William Hurdman DSO
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William George Hurdman DSO (1858 - 1922)

Lt-Col William George Hurdman DSO
Born in Gloucester, Carleton, Ontario, Canadamap
Ancestors ancestors
[sibling(s) unknown]
Husband of — married about 1883 [location unknown]
Husband of — married 1 Feb 1905 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canadamap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 64 in Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canadamap
Profile last modified | Created 29 Jun 2019
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William George Hurdman was the son of John Hurdman of Aylmer, Canada West (Quebec) and Eliza Fraser.[1] Lt-Col William George Hurdman, DSO married firstly Charlotte Elizabeth Burns in 1883 and after her death secondly Lillian May Pennock in 1905.[2]

He received his education in the Ottawa Collegiate Institute (today known as Lisgar Collegiate Institute).[3] He was employed in the family lumber trade when not occupied in the military.[1] For a time he was in he was in partnership with C. A. Olmstead.[1]

Besides military service, he also served in a civic capacity, with the Ottawa Public School Board as member representing St George's Ward and later chairman.[1]

He was a veteran of the Boer War and the Great War.[1] Ultimately his military career was 40 years starting with the Governor General's Foot Guards in 1874, then in 1878 with the Princess Louise Dragoon Guards for a time, but mostly with the Canadian Artillery Militia from 1887.[1][4]

For the Boer War, he was one of the first volunteers, organising the Artillery Brigade and commanding 'D' Battery. He earned the Queen's South Africa Medal with three bars (Belfast, Cape Colony, Orange Free State).[5]

When the Great War started, his offer of service was accepted despite his age in Feb 1916.[4] He organised the 3rd Division Ammunition Column and commanded in France, a unit in which his William also served.[1][4] He eventually commanded the 3rd Division of Artillery[4] was twice mentioned in despatches.[6][7] and was awarded the Distinguished Service Order for his services in France.[8]

In peace time before and after the Great War he was Inspector of Artillery stores in the Department of Militia and Defence, since Sep 1908.[1][4]

He was a 32nd Degree Mason, a Shriner and member of the Scottish Rite.[1] He was at one time president of the Ottawa Valley Motor Association and for 25 years he was a member of the Canadian Artillery Association.[1]

He died in 1922 and was buried in Beechwood Cemetery, Ottawa, Ontario.[9]

1861 Gloucester, Carleton, Ontario, Canada.[10]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
John Hurdman Head Male 39 Lower Canada Farmer
Elizabeth Hurdman Wife Female 26 Upper Canada
George Hurdman Brother? Male 26 Lower Canada Farmer
William G. Hurdman Son Male 2 Upper Canada
Charles A. Hurdman Son Male 1 Upper Canada

1901 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada.[11]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Wm. G. Hurdman Head Male 42 - 01 Nov 1858 Ontario Merchant Widower
Gerald C Hurdman Son Male 16 - 16 Oct 1884 Ontario Student
Wilbert N. Hurdman Son Male 14 - 27 Dec 1886 Ontario
Ola May Hurdman Daughter Female 8 - 04 May 1892 Ontario
Charlotte C Hurdman Daughter Female 6 - 20 Jun 1894 Ontario
Albert F Hurdman Brother Male 40 Ontario - 24 Jul 1860 Miner
Isabella S Hurdman Wife Female 29 - 21 Mar 1872 Ontario

1911 Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada.[12]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
Wm Geo Hurdman Head Male 54 Ontario Inspector Canadian Militia
May Hurdman Wife Female 35 Ontario
George Hurdman Son Male 4 Ontario
Elizabeth Hurdman Daughter Female 3 Ontario
Ola Hurdman Sister Female 19 Ontario
Edna Hurdman Sister Female 17 Ontario
Albert Hurdman Brother Male 50 Ontario Mining Engineer
Maggie Burns Renter Female 25 Ontario (possible relative of first wife who was a Burns)

1921 138 Stewart St, St.George's Ward (Sandy Hill), Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada.[13]

Household Role Sex Age Birthplace
W. G. Hurdman Head Male 60 Ontario Inspector
Lillian M. Hurdman Wife Female 45 Ontario
Geo W. Hurdman Son Male 13 Ontario Student
Betty Hurdman Daughter Female 12 Ontario Student


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 1.8 1.9 Obituary. The Ottawa Journal. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 23 Dec 1922, Sat. Page 2.
  2. "Ontario Marriages, 1869-1927," Wm Geo Hurdman and Lillian May Pennock, 01 Feb 1905; citing registration, Ottawa, Carleton, Ontario, Canada, Archives of Ontario, Toronto
  3. "Lisgar Collegiate Centenary: 1843-1943". Lisgar Collegiate Centenary Committee. Lisgar Alumni Association - O'Meara, W. P. J. (Chair). 174 pp. Photos.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 Great War Personnel Records. http://central.bac-lac.gc.ca/.item/?op=pdf&app=CEF&id=B4641-S070
  5. South Africa Service Medal Register. Library and Archives Canada.
  6. London Gazette. No 30448. 25 Dec 1917.
  7. London Gazette. No 30706. 25 May 1918.
  8. London Gazette. No 30716. 3 Jun 1918.
  9. https://www.findagrave.com/memorial/199527503
  10. 1861 Census Canada. Library and Archives Canada.
  11. 1901 Census Canada. Library and Archives Canada.
  12. 1911 Census Canada. Library and Archives Canada.
  13. 1921 Census Canada. Library and Archives Canada.

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