Edgar Lemke

Alternate name(s): 
George Edgar
Date of birth: 
Monday, 26 November 1883
Marital status: 
divorced
Ethnicity/Nationality: 
Russian
Profession: 
surveyor; Co-operative Commonwealth Federation worker; organizer
Hometown(s): 
Fort Fraser, British Columbia; Vancouver, British Columbia; Libau, Courland, Russia,
Date of immigration to Canada: 
Sunday, 27 January 1924
Education: 
Institute of Technology in Massachusetts, Boston, 1 year
Political affiliation: 
Co-operative Commonwealth Federation; Zack McEwen says he joined Communist Party for first time in Spain and remained a member.
Affiliations to union and social groups: 
FSU
Prior military experience: 
British Expeditionary Force Anti-Bolshevik forces in North Russia during World War I, 4 years, Sargent
Approximate date arrived in Spain: 
1937-08-02 - sailed
1937-08-12 - arrived
Unit: 
Mackenzie Papineau Battalion, head quarter staff, kitchen, from September 22, to December 15, 1937; Battalion of Instruction No. 5, head quarter staff from December 15,1937 to February 15, 1938; Instructor’s Company February 15 to March 5, 1938; National Ministry of Defense, Sub-Secretary of Armaments in Valencia from March 5 to April 15, 1938; Russian armour unit: Interpreter from April 15, 1938 to July 15, 1938; Returned to XV BDE on July 15, 1938; Military Hospital no. 15, Denia served as Secretary of II Centro;
Final status: 

Survived; sent to Barcelona October 12, 1938 for repatriation; returned to Canada February 3, 1939 on the Duchess of Richmond; d. 1960

Other: 
Named by Hoar as the oldest serving Canadian in the Mac-Paps; spoke English, Russian, German, Spanish, French, and Norwegian
Sources: 
RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 3, Delo 509, ll. 96 (under Edgar, George); RGASPI Fond 545, Opis 6, Delo 547, ll. 7-14 (under Edgar, George); Hoar; Liversedge; Momryk; Petrou, Ancestry under George Edgar; Findagrave