Grearson, William Elmer

Regimental Number: 2045057
Rank: Signaller
Branch: 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery

William was born in St. George, New Brunswick on July 1, 1890. He came to Grande Prairie in 1912 and filed on the SW1/4 of 33-73-7-W6. William enlisted in the Canadian army in January of 1917, then returned to his homestead in the South Peace. As a veteran, he was able to file on an additional quarter (31-74-7-W6). Three years later, William married Ethel Mae Turner. The couple had three daughters, but sadly Ethel died after the birth of their third daughter in July of 1929. Years later William remarried to Jean McClure, who died three years after their marriage. William served on the Bear Lake Municipal Council as well as the Divisional School Board. He died in Vancouver on May 8, 1982.

Sources: La Glace Yesterday and Today p. 313; Buffalo Trails p. 66