Local Soldiers


Over 200 young men from the Creston Valley served in the Great War. Any who had enlisted prior to the autumn of 1916, and had not yet been killed, invalided home, or sent to military hospitals to recover from wounds, were almost certainly on the Vimy battlefield.

Below is an alphabetical list of those soldiers known, or believed, to have been at Vimy Ridge. This list will be updated as further details of their service records are available. Those who were killed in the battle or its immediate aftermath are marked with (K); wounded are marked with (W).

Note: As further details become available, we are finding soldiers originally included on this list who were not, in fact, at Vimy Ridge. Rather than deleting their names altogether, we have added an asterisk (*) following their names, and included further details of their whereabouts at the time of the battle, following another asterisk at the end of their service details.

Very special thanks to John Dinn for his many hundreds of hours of research that have made this list possible!

Adams, John (W)
Regimental No: 706895 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 25 Dec 1885, Doune, Perthshire, Scotland
Occupation: Rancher, Gray Creek BC
Enlisted: 22 Dec 1915, Nelson BC
Previous Military Service: #4 Battery, Royal Highlanders (Territorials)
Service Details: Sailed from Halifax on 23 Jul, 1916 aboard the SS Olympic, arriving in Liverpool, England on 31 Jul 1916. His battalion was absorbed by the 16th Reserve Battalion 7 Jan 1917 and was immediately transferred to the 102nd Infantry Battalion (“A” Company), CEF. Private Adams landed in France 17 Feb 1917 and joined his battalion in the Vimy Sector a week later. In early March, he was temporarily attached to the 176th Tunneling Company, Royal Engineers (in preparation for Vimy Ridge), rejoining his battalion on 3 Apr. Wounded 6 Apr 1917 (gun-shot wound in left knee) while taking over in relief at the front line in the final build-up to the Battle of Vimy Ridge. Following six months in specialist and convalescent hospitals, he embarked for Canada from Liverpool 6 Nov 1917 and was discharged from service on 20 Mar 1918.

Andrew, John Marshall
Regimental No: 461329 Rank at enlistment
Born: 18 Apr 1897, Neepawa MB
Occupation: Fruit Rancher, Creston BC
Enlisted:
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Following battalion absorption and transfers, served with the 44th Infantry Battalion, CEF; disembarked at Havre, France 12 Aug 1916. For two years Private Andrew fought in all the major battles with nothing more than a sprained foot. Wounded (gun-shot wound in right forearm and right hip) 10 Aug 1918 near Fouquescourt, Battle of Amiens. After four months convalescing in England, sailed for Canada 14 Dec 1918.

Barton, Marshall Hale Bradshaw*
Regimental No: 338995 Rank at enlistment: Gunner
Born: 21 May 1896, Winnipeg Manitoba
Occupation: Express messenger on SS Kokanee, Creston
Enlisted: 7 June 1916, Vancouver BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: “Marshall Barton is the latest Crestonite to sign up for the big German scrap. He has enlisted with the 68th Artillery in Vancouver, and is one of a draft of 100 who will be leaving any day now for the training camp at Shorncliffe. Marshall was keen to go with the First Canadian Contingent about two years ago, but owing to the family bereavement at that time was persuaded to remain at home until now. He takes to field battery work like a duck to water and is hoping the training in the Old Country will be of short duration.” [Creston Review, 21 Jul 1916]. Embarked 15 Aug 1916 aboard SS Grampion, disembarking 24 Aug 1916. Gunner Barton was posted to the 1st Brigade, 1st Canadian Divisional Artillery on 13th November 1916. He served in France with the 4th Battery, Canadian Field Artillery. Proceeded to England 21st March 1919 and returned to Canada 14th April. *Barton was definitely involved in the build-up to Vimy Ridge. However, on 4 April 1917, he was admitted to a stationary hospital at nearby St-Pol with a bad case of the mumps, and therefore would have missed the battle itself.

Baston, John (W)
Regimental No: 29530 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 17 Oct 1883, Edinburgh Scotland
Occupation: Bank Clerk, Creston BC
Enlisted: 23 Sep 1914, Valcartier PQ
Previous Military Service: Officer Training Corps (1 year); 72nd Regt. Seaforth Highlanders, Vancouver (enlisted May, 1914)
Service Details: 16th Battalion (The Canadian Scottish); Canadian Ordnance Corps. (C.O.C.). Sailed for France on 12 February 1915 and disembarked at St. Nazaire three days later – 1st Canadian Division, 3rd Infantry Brigade. Slightly wounded 23 Apr 1915 , trenches south of Kitcheners Wood, 2 miles west of St. Julien. Was confined to a French hospital and returned to his battalion two months later. Transferred to Canadian Ordnance Corps (C.O.C.) on 26 Jan 1916, 8th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Posted as clerk to Headquarters (C.O.C.), 3rd Canadian Division on 8 May 1916. Wounded 3rd Ma, 1917 (shrapnel fractured right leg) fractured at Neuville St. Vaast, near Vimy Ridge by an aeroplane bomb; invalided to Shorncliffe, England. Returned to France, joining Headquarters, Canadian Corps, 4 Oct 1917 and commenced Ordnance Officer training. Promoted to Warrant Officer, Class 1 24 Feb 1918 with Assistant Director Ordnance Services (A.D.O.S.). Demobilized 3 Aug 1919 and returned to duty with the Canadian Bank of Commerce. Awarded the Belgian Croix de Guerre for Devotion to Duty At Passchendaele Jan 1918; Meritorious Service Medal for Services in France and Belgium Jul 1919.

