Private George Dick

Private George Dick, 1st Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles.. He died from wounds in France, aged 19, on the 12th April 1917 and is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. He had been born in Galashiels and was the son of Peter and Minnie Dick of Galapark Road, Galashiels who had emigrated to Canada in 1912. and was farming in Vista, Manitoba, Canada when he enlisted in January 1916. He sailed from Canada with the 107th (Timber Wolf ) Battalion and In France he was posted to the 1st C.M.R. He died in the 24th General Hospital in Etaples. He was mortally wounded during the successful Canadian attack and capture of Vimy Ridge which was part of the wider Battle of Arras. The 1st C.M.R. suffered 350 casualties in killed and wounded during this action which took place between 9-12th April 1917. His Headstone is inscribed ” Not Dead But Sleeping In Peace”. ( His two brothers John and William also died during the War – see below ). The photos show the Canadians at Vimy.

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