Gill, Riley Leroy “Roy”

Regimental Number: 101113
Rank: Private
Branch: 49th Battalion

Riley was born in Tekamah, Nebraska on November 17, 1891. At the time of his enlistment in July of 1915, he was living in the Grande Prairie area and had a homestead at 17-73-8-W6. Less than a month after he arrived in France, Riley received gunshot wounds to his left leg and right arm on June 30, 1916 at Ypres. The day before he had also been diagnosed with shell shock. Riley was invalided to Canada for further medical treatment in June of 1917 and spent one year and eight months in the Strathcona Military Hospital. On October 10, 1918 Riley was in a car accident and fractured his left femur. The injury left his left leg 2 1/8 inches shorter than the right, and the circumference of his left calf was 3 inches less than the right. Riley was discharged from the army in May of 1919. He died in California on January 1, 1955.