Soldier Spotlight: Private Robert Beavins Tilt

Image: Newspaper clipping from the Grande Prairie Herald, 5 December 1916.

Regimental Number: 1251121
Rank: Private
Branch: Canadian Forestry Corps

Robert was born in Pelee, Ontario in November of 1874. He owned a livery and restaurant in Lake Saskatoon village before the war. Robert enlisted in the Canadian Army in November of 1916, a decision he made based on the outcome of a coin toss (see December 5, 1916 news clipping). After the war, he filed on homesteads at NW 5-72-8-W6, SW 12-72-9-W6, and SW 8-72-8-W6. Robert dyed his hair in an attempt to look younger so he could enlist in World War II, but was sent home. He died on August 10, 1948 and was buried in the Lake Saskatoon Cemetery.

Sources: Pioneers of the Peace p. 66; Lake Saskatoon Reflections p. 30, 33, 225; GP Herald Sept 2, 1913 p. 1 c. 3; Aug. 19 1948 p. 3 c. 3; Jan 25 1916 p. 1 c. 5

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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