I came across this while researching " Black Confederates"
Heres one for the older set. George St. Pierre Brooks was born in Jan 1840 From 1861 until he was Captured in early 1865 he was a Body Servant to Capt. Scofield CSA, For the last 3 Months of the war he looked after the Horses of the 7th Ohio Cav (USA, the unit that captured him).
In 1865/66 He ran foot reaces in P.T. Barnums shows ( he ran 100 yards in 9 3/4 seconds.
He later joined the " Fisk Jubilee Singers" while there he there gave a Command Performance before Queen Victoria. After this he has assorted jobs until he moved to Manitoba. In 1917 he approached an Army recruiter (CEF) and stated his age as 75. He was told that if he would state he was 40 he would be accepted. He did so and became a cook and served in France.
In 1944 he bagan living at the Deer Lodge Military Hospital. In 1946 while visiting veterans Viscount Montgomery hailed Brooks as a "real Soldier"
Brooks died in 1948 and is Buried in Winnipegs Brookside Cemetery, of course in the Military section.
Does anyone know which unit he searved with in WW1?