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McLennan, William Durie

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McLennan, William Durie

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1889-1939

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William Durie McLennan (24 Nov. 1889-20 May 1939) was born in Montreal, the third child of William McLennan and Marion Paterson. Durie McLennan attended McGill University, obtaining his Bachelor of Architecture in 1914. That same year, he enlisted for service in World War I and served in France in the 5th Battery, 2nd Brigade of the Canadian Field Artillery. He eventually obtained the rank of lieutenant. On 21 February 1923, McLennan married Gyneth Maud Wanklyn, daughter of Frederic Lumb Wanklyn and Edith Margaret Angus of Montreal. Together they had two children, Hugh and Elizabeth Wanklyn. McLennan worked as an architect before his death in 1939 from a coronary occlusion due to his earlier military service (he was gassed in April 1915) and possibly as a result of Marfan syndrome. He is buried in Mount Royal Cemetery, Montreal.

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