Soldier Spotlight: Lance Corporal David Burrows

Image: David Burrows, 1940 (SPRA 2005.094.06)

Regimental No.: M.104378
Rank: Lance Corporal

At the age of 3, David Burrows came to Canada with his parents, Robert and Mary (Pollock), and siblings from Scotland, in 1927. They settled in the Glen Leslie district by Bezanson AB and operated a farm. David attended the Somme School from 1931 to 1939. He remained on the home farm until he enlisted in WW II service on October 14, 1942 in Grande Prairie. ( 7 Burrows/ Pollock siblings served in WW II). First he was in Edmonton for basic training, and then on December 29th, 1942 he left for Chilliwack BC for advance training until September 1943. Next, he took army training in Hamilton ON, returned to Chilliwack, and then to Truro, NS. Once in England, he was involved in the invasion of Normandy at Juno Beach, and then went into Caen. Later, he went to France and Holland, again to England, before returning home in 1945.

While posted overseas, he met and married his wife, Iris, in England. When they returned to Canada, they resided in Grande Prairie where David’s jobs included driving a horse-drawn milk wagon, and working at Imperial Motors. In 1956 the family returned to England. David and Iris had 3 children: Pete, John, and Judy. David passed away on February 6, 2014 in Grande Prairie at age 89.

Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 448
p. 422 Photo as a child with 3 siblings, George, Leslie and Helen
SPRA Family
Reference Files – (information by Helen Burrows Horrigan (sister)).
-Photo of David in uniform

Soldier Spotlight highlights veterans from the Archives’ online Soldiers’ Memorial. Each week, our volunteers select a remarkable individual to showcase in this blog series. The Soldiers’ Memorial commemorates more than 1,100 WWI veterans and 2,300 WWII veterans from our region. Three dedicated volunteers have contributed over 1,200 hours to this project by researching and writing biographies. Our goal is to have all South Peace soldiers acknowledged for their service. If you know of someone who lived in the South Peace and should be listed on the Memorial, or would like to get involved by researching a local veteran, please contact the Archives.

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