Sparks, Wilfred Eska

Regimental Number: 8263
Rank: Private
Branch: 2nd Battalion

Wilfred was born in Cyrville, Ontario on October 28, 1895. He enlisted in the Canadian Army in September of 1914, right at the beginning of the war; he was working as a piano maker at that time. Wilfred was awarded the Military Medal, and went missing in May of 1915. It was not until July that he was reported as a prisoner of war. While in the POW camp, he cut his finger on an empty bully beef tin, which caused long-lasting, if not permanent, stiffness and deformity. Wilfred escaped in February of 1918, but did not arrive in England until September of that year. In 1919, he filed on SE 31-79-13-W6. Wilfred died on February 19, 1974 and was buried in Edmonton.