Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow

Francis Pegahmagabow ~ Ojibw'e
March 9, 1891, August 5, 1952

Corporal Francis Pegahmagabow, MM and two bars, was the most highly decorated Aboriginal Soldier for bravery in Canadian Military history and the most effective sniper of World War I.

Francis Pegahmagabow came from the Parry Island (Wasauksing) Band near Parry Sound, Ontario and worked as a Marine Fireman for the Department of Marine and Fisheries on the Great Lakes.

In April, 1919 after the end of the war, he was wounded for the second time and was returned home.

Upon his recovery he continued to serve in the Algonquin Regiment (Militia). Following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps, he became Chief of the Parry Island Band from 1921 until 1925, and a councilor from 1933 to 1936. In 1943, he became the Supreme Chief of The Native Independent Government, an early First Nations organization.

A married father of six children, Francis Pegahmagabow died on the Parry Island reserve in 1952 at the age of 61.

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