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    Origin of place name: Lt Colonel Wesley Peck, VC, DSO (1871-1956) was born in New Brunswick and came to BC in 1897. He lived in Prince Rupert for a number of years where he became involved in the salmon-canning business. He served in WW1, winning the Victoria Cross for his bravery in a battle in France in 1918. Pierre Berton called him "one of the most belligerent commanders in the Corps—a bulky, black-browed British Columbian with an enormous walrus mustache who believed senior offices should not hang back in battle."  He was elected MP for Skeena in 1917 (despite being overseas), defeated in 1921. He served as a Conservative MLA for the Gulf Islands from 1924-33, and was then appointed to the Canadian Pension Commission. Source: The Encyclopedia of BC Place Names.

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