Waterloo Region Generations
A record of the people of Waterloo Region, Ontario.

Mayor Arthur William Mercer

Male 1867 - 1945  (77 years)


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  • Name Arthur William Mercer 
    Prefix Mayor 
    Born 22 Aug 1867  , New Brunswick, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2
    Gender Male 
    Elected Office Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Mayor - Cambridge 
    Occupation 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Agent, Piano 
    Religion 1911  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Methodist 
    Residence 1911  30 Elliott St., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1945  224 Main St. E., Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Eby ID Number Waterloo-209177 
    Died 2 Feb 1945  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    Cause: Fractured Left Hip - Cerebral Haemorrhage 
    Buried 5 Feb 1945  Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I209177  Generations
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 

    Family 1 Elizabeth Jane E. "Jane" Robinson,   b. 1870, , Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 Sep 1904, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 34 years) 
    Children 
     1. Ruth Mercer,   b. Jun 1898, , Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Paul Whitaker Mercer,   b. 27 Aug 1904, Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F5493  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ethel Rose "Edith" White,   b. 8 Feb 1884, Beverly Twp., Wentworth Co., Ontario Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1971  (Age 86 years) 
    Married 23 Sep 1908  Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Last Modified 22 Oct 2019 
    Family ID F189896  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • BX May 16, 1919

      Distinguished Conduct Medal Presented to Hero's Mother - Decoration Awarded to Company Sergeant Major Stephen Ridley, Formerly of Brantford

      A former resident of Brantford, and an employee of The Courier, has been added to the list of Canadian heroes, the late C.S.M. Stephen Ridley, whose distinguished conduct medal was received by Mayor A.W. Mercer of Galt on Monday.

      The late Company Sergeant-Major Stephen Ridley died of wounds on August 28, 1918 and was awarded the coveted decoration on account of the gallantry and courage he displayed in the battle of Cambrai, in which he received his fatal wounds. He was one of the 19th Battalion Boys.

      On Tuesday Mayor Mercer, Ald. Alfred Taylor and others, waited upon the soldiers mother, Mrs. Stephen Ridley, of 11 Close Avenue, and presented her with the Distinguished Conduct Medal which had been awarded to her son. In making the presentation Mayor Mercer addressed Mrs. Ridley:

      To me has fallen the great honour of being commissioned by the military authorities to deliver to you the Distinguished Conduct Medal so nobly won by your gallant son on the field of Cambrai.

      No words of mine can convey the appreciation of your son's fellow citizens for his gallantry, and even this tangible appreciation from the Empire falls short of consoling you for the loss of your beloved son, but as the years go on and all-healing time brings you the balm of consolation that nothing else can give your pride will be freshly inspired every time you gaze on this medal, the tangible evidence that amongst countless heroes your son was counted brave.

      It is with pride, therefore, that I hand you this medal, counting it associated even in this small measure with that of your son and that I can do your son the posthumous service of delivering to his mother the medal which he so gallantly won at the cost of his own life.

      And, on behalf of the city, permit me to assure you that your fellow citizens rejoice with you in your son's bravery and mourn with you his early death.

      Stephen Ridley DCM | Great War Centenary Association. (2018). Doingourbit.ca. Retrieved 30 May 2018, from https://www.doingourbit.ca/profile/stephen-ridley-dcm?page=8

  • Sources 
    1. [S572] Census - ON, Waterloo, Galt - 1911, Div. 17 Page 30.

    2. [S122] Cemetery - ON, Waterloo, Cambridge - Mount View CC#4495 Internet Link .
      In memory of/ E. Jane E. ROBINSON/ 1870-1904/ wife of/ Arthur W. MERCER/ 1867-1945/ and his wife/ Ethel Rose WHITE/ 1884-1971/ MERCER/

    3. [S2491] aaa Vit - ON - Death Registration, death certificate 012029 (1945).
      Name:Arthur William Mercer Gender:Male Age:77 Birth Date:22 Aug 1867 Birth Place:New Brunswick Death Date:2 Feb 1945 Death Place:Galt, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father:Hiram Mercer Mother:Elizabeth Mercer Spouse:Ethel Mercer Certificate Number:012029

    4. [S2488] aaa Vit - ON - Marriage Registration, marriage certificate 019178 (1908).
      Name:Arthur William Mercer Age:41 Birth Year:abt 1867 Marriage Date:23 Sep 1908 Marriage Place:Waterloo, Ontario, Canada Father:Heram Whitfield Mercer Mother:Elizabeth Aslett Mercer Spouse:Ethel Rose White

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 22 Aug 1867 - , New Brunswick, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsElected Office - Mayor - Cambridge - - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 23 Sep 1908 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsOccupation - Agent, Piano - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsReligion - Methodist - 1911 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - Cause: Fractured Left Hip - Cerebral Haemorrhage - 2 Feb 1945 - Galt (Cambridge), Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - 5 Feb 1945 - Mount View Cemetery, Cambridge, Waterloo Region, Ontario, Canada Link to Google Earth
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