Beutlich-Millar, Finlay (K)
Regimental No: 228386 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 22 Jul 1898, Edinburgh Scotland
Occupation: Clerk, possibly at Bank of Commerce, Creston
Enlisted: 20 May 1916, Calgary AB
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles at Calgary. Embarked at Halifax on 29 Jun 1916 aboard Olympic, arriving in England on 5 Jul 1916. Drafted to Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry in France on16 Oct 1916 being part of the 3rd Canadian Division, 7th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Killed in action, 9 Apr 1917: During the assault on Vimy Ridge, Private Beutlich-Millar was hit in the back with a piece of enemy shell just after leaving the craters on the morning of April 9th. He succumbed to his wounds shortly afterwards at the Dressing Station.

Birkbeck, James Douglas
Regimental No: 442331 Rank at enlistment: L. Cpl.
Born: 22 Apr 1893, Lancashire England
Occupation: Rancher, Gray Creek BC
Enlisted: 25 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Arrived in France on 13th August, 1916, becoming part of the 4th Canadian Division, 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade. L/Corp. Birkbeck was a model soldier, being awarded a good conduct badge in May of 1917 and records indicate he wasn’t wounded or sick for the entire four years of service. He was discharged at Hamilton, Ontario on June 18th 1919.

Burn-Callander, Frank
Regimental No: Rank at enlistment: Lieutenant
Born:
Occupation: Farmer and Game Warden, Creston BC
Enlisted: about February 1916
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Creston Review 14 Jan 1916 indicates that Frank Burn-Callander received a commission as Colour Sergeant of the 107th Regiment, Royal Field Artillery, a British unit, and he probably formally enlisted in England. He had been gazetted as Lieutenant with that unit by 11 Feb 1916. Was in France, commanding a trench mortar battery by mid-December 1916. Served with 50th Battery, 34th Brigade, Royal Field Artillery at Vimy Ridge; received Military Cross “for conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. When acting as Brigade F.O.O., [Forward Observation Officer at Vimy Ridge] the post was heavily shelled, but he succeeded in sending back timely and valuable information. During operations it was due to his great daring and knowledge of the situation that communications were maintained with the rear.” Invalided to rest camp Sep 1917 to recover from shell shock.

Butterfield, Douglas
Regimental No: 430274 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 14 Sep 1893, London England
Occupation: Rancher, Wynndel BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: Transferred to the 31st (Alberta) Battalion 11 Sep 1915 and embarked for France a week later. Wounded 8 Apr 1916 at St. Eloi Craters, Ypres Salient, Belgium; shell/shrapnel to left foot and left arm. Sent back to England for three months convalescence and rejoined his battalion near Voormezeele, Ypres, Belgium in August. By August 1918 he had survived several major battles unscathed and attained the rank of Sergeant. Slightly wounded to left leg and neck 11 Oct 1918 during the advance through the town of Hordain in the Cambrai Sector; again sent to England for convalescence and was discharged from duty in Vancouver on 28 Mar 1919.

Butterfield, James Edward
Regimental No: 687597 Rank at enlistment: Pte
Born: 15 Jan 1876, London England
Occupation: CHemist, Wilmer BC; formerly rancher, Wynndel BC
Enlisted: 5 Feb 1916, Athalmer BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: On arrival in Roclincourt, Arras, France in March 1917, was attached to Wireless Depot Company, Royal Engineers. In September 1917 Sapper Butterfield was hospitalized with myalgia and was returned to England. For the remaining 20 months, he was in service with the Canadian Engineer Training Depot, returning to Canada in August 1919.

Butterfield, John Crotch
Regimental No: 443358 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 11 Mar 1885, London England
Occupation: Chauffeur, Wynndel BC
Enlisted: 28 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Arrived in France with the 54th Infantry Battalion on 13 August, 1916 and was attached to the 11th Canadian Trench Mortar Battery, 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Wounded 9 Aug 1917, near Lens, France. He was returned to England, being hospitalized for several months. Served with the Canadian Army Service Corps in various roles from June 1918 to demobilization in November 1919.

