Redwood, William Leyson

Regimental Number: 154867
Rank: Sapper
Branch: Canadian Railway Troops

William was born in Bristol, Somerset, England on September 2, 1890. He came to Canada in 1912, and in 1913 filed on a homestead at SE 16-74-6-W6 (he later filed on NE 21-79-5-W6 and SW 26-74-6-W6 as well). In October of 1915, William enlisted in the Canadian Army and was sent to serve overseas. He suffered from shrapnel wounds to both legs at Ypres in June of 1916, (see page 59 of his service file for an xray). On September 18, 1917, he was awarded the Military Medal. In 1921, his brother Douglas came to Canada and filed on land near William’s. William died in Grande Prairie on August 22, 1958.

Sources: Buffalo Trails 196, 261; Wagon Trails Grown Over p. 1148