moth, Cessna Crane, Oxford, Magister, Blenheim (I, IV, V), Beaufort, Beaufighter (II), Mosquito (XIII, 30); sent overseas, Tactical Fighter Operational Training Squadron/ 410 Night Fighter Squadron aka Canadian “Cougars,” motto Noctivaga
(Wandering by Night); reprimanded 16 February 1944, failure to attend parade & AWOL,  noted “low ranking [in associated personnel report] probably due to recent marriage”; promoted to Flight Lieutenant; November 1943 to May 1944, engaged in the night defence of Britain; provided cover for ships, D Day, 6 June 1944; killed in action 20 October 1944 — on landing after a night patrol, at base Amiens-Glisy, in low cloud and rain — crash site 2 km. out of Corbie, on road to Vaux-sur-Somme, France — subsequent patrols were cancelled due to poor weather conditions; buried plot 8, row G, grave 7, Calais Canadian War Cemetery Leubringhen, France; Service Honours, Awards & Medals — Pilots Flying Badge (27 February 1842) 1939-1945 Star, France and Germany Star, Defence Medal, Cdn. Vol. Service Medal (15 January 1944) with Clasp, War Medal 1939-45.

Kenneth Walley

Kenneth Walley 1944

Winnipeg Evening Tribune (31 October 1944), 8: “Word has been received by Mrs. Kenneth R. Walley, 928 McMillan Ave., that her husband, FO. K.R. Walley, 28 was killed on active service October 20, near Amiens, France. FO. Walley received his early education at Balmoral, Man., and later attended Manitoba Medical college. Joining the R.C.A.F. in May, 1941, he graduated as a pilot at Yorkton, Sask., in February, 1942, and went immediately overseas where he served as an instructor for two years. He had recently been taking part in operations over enemy territory. He is the son of Flt.-Lieut. C.S. Walley, M.C., Gimli, Man., and Mrs. Walley, Balmoral, Man. A brother, FO. Keith M. Walley, was lost overseas in April, 1943, and another brother, FO. Bruce is serving overseas.”

126 Handsart blvd built 1927

126 Handsart Blvd. Winnipeg, built 1927

 sp. WARDROP, Jean Hanna. Born c. 1918 to John ‘Jack’ Wardrop (son of Jean Hanna [sister of David Blyth Hanna of the CNR] and [?] Wardrop; immigration agent for the Dominion govt.) and Dorothy; promoted to grade 5 with honours, 1929; lived at 35 Cordova Street at Wellington Cres., Wpg. 1939; younger sister to Dr. Dorothea Marguerite Wardrop (married 5 August 1943 to Henry James Lowden [RCAF]); lived at parents’ home, 126 Handsart Blvd., Tuxedo, Winnipeg MB, 1942-1943; visited Cambridgeshire [RAF Castle Camps air field] England early 1944? (hence husband’s AWOL?); lived at 928 McMillan Ave., Wpg. MB in 1944; presided over Tea, University Women’s Club, U of Manitoba, 1944.

7. WALLEY, [son]? Born c. 1944-1945?

Marna at U of M

Marna Walley (3rd on left, front row), bee keeping course, 1937.

6. WALLEY, Marna. Born 9 November 1916; exceptionally intelligent; high school was delayed when she ran the family farm one year; camped in a tent on the banks of the Red River to attend the University of Manitoba; worked as a school librarian; depression treated with shock therapy; died 4 January 1998; buried 8 January 1998, Garry Memorial Gardens.

 sp. TEMPLE, Victor Clarence ‘Vic’. Born c. 1919; 1942 graduate  University of Manitoba (Bachelor of Commerce); joined the R.C.A.F. as  navigation instructor at Rivers, MB, until the end of the war; graduate University of Michigan (Ann Arbor) for M.A.; worked at Great West Life 35 years; resident of Wildwood Park for 57 years to 2003; volunteer driver for  Meals on Wheels; assisted with annual Childrens Hospital Book Market; died 2004.

bruce and mildred

Bruce and Mildred Walley, 1945

6. WALLEY, Bruce Charles. Born 8 November 1918; died 2008.

Vancouver Sun and/or The Province (6/7/2008 – 6/8/2008): “WALLEY – Bruce Charles Born in Frankton England and passed away peacefully on May 29, 2008 at Minoru Residence, Richmond with family present. He was a long time resident of Richmond, had a successful and interesting career as a Professional Civil Engineer in Canada and internationally and served his country with distinction as an instructor and, later, pilot of Lancaster Bombers in the 419 Moose Squadron of the RCAF in WW II. He had many relatives and friends in BC and Manitoba. He leaves behind his wife, Mildred; children Patricia (Bill), Jeffrey (Jenny), Carol (Tim), Gregory(Linda); grandchildren Jasper, Douglas, Christa Belle; brother Graham (Rose), Colin (Fran); sisters Nina Philips (Tom), Lorna Sullivan (Maury), and many loving nieces and nephews. A Memorial Service will be held at 2 pm on Saturday June 14, 2008 at Richmond Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC. In lieu of flowers donations can be made to the Vancouver Poppy Fund, Suite 205 – 2520 Ontario Street, Vancouver, BC V5T 2X6. Tax
receipts will be issued upon request.”

 sp. Mildred Esther.

