Gardner, William “Billy”

Regimental Number: 101085
Rank: Driver
Branch: 66th Battalion; 11th Battalion, Canadian Engineers

Billy was born Tysoe, Warwickshire, England on July 12, 1887. He emigrated to Canada in 1911 and took up a homestead in the Lake Saskatoon area. When war broke out, Billy enlisted and went overseas. He met and married Violet Eveline Oldham in 1917 and when Billy was discharged in 1919, he brought his wife and their young daughter Zoie back to his homestead in the South Peace. They returned to England in 1927, but after two years moved back to Canada. Billy and Violet had ten children. They retired to Victoria in 1952, and Billy died on December 26, 1956.

Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies p. 488; Along the Wapiti p. 213