Lock, George William

Regimental Number: 181120; 524864
Rank: Private
Branch: 88th Battalion; Canadian Army Medical Corps

George was born in Thursley, England on October 28, 1878 (1875?). In 1899 he enlisted in the British army and fought in the Boer War. He immigrated to Canada after his discharge in 1904. While living in Ontario, George met Bertha Rowe. They were married in Estevan, Saskatchewan in 1909 and in 1911 the couple moved to Ladysmith, British Columbia where George worked as a miner. In March of 1916 George enlisted in the Canadian army; however, he was discharged in April as he was “not likely to become an efficient soldier.” He reenlisted May and this time was accepted, though he served only in Canada. George was discharged in November 1919. After his return, he and Bertha and their three young children came to the Peace River country and eventually settled in the Hinton Trail area in 1925. Bertha died in 1932, leaving George with five young children to raise alone. George died of a heart attack in 1950.

Sources: Beaverlodge to the Rockies p. 412