Memorable Manitobans: David Foster McAmmond (1869-1950)
Social worker, administrator.
Born at Britania Bay, Ottawa, Ontario on 17 November 1869, son of John McAmmond (1839-1920) and Barbara Shillington (1946-1906), he joined the Salvation Army around 1886 and was first posted locally in Ottawa. Subsequently, he was promoted to Adjutant and posted to Toronto No. 1 Corps. On 1 November 1897, he married fellow-Salvationist Linnie Abbie Brady McAmmond at Stratford, Perth County, Ontario and had four children; Linnie May McAmmond (1899-1989, wife of Major Hedley Adelbert Burrell), Myrtle Foster McAmmond (1902-1969, wife of Brigadier Oliver Gilbert Welbourn), Ernest Norman Carlos McAmmond (1905-1989), and Grace Evelyn McAmmond (1911-2002).
Around 1901, they were posted to Winnipeg but by 1902 had returned to Eastern Canada, where they would see service in other major metropolitan centres such as Ottawa, Montreal, and London. In 1908, they returned to Winnipeg and took up residence at 189 Evanson Street (then Horne Street). He held the rank of Staff Captain and was the Superintendent of the Detention Home (1908-1912) as well as the Kildonan Industrial Home (1912) in the Municipality of Kildonan, while his wife worked as Matron of both institutions respectively. While in Winnipeg, he was also head of the Men’s Social Department. They departed for Toronto in October 1912 to take up prison and social work duties. In 1914, he was a survivor of the RMS Empress of Ireland sinking. He later spent many years stationed at Hamilton, as a Field Officer, Chanclellor, and evenutally Divisional Commander. He was promoted to Field Secretary in 1930, holding the position until retirement in 1936. He retired with the rank of Colonel and lived at Toronto until moving to British Columbia around 1947.
He died at Vancouver on 21 February 1950 and was buried in Ocean View Cemetery at Burnaby.
Ontario birth and marriage registrations, Ancestry.
Death registrations, British Columbia Vital Statistics.
1901 & 1911 censuses, Library and Archives Canada.
“Children’s confessor,” Manitoba Free Press, 26 July 1911, page 38.
“City and general [Salvation Army appointments],” Manitoba Free Press, 24 February 1912, page 48.
“City and general [Salvationists farewell],” Manitoba Free Press, 7 October 1912, page 24.
“All alive at Toronto’s parent Corps,” The War Cry, 14 December 1929, page 15.
“Golden Jubilee Congress,” The War Cry, 8 October 1932, page 16.
“Old battleground,” The War Cry, 25 January 1936, page 4.
“The final farewell,” The War Cry, 11 July 1936, page 13.
“A warrior crowned,” The War Cry, 11 March 1950, page 5.
“Mrs. Colonel McAmmond (R),” The War Cry, 8 July 1950, page 9.
“A woman warrior laid to rest,” The War Cry, 15 July 1950, page 12.
Tkimmins1 wide family tree, Ancestry.
This page was prepared by Nathan Kramer.
Page revised: 30 April 2020