A veteran of World War One and Vimy Ridge, United Church minister George Charles Fraser Pringle hailed from a family that had lived in Edinburgh, Scotland. He was stationed at Van Anda on Texada Island, B.C., where he served the Presbyterian congregation after a church had been erected in 1900. The Texada Presbyterian Church became the Texada United Church in 1925. Van Anda became the home base for his "Sky Pilot"; marine mission work from 1925 to 1930.

As a chaplain for the Cameron Highlanders of Canada, Pringle published a post-war collection of stories subtitled Being Klondike Yarns Told to Canadian Soldiers Overseas by a Sourdough Padre. [The text of that book is available on the internet.] He also published a book about his experiences as a mobile minister and he co-authored a similar book about maritime missions in Newfoundland, Labrador and British Columbia. Pringle also spent time in the Yukon, travelling by dog sled to conduct weddings, christenings and funerals.

His son, George Pringle, Jr., was born on November 30th, 1913, in Vancouver. He was also a minister but he left the pulpit to join the RCAF and was killed in action during WW2. A school in Westbank, B.C. was named in his honour when it opened in 1949.


Tillicums of the Trail: Being Klondike Yarns Told to Canadian Soldiers Overseas by a Sourdough Padre (McClelland & Stewart 1922)

In Great Waters: The Story of the United Church Marine Missions (Toronto: Board of Home Missions of the United Church of Canada, 1928). Co-author.

Adventures in Service (McClelland & Stewart 1929)

[BCBW 2009] "1900-1950" "Missionary"