Clarke, John [Jack] Charles

Regimental No: 186544 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 8 Feb 1880, Liverpool England
Occupation: Shipping Clerk, Wynndel BC
Enlisted: 23 Aug 1915, Winnipeg MB
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 90th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles); transferred to the 27th Infantry Battalion CEF on 3 Sep 1916, landing in France two days later. Pte. Clarke served with the 27th Battalion for over two years. He was discharged at Witley Camp on account of short-sightedness on 29 Jan. 1919

Clarke, Ralph Ellis*
Regimental No: 187057 Rank at enlistment: Pte
Born: 8 Nov 1884, Liverpool, England
Occupation: Gasoline Engineer, Wynndel BC
Enlisted: 23 Aug 1915, Winnipeg MB
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 90th Canadian Infantry Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles); the battalion was absorbed by 11th Reserve Battalion, CEF in July 1916 and he was transferred to the Canadian Army Service Corps at Witley Camp, England and later attached to the 5th Divisional Train, Witley. Served in No. 1 Canadian Army Auxiliary (Horse) Company in France for one year and was discharged on 19th May 1919. *Further research indicates that Ralph Clark was not at Vimy Ridge: he was still in training with the 5th Divisional Train, (Royal) Canadian Army Service Corps at Whitley Camp, England.

Coomber, Harry Alan
Born: 11 Aug 1884, London England
Occupation: Farmer, Boswell BC
Enlisted: 22 Sep 1914, Valcartier PQ
Previous Military Experience: 14th Middlesex Rifle Volunteers M. I. – 5yrs.
Service Details: After four months of training on Salisbury Plain, sailed for France on 11th February 1915 and disembarked at St. Nazaire three days later – 1st Canadian Division, 2nd Infantry Brigade. Wounded 1 Jul 1915, Ploegsteert, south of Messines, Ypres. Received a gunshot wound to the left thigh at Trench 62; spent more than three months in hospitals in England, then appointed to a commission with the Home Counties (Kent) Royal Garrison Artillery. He quickly rose to the rank of Lieutenant by the summer of 1917 and was attached to the 138th Heavy Battery, Royal Garrison Artillery in early 1918 when he was awarded the Military Cross: “For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. This officer directed the withdrawal of guns, in full daylight, under heavy shell fire, and with enemy aeroplanes flying at 100 feet plastering them with machine-gun fire. Two guns were got clear, with six wagonloads of stores and ammunition, two men and two horses being wounded, and he only left when all available wagons had been sent away. Killed in action, 29 Apr 1918 at Gentelles Wood, west of Villers Bretonneux, Amiens, France: “No cover could be obtained beyond splinter-proof shelters, and the enemy artillery rained shells of all calibres into the wood continually. It was also a most difficult task getting ammunition to the position, owing to the road coming under heavy high explosive and gas shell fire very frequently. In this respect, the ammunition convoys of our Battery were extremely fortunate to escape serious damage, but the casualties to personnel and horses of other artillery units were very heavy. The men on the guns were not so lucky, and a number of the men were wounded, and Lt. Coomber died of wounds received at this spot.”

Dow, John Campbell
Regimental No: 442055 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 16 Aug 1893, Spokane WA
Occupation: Bank Clerk, Revelstoke BC, formerly Creston BC
Enlisted: 10 Jun 1915, Revelstoke BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 54th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.Enlisted with 54th (Kootenay) Battalion, with the rank of Private. Transferred to 30th Canadian Battalion, 26 Jul, 1915; Canadian Engineers, 10 Jan, 1916; 2nd Canadian Divisional Signal Company, 19 Aug 1916. Promoted Lance-Corporal, Apr 1918;
Corporal, Aug 1918. Principal actions: Third Battle of Ypres, Somme, 1916; Arras, Lens, Passchendaele, 1917; Amiens, Arras, Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons, 1918. Awarded the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field In maintaining telephone communication during enemy counter attacks Hill 70 August, 1917; Bar to the Military Medal for Bravery in the Field In maintaining uninterrupted communication during the advance on Cambrai, September, 1918.

Ebbutt, Frank*
Regimental No: 931045 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 27 Mar 1892, Birmingham, England
Occupation: Surveying, Creston BC
Enlisted: 18 Mar 1916, Fernie BC
Previous Military Service: R.M.R. (Rocky Mountain Rangers), Nelson, B.C., 3 years; 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: 225th O/S Battalion. *Although he enlisted early enough to have been at Vimy Ridge, Ebbutt’s service record indicates that he was not in France until the summer of 1918.

