Graham River

Feature Type:River - Watercourse of variable size, which has tributaries and flows into a body of water or a larger watercourse.
Status:
Name Authority: BC Geographical Names Office
Relative Location: Flows NE into Halfway River, Peace River Land District
Latitude-Longitude: 56°30'20''N, 122°14'07''W at the approximate mouth of this feature.
Datum: NAD83
NTS Map: 94B/9
Related Maps: 94B
94B/11
94B/12
94B/13
94B/6
94B/7
94B/8
94B/9

Origin Notes and History:

Adopted 31 March 1917 on 94/SE.

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

Named to remember BC Land Surveyor Lieutenant John Robinson Graham, MC, who surveyed this section of the country for the government; he went to England and joined the Royal Field Artillery and went to France with them in 1915. He was severely wounded 17 September 1916 on the outskirts of Flers and died in hospital at Rouen five days later, shortly after having his right leg amputated above the knee. He was awarded the Military Cross "for conspicuous gallantry in action. When observation officer, he was buried by a shell and under intense fire he continued to carry out his work with great courage and determination."

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.

[Note that he is identified as John Robertson Graham in the Canadian Virtual War Memorial]

Source: BC place name cards & correspondence, and/or research by BC Chief Geographer & Geographical Names Office staff.