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Fred Greenwood and
Edith (Schofield) Greenwood

Pinepound Reflections - A History of
Spring Coulee and District page 244
by Margaret Bossingham

Fred Greenwood was born to Joe and Anne Greenwood at Harrogate, Yorkshire. England. He was their only child. It was about 1896 or 97. There he attended school. In 1908 when about twelve or thirteen years old, Fred left his English home and accompanied his parents to a new home across the sea in Canada. The family settled in Spring Coulee and Fred went to the local school for a time. His mother said he was always a rather quiet child who never did anything drastic to cause them any trouble.

World War I commenced in 1914 when Fred was about nineteen years old. After some time he, like thousands of other young men, was caught up in the conflict and eventually went overseas where he saw service on the active battlefront. While serving in the trenches it was his misfortune to be there when the German Command ordered the use of Poison Gas against the Allied forces. He was sent to a base hospital for treatment and about the end of the war was invalided back to Canada and eventually home to Spring Coulee.

Having recovered to the point where he could get around fairly well he decided to marry and picked as his bride a young lady named Edith Schofield also of Spring Coulee. About one year later a son was born with another son following approximately two years later.

However Fred's health had not held up and his lungs never recovered from the devastating effect of the poison gas. He passed away when the youngest child was still just a baby.

Fred was buried in Mountain View Cemetery at Lethbridge. I cannot remember for sure but I think in the first Field of Honor located just to the left of the main gate entrance to the cemetery. That was about 1923 or 24. Although he did not die on the battlefield, he died from the effects of the injury he received while serving his country. For this he should be honored and remembered.

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