Whitaker, Edgar Godfrey

Regimental Number: 425479
Rank: Lance Corporal
Branch: 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles

Edgar was born in Bradenham, Norfolk, England on September 7, 1878. He came to Canada in 1910. In 1912, he married Maud in Virden, Manitoba, where they were still living at the time of his enlistment in January of 1915. On April 9, 1917, Edgar received shrapnel wounds to his left thigh (shell explosion at Vimy Ridge). He was invalided to Canada in August of 1917; he had a limp, but it was caused more by myalgia than the wound. According to his service file, Edgar also suffered from mild shell shock. In 1930, Edgar and Maud sold their Manitoba farm and moved to Hythe; they filed on homesteads in west Goodfare in 1937. Edgar died on January 10, 1947 and was buried in the Grande Prairie Cemetery.

Sources: Pioneer Round Up p. 155; Grande Prairie Herald May 1, 1947 p. 4 c. 5