Soldier Spotlight: Eva Somerville

Image: Participants at the 1936 Oldtimers’ Picnic at Lake Saskatoon. Standing: I. V. Macklin, James Somerville holding his daughter’s hand, Mrs. Somerville, Mrs. Lorna Horte, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Flint, James McFarlane, and Charles Cowpar. In the car: Bert Bessent and his twins Bob and Bill. On running boards: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Roberts. Sitting: Alice Sutherland, Mrs. J. Sutherland, Walter McFarlane, Mrs. Evelyn McRae, Fred Roberts, Mrs. Elsie Bessent, Pauline Johnson, Henry Monkman, Mrs. Fred Roberts, Mrs. Monkman, and George Tait. (SPRA 032.08.08.0566)

Branch: St. John Ambulance

Eva was born in England in 1894. She worked with St John Ambulance during World War I (her uniform and nursing manuals are in the Grande Prairie Museum). In November of 1927, Eva came to the South Peace to meet Jim Somerville, with whom she had been corresponding. They were married in Grande Prairie on December 21, 1927. Eva died in July of 1974.

Sources: surname file; Buffalo Trails p. 66; From Survey to Today p. 38

Jim & Eva Somerville, 1968 (SPRA 178.03.10)

Soldier Spotlight highlights veterans from the Archives’ online Soldiers’ Memorial. Each week, our volunteers select a remarkable individual to showcase in this blog series. The Soldiers’ Memorial commemorates more than 1,100 WWI veterans and 2,300 WWII veterans from our region. Three dedicated volunteers have contributed over 1,200 hours to this project by researching and writing biographies. Our goal is to have all South Peace soldiers acknowledged for their service. If you know of someone who lived in the South Peace and should be listed on the Memorial, or would like to get involved by researching a local veteran, please contact the Archives.