Dr. Wyatt Lorn McIlwraith was born in Woodstock on the 31st of March 1887. He was the 2nd of 5 children born to John McIlwraith and the former Jessie Wyatt. His siblings were; Hattie, Minerva, Agnes and Martha. His father was a builder. Dr. McIlwraith received his early education in the Woodstock area.
Dr. McIlwraith graduated M.D. from the University of Western Ontario in 1912. He joined the College of Physicians and Surgeons on the 20th of November, 1913. Dr. McIlwraith started his medical practice in North Pines, Ontario. In 1915 he was the Superintendent of the North Pines Hospital in Graham, Ontario.
Dr. McIlwraith married Rhoda Winnifred Leeson on the 5th of May, 1915 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She was born on the 21st of October, 1890 in Chatham-Kent. She was the eldest of 9 children born to Fred Thomas Leeson and the former Maria Amy Jane Book. Her parents were farmers in Camden Twp, near Croton. Her siblings were; John, William, Thomas, Laura, Dudley, Marie, Wallace and Elliott. At the time of her marriage, Mrs. McIlwraith was the Principal of the Hurley School in Oldfield. (Oldfield was a small community on Oldfield Line, North of Dover Centre in Chatham-Kent).
During WWI, Dr. McIlwraith served as a Medical Officer at the Christie Street Hospital in Toronto.
By 1918 Dr. McIlwraith was practicing in Thamesville. A daughter Laura Jean McIlwraith was born in Thamesville, on the 22nd of September, 1921. After 21 years of caring for the citizens of Thamesville, Dr. McIlwraith moved his family, which now included 2 daughters, to Brantford in 1939.
During World War II, Dr. McIlwraith served as a Medical Officer with The Second Battalion Dufferin Rifles. Dr. McIlwraith was a member of the Ozias Lodge, A.F. & A.M. and he served as a Past Master. He was Past President of the Brantford Scottish Rite Association and was a Past Grand of Mohawk Lodge. He was a member of the I.O.O.F., the Children’s Aid Society and the Brantford Historical Society.
Mrs. McIlwraith died on the 19th of December, 1947. At the time of her death, she resided at 18 Inwood Drive in Brantford. Dr. McIlwraith died in Brantford on the 16th of September, 1953. They are buried at the Farringdon Cemetery in Brantford.
Note: The editor has confirmed that Lorn is spelled correctly as per his tombstone and his obituary in the Canadian Medical Journal.