Kenora Great War Project

 

Personal Details
Date of BirthMay 28, 1892
Place of BirthEagle River, Ontario
CountryCanada
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinNettie Nabishe, wife, Swan Lake, Malachi PO, Ontario
Trade / CallingLabourer
ReligionChurch of England
Service Details
Regimental Number820764
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion141st Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Address at EnlistmentEagle River, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentMay 26, 1916
Age at Enlistment24
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathApril 10, 1957
Age at Death65
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
Plot38E-36-2

Nabishe, Thomas

As given on his attestation papers, Thomas Nabishe was born on 28 May 1892 in Eagle River, Ontario. Little is known about his life before he enlisted as a Private with the 141st Battalion on 26 May 1916 in Kenora. According to his son Wilfred’s WW2 service record, Thomas had married his wife Nettie that April in the Eagle Lake Reserve. Upon enlisting Thomas’ occupation was given as labourer, his residence as Eagle River, and his wife ‘Nettlie” in Swan Lake, Malachi PO, Ontario. Further in his service record Nettlie’s address was given as Eagle River and his parents, still living, were given as Mr and Mrs Charles Nabishe. Being illegally absent for a period of 21 days, Thomas was struck off strength as a deserter by a board of inquiry on 5 October 1916 in Port Arthur.

According to his son Wilfred’s record, Thomas and Nettie gave birth to eight children, years of birth approximate: Wilfred and Lillian (1922), Sarah Kelly (1924), Irma (1928), George (1932), Joseph (1934), Charlie (1941-1942), and Charlie (1943-1943). Thomas was a member of the Kenora Branch of the Canadian Legion, his membership card giving his WW1 service as well as service with the Veteran Guard in Canada during WW2. No other details of his life are known.

Thomas died of natural causes on 10 April 1957 on the Bigstone Bay Road just west of Kenora. At the time he had been living on the Pine Portage Reserve and had been into town the previous day. Thomas is interred in a military plot in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora. His original gravemarker was replaced in 2016.

Son Wilfred enlisted on 19 September 1941 in Kenora. As a Rifleman with the Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Wilfred was reported as killed in action on 6 June 1944 at Juno Beach. A telegram reporting his death was sent to his father Tom Nabish, Box 544 St Mary’s School in Kenora. Wilfred is interred in the Beny-sur-Mer Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France.

Thomas and Wilfred and commemorated for their war service on the Anishinaabe War Veterans plaque.

By Judy Stockham

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