Embree, Clarence Arthur
Regimental No: 207187 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 28 Jun 1892, Wyandotte, MI
Occupation: Capenter, Creston BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 97th Battalion; 4th Overseas Pioneer Battalion

Fraser, William (W)
Regimental No: 524933 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 23 Jul 1897, Edinburgh Scotland
Occupation: Farmer, Kootenay Bay BC
Enlisted: 11 Aug 1916, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with #1 Field Ambulance, Army Medical Corps Training Depot #11 (“B” Section) because, as he later wrote, “I wanted to defend liberty without carrying a weapon. I did not want to kill.” Later transferred to 9th Field Ambulance, 3rd Canadian Division, serving as a stretcher bearer for the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry. Took part in the final victorious push in Mons. After the Armistice, the exhausted William “Bill” Fraser was welcomed into the home of the André family in Maisières (Mons), along with his friend, Ted Allen. Bill became a friend of the family, a relationship that developed over four generations. Bill, his wife, his children and his grandchildren would often visit the André family and their descendants, Marcel Bron and Suzanne Huwart d’Obourg. Back in Canada when he was demobilised on 19 March 1919, William Fraser never forgot those who, with so little to share, had opened up their home to him. On 3 February 1998, an official delegation from the City of Mons visited William Fraser at his home. The meeting was understandably imbued with emotion. Then at last on 3 March 1998, unanimously decided by its members, the Municipal Council of Mons awarded William Fraser the title of Honorary Citizen. He was the last survivor of the Canadian liberators of Mons in 1918. William Fraser passed away 29 Jan 1999, at the age of 101

Gwynne, Edwin Robert Stanley (K)
Regimental No: 440709 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 11 Jun 1887, London England
Occupation: Prospecting, Creston BC
Enlisted: 8 Mar 1915, Prince Albert SK
Previous Military Service: Hampshire Yeomanry – Carabiniers (territorials); 52nd Regiment (Prince Albert Volunteers)
Service Details: 53rd Battalion; later transferred to 5th Battalion where he was serving at Vimy Ridge. Killed in action 9 Apr 1917 during the assault on Vimy Ridge.

Hall, William Albert (Willie)*
Regimental No: 430263 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 25 Jun 1896, London England
Occupation: Assistant Station Agent; Construction, Erickson BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: 48th Infantry Battalion. *Despite his early enlistment date, which suggests the possibility of his having been at Vimy Ridge, Hall was actually in England, attached to the 21st Reserve Battalion, at the time of the Battle of Vimy Ridge

Halliday, John Gillespie
Regimental No: 931148 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 3 Mar 1890, Troqueer, Dumfries, Scotland
Occupation: Labourer, Boswell BC
Enlisted: 1 Mar 1916, Lochrutton, Lochfoot, Dumfries, Scotland
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles (British Columbia Regt.). Died 8 Aug 1918 at Amiens, France

Hamilton, David Wilson
Regimental No: 696158 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 2 Mar 1887, Isle of Arran, Buteshire, Scotland
Occupation: Farmer, Erickson BC
Enlisted: 8 Feb 1916, Medicine Hat AB
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Pte. Hamilton embarked from Halifax 4 Oct 1916 on SS Saxonia with the 175th Battalion, disembarking at Liverpool, England nine days later. Following battalion absorption and transfer, he arrived at the front in France with the 31st Infantry Battalion at the end of Jan 1917, part of the 2nd Canadian Division, 6th Infantry Brigade. Wounded 26 Sep 1917: received shrapnel wounds to left knee, arm and thigh. He was discharged on 23 Dec 1918 being medically unfit on account of his leg wound.

Hilton, Frederick Charles (K)
Regimental No: 442684 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 8 Mar 1892, Ryde, Hampshire, England
Occupation: Labourer, Creston
Enlisted: 17 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service: 2nd. Wessex (Howitzer) Brigade, Royal Field Artillery [Territorials] Service Details: Enlisted with 54th Battalion. Embarked at Halifax, 22nd. Nov., 1915 aboard Saxonia, disembarking in England on 30th Nov., 1915. Arrived in France on 13 August, 1916, becoming part of the 4th Canadian Division, 11th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Reported wounded probably 16-17 Aug 1916. Initial principal actions: [with 54th Battalion] – Trench Raids (16-17th Sept., 1916). Transferred to 5th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, which reached France in Feb 1917. Initial principal actions: [with 5th Battalion] – Rail track laying and ballasting up to forward trenches in preparation for the Vimy spring offensive. Killed in action on 4 Apr 1917: A detachment of the 5th Battalion was awaiting orders at Neuville St. Vaast. At 4pm a high explosive shell landed on one of the huts they were waiting in, killing Fred Hilton along with ten other men and wounding a further twenty seven.

