Soldier Spotlight: Sapper David Carlisle

Image: Murray and his brother Dave Carlisle, Jim and Mary Jean Carlisle, Bonnie Carlisle (Dave’s wife), Murray’s son David Carlisle at the Wapiti River. 1943 (SPRA 399.13.09)

Regimental Number: 504989
Rank: Sapper
Branch: Canadian Engineers

David was born in Peterboro, Ontario on April 15, 1883. He was living in Brandon, Manitoba at the time of his enlistment in April of 1916; his brother Andrew also served in the Canadian Army. David received shrapnel wounds to his feet, back, left arm, and right leg in May of 1917. The wound to his left foot caused lasting damage; from that point on he had trouble standing and walking, and needed to have a special boot made (view x-rays of David’s foot on pages 41 and 42). Because of his injuries, David was invalided to Canada in February of 1918 and discharged on July 22, 1918. David had filed on SW 4-72-8-W6 by proxy in 1916. In 1919, he filed (this time in person) on NW 30-71-8-W6. David married Edna “Bonnie” Campbell in September of 1923. He died in 1967.

Sources: Lake Saskatoon Reflections p. 113

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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