Fraser, George

Regimental Number: 118996
Rank: Private
Branch: Princess Louise’s (Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders)

George was born on April 13, 1898 in Eaglesham, East Renfrewshire, Scotland. He lied about his age in order to enlist in the Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders when World War I broke out (he was only 17). He was transferred to the Machine Gun Corps headquarters in Grantham, Lincolnshire, England, where he was stationed for five months before being sent to France. George was in the Battle of Bullen Wood in November of 1917. On March 21, 1918, George was captured and taken prisoner. He was released on November 11, 1918 when the Armistice was signed. After the war ended, George had a month’s leave then reenlisted to go to Russia for two years, to fight in the Bolshevik War. It was 1921 when he finally returned to Canada. After working in southern Alberta for some years, George came up to the Peace Country in November of 1932 and settled in the Sexsmith area. On February 16, 1942, he married Agnes Purves. George died on November 23, 1979 and is buried in the Emerson Trail Cemetery.

Sources: Wagon Trails Grown Over, p. 171-181, 1147