George M. Cathcart

Contractor

George Miller Cathcart (1879–1974) was born in Ayr, the second son of a wine merchant who died when he was young. 1 Cathcart's mother moved to Hillhead in Glasgow, near her elder son who became a distinguished university medical professor. 2

George appears in the Glasgow Post Office Directory in 1911 at 11 Bothwell Street as 'George M. Cathcart & Co., working as a building consultant and agent, also dealing in iron, steel and machinery'. He emigrated to Canada in 1912, and worked as a carpenter before joining the Canadian Expeditionary Force, serving as a sapper from 1916–19. 3 After the war, he worked as a bridge foreman in British Columbia, revisiting Scotland several times. 4

Notes:

1: Birth date, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk; British Columbia Death Index 1872–1979, www.ancestry.co.uk [both accessed 16 September 2011].

2: George M. Wishart, 'Edward Provan Cathcart 1877–1954', Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society, census information, www.scotlandspeople.gov.uk [accessed 16 September 2011].

3: Attestation Paper, 'Canada, soldiers of the First World War, 1914–18', online database; Nominal Roll of Dispersal Draft 2102 U, 1919, in Canadian Passenger Lists: both at www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 16 September 2011].

4: Canadian Passenger Lists, 1865–1935, www.ancestry.co.uk [accessed 16 September 2011].