Rathwell, Walter Edward

Regimental Number: 2288435
Rank: Gunner
Branch: Canadian Forestry Corps; Canadian Garrison Artillery

Walter was born in Clinton, Ontario on January 28, 1881. In 1913, he came to the Peace Country and filed on a homestead at SE 35-73-5-W6; the following year he filed on NE 14-73-5-W6 as well. Walter enlisted in the Canadian Army in April of 1917 and served in France for several months toward the end of the war. On May 19, 1943, Walter married Ethel Elliott Mercer, the widow of Ted Mercer. Walter died in 1949.

Sources: Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 127; Centennial Celebration Edson Trail p. 120; Pioneers of the Peace p. 185