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My mother told me [Francis] used to go behind enemy lines, rub shoulders with the enemy forces and never get caught... He was always saying how we have to live in harmony with all living things in this world.
— Ducan Pegahmagabow, Francis' son

Francis Pegahmagabow was a First Nations soldier most highly decorated for bravery in Canadian military history and the most effective sniper of World War I. Three times awarded the Military Medal and seriously wounded, he was an expert marksman and scout, credited with killing 378 Germans and capturing 300 more. Later in life, he served as chief and a councilor for the Wasauksing First Nation, and as an activist and leader in several First Nations organizations.

Following the outbreak of World War I, Pegahmagabow volunteered for service with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in August 1914. He soon he established himself as a sniper and scout and earned the Military Medal for sending messages along the lines of the Battle of the Somme and the Second Battle of Ypres. He would later gain a Bar for his Military Medal, for leading reinforcements during the Second Battle of Passchendaele, and second one for bringing ammunition to his post during the Battle of the Scarpe, becoming one of only 39 Canadians to receive this honor.

The war ended in November 1918 and in 1919 Pegahmagabow was invalided back to Canada. He had served for almost the whole war, and had built a reputation as a skilled marksman. He was credited with killing 378 Germans and capturing 300 more. By the time of his discharge, he had attained the rank of sergeant-major and had been awarded the 1914–15 Star, the British War Medal, and the Victory Medal.

Using his fame and reputation, Pegamagabow became a prominent First Nations rights activist up until his death in 1952 at the age of 61.

Battle vs. Billy Sing (by Deathblade 100)[]

No battle was written.

Expert's Opinion[]

While a devastating marksman, Francis could not match the more experienced Billy in the area which he needed most this battle; counter-sniping. This is mostly down to the fact that Francis never really engaged other snipers and his role was very similar to a designated marksman than a true sniper.

To see the original battle, weapons, and votes, click here.

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