McQuay, Robert Bateman: Captain

Digitized Service Record

Source: Memorable Manitobans via the Manitoba Historical Society

Physician and surgeon.

Born at Pickering, Ontario on 20 February 1889, son of Mr. and Mrs. James H. McQuay, he was educated at Peterborough Collegiate, Manitoba College, and Queen’s University. His family came to Manitoba in 1902 and settled at Foxwarren. In January 1915, he joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force and served in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He went overseas with a draft and was attached to the Tallow Hospital (Duchess of Connaught). He returned to Canada and finished his medical course then re-enlisted and went to France in October 1916. He was Medical Officer with 6th Brigade, C.P.A. and was invalided to the Duchess of Westminster Hospital at Paris Plage; 5th Brigade Artillery, No. 3 Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne; Medical Officer, 18th Battalion; after Armistice, 12th Field Ambulance near Brussels; returned to Canada and discharged 15 June 1919. Lecturer and demonstrator in Anatomy, Queen’s University, 1919-20. Came to Portage la Prairie; formed the McQuay Clinic. Member, Canadian and Manitoba Medical Associations. In 1920-21, special work Mayo Clinic, and Cook County Hospital, Chicago. Specialises in X-ray. Address, Portage la Prairie, Manitoba.

Married Gladys Saunders, 1920. Had a son and a daughter.


Pioneers and Prominent People of Manitoba, Winnipeg: Canadian Publicity Company, 1925.

CEF attestation papers, Library and Archives Canada.

This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.

Page revised: 20 March 2011

Daugther’s Obituary:


MARY ALICE THACKER (née MCQUAY) – At Ottawa, on February 12, 2011, in her 86th year. Beloved wife of the late Douglas Gerald Thacker. Mary Alice was born June 7, 1925, in Portage la Prairie, the daughter of Dr. Russell Bateman McQuay and Gladys Marguerite McQuay (née Saunders). Raised in Mindemoya, Manitoulin Island, she went on to become a registered nurse and graduate of Kingston General Hospital (1947) and Queen’s University (Gold Medallist, 1952). Loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother; collector of antique dolls; talented doll artisan; and a generous and independent spirit. Deeply missed and lovingly remembered by her daughters Jane and Ann (John); sons Donald (Connie) and Robert (Julie); grandchildren Sarah and Ian; sister Ann (Jim) and brother Tom (Barbara); nieces, nephews and grand-nieces. She was predeceased by her sister Peg and brother Jack. Special thanks to the staff of the Lindenwood section at the Glebe Centre for their remarkable kindness and compassion to our mother and her family during the past four years. Visitation Friday, February 18 from 1-3 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. at Tubman Funeral Homes, Westboro Chapel, 403 Richmond Rd., Ottawa. Funeral service Saturday, February 19, 2:30 p.m. at Tubman Funeral Homes, Westboro Chapel, 403 Richmond Rd., Ottawa. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Glebe Centre (950 Bank St., Ottawa K1S 5G6) or Doctors Without Borders ( would be appreciated.



Grave Marker at Mindemoya Cemetery, Carnavon Township (Manitoulin District).


Detail of plaque.

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