Dreveny Lake – Named after Sargent Pavel (Paul) Dreveny (born in Dolni, Bojanovice, Czechoslovakia and raised in Margo) who served with the Royal Air Force. After he enlisted in the air force, Sgt. Dreveny was incorporated into a Czech squadron of the RAF as an air gunner. He was killed on July 13, 1944 when the Liberator aircraft he was in crashed in heavy fog.
Through its GeoMemorial Commemorative Naming Program, the Government of Saskatchewan is recognizing the sacrifices of three First and Second World War soldiers who paid the ultimate price for their province and country.
Administered by the Government of Saskatchewan through the Ministry of Parks, Culture and Sport, the GeoMemorial Program honours individuals born or raised in Saskatchewan who have given their lives in service of their province and country by naming geographic features in their memory.
The program also recognizes Saskatchewan persons of prominence who have made significant contributions to the province’s history and development.The most recent individuals being commemorated through the program include:
Gordon Lake– Named after Private First Class Lawrence Samuel Gordon (born in Eastend), who served with the US Army. Killed in France in 1944, Private Lawrence’s remains were misidentified as German, and he was interred in a German cemetery. Recent investigations, including DNA testing, positively identified him. His remains were subsequently flown to Eastend, where he was reinterred in August of 2014.3
Machan Island– Named after Private James Clyde Machan (born in Hopetown, Ontario and raised in Rosetown) who was killed in action while fighting at Passchendaele on November 9, 1917 when he was hit during an artillery bombardment.