John Edgar Pinkerton's Boer War and WWI Story
as told by his cousin Herb Barge

Edgar was born October 10, 1877 in Egremont Township, Grey County, Ontario, Canada, the son of Isaac Andrew and Jane Alice (nee Harrison) Pinkerton.

On April 19, 1902 Edgar enlisted for service in the Boer War.His attestation papers indicate that previous to this he had been a member of 3rd Battalion, The Royal Canadian Regiment in Halifax.

Boer War Attestation papers
Boer War Attestation papers

Edgar married Mabel Beatrice Dunn on September 10, 1912 in Durham, Grey County, Ontario.

They had 7 children, Ross, Alice, Elspeth, Mabel, Alan, Walter and John.

On April 20, 1916 he signed his attestation papers to join the Army to fight overseas in World War I. It is noted on the papers that he had been with the 30th Wellington Rifles for 12 years.

World War I Attestation papers
World War I Attestation papers

He returned from the war to raise his children and look after his family.

Edgar passed away February 1957 in London, Ontario, Canada.

He is buried with his wife Mabel and two infant sons Ross J (1913-1913) and John R (1922-1922) in the Durham Cemetery, Durham, Grey County, Ontario>


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