Frederick Alexander Glencross - Lest We Forget

Frederick Alexander Glencross was born April 26, 1884 at Richibucto, New Brunswick, the son of Donald and Barbara Glencross, also of Richibucto, New Brunswick. Frederick was working as a lumberjack or millhand in the Arrowhead area when war broke out in August 1914. He immediately volunteered for service and may even have been on the same train as another Arrowhead man, James Creighton, as they traveled up from Arrowhead to Revelstoke to enlist.

Frederick Glencross signed his enlistment papers September 23, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, the assembly point for Canada’s First Contingent of volunteer soldiers to be sent overseas. His regimental number was 28978. He was 30 years old, single, 5’ 11” tall with black hair and grey-blue eyes. His religious affiliation was Presbyterian.

Frederick Glencross died November 27, 1918, two weeks after the end of the war. He was 34 years old. He had won a Military Medal during his service in the war. He served overseas for almost all of the war years, with occasional leave and time off for injuries. On July 31, 1918, he suffered a severe fracture to his femur, and was eventually transferred to the Canadian Red Cross Hospital at Taplow, Buckinghamshire, England. He developed pneumonia and septicemia and finally succumbed to his injuries. At the time of his death he was a Sergeant serving with the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba) Regiment. He is buried in England at Cliveden War Cemetery, Buckinghamshire, United Kingdom.

The name of Frederick Alexander Glencross is inscribed on the Courthouse and Cenotaph plaques under the Arrowhead listing.


Posted on February 17, 2016 .