David Robb Gilchrist and Charlotte Maria Campbell’s son

This is where I am right now on Our Ancestors.

Alexander James Bryson Gilchrist was born on the 13th of November 1933.

Alexander James Bryson Gilchrist married Sheila Doreen Lightfoot. They had a daughter born in 1961 in Hennepin, Minnesota. I don’t have much more information except that Alexander James Bryson Gilchrist died on August 26, 1996 in Minnesota.

Should you be related to these people please use this contact form. I have so much history to share with you.

Making History


Another draft written before I found Bill’s identity.

This part of Canadian aviation history has to be told and shared. I will be using my Internet research and all the pictures that were found in a photo album.

The album might have ended up in a dump if not for Ross Campbell who wanted to preserve the past.

Little by little I am learning more and more about this part of Canadian aviation history. Someone’s grandfather is on this photo. I wrote him but I got no feedback.

Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

Feedbacks I got from Harold Skaarup, from Clarence Simonsen also, as well as Ross who set me straight on who Bill really was.

Bill was R.C.A.F all the way.

Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

This research is more than just about Sergeant Bill and Charlotte M. Campbell who I still don’t know how she is related to all this.

Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

Bill and this lady seemed pretty close.

Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

Here Bill is a corporal.

Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

Now on this photo Bill is a sergeant. The lady looks just I little older. A Vickers Vedette is in the background.

Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

We can barely make out the Z of its call sign. It’s probably this Vickers Vedette II at Deer Lake, seen on another of Charlotte’s picture.


Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

This is what I found on the Internet about the Vickers Vedette.

It’s quite an impressive research that I want to keep as a reference.

Source: http://1000aircraftphotos.com/HistoryBriefs/CanadianVickersVedette.htm

Here is an excerpt of which I will add some pictures.

Canadian Vickers Vedette

For the origin of the Vedette design one has to turn to the acquisition of a Napier Lion-powered Vickers Viking IV by Laurentide Air Service of Montreal in 1922. It went into service on their forestry operations in Quebec and Ontario, and Vickers in England closely followed the operations.

As a result of Laurentide’s experience, two of their employees, C.S. (Jack) Caldwell and I. (Pete) Vachon prepared a report which, although it has not survived, its substance indicated that a smaller aircraft than the Viking IV was recommended for forestry operations, and one with a particularly good take off and climb. The requirements for forestry patrol aircraft were also reviewed by a committee of the Society of Forest Engineers, especially set up for the purpose. It was composed of Capt D.N. Johnson of the Ontario Forest Service, Ellwood Wilson, Chief Forester of the Laurentide Co, and Col. Stephenson, District Forester of Manitoba. This committee agreed with the Laurentide Air Service report.



The amphibious Vedette was developed specifically to meet the requirements of Chile and six were produced for export there. The amphibious undercarriage installed was identical to that used on the Viking Mk.IV which had been made earlier by Canadian Vickers. It was a mechanically-operated manually-powered undercarriage. The first amphibious Vedette, G-CAUU, was first flown at St. Hubert Airport on October 6, 1928, by C.S. (Jack) Caldwell.

Six more amphibious Vedettes were later supplied to the RCAF, and one civil amphibian was made. It is believed that little use of Vedettes as amphibians was made in Canada and the undercarriage was usually removed.


No complete Vedette survived, although salvaged parts are preserved at various locations. The Western Canada Aviation Museum at Winnipeg, Manitoba, has a replica since 2002, while the Western Development Museum at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, is building a replica for completion in 2015.

A few Vedettes from a list that the author provided.


G-CYFS First flown November 4, 1924. Delivered to RCAF, first noted July 17, 1925, crashed at Torrance, Ontario, August 1927.

CV 31 Vedette II

Wright J-4


G-CYZM To RCAF, first noted May 17, 1927. Registered to Government of Saskatchewan as
CF-SAB on June 1, 1933, withdrawn from use May 28, 1937.

CV 51 Vedette II

A.S. Lynx IVB

Collection Charlotte M.Campbell

G-CYYC To RCAF, first noted June 14, 1928, struck off May 13, 1932. Registered to Manitoba Government Air Service as CF-MAE, June 2, 1932, destroyed by engine fire at Cranberry Portage, Manitoba, July 28, 1932.

CV 73 Vedette II

A.S. Lynx IVB

Source: http://1000aircraftphotos.com/HistoryBriefs/CanadianVickersVedette.htm


G-CYYB To RCAF, first noted June 14, 1928, last noted November 25, 1931.

CV 74 Vedette II

Wright J-4


G-CAUU Amphibian version. Registered to Canadian Vickers. To Chilean Navy, October 1928.

CV 99 Vedette V

Wright J-5


To be continued…






James’ sisters


Another draft post written before I found out who Bill Doe really was.

This shows you not to make hypothesis.

CAMPBELL – James Campbell, 39, returned soldier, of 844 Bannatyne avenue, died Sunday in General hospital after a short illness.  The funeral will be held at 1.30 p.m. Wednesday from Mordue Bros.’ funeral home to Elmwood cemetery. Besides his mother, with whom he lived, Mr. Campbell is survived by a brother, Alex, and a sister, Kathleen, also at home.  Four other sisters also survive:  Mrs. D.R. Gilchrist, Camp Borden, Ont.; Mrs. James Moorcroft, Vancouver, B.C., and Mrs. R. Toole and Mrs. J. Jones, both of Winnipeg.

