Samuel Prowse

Samuel Willis Prowse (1869 - 1931)

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Samuel Willis Prowse
Born in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Islandmap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married in Scotlandmap
Husband of — married in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadamap
Died in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canadamap
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Samuel W. Prowse was born in on August 25, 1869[1] in Murray Harbour, Prince Edward Island. He was the youngest child of Samuel Prowse and Louisa Willis. He grew up in the family home in Murray Harbour.

After receiving an B.A. at Mt Allison University in Sackville, NB, Samuel moved to Scotland to pursue medical studies. He obtained a Bachelor of medicine and master in Surgery from University of Edinburgh, following which he practiced medicine for 4-5 yrs in Fifeshire, Scotland. He then obtained an M.D. from the University of Edinburgh. In 1893, he became Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh.[2]

While in Scotland, Samuel married Katherine Mary Gordon Smith,[3] likely about 1894[4] They had one daughter, Evelyn.

In 1898, Samuel and his family moved to Winnipeg, Manitoba where Samuel was a practicing physician, specializing in diseases of eye, ear, nose and throat. He served as President of the Winnipeg Medico-Chirugical Society in 1910.[5] In 1916, Samuel joined the Canadian Expeditionary Forces,[6] and took a mobile field hospital to France. In 1917, while overseas, he was elected Dean of the Manitoba Medical College.

Samuel's wife Katherine died in 1921[7]A few years later, Samuel married Irene Mary Fairbairn. They were married on January 8, 1926 in Winnipeg, Manitoba.[8] Sadly, Irene died only 3 years after they were married, at the age of 40.[9]

Samuel died on August 1, 1931 in Winnipeg, at the age of 61[10]


  1. No birth or baptismal certificate found, but same date is on multiple documents
  2. The Guardian, Charlottetown, July 18, 1901, Pg 5 – Dr S.W. Prowse joins faculty of Manitoba Medical College
  3. Have not seen documentation with her surname, but this is the name given in multiple biographies
  4. Estimated, based on birth of daughter in 1895.
  5. Memorable Manitobans – Samuel W. Prowse
  6. Library and Archives Canada, Soldiers of the First World War, Officers Declaration Paper, Canadian Overseas Expeditionary Force – Samuel Willis Prowse, May 20, 1916
  7. Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency, 1921,019178 – Death of Katherine Mary Gordon Prowse, May 23, 1921, age 53
  8. Manitoba, Vital Statistics Agency, Marriages, Registration 1926-003050 - Samuel W. Prowse and Irene Mary Fairbairn
  9. Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency, 1929-0039136 – Death of Irene Mary Prowse, August 5, 1929, age 40
  10. Manitoba Vital Statistics Agency, 1931,036096 – Death of Samuel Willis Prowse, August 1, 1931, age 61

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Samuel W. Prowse and family
Samuel W. Prowse and family

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