By Rickey Fiesel – Saskatoon, Sask.
Our father was George Nelson Nurse. He served in WWI with the 28th Northwest Battalion CEF having signed up in Wapella, Sask., on Dec. 2, 1915. He served in France, Belgium, England, and at Vimy Ridge.
Dad was badly wounded at Ypres in western Belgium. He was also taken as a prisoner of war by the Germans.
In 1919, dad was discharged, but when WWII broke out, he enlisted again on Sept. 14, 1939 with the 113th Field Battery, Royal Canadian Artillery in Yorkton, Sask.
He was a Battalion Sergeant Major, but he was unable to go overseas because of the injuries he received in WWI, so he was dispatched to work for the Department of Transport Civil Aviation Canada.
His job was to repair and replace all the beacon lights on airport runways in the Saskatchewan area. He received many service medals.
Dad passed away Aug. 6, 1979 at 87 in Regina. He is laid to rest at Riverside Memorial Gardens, Soldiers’ Plot.