Lt. Col. Walkem

Lieutenant Colonel Hugh C. Walkem
107th (Timber Wolves) Battalion

He was created a chief of the tribe by the name La-de-see, or Great Warrior. The ceremony took place in the Montreal Curling rink and was largely attended by the Indians as well as by pale faces. A war bonnet was placed on the head of the new chief by Chief Clear Sky. Clear Sky was overseas with about 200 other Indians in the 107th Battalion commanded by Colonel Walkem.

(Kingston Whig-Standard, 17 Jan 1934, 2)

Hugh Crawford Walkem was an insurance broker born in Kingston, Ontario on 19 August 1874. A member of the 5th Highlanders of Canada in Montreal, he enlisted as a captain with Lieutenant Colonel Cantlie’s 42nd Battalion in May 1915. Having distinguishing himself in France, he was attached to the Canadian Training School as an instructor in October 1916.

Following the death of Lieutenant Colonel Glen Campbell from illness on 20 October 1917, Walkem was promoted to be his replacement. He was twice mentioned in dispatches and awarded the Distinguished Service Order in 1918. In May 1918, the 107th was merged with other units to become the 1st Battalion, Canadian Engineers. Walkem returned home in 1919 and retired from the militia in 1934.

During the 1920s and 30s, he was a noted yacht racer. He died in Montreal on 3 April 1949.

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