Parks, Mathew Henry

Regimental Number: 291753
Rank: Private
Branch: 7th Canadian Reserve Battalion

Matthew was born in North Bay, Ontario on June 15, 1875. He came west in 1910 and filed on homesteads at 5-78-4-W6; 30-78-4-W6; SE 28-71-6-W6; SW 8-78-4-W6; 20-78-4-W6; SE 7-78-4-W6; 11-79-4-W6. Matthew took the train to Winnipeg to enlist in the Canadian Army in 1915; he lied on his attestation paper, saying that he had been born in 1884. He served only in England, and in May of 1918 was discharged because of myalgia. His brother Oscar also served in the Canadian Army. Mathew died in Grande Prairie on March 8, 1971.

Sources: Edson to Grande Prairie Trail p. 154; Pioneers of the Peace p. 96-98