Fortier, Joseph Edgar

Regimental Number: 1982
Rank: Private
Branch: 19th Alberta Dragoons (Canadian Light Horse); Canadian Corps Cyclist Battalion

Joseph was born in Green Valley, Quebec on December 7, 1887. An adventurous young man, he worked all across Canada, whether it was logging in Ontario or ranching in Alberta. Joseph enlisted in the Canadian army right at the beginning of the war, on September 23, 1914 and was fortunate to enjoy a fairly uneventful military career. In 1919, Joseph married Christina Spier, a Scotswoman from Ayr. After Joseph was discharged in September of that year, the couple returned to Canada and journeyed west to Grande Prairie. They filed on a homestead at 9-71-5-W6 in the Five Mile Creek district. Joseph died in January of 1976 at the age of 90.

Sources: Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 207