Andrew Lane Wark McCALLUM

Regiment:             Canadian Field Artillery, 35th Battery (C.E.F.)

Rank & Number:    Lieutenant  

23 June 1889; Fairlie  

                     1961; Denbighshire, Wales  

Brother of Alexander, Daniel & Malcolm
                              Cousin of Allan, Daniel, John & William

ANDREW LANE WARK MCCALLUM was born 23 Jun 1889 in Fairlie, to parents John, a master joiner and Elizabeth Wark (who married in Tillicoultry on 18 Jun 1878).  He was christened on 28 Jul 1889 in Fairlie Free Church.  He died in Denbighshire, Wales in 1961, and was buried on 12 Sep 1961 in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal, Canada.  

In the 1891 Census, Andrew, aged 1, is living Oakbank, Fairlie with parents John (42, b. Fairlie, ship carpenter) and Elizth (39, b. Bonnybridge) and siblings Malcolm (11), Christina (8), John (6), Daniel (4) and Alexander (5)  

In the 1901 Census, aged 11, he is living Oak Bank with parents John (53, house joiner) and Eliz (40) and siblings John (16), Daniel (14), Jessie (9), Agnes (6) and Liellas (5).  

In the 1911 Census, aged 21 and a clerk, he is living 73 Kenmure Street, Pollokshields with parents John (62, joiner) and Elizabeth (59, m 32 yrs, 11ch/10 living) and siblings, Eliz. C (30), Christine F (28), Alex M. (25, law clerk), Daniel (24, joiner), Janet (19), Agnes W (16) and Lilias F (15)  

Passenger lists show he made numerous business trips between Canada and the UK between 1926 and 1960.  Through the years he is described as a Manager, General Manager, Business Executive and Consultant, and is employed by Canadian National Railways.  He mainly visited London, giving his address as hotels or the CNR offices, but in 1936 he sailed from Glasgow under his father’s address in Pollokshields, and in 1957 he gave his address as Llangellen, N. Wales.  

Newspaper articles from the 1940s show he became Chairman of the Canadian Shipping Board, and was involved at national and international level in various councils and committees responsible for directing war work and providing food relief to Europe during and in the aftermath of WW2.  He was included in the book “Canadian Strength” published in 1947, which detailed the backgrounds of 46 men involved in industry, supply and trade who provided an outstanding and invaluable service to the nation during the war.  

He was awarded the O.B.E. (Officer, Order of the British Empire) and C.B.E. (Commander, Order of the British Empire).        

Enlisted in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force at Sherbrooke, Quebec on 28 Jan 1916 (shipping secretary, nok father John, 73 Kenmure Street, Pollokshields).

Extracts from Canadian newspapers:-  

Winnipeg Free Press 4/6/36
STRONG PLEA FOR FREE PORTS MADE BEFORE SENATORS:  Ottawa, June 4 – Strong support for Senator J.P.B. Casgrain’s bill for establishment of free ports in Canada was voiced to the senate committee, Wednesday, by Major George Washington Stephens of Montreal.  . . . . . . .    A.L.W. MacCallum, manager of the Shipping Federation of Canada, with headquarters in Montreal, was the next witness.   

Winnipeg Free Press 7/1/41
FOR MORE SHIPS:  Ottawa, Jan 6 -  The appointment of a five-man committee to advise D.B. Carswell, controller of ship construction and repairs, was announced last night by Hon. Angus Macdonald, navy minister and acting minister of munitions and supply.  The committee members are:  . . . . . . . . A.L.W. MacCallum, director of shipping of the Canada shipping board . . . . . . .  

Lethbridge Herald 26/12/41
H.R. MacMillan Made Member Of Shipping Board:  Ottawa, Dec. 26 – Trade Minister MacKinnon announced today that H.R. MacMillan, president of Wartime Shipping Ltd. Has been appointed a member of the Canadian Shipping Board.  . . . . . . .   Shipping board chairman is L.D. Wilgress, deputy minister of trade and commerce, and chief executive officer is A.L.W. McCallum, director of shipping.  

Lethbridge Herald 8/5/42

Canadian Lakes Fleet to Help U.S. Ship Shortage:  Ottawa, May 8 – A fleet of big Canadian upper lake freighters is coming to the aid of the United States fleets in order to keep the American steel mills, concentrated on war work, supplied with iron ore from Duluth.        . . . . . . . .  A.L.W. MacCallum, director of shipping announced today.  “It is anticipated”, he said, “that additional steamers will arrive at the American ore loading docks within the next few days.”  Canadian operators provided the vessels on instructions of the Canadian shipping board.  

