I have not been able to locate George Frederick Garrett on any census records for Canada or U.S.A.
George’s Army records tell us that he enlisted with the 77th Depot Battery of the Canadian Field Artillery at Calgary on 2nd April 1918. He gave his trade as Farmer and had served with the Minnesota National Guard for two years. His next of kin was given as Mrs L J Miller (Aunt) of 402, 32nd Ave South Billings, Montana, U.S.A. and his present address was St. Maries, Idaho, U.S.A.
After training in Canada and some periods of treatment in hospital, George embarked for England on board the S.S.Themistocles on 25th September 1918 and on arrival was posted to Whitley Camp. As hostilities were ceasing, George was posted to Kinmel Army Camp in Rhyl to await repatriation to Canada. Sadly George contracted Bronchial Pneumonia,and was admitted to the Canadian General Hospital where he died on 1st November 1918
George’s Aunt Mrs L. J. Miller received his War Medal and personal possessions as she was named in his Will.
(From Library and Archives of Canada. Soldiers of the First world war 1914-1918).
Kinmel Park Camp was a segregation camp used to house Canadian Soldiers awaiting repatriation to Canada after the end of WW1. Unfortunately the conditions at that time were extremely harsh with a lack of every kind of commodity, the camp was overcrowded and the services were poor, there were shortages of clothing, food and blankets. As a result of this situation, a vast number of servicemen and women became ill and many succumbed to the Influenza Epidemic or complications associated with this infection.
He is buried in St. Margaret’s Cemetery, Bodelwyddan.
George Fred Garrett is Commemorated on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial.