David Sangster (1877 - 1917)
was born at the farm of Midtown of Cruden, Aberdeenshire, the fifth child of
George Sangster and Catherine Daniel. He probably attended Hatton school to
the age of 14.
In 1905 (aged 28) he left Scotland with his sister Margaret
and emigrated to Winnipeg, Canada, where he and his brothers were partners
in the firm of Sangster Brothers., Carriage Builders.
In 1915 he was living with his sister Margaret and her 4 children at 137
Atlantic Avenue, Winnipeg. Margaret's husband, Alfred Ramsay, was serving
with the armed forces in France.
He enlisted in the Canadian army in January 1916 (giving his birth date
as 15 November 1878) and in November was sent to England on the SS Olympic.
He joined the 46th Battalion, South Saskatchewan, in February 1917 and by
April was serving as a stretcher bearer at Zouave Valley, Vimy.
While at Vimy, David Sangster lost a photograph of his nephew and nieces
given to him by his sister, Margaret. The photograph of the four children,
complete with the name of a Winnipeg photographer, was found on the
battlefield by a Private G A MacDonald who sent it to the Winnipeg Tribune
in the hope that the newspaper could trace the photographer and return the
photograph to its owner. This the newspaper managed to do; a new copy of the
photograph was sent to David Sangster in France and the original lost
photograph is still in existence today.
The 'Lost' photograph.
L - R. Alfred, Kathleen (in front), Lillian, Margaret (right).
During the 3rd battle of Ypres (Passchendaele), in October
1917, David Sangster was posted as missing, presumed dead.
Report in the Winnipeg Tribune, May
His memory is honoured at the Menin Gate.