|Date of Birth||August 18, 1892|
|Place of Birth||Keewatin, Ontario|
|Next of Kin||Mr. Hugh Fraser, Father, Keewatin, Ontario|
|Trade / Calling||Conductor|
|Service Record||Link to Service Record|
|Battalion||1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment|
|Force||Canadian Expeditionary Force|
|Enlisted / Conscripted||Conscripted|
|Place of Enlistment||Port Arthur, Ontario|
|Address at Enlistment||Keewatin, Ontario|
|Date of Enlistment||May 23, 1918|
|Age at Enlistment||25|
|Theatre of Service||Canada|
|Prisoner of War||No|
|Date of Death||January 15, 1963|
|Age at Death||70|
|Buried At||Regina Memorial Gardens, Regina, Saskatchewan|
Millard Andrew Fraser was born on 18 August 1892 in Keewatin, Ontario. His parents, Hugh Fraser (1849-1934) and Isabella Margaret MacLeod (1862-1944) were from Campbellton, New Brunswick where they married in 1883. The family spent time in Quebec where three children, Margaret (1884- 1958), Mary (1886-1971) and James (1887-1898) were born. By 1890 they were living in Keewatin and Hugh was employed as a mill labourer. Five more children were born there: William Alexander (1890-1969), Millard, Percy Donald (1895-1957), Emily Isabella (1898-1906); Olive Evelyn (1900-1988) and Stanley Norris (1904-1987). Only Margaret remained in Keewatin, married to Frederick Thomas Revell (1878-1962), with one son Francis (born 1909).
The 1911 Canadian Census shows Hugh working as a log and tie contractor and his sons, William and Millard as ‘log’ men.
By 1917 conscription was in place in Canada to supply soldiers for WW1. Millard, who was employed as a railway conductor, had his medical exam on 06 October 1917 in Kenora and attested on 23 May 1918 in Port Arthur. However, in June of 1918 he was discharged to re-enlist with the Inland Waterways and Docks of the Royal Engineers. In October of 1918 a medical board discharged him to ‘civil life, class E’ because of his flat feet and nerve deafness in his left ear. Millard did not go overseas. His service is commemorated on the Town of Keewatin Plaque which formerly hung in the Keewatin Legion building.
Millard married Avera Bertell Smith of Regina, Saskatchewan. They had two children: Grant and Mona Laverne (who married John Melnyk). In 1953, Millard and Avera were living in Regina and he was working as a yardmaster for the CNR. By 1958 he was retired.
Millard Andrew Fraser died on 15 January 1963 in Calgary, Alberta. He is buried in Regina Memorial Gardens, Regina, Saskatchewan. Avera passed away later the same year and is interred beside Millard.
by Penny Beal
Gravemarker photo: mrbloggins on findagrave.com.