Clark, George Frederick “Knobby”

Regimental Number: 1220
Rank: Private
Branch: 8th Battalion, Canadian Light Horse

George was born in James Bay, BC on September 25, 1893. He joined the Canadian army in 1914 and had a very eventful military career. George was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal in January of 1916. He was also awarded the Croix de Guerre in March, 1916 by the President of the French Republic in recognition of Distinguished Service during the Campaign. George injured his knee while trying to get a ration wagon out of a ditch. In October of 1916, he received a gunshot wound to his left shoulder. He was also gassed twice, and tried and convicted of threatening an officer. George’s military service files state that he “complains of nervousness. A well nourished man – more or less vacant expression – keeps hands moving continuously – there is a rounded scar deltoid region left shoulder due to GSW (shrapnel) no disability….” George married Gladys Mary, an Englishwoman, during the war and they settled in the Bad Heart area in 1920. In 1924 he left the area and went to Mexico. He later returned to Vancouver and enlisted in the Second World War, serving seventeen months with the British Columbia Dragoons. During the Dieppe invasion with the Calgary Tanks, Knobby was wounded and discharged in March of 1944. Knobby was a notorious character in the area (check our newspaper names index for articles relating his activities and court cases). He died in 1963.

Sources: Wagon Trails Grown Over, p. 30, 32, 50, 57, 459, 616, 663, 957, 1018, 1060-1062, 1063, 1147; obituary