Hogan, George
Regimental No: 430260 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 4 Apr 1887, Allendale, ON
OccupationL Lumberjack, Creston BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service: 47th Regiment, Canadian Militia (1 year); 07th East Kootenay Regiment
Battalion/Regiment/Unit: 48th Infantry Battalion, later redesignated 3rd Pioneer Battalion

Holmes, George*
Regimental No: 703981 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 6 Jun 1876, Staffordshire, England
Occupation: Miner, Creston BC
Enlisted: 25 Jan 1916, Cranbrook BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 102nd (Comox-Atlin) Battalion; transferred to 51st Btn 2 Aug 1916. *Although he was in combat at the time of he battle of Vimy Ridge, Holmes was not actually on that battlefield; his service records indicate that he was with a battalion near Dickebusch, Belgium, constructing railroads at the time.

Howard, Alan Bunbury*
Regimental No: 129220 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 28 May 1895, Queenstown, Ireland
Occupation: Rancher, Creston BC
Enlisted: 17 Sep 1915, Vancouver BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 72nd Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders). *He was wounded at Etaples, France, Jan 1917 and remained in England until Jun 1918.

Howard, Dennis Brook
Regimental No: 23462 Rank at enlistment: *Pte.
Born: 20 Mar 1893, Roorkee India
Occupation: Rancher, Creston BC
Enlisted: 27 Sep 1914, Valcartier PQ
Previous Military Service: O.T.C. (3 years)
Service Details: Headquarters, 12th. Battalion, 4th Infantry Brigade, 1st Division; 12th Battery (35th Brigade), Royal Field Artillery. Awarded Military Cross 3 Mar 1917 “For conspicuous gallantry in action. He displayed great courage and determination in keeping up telephonic communication under very heavy fire.” at Munich Hamel 11 Jan 1917. Promoted to Acting Captain 8 Mar 1917. Died in war, unknown cause, 22 Oct 1917.

Hurry, Frederick Carrol (W)
Regimental No: 430275 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 13 Apr 1893, Springdale, WA
Occupation: Ferryman, West Creston BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: 48th Infantry Battalion, 3rd Pioneer Battalion. Went overseas June 1915; wounded at Vimy Ridge. Wounded autumn 1917 as reported in Creston Review 12 Jul 1918: “Another Creston soldier returned from the overseas fighting on Tuesday. It is Pte. Fred Hurry, who left here to go into training at the coast in February, 1915, and who has been overseas for almost three years now. He is wounded in the left arm, but otherwise looks as well and sound as ever. He received his injuries early last fall, and has been in an English hospital up till early in June. Fred’s friends will be glad to hear that the doctors are quite confident that they can restore the use of the arm. After a few days leave he will return to the hospital at the coast.”

Jacks, George Evans*
Regimental No: 703977 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 23 Aug 1868, Trelystan, Montgomeryshire, Wales
Occupation: Electrician, Creston BC
Enlisted: 25 Jan 1916, Cranbrook BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Served with 102nd Infantry Battalion and 31st Infantry Battalion. *Jacks was wounded in France Oct 1916 and in hospitals in England until Aug 1917.

Johnson, John Edward
Regimental No: 430267 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 15 May 1892, Liverpool England
Occupation: Teamster, Creston BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 48th Infantry Battalion

Johnson, William Matthew (K)
Regimental No: 931027 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 5 Mar 1895, Liverpool England
Occupation: Farmer, Wynndel
Enlisted: 12 Feb 1916, Morrissey BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: Enlisted with 225th Infantry Battalion; transferred to 158th Overseas Battalion C.E.F., then served with 58th Infantry Battalion (Central Ontario Regiment). Killed in action 9 April 1917.

Keir, Basil Mackenzie
Regimental No: 430261 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 28 Nov 1888, Bonnybridge, Stirlingshire, Scotland
Occupation: Rancher, Creston BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: 48th Infantry Battalion. Went overseas Jun 1915. Wounded early 1916 while serving with 3rd Pioneer Battalion. *Keir was in hospitals in England from at least Nov 1916 to May 1917.

Lamont, Alexander (Alex) Norman Murdock*
Regimental No: 443025 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 13 Sep 1890, Beith, Ayrshire Scotland
Occupation: Steamfitter, Gray Creek BC
Enlisted: 18 June 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 54th Infantry Battalion – 2nd Reinforcing Draft. *In English hospitals from Nov 1916 to (at least) May 1917.

Lewis, Francis
Regimental No: 703974 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 13 Sep 1875, Garston, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Miner, Creston/Pilot Bay BC
Enlisted: 20 Jan 1915, Cranbrook BC
Previous Military Service: 1st. Hampshire Garrison Artillery
Service Details: 102nd Infantry Battalion (Comox-Atlin) C.E.F.

