Walter Geary















Walter Geary


Walter H. Geary was sent to Canada from Barnardo's via the ship, Minnedosa in September of 1922 at the age of 15. He worked on a farm in Ontario until he was 18. We have no further record of him until he showed up in Saskatchewan and Manitoba in the late 1930s. He married my Mum, Elsie M. Hewer in Swan River on July 30, 1941. My oldest sister, Denise was born in March of 1943, shortly before my Dad left for Europe to serve in World War II. He was wounded in Belgium by a sniper's bullet and returned to Canada on a hospital ship. I, Betty, was born after his return in January 1946, a baby-boomer. Three more siblings were born to them: Harry, Valerie, and Clifford. My parents settled in the small community of Mafeking, Manitoba where Mum's parents farmed. He worked at many things: for farmers, in the bush, cutting and hauling logs, trapping, forest fire-ranger, and in small planer mills, making lumber from the logs. His war wound caused him a lot of pain for the rest of his life. He died in the war veterans' hospital (Deer Lodge) in Winnipeg on December 4, 1966 and was buried in a military plot in Brookside cemetery in Winnipeg at the age of 59. We knew he was a Barnardo boy and that his early life and the war caused him a great deal of emotional pain, but he did not talk much about it. He could not seem to forgive his family for giving him away.



Walter with his daughter