Medicine Hat News 7/11/42
McCALLUM HEADS SHIPPING BOARD:  Ottawa, Nov 7 – A.L.W. MacCallum, director of shipping has been appointed chairman of the Canadian Shipping Board, Trade Minister MacKinnon announced today.  . . . . . . . .  Mr. MacCallum’s services have been loaned to the government for the past three years by the Shipping Federation of Canada, of which he is manager.   

Winnipeg Free Press 9/3/43

Canadian-U.S. Grain Chiefs Plan Aid for Starving Europe, By Chester Bloom:   Washington, March 9 – Enveloped in the usual atmosphere of secrecy, which has always surrounded deliberations of Canadian grain representatives with the American agricultural chiefs in Washington, a meeting is in progress today at the U.S. department of agriculture to discuss ways and means of aiding starving Europe.  The problem is how to get the billion bushel wheat surplus of the American continent into the mouths of perishing Belgians, French, Greeks, Jugoslavs and other nations under the heel of Hitler’s Gestapo.      Those in attendance include C. Gordon Smith, assistant to George Melvor, chief commissioner of the Canadian wheat board; Charles Wilson, statistician of the board; A.L.W. McCallum, chairman of the Canadian shipping board at Ottawa;  . . . . . . . .  

Lethbridge Herald 27/9/43
Emergency Grain Transportation Committee Set Up by Ottawa:  Ottawa, Sept. 27 – Trade Minister MacKinnon announced Saturday that the cabinet wheat committee has appointed an emergency grain transportation committee to see that emergency feed grain requirements are met.  . . . . . . . .     The emergency committee members in addition to Mr. Lockwood are:  A.L.W. MacCallum, chairman, Canadian Shipping Board;  . . . . . . . .  

Winnipeg Free Press 4/11/44
MacKinnon Appointed To Maritime Council:  Ottawa, Nov. 4 – Prime Minister Mackenzie King announced early today the appointment of Trade Minister MacKinnon, the minister responsible for the Canadian shipping board, as Canadian representative on the United Maritime council, a United Nations body which deals with merchant shipping needs.      He also announced that A.L.W. MacCallum, chairman of the Canadian shipping board, has been appointed Canadian representative on the United Maritime executive board, . . . . . .  

Lethbridge Herald 12/2/46

MORE SHIPPING FOR RELIEF CARGOES SOUGHT:  London, Feb 12 – Canadian representatives at the final meeting of the 18-power United Maritime authority, formed last year to supply shipping for military and essential relief purposes, will carry home recommendations that a degree of international co-operation in facilitating relief and rehabilitation cargoes be continued for eight months.      Canada is one of 13 associate members of the authority and A.L.W. McCallum, chairman of the Canadian Shipping Board is chief delegate at London.  Representatives of other countries will take home similar recommendations.     

Medicine Hat Weekly News 5/6/46 
Names Delegates To Seattle Meet:  Ottawa, June 4 – Labor Minister Mitchell today announced selection of a Canadian delegation, headed by Arthur MacNamara, deputy labor minister, to attend the Maritime session of the international labor organization in Seattle June 6.  . . . . . .    The Canadian shipowners’ delegate would be A.L.W. MacCallum of Montreal, manager of the Shipping Federation of Canada, Incorporated.  . . . .  

Winnipeg Free Press 21/6/47 
CANADIAN STRENGTH: by Corelyn Cox; 192 pp; illustrated; The Ryerson Press, Toronto:      The Character sketches in this admirably presented book demonstrate the extent of Canada’s industrial miracle during the war; and provide the backgrounds of forty six men who so readily abandoned their private interests and sacrificed personal gain to contribute an outstanding and an invaluable service to the national during a vital hour.  The Canadians listed include only those who were officers of the Department of Munitions and Supply or of the Wartime Prices and Trade Board.  These biographical sketches reveal the story of Canada’s remarkable rise during the war to the position of the fourth industrial power of the world.      Set in chronological order, the sketches begin with G.K. Shells, and carry on through the list of forty six, including Donald Gordon, G.C. Bateman, A.L.W. McCallum, . . . . . . .

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