Francis Pegahmagabow (MM)
March 9, 1891 – August 5, 1952
Member of Canada’s Indian Hall of Fame, awarded the Military Medal plus two bars
“When I was at Rossport, on Lake Superior, in 1914, some of us landed from our vessel to gather blueberries near an Ojibwa camp. An old Indian recognized me, and gave me a tiny medicine bag to protect me, saying that I would shortly go into great danger.”
— Francis Pegahmagabow
- The most highly decorated Canadian Indigenous veteran of the First World War – Francis Pegahmagabow, an Ojibwa man from the Parry Island Band in Ontario.
- Enlisted with the 23rd Regiment (Northern Pioneers) in August 1914.
- Renowned as a superior scout, superb marksman and outstanding sniper.
- One of 39 members of the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) who received two bars to the Military Medal.
- Responsible for capturing 300 enemy soldiers.
- Became Chief of the Parry Island Band and later a Band Councillor.
- A member of Canada’s Indian Hall of Fame.