Francis Pegahmagabow Biography
Birthday: March 8, 1889 (Pisces)
Born In: Parry Sound, Ontario
Francis Pegahmagabow was a marksman, who fought for the allied forces, as a sniper, against the Germans in the World War I. His first overseas deployment was with the ‘1st Canadian Infantry Battalion,’ which was the first Canadian contingent sent to fight in Europe. He participated in the Battle of the Somme and was wounded in the leg. He recovered soon enough to join his battalion and was awarded the ‘Military Medal’ for his gallant actions. During the Second Battle of Passchendaele, he was assigned the important task of linking up with the flanking unit and guiding reinforcements, for which he earned a bar to the ‘Military Medal.’ He earned his second bar to the ‘Military Medal’ during the Battle of the Scarpe, for venturing into “no man’s land” under enemy fire in order to retrieve ammunition for his post that was under siege. After the war, he was elected as the chief of the ‘Parry Island Band’ and was re-elected for a second term. However, he resigned due to internal politics. Later, he was appointed as a councilor and served for three years, during which he championed the cause of the ‘First Nations’ war veterans. He will be remembered as a skilled soldier and has been included in the ‘Indian Hall of Fame’ at the ‘Woodland Centre’ in Ontario.