Darnton, Fred

Regiment: Princess Patricia

Fred Darnton was known as an Englishman, who once camped out on the property of David and Margaret Dana near the junction of the Simonette and Smoky Rivers. It was the fall of 1930, and he was only passing through the area. He had nothing but the clothes he was wearing, and stayed overnight by his campfire. After investigation by the family and neighbors, Fred, “the crazy young guy”, soon came to be a close friend of the Danas and was like a son and brother to them. Fred filed on a homestead for $10 (SW -2- 72-2-W6) on December 23, 1930 in lived in the Goodwin area for the next 20 years. During WW II, he enlisted with the Princess Patricia Regiment and was posted overseas. Severely wounded during the D-Day landings in June 1944, he returned to Canada. Eventually he found a job with the Department of Highways and worked for 25 years.

Source: Across the Smoky p. 347 – name in Roll of Honour; p. 24; p. 140-141