Four other sisters also survive:

Mrs. D.R. Gilchrist, Camp Borden, Ont.;

Mrs. James Moorcroft, Vancouver, B.C.,

and Mrs. R. Toole and Mrs. J. Jones, both of Winnipeg.

Who were James’ sisters?

According to the ship’s manifest…

Tina 23 (Christina?)

Charlotte 13

Margaret 12

Jessie 6

Kathleen 1

Now according to the 1921 census

Tina is not listed so she was probably married to D.R. Gilchrist. Usually siblings  are listed by age in obituaries.

Charlotte who is next in James’ obituary could have been married  to James Moorcroft.

Just plausible…

Charlotte Campbell, 13


I wrote this draft post before I found this picture last night.


I don’t know much more about Bill, but I know much much more about Charlotte and her two brothers James and Alexander.

Both were World War One soldiers.

Charlotte came to Canada in 1911 with her siblings. James is there but not her parents who had emigrated before according to the 1921 Canadian census.

Census information are often wrong. Census takers rely on what people tell them… Names, age, occupation, when they immigrated.

I know for a fact that Charlotte emigrated to Canada from Scotland not in 1910 but in August 1911. She arrived in Quebec City aboard  S.S. Grampian.

Both her parents came to Canada in 1907.

Too be continued…

James Campbell 1896-1935

Bill isn’t Bill Campbell.  This is Charlotte’s brother James. I found his file on Archives Canada. You can read it here…


The  search for Bill is still going on. Questions still remain unanswered. One is why Charlotte mounted this album?

She was a stenographer in 1921 according to the 1921 census.

She emigrated from Scotland in August 1911 arriving on the Grampian.  In 1927 she was 28 years-old which would fit the pictures we have of this mysterious smiling woman in 1928 or 1929.

Bill and Charlotte seemed pretty close…

Were Bill and Charlotte married? Or just very good friends? 

I will look into it next week. 
Stay tuned…


Nice shot of a floatplane!

G-CASL was a Fokker Super Universal.

Click here.

Charlotte pasted it in the album with these other photos.

The year is 1927 if it’s true of course.

It was on this page.

I am not right now able to identify the other aircraft. I think the one at the top is a Vickers Vedette. At the bottom it’s a floatplane.

I know it’s  not an Avro 552A.

So I might need some help.

Maybe I can find something here.

Fokker Super Universal floatplane, G-CASL of Western Canada Airways Co., Rottenstone Lake, Saskatchewan, 1929.  (Library and Archives Canada Photo, MIKAN No. 3390454)


de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth on floats.  (RCAF Photo)

de Havilland DH.60 Cirrus Moth (89) Reg. Nos. G-CYWV, WW, WY (later 212), G-CYXE-G-CYXI, G-CYYG-G-CYYS, G-CYYW-G-CYYY, 55-58, 64-91, 102-107, 117-122, 151-168, 223, A113 (ex CF-CCV), A114 (ex CF-ADA), DH 60M Gipsy Moth (2), (Serial Nos. 27, 28), DH 60GM Genet Moth for a total of 91 aircraft.

Mystery solved!

Now could this picture had been taken in 1929 at Rottenstone Lake, Saskatchewan?

With this one?



This is how I found Charlotte M. Campbell last night

Just by accident…

October 16, 1933

The Winnipeg Tribune

James Campbell, 844 Bannatyne ave., sustained bruises and abrasions about the head and body when he was struck by a car while crossing Main st. between Market and James. He was taken to the General hospital. Condition good.

Alex. Campbell, 844 Bannatyne ave., was cut over the right eye when the car in which he was a passenger went into the curb at Coburn st. and Warsaw ave., early Sunday morning. Glaring headlights of a car coming in the opposite direction were blamed, for the mishap.

Then I found two obituaries in 1935…

James Campbell, 39, returned soldier, of 844 Bannatyne avenue, died Sunday in General hospital after a short illness.  The funeral will be held at 1.30 p.m. Wednesday from Mordue Bros.’ funeral home to Elmwood cemetery.  Besides his mother, with whom he lived, Mr. Campbell is survived by a brother, Alex, and a sister, Kathleen, also at home.  Four other sisters also survive:  Mrs. D.R. Gilchrist, Camp Borden, Ont.; Mrs. James Moorcroft, Vancouver, B.C., and Mrs. R. Toole and Mrs. J. Jones, both of Winnipeg.

CAMPBELL – On Dec. 8, 1935, at the Winnipeg General hospital, James Campbell, of 844 Bannatyne Ave., in his 40th year. Funeral service Wednesday, 1.30 p.m., in Mordue Bros. Funeral Home, 183 Donald St. Interment in family plot Elmwood cemetery. (Winnipeg Free Press, December 10, 1935, page 20)

From there I began searching for that family in Canadian censuses. Stay tuned because I won’t keep you on the edge of your seat.