Burrows, Hector M.

Regimental Number: M17561

Hector was the third oldest son of Robert and Elizabeth (nee Paris) Burrows of Shettleston, Glasgow, Scotland. He was born on April 1, 1914. He had three siblings, Thomas, William and Alexander. Unfortunately, Elizabeth Burrows passed away leaving Robert with four children to raise. He subsequently married Mary (nee Sneddon) Pollock who was a widow with five children; Jim, John, Catherine, Alex and Mae. Robert and Mary had four children together; George, David, Leslie and Helen. In 1927, the Burrows family decided to immigrate to Canada and settled in an area known as Glen Leslie where they purchased the E ½ 12-72-4-W6.

Hector worked on the family farm and for various famers in the Glen Leslie area. He enlisted in Grande Prairie with the Royal Canadian Amoured Corps, Calgary Tank Regiment (C Squadron) in 1940. He trained at Camp Borden, ON before being sent to England in 1941. Hector served in Africa, Sicily and Italy. After he was discharged, he settled in Faust, AB; later moved to High Prairie and resided there until his death on December 1, 1994. Hector had married Mary Graham from the Fitzsimmons area and they had three children, Geraldine, Donald and Faye. They later divorced.

Contributed by Wanda Zenner

Source: Smoky River to Grande Prairie p. 448
Grande Prairie Daily Herald Tribune December 16, 1994 – Obituary
SPRA Family Reference Files – information written by Helen Burrows Horrigan (sister)