Soldier Spotlight: Sapper Alexander Cameron

Image: Stopping place at Little Smoky River on the Edson Trail in 1911. (SPRA

Regimental Number: 505877
Rank: Sapper
Branch: Canadian Engineers

Alexander “Sandy” Cameron was born on March 28, 1879 in Strontian, Argyll, Scotland. He came to Canada in the early 1900s with his brother Donald. They worked several years in Manitoba before coming to the Peace Country and filing on homesteads in 1912. After the war Sandy and Donald ran a stopping place for travelers on the Edson Trail. They also ran the only feed grinding outfit in the area from 1919 until 1929. Sandy’s land, which he filed on in 1927, was located at NE 8-72-4-W6. Sandy went to Edmonton in 1954 to seek treatment for corns on his feet and no trace of him has ever been found.

Sources: Smoky River to Grande Prairie, p. 89

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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