Each Monday, we will share a brief biography of a soldier of the First World War with a Vimy connection. Today we honour Henry Norwest.
Henry “Ducky” Norwest, Lance Corporal – Born in Fort Saskatchewan, Alberta, Henry was a Metis with French-Cree background. In his civilian life, he was a rancher, trapper and rodeo performer. He volunteered his service with the 50th Battalion during the First World War and was a praised sniper with 115 kills. He received the Military Medal with a bar during the Battle of Vimy Ridge for his service for the assault on the “Pimple”, one of only 838 Canadians to receive this honour. He was killed on August 18, 1918 during the Battle of Amiens by an enemy sniper.