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Private Archibald Belaney



Date of birth: 1888-09-18
Place of birth: Montreal Quebec Canada
Next of kin: John McVasser, Westfield, New Brunswick
Marital status: single
Occupation (attested): Trapper
Occupation (normalized): Trapper and Hunter
Religion: Church of England
Date of death: 1938-04-13


Regimental number: 415259
Highest Rank: Private (13th Battalion)
Rank detail
  1. Private (Army).
  2. Private, 13th Battalion, Infantry (Army). ? to 1917-11-30
Degree of service: Europe
Survived war: yes


LAC ID: 34774
Attestation record(s): image 1, image 2
Service file: B0596-S072
Uploader's Notes:

Listed Military experience with the Mexican Scouts, 28th Dragoons

Served as a sniper during the war. Others thought that he was indian, a persona he had created when he emigrated to Canada.

Wounded twice: January 1916 and April 1916.

Listed on the Nominal Roll of the 40th Battalion.

Uploader's Research notes:

More commonly known as Grey Owl. A famous conservationist, posing as an Indian and witing about conservation issues long before others. After his death (April 13, 1938) he was exposed as a white man, seriously hurting the early conservaion movement.

Was actually born in Hastings, England. Emigrated to Canada in 1906.

Biography on Grey Owl can be found here.

[Private Army Canadian Infantry 40th Battalion 1st Reinforcing Draft Private Army Canadian Infantry 13th Battalion Honourably dischaged with disability.


Date added: 2006-06-03
Last modified: 2014-01-10