Long, James
Regimental No: 703984 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 13 Dec 1878, Toronto, ON
Occupation: Butcher, Cranbrook BC; formerly Rancher, Erickson BC
Enlisted: 25 Jan 1915, Cranbrook BC.
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Served with 102nd Infantry Battalion (Comox-Atlin) C.E.F.

Lymbery, Arthur William
Regimental No: 77278 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 31 Jul 1878, Nottingham, England
Occupation: Postmaster, Gray Creek BC
Enlisted: 9 Nov 1914, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish), Acting Sgt.

MacDonald, Sherley Albert
Regimental No: 443289 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 28 Mar 1891, Whim Road Settlement, PE
Occupation: Schoolteacher, Creston BC
Enlisted: 28 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service: 4th. C.O. (Canadian Military)
Service Details: Enlisted with 54th Battalion, remained with it at least until Spring 1918. Was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal late 1917 or early 1918. May have later joined the Royal Flying Corps near the end of the war.

Mahood, Hubert John (K)
Regimental No: 442927 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 6 Nov 1896, Winnipeg, MB
Occupation: Rancher, Boswell BC
Enlisted: 17 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with 54th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.; later served with 8th Infantry Battalion (Manitoba Regiment). Killed in action at Arleux, 28 Apr 1917.

Malone, Frederick (Teddy)
Regimental No: 442721 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 18 Jan 1879, Toronto ON
Occupation: Upholsterer, Creston BC
Enlisted: 28 Sep 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: Pte. Malone enlisted with 54th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F. at Vernon Camp on 28 Sep 1915. After six months of training in England, he was transferred to the 2nd Infantry Battalion and sailed for France on 19 Jun 1916. Wounded 8 Oct 1916 in the front line supports near Courcellette, when he was hit on the shoulder by a piece of shrapnel. Following a few months of recuperation in English hospitals, he returned to France with the 3rd Canadian Railway Troops on 11 Mar 1917. Sapper Malone got through the following 18 months unscathed. Wounded (accidently) 30 Sep 1918: He was with the C.R.T. at Vimy when lifting rails from a railcar, one slipped falling across his finger and fracturing it. He never returned to military duty. Following prolonged treatments, he was discharged from duty in March 1919.

May, Francis John (Frank) (K)
Regimental No: 430259 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 2 Oct 1886, Water Stratford, Buckinghamshire, England
Occupation: Fruit Rancher, Wynndel BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: 48th Infantry Battalion (re-designated 3rd Canadian Pioneer Battalion, CEF, Jan 1916); 10th Infantry Battalion. Wounded in the hand 10 May 1916, hospitalised until Oct. Principal actions: Vimy Ridge, Arleux, Hill 70 (Loos). Killed in action 15 Aug 1917: Took part with his battalion in an attack on Hill 70 (Loos), about 4.30 a.m. on 15 Aug 1917. He reached the final objective but was hit in the head by a piece of an enemy shell and instantly killed. *May was serving with the 9th Reserve Battalion in England at the time of Vimy Ridge, returning to the 10th Battalion in France on 18 May 1917.

McBean, William Alexander (K)
Regimental No: 186320 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 16 Jul 1881, Ottawa ON
Occupation: Druggist, Creston BC
Enlisted: 10 Nov 1915, Winnipeg MB
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with 90th Infantry Battalion; later served with 8th Infantry Battalion (Manitoba Regiment). Arrived in France Sep 1916, serving with medical unit attached to the 8th Battalion. Killed in action 14 Apr 1917 in an attack near Willerval, south-east of Vimy Ridge.

Millar, Arthur Dingwall B.*
Regimental No: 522685 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 8 Dec 1870, Edinburgh Scotland
Occupation: Accountant, Crawford Bay BC
Enlisted: 19 Jul 1915, Calgary AB
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: “C” Section #2 Field Ambulance Depot. *Service records indicate he was working at the Canadian Pay Office in London in 1916-1917.

Miller, Watson Moore
Regimental No: 443046 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 14 Aug 1889, Skeena, Haida-Gwaii (formerly: Queen Charlotte Islands) BC
Occupation: Hotel Employee, Creston BC
Enlisted: 17 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service: 72nd Battalion (Seaforth Highlanders) – 2 months
Service details: Enlisted with 54th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F. Embarked at Quebec, PQ on SS California, 23 Oct 1915. Upon arrival at Shorncliffe, England, was probably assigned to the 30th Canadian Reserve Battalion. Shortly thereafter was transferred to 29th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F., 2nd Canadian Division, 6th Canadian Infantry Brigade. Killed in action 10 Aug 1917: A working party of eleven “other ranks” were supplied to Brigade Headquarters at Maroc, Lens from 9:00 Pm to 3:00 AM. There was intermittent enemy heavy artillery shelling during the day, killing Pte. Miller and one other.

