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George Small 1915
L/Cpl George Small Regt # 1516
Donated by Hugh Small and Family

Born, Moreton's Harbour, Notre Dame Bay, NFLD. on 10 Jan.1897. Father: Reuben Small, Moreton's Harbour. Mother: Laura Rideout Small, formerly of Whales Gulch. Occupation: Fisherman.

George Small enlisted in the Royal NFLD Regiment on 3rd May 1915, at St. John's NFLD.He embarked on the S.S. Calgarian on 19 June 1915,to join the B.E.F. He was wounded three (3) times. 1 July 1916 at Beaumont-Hamel, France. 1 December 1917 at Masnieres, France. 14 October 1918 at Ledeghem, Belgium, Near Courtrai.

George was married on 27 April 1917 at St. Ann's Church, Mossblown, Ayrshire, Scotland, to Mary Price Keenan, while still a Member of the Royal NFLD Regt. Their Best Man was William A.Small,(Cousin) also RNR. He returned to St. John's on S.S. Corsican, on 30th January 1919, with his wife and baby daughter, Laura, who was born at Lethanbank, Mossblown, on 2nd February 1918. He was demobilized on 6th April 1919, at St. John's. They went by train to Lewisporte, and then by dogsled to Moreton's Harbour. John Keenan Small was born on 12 December 1919, at Beachy Cove, Moreton's Harbour.

The Smalls went to Malden Massachusetts, in 1924, where they were joined by their Father and Mother, Laura and Reuben Small. On 2nd October 1925, George Edward Small was born in Malden, Mass. and on 10th February 1929, Hugh Watson Small was born, also in Malden, Mass.

A period of ill health for George's wife, May, followed Hugh's birth, and, on Doctor's advice, the family left for Scotland. George followed them, after working as a Carpenter in Toronto, in 1933. He was immediately employed as a carpenter in the City of Edinburgh, and rose quickly to the position as General Foreman. During the second World War he was General Foreman of what was called a " Blitz Squad" They consisted of hundreds of all tradesmen being sent to a City which had been heavily hit by German Bombers. Their mission was to repair, save or even make rooms habitable as the housing shortage was really acute. He was highly thought of by Management and workers alike.

During the war, WW2, our home in Edinburgh was a home away from home for many NFLD Servicemen, The only requirement was a shoulder flash that read,"Newfoundland". Ma was a genius at stretching the wartime rations. They returned to Malden, Mass. in 1950, and George went to work with his brother Edward, who had a housebuilding business in Stoneham, Mass.

George Small died in 1967, and is buried in Forestdale Cemetery in Malden, where he was joined in 1983, by his loving wife, May. they had been married 50 years. Their son, John Keenan Small was also buried there in 1996, He went ashore with the British Army on "D" day on Sword Beach in Normandy. They are survived by a daughter, Laura, two sons, George and Hugh, eight (8) grandchildren, twelve (12) great-grandchildren, and four (4) great-great-grandchildren.

Memorial Day 2007

Photos of George Small and Mary Price Keenan:

Children of George and Mary

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