Steward, Gilbert Richard “Dick”

Regimental Number: 75672
Rank: Private
Branch: 29th Battalion

Dick was born in London, England on June 19, 1892. It is unknown when he came to Canada. Dick enlisted in the Canadian Army in Vancouver in November of 1914. On April 8, 1916, Dick suffered from a slight shrapnel wound to the neck. On August 21, 1917 at Lens, he received gunshot wounds to his left arm and right leg. Dick’s left arm was amputated 4 inches below the elbow the following day. In February of 1918 he was invalided to Canada. Dick filed on a homestead at NE 22-73-12-W6 in 1926. On July 25, 1928, Dick shot himself in the forehead. He was found unconscious but still alive, and died in the Grande Prairie hospital without having regained consciousness on July 27.

Sources: Pioneer Round Up Vol. 2 p. 356; homestead records