Reade, George Bookey Swan

Regimental Number: 446167
Rank: Private
Branch: 49th Battalion

George was born in County Wexford, Ireland on December 31, 1887. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in Calgary in April of 1915. According to his service file, he was granted permission to marry Nellie in May of 1918. This information conflicts with the community book, which states that he was married to Alice Cloak. George received gunshot wounds to his neck and fractured his jaw in 1917. In the mid 1920s, George came to homestead and set up a home in southern Alberta for his wife and infant daughter Marie, who was born in Ireland in 1923. Later, in 1930, he filed on a homestead at SE 6-75-22-W5, near Falher. His wife and their five children came up in 1934. The Reade cabin was Whitemud Creek’s first post office, and George the first postmaster. George died on November 28, 1950 and was buried in the McLennan Cemetery.

Sources: Guy p. 647