William Bleasdell Cameron
William Bleasdell Cameron
|Died||March 4, 1951 (aged 88)|
|Known for||Survivor of the Frog Lake Massacre, writer, journalist|
|Children||Jean Baptiste (JB) Cameron|
William Bleasdell Cameron was born July 26, 1862, in Trenton, Ontario. He is best known as being one of the survivors of the Frog Lake Massacre, and his book The War Trail of Big Bear that recounts his experiences of the massacre and his captivity.
In 1885 he was working as a clerk for the Hudson's Bay Company store at Frog Lake, then in the District of Saskatchewan of the Northwest Territories. He survived the Frog Lake Massacre of the North-West Rebellion on April 2, 1885 and was held captive for two months by Big Bear's band of Cree.
Cameron was in Regina in 1885 during the trial of Big Bear where he testified in Big Bear's defence. He testified he had heard Big Bear try to stop the massacre at Frog Lake.
He died in Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan on March 4, 1951, of double pneumonia at age 88. The inscription on his headstone reads "G. Scout, William B. Cameron, Northwest Field Force, 4th March, 1951—Rest In Peace."(p. 155)
- Blood Red the Sun
- The War Trail of Big Bear
- A month in the United States and Canada in the autumn of 1873
- Eyewitness To History: William Bleasdell Cameron, Frontier Journalist
- William Bleasdell Cameron (1888), The war trail of Big Bear (The Frog Lake Massacre), Toronto: Ryerson Press (published 1926)
- W. B. Cameron, "Massacre at Frog Lake", University of Alberta Libraries, response by W. B. Cameron to "Massacre at Frog Lake", Edmonton Journal, 4 Apr 1939, accessed 2 Aug 2009
- Dempsey, Hugh A. (1957). The Early West. Edmonton: Historical Society of Alberta. p. 6.
- Robert W. Hendriks (2008), William Bleasdell Cameron: A Life of Writing and adventure, Athabasca, Alberta: Athabasca University, ISBN 1897425325, 2008.008
- Robert W. Hendriks (2008). William Bleasdell Cameron: A Life of Writing and Adventure. Athabasca University Press. ISBN 978-1-897425-32-9.
- "Library and Archives Canada (Medals, Honours and Awards)". Retrieved 2014-04-17.
- "William Bleasdell Cameron and Horse Child (2)". Retrieved 2014-05-13.
- William Bleasdell Cameron fonds [ca 1927-1950], National Archives of Canada, CAIN No. 275226
- William Bleasdell Cameron (1977). Blood Red the Sun. Hurtig. ISBN 978-0-88830-128-4.
- William Bleasdell Cameron (1 June 2008). The War Trail of Big Bear. Kessinger Publishing. ISBN 978-1-4366-7958-9.
- Works by William Bleasdell Cameron at Faded Page (Canada)
- A photograph taken on Poundmaker Reserve September 22, 1947 of William Bleasdell Cameron with Horse Child (Mistatim Awasis in Cree) who was the son of Big Bear. They are looking at a photograph of themselves together in Regina in 1885 during the trial of Big Bear