Lillico, William Wesley

Regimental Number: 859435
Rank: Private
Branch: 179th Battalion; 43rd Battalion

William was born in Wingham, Ontario on June 20, 1889. He was living in Cypress Hills, Manitoba, at the time of his enlistment in the Canadian army in November of 1915. In July of 1917, William received shrapnel wounds to his right arm; in 1918, he received shrapnel wounds to his left elbow. After being discharged in 1919, he and his brother George, also a veteran, came to the Bay Tree area; William’s homestead was located at 8-79-13-W6. William married Ruby Patterson sometime in 1924; they had seven children. He farmed in Bay Tree for the rest of his life. William died of the flu in Pouce Coupe on November 18, 1941.

Sources: Homesteaders’ Heritage p. 78