WALLEY, Mildred Esther Born January 28, 1919 in Tyndall, Manitoba and passed away peacefully on February 16, 2011 at Minoru Residence, Richmond surrounded by loving family. Mildred moved to Richmond with her husband after WWII. She chose to raise a family over career and lovingly nurtured her home. Married to a Royal Canadian Air Force Officer who became a Professional Engineer, she shared a fascinating life, living and travelling across Canada and around the world. Her achievements were many. Despite obstacles of the great depression, she successfully completed her degree at the University of Manitoba on Scholarships. She raised four children and nurtured a successful marriage of 65 years. She lived and hosted a family in the Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Peru. She was a pioneer tourist to world sites as Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China and Red Square, Moscow to name a few. She had many relatives and friends in BC and Manitoba. All will remember Mildred as a loving and generous person with a welcoming and cheerful disposition. She is predeceased by husband Bruce, and leaves behind children Patricia (Bill), Jeffrey (Jenny), Carol (Tim), and Gregory (Linda); grandchildren Jasper, Douglas and Christa Belle; and many loving nieces and nephews. A private interment will be held for the family. A Memorial Service for friends and relatives will be held at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 14, 2011 at the Richmond Funeral Home, 8420 Cambie Road, Richmond, BC. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Vancouver Poppy Fund, Suite 20 – 2520 Ontario Street, Vancouver, V5T 2X6.”

6. WALLEY, Keith Minshull.

Wellington X3699; Squadron 426; Operation Kiel; Date 1. 3rd April 1943;
Date 2. .5th April 1943.

P.O Kennedy RCAF and crew, flying Wellington 111 X – 3699, coded OW-Q, were hit by flak just before the target, the rear turret was damaged. They then turned for home and found that a light was on that could not be turned off. This attracted a JU-88 which attacked the Wellington. The hydraulics were damaged and the bomb doors opened. About five minutes from the coast, both engines quit and they ditched hard into the North Sea and broke up. P/O D Laskey RCAF, the wireless operator and Segeant L Anderson (RCAF), the bomb aimer, were able to get to the dinghy but were not able to turn it over. They tried to paddle it over to where P\O K Walley, the navigator and Sergeant Beaton RCAF, the rear gunner, were calling. After about four and a half hours, a destroyer was able to pick them up. Pilot, navigator and rear gunner listed as Killed in Action.

Airborne 2030 4Apr43 from Dishforth. At 0320 the Wellington was plotted in position 53’05”N 01’30”E, but ditched soon afterwards some 10 miles NE of Cromer, Norfolk. Of those killed, F/O Kennedy is buried in Scottow Cemetery, while P/O Walley and Sgt Beaton are commemorated on the Runnymede Memorial. The survivors were in the water for nearly five hours before being sighted and picked up by the crew of a RN destroyer. F/O D.L.Kennedy RCAF KIA
P/O D.Laskey RCAF
Sgt L.L.Anderson RCAF
Sgt C.N.Beaton RCAF.

6. WALLEY, Fiona Cameron. Born c. 1920; suffered a severe accidental scalding; died 29 July 1922; buried Brooklands Cemetery, Winnipeg.

6. WALLEY, [daughter].

 sp. PHILLIPS, Thomas ‘Tom’.

6. WALLEY, Marian Nahoway. Born 3 July 1931; Winnipeg Free Press carrier, awarded an engraved watch for service; dyslexia diagnosed as ‘retardation’; inmate of Mentally Disabled/Developmental Centre [MDC] at Portage la Prairie (residential school); upon release worked as a maid; travelled extensively; amassed sizable savings which she bequeathed to her siblings; died 31 March 1998; buried 7 April 1998.

6. WALLEY, [son].

 sp. OWENS, Frances Mae. Born c. 1928; died 2008.

7. WALLEY, Lee Anne. Born 1954; died 1957.

6. WALLEY, [daughter].


5. GRAHAM, Charles Kingsley. Born c. 4 August 1892, Liscard, Cheshire; residence 1901, Liscard, Cheshire, England; married c. 11 May 1919; drowned c. 1945/ January 1947, body never found.

– sp. ANGELL, Evelyn May.

