McCormick, William John “Bill”

Regimental Number: 73813
Rank: Corporal
Branch: 28th Battalion

Bill was born in Credit Forks, Ontario on September 23, 1891. He enlisted in Regina in October of 1914. On August 1916 at Ypres, Bill received gunshot wounds to his right buttock and thigh. He was also buried by a shell in 1916, though it is uncertain whether or not this occurred at the same time. Because of his injury, Bill was “marked for Canada” and discharged in December of 1918, earlier than many other soldiers. He settled in the South Peace after the war and filed on a homestead at 27-80-8-W6. Bill married Olive Lily Hartley, a widow with a young son. The couple had four more children. In 1946, Bill and Olive moved to Vancouver; they eventually divorced. Bill died in Vancouver on April 21, 1965.

Sources: The Big Bend p. 76