Dr. Robert “Marshall” Wansbrough was born near Grand Valley (Dufferin County), Ontario on the 14th of January, 1900. Dr. Wansbrough was the 2nd of 6 children born to William Alexander Wansbrough and the former Sarah Jane Adelaide Marshall. William Alexander Wansbrough was previously married to Annie Mary Augusta Davis on the 29th of November, 1893. They had a son named William George Wansbrough who was born and died in 1894. Mrs. Annie Mary Augusta Wansbrough died on the 1st of November, 1894. She was buried at Greenwood Cemetery in Orangeville. Dr. Wansbrough’s parents were farmers and his siblings were; Elgin McKinnon Wansbrough, Ellen “Nell” Augusta Wansbrough, Marion Jane Wansbrough, Frederick Arthur Wansbrough and William Franklin Wansbrough.
Dr. Wansbrough graduated from the University of Toronto Faculty of Health in 1924. While at university he participated in a number of athletic endeavours. During the summer of 1924 and perhaps beyond, Dr. Wansbrough practiced medicine in Ridgetown, Ontario and the surrounding area.
Dr. Wansbrough married Eugenia Pearl Chadwick in Cuyahoga County, Ohio on the 15th of June, 1927. Mrs. Wansbrough was born on the 18th of February, 1901 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She was the eldest of 3 children born to Lee Sherman Chadwick and Ethelyn Pearl Rogers. Her father was a mechanical engineer and her siblings were; Herbert Lee Chadwick and Winfield Scott Chadwick. In 1910 the Chadwick family resided at 407 Franklin Ave., in Pottstown, Pennsylvania. By 1920, the family had moved to 2852 Hastings Avenue in Cuyahoga, Ohio.
In 1928, Dr. Wansbrough joined the surgical staff at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.
Dr. Wansbrough served as an associate surgeon with the Canadian Armed Services during WWII. He was in charge of a hospital in England and held the rank of Colonel. After the war, Dr. Wansbrough returned to his position at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children “Sick Kids”.
Dr. and Mrs. Wansbrough had 3 children; Dixie Chadwick Wansbrough, Lee Chadwick Wansbrough and a baby boy that was stillborn on the 24th of December, 1935. In the 1930’s the Wansbrough family resided at 281 Oriole Parkway in Toronto.
Dr. Wansbrough was appointed surgeon-in-chief at “Sick Kids” in 1950.
Dr. Wansbrough died in Toronto on the 24th of May, 1956. Mrs. Wansbrough died on the 1st of May, 1970. Dr. and Mrs. Wansbrough were buried in the Wansbrough family plot at Greenwood Cemetery in Orangeville.
*Dr. Wansbrough brother Dr. McKinnon Wansbrough became a dentist. When he died in Ottawa on the 20th of December, 1970, an obituary appeared in the Ottawa Citizen stating that Brigadier General Elgin M. Wansbrough was the retired Director of Dental Services with the Canadian Armed Services. He served during WWI with the Canadian Armed Services.
*Mrs. Wansbrough’s brother, Winfield Scott Chadwick served with the United States Military in WWII.