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 Wallace H Pike

Wallace H Pike

Birth
Jamestown, Bonavista-Trinity Census Division, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Death 18 Apr 1999 (aged 99)
Bay Roberts, Avalon Peninsula Census Division, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Burial Bay Roberts, Avalon Peninsula Census Division, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada
Memorial ID 103604035 · View Source
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PIKE, Brigadier Wallace H., S.A. (R) - Born at Jamestown, Bonavista Bay on December 22, 1899. Promoted to Glory from his late residence, Birch Hills, Bay Roberts on Sunday, April 18, 1999.

The last WWI Veteran of the Royal Newfoundland Regiment residing in Newfoundland, having served and being wounded in France and Belgium including the Battle of Cambrai, following which the Newfoundland Regiment was awarded the title Royal. In addition to his WWI British Service medals, appointed Knight of the Order of the Legion of Honour (Chevalier de l`ordre de la legion d`Honneur) in 1999 by the government of France. Longtime service to the Bay Roberts Royal Canadian Legion as Chaplain, member of Bartholomew #40 Loyal Orange Lodge and Royal Black Preceptory #1250, Clarke`s Beach. An avid outdoorsman and devoted family man, Brigadier Pike was predeceased by his wife Minnie in 1978, baby daughter Fronie in 1945 and by six of his eight sisters. Leaving with loving memories, his remaining 9 children: Jean Bursey (late husband Graham), Birch Hills, Bay Roberts, Winnie Antle (late husband Roy), Kingsville, Ont., Marjorie Poole (late husband Winston), Thornhill, Ont., Beth King, husband Graham, St. John, New Brunswick, Major Maxcena Woodland, Birch Hills, Bay Roberts, Ferne Pike, Birch Hills, Bay Roberts, Clifford, wife Mavis, Birch Hills, Bay Roberts, Howard, wife Shirley, St. John`s, Melvin, wife Verna, Springdale; sisters: Ivy Fry, husband Mark, Jamestown, Bonavista Bay, Annie Vivian (late husband Robert), Brookline, Mass.; 30 grandchildren; 50 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great-grandchildren. Resting at the Salvation Army Citadel, Bay Roberts. Visitation Monday 7-9 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday 10-12 Noon, 2-5 p.m., 7-9 p.m.; Thursday 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Funeral Service to take place on Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 2:00 p.m. from the Salvation Army Citadel, Bay Roberts with Lieut. Colonel Boyde Goulding and Major Lindsay Oxford officiating. Interment to follow at the Salvation Army Cemetery, Coley`s Point. For those desiring, donations to the Salvation Army Missionary Fund, C/O Bay Roberts Corps, would be appreciated.

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April 28, 1999
(Executive Council)

The following statement was issued today by Premier Brian Tobin. It was also read in the House of Assembly:

I rise today to remember, and pay tribute to, the late Wallace Pike, who passed away on April 18 at the age of 99. Mr. Pike was the last of Newfoundland and Labrador's World War One veterans living in this province.

Wallace Pike spent much of his time overseas as a stretcher-bearer, risking his own life to help the wounded. He represented what would later become a Canadian tradition in times of conflict - that of humanitarian and life-saver. Mr. Pike fought to allow each one of us to be free to stand in this House and openly discuss the issues of the day, and for that we must be thankful.

The passing of Wallace Pike signals the end of an era in Newfoundland and Labrador's history. Our first-hand knowledge of World War One has been greatly diminished.

Mr. Pike leaves a large family to remember his life: nine children, 30 grandchildren, 50 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. Mr. Pike was predeceased by his wife, Minnie, and one child. We would like to extend our sympathy to all members of Wallace Pike's family in this time of mourning.

1999 04 28 3:10 p.m.

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Last of Newfoundland's WW1 vets passes away

CBC News Posted: Apr 19, 1999

Newfoundland's last remaining First World War veteran has passed away. Wallace Pike died on Sunday in Bay Roberts. He was 99.

Wallace Pike was growing up in Jamestown, Bonavista Bay at the outbreak of World War One. Not wanting to be called a coward by the local girls, he lied about his age and volunteered.

The fighting was a world away, but he still knew what he was getting into. He'd seen what the war had done to his cousin: "He was all broke up, three bullets in his chest..." Before the war ended Pike, too, would be wounded, in the hand and leg. While he didn't speak often of his time overseas, when he did, his stories would captivate his children when they were growing up.

Wallace Pike had had enough of war by the time the armistice came, and upon his return he would join the Salvation Army where he rose to the rank of brigadiers: "To be honest about it, I felt that's what God wanted me to do. Just remember I had been trained to kill men and now if I could I'd go out and save them or help them be good."

Last November, the government of France recognized Wallace Pike's contribution, presenting him its highest accolade, the legion of honour. In giving the award, Ambassador Denis Bauchard said, "Through your courage you sealed forever the eternal bonds of friendship, solidarity and affection between our two countries."

Wallace Pike was Newfoundland's last living tie to the Great War - the very last of his kind.


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PIKE
Brigadier
Wallace H.
1899 - 1999

Mrs. Brigadier
Minnie 1900 - 1978


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  • Created by: Sharon Lavash Hawkins
  • Added: 15 Jan 2013
  • Find A Grave Memorial 103604035
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Wallace H Pike (22 Dec 1899–18 Apr 1999), Find A Grave Memorial no. 103604035, citing Salvation Army Cemetery, Bay Roberts, Avalon Peninsula Census Division, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada ; Maintained by Sharon Lavash Hawkins (contributor 47124807) .