Pvt. Canadian Army, 10 Battalion, Canadian Inf., Alberta Reg.
Enlisted Oct 1916 in Alberta, Canada.
Born 11 Feb 1885, Russell, Russell Co., KS. Son of Anna Margaret & (the late) Burris HARPER, Topeka, KS, adopted by Menzo BEST, Russell, KS
Died from wounds on 25 Aug 1917 at No. 18 Casualty Clearing Station at Lapugnoy, France following serious gunshot wounds to the head and back and a fatal case of poisoning by of mustard gas. These fatal injuries were sustained in the assault, capture and holding of Hill 70, north of Lens in France from August 15-21, 1917 by Canadian forces.
The sister-in-charge at the No. 18 Casualty Clearing Station wrote to Mrs. HARPER and stated “He was brought here very badly gassed and though every possible thing was done for him, all our care and attention could not save his life. This last gas used by (the) Huns is just deadly & we have lost many by it”
Gravesite Details Adopted Father: Menlo BEST Marker #51939704