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Waldron Brewer Prowse (1873 - 1937)

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Lt. Col. Waldron Brewer Prowse
Born in Brackley Point Road, Prince Edward Islandmap
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Husband of — married in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islandmap
Died in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Islandmap
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Waldron Brewer Prowse was born on June 14, 1873 in Brackley Point Road, Prince Edward Island and was baptized on August 18, 1873 at the Cornwall United Church.[1] He was the 11th of William Prowse and Eleanor Horne's 12 children. He lived with his family in Charlottetown Royalty.[2] where his father worked as a blacksmith. In his youth, he was an accomplished athlete, participating in shooting, hockey, football and cycling.[3]

Waldron married Katie Beatrice Seller on October 10, 1901 in Charlottetown.[4] The had two sons, Earl and Roy.

Waldron worked in with his brothers' company, Prowse Bros. Ltd until going overseas during World War 1. He was also in the fox business, both before and after the war, and he was one of the early automobile dealers in Charlottetown.[3]

Military Service

To edit.... From his obituary:[3]

Lt. Col. W. B. Prowse, D.S.O., [was] commander of the 1st Brigade, Canadian Siege Artillery in the World War and first to command a unit of Canadian heavy artillery in France during the War.
Canada entered the war in 1914. Colonel Prowse was on the reserve list as Captain in the 4th Regiment of Canadian Artillery. Following the outbreak of hostilities, he volunteered for service and with Col. A.G. Peake was active in organizing the 2nd Siege Battery which went to England in 1915 and first saw action on the Somme in May 1916.
Col. Prowse went overseas as Captain and in England, following the transfer of Col. Peake to another unit was made Major in command of the Battery. Just as his command, known in the British Army as the 98th Siege Battery, was completing its training in England it was detailed to Verdun to assist the French, hard pressed by fierce German attacks on that point of the Western front. The unit was preparing to move from England when the order was countermanded and the Battery sent to the Somme where it went into action first at Sailly-au-Bois in May 1916. From that time until December the unit remained at the Somme without rest. It was in connection with his service there that Col. Prowse was awarded the Distinguished Service Order. His unit was used in the first tank attack made in September 1916.
In 1917 Colonel Prowse went to England, took the senior officer's course and returned to France to become Lieutenant Colonel commanding the 1st Brigade Canadian Siege Artillery, a position he retained until demobilization in 1919.
The 1st Brigade remained in France and Belgium after the signing of the armistice during the winter of 1818 and went to England early in April and arrived in Charlottetown in May.

During the war Colonel Prowse was three times mentioned in dispatches.
Possessed of a magnetic personality, Colonel Prowse attracted men to him and was very successful as a recruiting officer. In active service he was most popular with his men and to "Wally Prowse" as he was affectionately known, went the troops with their dificulties, little and big, sure tht they would have sympathy and assistance.
The War cost Colonel Prowse his health, for not since his return had he been entirely well.

Lt. Col. Prowse died on January 15, 1937 in Charlottetown. He was 63.[3]


  1. PEI, Public Archives and Records Office, Baptismal Record, United Church, Cornwall, Book 3, Pg 39 - Waldron Brewer Prowse
  2. 1881 census of Canada, Library and Archives Canada PEI, Queens (District 2), Subdistrict A-2, Charlottetown Royalty, Pg 194 - William & Eleanor Prowse and 7 children
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 The Charlottetown Guardian, January 16, 1937, page 1 continued on page 8 – Death of Lt. Col. W.B. Prowse
  4. PEI, Public Archives and Records Office, Marriage Licenses, RG19, Series3, Subseries4: Marriage Licenses,1901 - Waldren Brewer Prowse & Katie Beatrice Seller

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