Tenant of Windfell Hall - F.E. Duder

F.E. Duder


Francis Edwin Duder (1893-1983)

Francis Edwin Duder was born on 28 January 1893, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada. He was the youngest son of Charles Robert Duder and his first wife, Ida Marion Carter, whose father was Hon. Sir Fred Carter, K.C.M.G., Chief Justice. Charles and Ida had three other children besides Francis, but only their eldest son, Stanley, survived past infancy. Ida herself passed away in 1896, when Francis was only three years old. His father eventually remarried Edith Jardine in 1901, and together they had five children.

At the age of 17, in 1910, Francis left Newfoundland with plans to head to Edmundston, New Brunswick to work as a bank clerk. In 1911, he is listed as a bank clerk in Halifax, Nova Scotia.

By December 1913, Francis is living in Montreal, Quebec, according to Notarial records. On 31 March 1915 he enlisted in the Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force, following Canada’s entrance into World War I. His Attestation Papers list him as 5 foot, 10 inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. He had no prior military experience besides four and a half years with the cadet corps, but he became a Staff-Sergeant nonetheless. He joined the 38th Battalion immediately, and then was moved to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915. Six months later, on 25 January 1916, the Canadian military put his job experience as a bank clerk to use, and he was transferred to the Canadian Army Pay Corps, where, it appears, he closed out his military career.

Francis was also a founding member of the Canadian Jurisdiction of the Modern Order of Saint Lazarus, which rewarded him with the title of Chevalier for his service.

At some point between 1919 and 1921, Francis married Angele Marette de Cerfontaine in Quebec. In 1921, they were living at 126 Rue Cartier, Quebec City. Evidently, they did not have any children. Francis and Angele eventually relocated to Nova Scotia. In 1961, Angele died leaving Francis a widow for twenty-two years.

Francis died in 1983, at the age of 90. Both he and Angele, are buried at the Middleton Corners Cemetery at the Holy Trinity Anglican Church, in Nova Scotia.

The UPEI Provenance Collection’s copy of The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Brontë has the inscription “F.E. Duder St. John’s - Nfld June / 12”, along with an R. Mingo Sweeney bookplate, who was also a founding member of the Canadian Modern Order of Saint Lazarus.

Other books in the UPEI Provenance Collection:

Brontë Sisters. Agnes Grey, The Professor, Poem. London: Collins’ Clear-Type Press, 1850. [“F.E. Duder Montreal March 13”]

Brontë, Charlotte. Shirley. London: Dent, 18--? [“F.E. Duder July 1911 Halifax - N.S.”]

Dearmer, Percy. Highways and Byways in Normandy. London: Macmillan and Co., 1910. [“Angele and Frank” in Memory of happy days of “Cerfontaine”. MHF. Angele’s maiden name was de Cerfontaine (of Cerfontaine). Cerfontaine is a town in Northern France.]


Archives des notaires du Québec; District: Montréal; Title: Grandbois, Adolphe-Elzeard (1898-1916). Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec; Montréal, Quebec, Canada.

1911 Census of Canada. Census Place: 61 - Ward 3, Halifax, Nova Scotia; Page: 5; Family No: 35

1921 Census of Canada. Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 133; Census Place: St Jean Baptiste Ward, Québec South (City), Quebec; Page Number: 8

Births, Deaths and Marriages in Newfoundland Newspapers, 1810–1890. CD-ROM. St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada: Maritime History Archive, Memorial University of Newfoundland.

CanadaGenWeb's Cemetery Project. CanadaGenWeb.org.

“Canada, Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918)." Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4930 - 35. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.

Canadian Expeditionary Force. CEF Personnel Files, 1914-1918. Accession 1992-93/166. Record Group 150. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

The Modern Order of Saint Lazarus: A history of the Military and Hospitaller Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in the last half century. Torri ta’Lanzun: Office of the Grand Archivist & Historian - MHOSLJ, 2014.

Passenger Lists, 1865–1935. Microfilm Publications T-479 to T-520, T-4689 to T-4874, T-14700 to T-14939, C-4511 to C-4542. Library and Archives Canada, n.d. RG 76-C. Department of Employment and Immigration fonds. Library and Archives Canada Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Soldiers of the 38th. Accessed on 1 August 2017.

Soldiers of the First World War (1914-1918). Attestation Papers. Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 4930 - 35. Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa.

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