Lawrence, Hollis Robert

Regimental Number: 904756
Rank: Private
Branch: 4th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops; 49th Battalion

Hollis was born in Fort Vermilion on November 25, 1897 (1898?). He filed on a homestead at NW10-74-7-W6 in 1916, but he also worked for the Grande Prairie Herald. In March of 1916, Hollis enlisted in the Canadian army. He suffered from shell shock while serving in France, according to a January 9, 1917 newspaper article. After returning to Canada, Hollis bought William Turner’s homestead through the Soldier Settlement Board. A few years later he moved to British Columbia, where he married and raised a family. Hollis died in a logging accident on September 4, 1942.

Source: Buffalo Trails p. 86

*Hollis’s uncle Harry and brother James also served in the war