Grittner, Ernest Lloyd

Regimental Number: 279831
Rank: Sapper
Branch: 8th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops

When Ernest enlisted in December of 1916, he gave his date of birth as January 13, 1897. In truth he was born on January 13, 1900 in Graham, Iowa. He came to Canada with his family in 1906; the family took a homestead near Silverwood in 1916. Ernie’s homesteads were located at 16-77-5-W6 and 8-77-5-W6. On March 8, 1922, Ernie married Oma Thompson. They lived on the farm until 1935, at which time they moved into Rycroft. Ernie worked for the Department of Agriculture for about thirty years and retired in 1970. He died on January 10, 1977.

Sources: Chepi Sepe p. 182; Memories & Moments p. 97; Wheatfields & Wildflowers p. 470