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F. W. Blathwayt

Biography

F.W. Blathwayt (1879-1939)

Frank Wynter Blathwayt was born 28 November 1879 in Romansleigh, South Molton, Devon, England, to Frances Dene and Rev. Charles Reginald Blathwayt. He was the youngest of four children: Geraldine Mary (1876), Arthur Dane (1878), Evelyn (1879) and Frank.

Frank attended Malvern College and then matriculated to Pembroke College, the third oldest college within Cambridge University in 1898. He graduated from there in 1901, with a Bachelor of Arts.

Frank immigrated from England to Canada around 1910. A passenger manifest from the ship St. Paul, has him listed as crossing from Southampton, England to New York, New York on 5 November 1910. It also indicated, he was a tutor at this time.

On 16 September 1915, Frank joined the Canadian army in London, Ontario. His Attestation Papers described him as 5 feet 8 inches tall with fair complexion, blue eyes, and light brown hair. By the end of World War I, he was a second Lieutenant in the Royal Garrison Artillery. In 1920, he retired from his position in the R.G.A. but retained his status as Lieutenant.

After the WWI, Frank returned to his occupation of being a school teacher. He married Harriet Tolton on 29 July 1924 in York, Toronto, Ontario. They were both school teachers. They had one child, Peter Blathwayt, born in 1932.

Harriet Tolton was a native of Guelph, Ontario. She was born on 17 June 1893, to Hannah Maria Hawes and Andrew Tolton. She had three siblings: Edna May (1890), Stanley Andrew (1894), and Ethelene Hawes (1891). Her father was a Christadelphian, and her mother was a Methodist. Harriet’s father died in 1898, but she was living with her mother and siblings in 1921. It is unclear when Harriet died, but voting records indicate she was living with her son in Toronto in 1957.

The Blathwayt’s travelled extensively back and forth between the United Kingdom and Canada.

Frank Wynter Blathwayt died of a long-term illness on 13 April 1939 in York, Ontario. He was buried in Woodlawn Memorial Park, in Guelph. According to the England and Wales National Probate Calendar, upon his death £2111 12s. 6d. went to Robert Donellan (an accountant) and John Newton Herapth (a solicitor). It is unknown why the money did not go to his wife and son.

The UPEI Provenance collection book, Democracy and Education: an introduction to the philosophy of education, written by John Dewey, contains Frank’s signature, the date he signed it (February 1922), and the letters C.O.E., indicating either Centre of Education or Church of England. Frank was connected to both.


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1881 England Census. Class: RG11; Piece: 2240; Folio: 135; Page: 5; GSU roll: 1341539.

1901 England Census. Class: RG13; Piece: 2322; Folio: 16; Page: 22.

1921 Census of Canada. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 97; Census Place: Guelph (City), Wellington South, Ontario; Page Number: 6.

Cambridge Alumni Database: Blathwayt. Accessed on 20 July, 2016.

Canada Attestation Records WWI. RG 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 816-28. Library and Archives Canada. Accessed July 20, 2016.

Canada Voters Lists. Year: 1957. Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

“Deaths.” 18 April, 1939. The London Times.

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