Moores, John*
Regimental No: 898104 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 26 Dec 1874, Tyldesley, Lancashire, England
Occupation: Miner, Coleman AB and Farmer, West Creston BC
Enlisted: 21 Feb 1916, Coleman AB
Previous Military Service:
Battalion/Regiment/Unit: Enlisted with 192nd Infantry Battalion and embarked from Halifax on 1 Nov 1916 aboard Empress of Britain. Possibly served with 31st Canadian Battalion during gas attack on Hill 70, 15-17 Aug 1917. *Service records indicate that he was with the Canadian Engineer Training Depot in England at the time of Vimy Ridge.

Neil, Percy Reginald
Regimental No: 442750 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 19 Feb 1894, Bridgewater, Somerset, England
Occupation: Drugstore Clerk, Creston BC
Enlisted: Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Company signaller, 54th Infantry Battalion,

Oatts, Francis John
Regimental No: 23430 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 5 Mar 1892, Dumbarton Scotland
Occupation: Rancher, Boswell BC
Enlisted: 27 Sep 1914, Valcartier PQ
Previous Military Service: East Surrey Territorials (1 year)
Service Details: Served with 1st Canadian Division, 12th Infantry Battalion. Attained rank of Temporary Lieutenant Jan 1915 and Temporary Captain, 12 Apr 1918; awarded Military Cross 24 Jun 1916.

Palmer, Alfred Livingstone
Regimental No: 931028 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 12 Apr 1887, Port Hope ON
Occupation: Rancher, Erickson BC
Enlisted: 12 Feb 1916, Morrissey BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment (6 months)
Service Details: Served with 225th O/S Battalion C.E.F.

Pendry, Charles (K)
Regimental No: 706669 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 23 Nov 1890, Pinner, Middlesex, England
Occupation: Rancher, Creston BC
Enlisted: 14 Jan 1916, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service: 107th East Kootenay Regiment
Service Details: Embarked from Halifax NS on 24 Jul 1916 aboard SS Olympic, disembarking in Liverpool, England on 31 Jul 1916. Was drill instructor at a training camp for seven months. Transferred to 16th Canadian Reserve Battalion on 10 Jan 1917. Requested, and was granted, a transfer to join the 54th Canadian Infantry Battalion “to get into the fighting earlier” and arrived in France with a reinforcement draft on 17th February, 1917. Was only in the front line for a few days before being killed by a shell on 1 Mar 1917, whilst taking part in an attack on the enemy trenches south-east of Souchez.

Penson, Edgar Frederick
Regimental No: 931630 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 15 oct 1897, Port Carling ON
Occupation: Labourer, Wynndel BC
Enlisted: 22 Jun 1916, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service: Enlisted with 225th O/S Battalion C.E.F.; served with 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. Relieved from daily duty Oct 1917 due to being slightly gassed. Killed in action 1 Nov 1917 in trenches west of Passchendaele

Reid, Stanley Augustus (K)
Regimental No: 442470 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 28 Nov 1879, Colchester County, Nova Scotia
Occupation: Cook, Creston BC
Enlisted: 14 Jul 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Served with 54th (Kootenay) Battalion. Killed in action at Vimy Ridge 9 Apr 1917. Body exhumed half- mile South of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, 4 1/4 miles South-West of Lens, France Grave No. 104

Robinson, Edwin (Trooper)
Regimental No: 10213/115088 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 22 Feb 1873, South Shields, Durham, England
Occupation: Farmer, Crawford Bay BC
Enlisted: 23 June 1915, Shorncliffe Camp, England
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 3rd Infantry Battalion; 10th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles; Fort Garry Horse. Killed in action 21 Mar 1918 at Moreuil Wood, Bretigny, South-West of St. Quentin

Ryckman, John Alexander
Regimental No: 931317 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 12 Apr 1895, Waterdown, ON
Occupation: Rancher, Cranbrook BC, formerly at Creston BC
Enlisted: 28 Apr 1916, Cranbrook BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with 225th O/S Battalion C.E.F.; later served with 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion, C.E.F.

Seymour, George John
Regimental No: 430278 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 13 Oct 1879, London, England
Occupation: Lumberjack, Creston BC
Enlisted: 3 Mar 1915, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: 48th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.

Simmons, Irwin Howard (K)
Regimental No: 77309 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 6 June 1880, Dundalk Ireland
Occupation: Rancher, Creston BC
Enlisted: 9 Nov 1914, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Served with 16th Infantry Battalion-“Canadian Scottish.” Took part in first major Canadian battle at St. Julien, April 1915, as well as Festubert, Givenchy, Ypres, and Loos. Killed in action while serving with 26th Battalion at Vimy Ridge, 9 April 1917.

