Bristow, William Edward

Regimental Number: 1038002
Rank: Private
Branch: 238th Forestry Battalion

William was born on March 27, 1873 in Hawkesville, Ontario. On September 30, 1903 he married Daisy “Birdie” McKay in her father’s home in Spruce Grove. When the war began, William and Birdie were homesteading in Spruce Grove. He owned the first milking machine west of Edmonton but left his dairy to spend four and a half years with the forestry corps in France. After the war he worked as a homestead and timber inspector, a job that took him all over the western provinces, including the Peace River country. William died in the Veterans Pavilion in Edmonton on March 6, 1954.

Source: Beaverlodge to the Rockies p. 195