Manitoba Photographers: Howard Grestock (1879-1917)
Born at London, England on 29 January 1879, the youngest of seven sons of Richard Joseph Grestock (1835-?) and Charlotte Roycraft (1844-?), he came to Canada and settled at Rapid City where, in October 1899, he purchased the Rapid City Portrait Gallery. In February 1900, he went to Brandon and enlisted with the first contingent of Lord Strathcona's Horse going to the Second Boer War. He later returned to Rapid City but, in August 1901, went to Victoria, British Columbia to seek his fortune in the Klondike Gold Rush. He worked as a miner at Dawson City, Yukon until the First World War was declared, rejoining the Strathconas in September 1914. He held the rank of Lieutenant when, in early 1917, he was wounded and taken prisoner while leading a daring raid on enemy trenches. He died of his wounds in a Bavarian hospital on 5 February 1917.
“News of local interest,” Marquette Reporter [Rapid City], 12 October 1899, page 1.
“Rapid City represented in the Strathcona Horse,” Marquette Reporter [Rapid City], 15 February 1900, page 2.
“Local news,” Marquette Reporter [Rapid City], 8 August 1901, page 1.
Queen's South Africa, Liverpool Medals.
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