The Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan

 

Welcome to the Encyclopedia of Saskatchewan. For assistance in exploring this site, please click here.

If you have feedback regarding this entry please fill out our feedback form.

Sergeant Bill

Sergeant Bill.
Saskatchewan Archives Board R-A10210-1

Saskatchewan’s most famous goat, Sergeant Bill left his hometown of Broadview to serve as the mascot of the Fifth Canadian Battalion in France during World War I. Bill was gassed, wounded, and decorated (his medals included the 1914 Star, the General Service Medal, and the Victory Medal) before he safely returned to Canada, finishing his years out to pasture in his hometown. After his death, plans were to display him in the province’s proposed War Memorial Museum. Instead, Bill resided briefly during the 1920s in the reading room of the Saskatchewan Legislative Building, where the area where he stood became a designated meeting place, and then returned to Broadview, where he is now honoured in the Broadview Museum.

David McLennan

Print Entry
This web site was produced with financial assistance
provided by Western Economic Diversification Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan.
University of Regina Government of Canada Government of Saskatchewan Canadian Plains Research Center
Ce site Web a été conçu grâce à l'aide financière de
Diversification de l'économie de l'Ouest Canada et le gouvernement de la Saskatchewan.