Sinclair-Smith, Robert
Regimental No: N/A Rank at enlistment: Lieut.
Born: 28 Mar 1879, Maidenhead, England
Occupation: Telephone Engineer, Creston BC
Enlisted: 23 Sep 1914, Valcartier, PQ
Previous Military Service: 1st Imperial Light Horse – 1 year, Prince of Wales Light Horse – 1 year (Units Battalion/Regiment/Unit: Enlisted with Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadians) Detachment; arrived in France May 1915; fought at Festubert May 1915.

Smith, Robert (Bobbie)

Regimental No: 231751 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 12 Jul 1886, ON
Occupation: Sawmill Worker, Canyon BC
Enlisted: 15 Aug 1916, Peace River BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with 202nd Overseas Battalion, C.E.F; later served with 10th Infantry Battalion. Killed in action 2 Sep 1918.

Smith, William Thomas Henry
Regimental No: 443580 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 16 Jul 1872, London, England
Occupation: Rancher and telegrapher, Porthill ID
Enlisted: 25 Oct 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service: Territorials
Service Details: Possibly served with 54th (Kootenay) Battalion

Stimson, William Ezra
Regimental No: 258266 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 1 Jul 1973, Herkimer, NY
Occupation: Clerk, ID?
Enlisted: 17 May 1916, Creston BC.
Previous Military Service: Hospital Corps, U.S.A. – 6 years
Service Details: First American citizen to enlist in the Creston valley, signing up with the 211th (American Legion) Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.

Taylor, Egbert Louis (Tom)
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Born:
Occupation: Rancher, Alice Siding BC
Enlisted: Possibly spring 1915, England
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Probably served with an artillery corps in the British army; attained rank of Captain by Jan 1917.

Tennant, G. H.
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Born:
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Enlisted:
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: according to Creston Review, 22 Sep 1916, he served with the 102nd Battalion

Thompson, Reg.
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Born:
Occupation:
Enlisted: May/Jun 1916
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: First American citizen to enlist in the Creston valley, signing up with the 211th (American Legion) Infantry Battalion, C.E.F.

Thurston, Richard
Regimental No: 703825 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 5 Jun 1973, Cley, Norfolk, England
Occupation: Rancher, Erickson BC
Previous Military Service: 10 yrs. – 2nd Bn., Royal Canadian Dragoons (Sergt.); 1 yr., 6 mths. – Robert’s Horse (Sergt.), South Africa; 1 yr., 4 mths. – 2nd. Bn., Duke of Edinburgh’s Own Volunteer Rifles [Colonial Light Horse] – (Lieut.), South Africa. Awards: Queen’s South Africa Medal (6 clasps) and Distinguished Conduct Medal – South Africa
Service Details: Served with 102nd Battalion

Trombley, Charles Edgar
Regimental No: 108588 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 16 June 1893, Sarnia, ON
Occupation: Labourer, Creston BC
Enlisted: 28 May 1915, Medicine Hat, AB
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Embarked Montreal on 12 Jun 1915 on SS Megantic. Arrived in Plymouth, England on 19 June, 1915. Served with 1st. Brigade, Canadian Mounted Rifles, which was absorbed by 1st and 2nd Battalions, Canadian Mounted Rifles in January, 1916.

Watson, Reginald
Regimental No: 442812 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 25 Sep 1891, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
Occupation: Teamster, Creston BC
Enlisted: 24 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with “B” Company” 54th Infantry Battalion, later, with 8th Engineers

Watson, Stanley Mitchell
Regimental No: 77304 Rank at enlistment: Pte.
Born: 16 Oct 1887, Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
Occupation: Teamster, Creston
Enlisted: 9 Nov 1914, Victoria
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with 30th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F. Was present at the Battle of St.-Julien Apr 1915, probably with the 10th or 16th Canadian Battalion. Survived the war and returned to Canada.

Wilson, Rupert Lionel (K)
Regimental No: 116688 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 5 Nov 1897, Algoma, West Virginia
Occupation: Mechanic, Boswell
Enlisted: 21 Jan 1916, Victoria BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Enlisted with 11th Regiment, Canadian Mounted Rifles, then served with 7th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F. Died in war, cause unknown, 8 Apr 1917

Wright, Horace Melville
Regimental No: 154393 Rank at enlistment:
Born: 22 Feb 1890, Chicago, IL
Occupation: Rancher, Kuskanook BC
Enlisted: 30 Aug 1915, Vernon BC
Previous Military Service:
Service Details: Served with 54th Infantry Battalion, C.E.F; later transferred to 1st Canadian Pioneer Battalion. After the war, returned to the Creston Valley and was one of the original settlers of Camp Lister.