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Dr. John Roland Parry
Male 1879 - 1956


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  • Prefix  Dr. 
    Birth  13 Jun 1879  Dunnville, Haldimand Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender  Male 
    Military  WW1 
    • Dr. Parry had served in the Haldimand and then Hamilton militias and had qualified to be an officer.
    Eby ID Number  Waterloo-190324 
    Died  27 Dec 1956 
    Buried  Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID  I190324  Generations
    Last Modified  6 Oct 2017 

    Family  Louise Evaline "Evaline" Breithaupt,   b. 11 Jun 1882, Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married  31 Oct 1906  Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID  F50017  Group Sheet

  • Notes 
    • Outbreak of the Great War caused great uncertainty on the homefront

      In the summer of 1914 in Hamilton, my paternal grandparents \emdash Louise Evelyn Breithaupt, from Kitchener (the Berlin), and surgeon John Roland Parry, from Dunnville, were closely following the darkening situation in Europe.

      Dr. Parry had served in the Haldimand and then Hamilton militias and had qualified to be an officer. The militarism he and Evelyn, who spoke fluent Germa, had seen when he was doing medical research in Vienna in 1909 had appalled them. On Aug. 6, 1914, two days after Britain declared war on Germany, Evelyn wrote to one of her sisters in Georgian Bay: "Unless things grow brighter, I couldn't think of going up north."

      Her husband might be called up for military \emdash "I daren't think about it." But the Aug. 4 was also their daughter's birthday.

      Evelyn was close to her large family: she was the eldest of the eight children of Emma Devitt and Louis Jacob Breithaupt (and her husband was the eldest of 10). They lived in Berlin at 'Sonneck' (sunny corner), at 108 Queen St. N., and in the summer on Georgian Bay, at 'Bayview' cottage in Penetanguishene and on the Vancrofter houseboat. The family's papers are in the Breithaupt Hewetson Clark Collection at the University of Waterloo Library, which includes the letter I write about here.

      The Parrys \emdash Jack, 35, Evelyn, 32, Margaret, turning 7, and Betty, 4 \endash were living in Hamilton. On Aug. 6, Evelyn wrote to her sister Edna, apparently on the houseboat: "I actually forgot when your (July 26) birthday came along. Somehow one doesn't keep track of time down at the beach" (probably at Lake Erie, near Dunnville).

      "Jack has been very busy operating. Last week he had work from four new doctors, some of whom he didn't even know, so that is always encouraging. The summer seems to be his busiest time."...

      Parry, J. (2014). Outbreak of the Great War caused great uncertainty on the homefront | TheRecord.com. TheRecord.com. Retrieved 1 July 2017, from https://www.therecord.com/opinion-story/4690021-outbreak-of-the-great-war-caused-great-uncertainty-on-the-homefront/

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    Link to Google MapsBirth - 13 Jun 1879 - Dunnville, Haldimand Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 31 Oct 1906 - Kitchener, Waterloo Region, Ontario Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Hamilton Cemetery, Hamilton, Wentworth Co., Ontario Link to Google Earth
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