6. GRAHAM, [son].


6. GRAHAM, [son].


6. GRAHAM, [daughter].


6. GRAHAM, [daughter].


6. GRAHAM, [daughter].


5. GRAHAM, Amelia Irene ‘Rene’ Craig. Born 13 July 1894; lived at 11 Sea View, Cemaes Bay, Anglesey, Wales.

5. GRAHAM, Phoebe Sinclair. Born 7 January 1896, Liscard, Cheshire; residence 31 March 1901, Liscard Cheshire; married 13 September 1921; died 3 February 1933; buried at Rake Lane Cemetery, Wallasey.

– sp. HINTON, William Edward [Captain].

6. HINTON, Anthony Charles. Born

6. HINTON, Angela.

4. GRAHAM, George Henry ‘Henry’/’Hy’. Born c. 1863, Harrington, Cumberland; occupation 1881 auctioneer’s clerk, residing with parents; went to New Zealand [where apparently there was another, more famous, George Henry Graham, see; married; died shortly after marriage.

— sp.

4. GRAHAM, Jacob ‘Jake’. Born 1864.

— sp. ‘Annie’.

5. GRAHAM, Lena.

— sp.

5. GRAHAM, Vera. Widowed.

— sp. MOSS, Thomas ‘Tom’.

6. MOSS, [daughter]. Residence 42 Montpellier Crescent, New Brighton, Wallasey, Cheshire.

— sp. OWENS, Cedric.

5. GRAHAM, Robert ‘Bob’. Died 1914-1918 Great War.

5. GRAHAM, Edna.

— sp.

5. GRAHAM, Nora.

— sp.

5. GRAHAM, Rhona.

— sp.

4. GRAHAM, Andrew ‘Andy’ Millighan. Born 1870; died 1891.

— sp. Alice. Born c. 1851, Hanley, Staffordshire, England.

4. GRAHAM, Allen George. Born 1874.

4. GRAHAM, Edward. Born 1876.

4. GRAHAM, Albert. Born 1888.

4. GRAHAM, Duncan. Born 1893; died 1968.


11 Responses to Obituary, Captain Charles Graham

  1. Frances G Taylor says:

    Very proud that this man was my Gt Gt Uncle.

    Frances Graham Taylor (nee Sibly) born Liverpool UK 1946 and residing in Auckland New Zealand.

  2. Phil Nash says:

    I used to live next door to Cedric Owens & his wife, in the 1960s. I lived next door at 44 Montpellier Crescent. He was a retired optician and had a full-size pool table in the attic; he also gave me several antique pieces, including an electric magic lantern and a parallel rule, only the latter of which I still have, sadly. I remmebr they were a great couple, very friendly, and it’s good to see they are remembered, and had an illustrious pedigree.

  3. Frances G Taylor says:

    Hello Phil

    According to a family letter I have, Cedric Owen’s mother in law also lived with the family in the very early 60’s. I don’t know the name of the daughter but Cedric’s M-I-Law was Vera Moss nee Graham. I am a member of the Graham family and keen to hear from anyone with information about the family.

    Thank you.

  4. Darren Walley says:

    This is great, I am looking at the history of my family and now I know how we got to Canada.

    Darren Walley (Great Grand Nephew of Cecil Walley)

    • hallnjean says:

      Happy to meet you Darren 🙂

      Norma (granddaughter of Cecil Walley)

      • Darren Walley says:

        Happy to meet you too … I hope you don’t mind me adding you to the family tree? I currently have present to 1635 so a few more generations to go.

        Have a great Christmas and a happy new year.


  5. Frances Taylor says:

    Still researching George Graham father of Charles. I don’t believe he was a ship’s cook! A George Graham was also Master of the Belted Will a model of which my father (Captain John Graham Sibly) commissioned during the 1960’s……… A fall from grace maybe to a Dock Gateman????????

  6. Frances G Taylor says:

    Have now discovered that George Graham wasn’t born in Scotland! So records need to be adjusted and I have now procured his MN registered number.

    • hallnjean says:

      Fantabulous work Frances! I’ve been wrapped up in various projects and lost sight of George (and too much genealogy in general). You’ve raised some tantalizing questions. Have you decided there are several seafaring George Grahams? Have you identified ‘our’ George?

      As to being a cook — some officers who ‘retired’ due to old age and/or due to trauma that disabled them enough to prevent active duty, but who could not stomach the idea of becoming a landsman opted to become a ship’s cook (I’m guessing finances too could enter into it)

      I agree with you though, the drop from captain to cook is dramatic and for any historical figure who experienced such a drop, it would be desirable to find documentation leading to a plausible explanation

  7. G says:

    Re: George Graham. I have secured his registration which marries up with other information I have spent a lot of time over, also if you refer to the letter I sent you about the family it did actually mention he had been a ship’s Master so I am sure this is “our” George. Also, I don’t believe my father would have spent money on the model of the “Belted Will” which is now out of the family and I believe to be now in the USA. I’m not sure he was an historical figure, just someone who for a variety of reasons found himself shore based and probably not unusual. A few years in those days at sea would have tried many a good man. I note Charles Graham, his son, also retired from the sea.

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