Regiment:               Royal Scots Fusiliers, 5th Btn.  

Rank & Number:      Private, 241915  

21 May 1878; 350 Main Street, Glasgow  

5 January 1968; Vancouver, B.C., Canada  


PETER DEWAR was born 21 May 1878 at 350 Main Street, Glasgow, to parents John, a boot factory finisher, and Janet Sawers (who married in Bridgeton, Glasgow on 28 Dec 1877).  He died, aged 89, on 5 Jan 1968 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada (the informant is his daughter Theresa).  

On 1st Jan 1903 at 4 Wood Street, Coatbridge, Peter (aged 24, steel plate inspector, of 16 Trafalgar Street, Bridgeton, Glasgow) married Mary Pender White Kelly.  

In the 1881 Census, Peter, aged 3, is living 350 Main Street, Bridgeton with parents John (27, b. Glasgow, boot finisher) and Janet (21, b. Glasgow), and siblings Charles (4, b. Glasgow) and Elizabeth (10m, b. Glasgow)   In the 1901 Census, he’s aged 22 and a steel plate dresser, and is living 16 Trafalgar Street, Bridgeton with mother Janet (42, steam loom weaver) and siblings Jon (17), Alex (15), Thos (12), Jessie (10) and Wm (9).  

In the 1911 Census – aged 32 and a a missionary, he’s living Tailor's Rest, Strand Street, Whitehaven, Cumberland with wife Mary (35, b. Baillieston) and children Margaret (6, b. Glasgow), and John (3, b. Glasgow)  

In the 1915 and 1920 Valuation Rolls, Peter Dewar, evangelist, is a tenant at Allanbank, Fairlie.  

On 23 May 1924, Peter, wife Mary and children John (16), Theresa (13) and Catherine (9) emigrated to Canada, where they planned to settle in Winnipeg, and in July and August 1924, the Winnipeg Free Press advertised Peter Dewar of Glasgow speaking at Elim Chapel.  The family travelled to Australia in 1927, and in October that year the Adelaide Register included a notice that both Peter and son John had been appointed to churches in the Presbytery of Adelaide.  In August 1928, the family left Adelaide and returned to Canada.    

The Largs & Millport Weekly News reported on 9 Feb 1918 that Peter Dewar had been on board one of the transports recently torpedoed by an enemy submarine while travelling to Alexandria.  On 26 Apr 1919, he gave a lecture at St. Margaret’s Church, Fairlie, describing his experiences while on service in Palestine and France.  His medal index card shows he received the British War and Victory medals.

Extracts from the Largs & Millport Weekly News:-  

24 April 1915  
A special series of services are at present being conducted in the Largs Mission Hall by Mr. Peter Dewar, late UF missionary, Kilwinning  

9 February 1918  
Mrs. Dewar, Allanbank, Fairlie, has received news that her husband Pte. Peter Dewar was on board one of the transports recently torpedoed by an enemy submarine.  We are glad to know that Pte. Dewar was amongst the rescued, and is none the worse for his unhappy experience.  Pte. Dewar, prior to his enlistment, was a well known Ayrshire evangelist connected with the United Free Church.  

26 April 1919  
Mr. Peter Dewar, evangelist, lectured at St. Margaret’s U.F. Church on Sunday evening on his experiences and impressions while on service in Palestine and France.  A large congregation was in attendance who listed in rapt attention to a most interesting address.  Not the least interesting part of Mr. Dewar’s address was his graphic description of the torpedoing of the transport in which he travelled to Alexandria.

Extracts from other newspapers:-
Winnipeg Free Press, July & August 1924
Adverts for Mr. Peter Dewar of Glasgow speaking at Elim Chapel  

Adelaide Register, October 1927 to August 1928
Articles from Presbytery of Adelaide about Mr. Peter Dewar taking charge at Woodville, and his son Mr. John Dewar being appointed to the church at Port Pirie.  On 4th August, it's intimated that Peter Dewar has resigned and will return to Canada on August 18; and on 18 August it's mentioned that Messrs. P. and J. Dewar, of Woodville, and Port Pirie respectively, will leave Adelaide today on their return to Canada (snippets only, full articles not available).

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