Kenora Great War Project


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These are the stories of Kenora participants in the First World War.

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Sundblad, Harry

Bror Henning Sundblad was born on 21 November 1886 in Torp, Västernorrland in Sweden. His father Johan Sundblad was from Sunne in Värmland while his mother Märta Julia MГҐrtensdotter was from Bergsjö in Gävleborg. The couple married on 23 October 1879 in the parish of Boda in Torp. Over the years while in Sweden Johan’s… Read More »

Menear, Samuel

Private Samuel Menear was over 50 years old and a father of nine when he enlisted in Kenora, Ontario in May 1915. He served for a year in Canada and England and was discharged as medically unfit due to an injury he suffered while training. Samuel was the son of John Menear (Meneer/Manneer) and Margaret… Read More »

Bryant, Alfred George

Alfred George Bryant was born on 18 September 1895 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father George Paul Bryant was from Ashwell, Hertfordshire in England and had immigrated to Canada around 1887, settling with his parents and siblings Walter and Silas in the Miniota area in Manitoba where they farmed. His mother Mary… Read More »

Kelley, John Henry

Although he gave his year of birth as 1891 on his attestation papers, John Henry (Jack) Kelley was born on 7 November 1890 in Keewatin, Ontario. Located in northwestern Ontario, Keewatin was a thriving community of the time, largely due to the Lake of the Woods Milling Company. Jack was the first born  son of… Read More »

Lacasse, Charles Eusebe

Charles was a younger son of Anselme (more commonly known as Samuel) and Wilhemina Melina (née Desmarais) Lacasse, parents being French Canadian, originally from the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Samuel and Melina married on 27 April 1885 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Melina’s family having moved to the area to open a saw mill. At some… Read More »

Millar, John James

Private John James Millar enlisted in July 1915, at age 20. He served with the Yukon Motor Machine Gun Battery and died of wounds in March 1918, during the German Spring Offensive. John was the son of James Millar and Katherine Janet Robertson of Winnipeg, Manitoba. James, a shoemaker, was born in Dumfriesshire, Scotland and… Read More »

Dunbar, Findlay

Private Findlay Dunbar was living in Kenora, Ontario when he enlisted in 1915. According to his service file, he was born on 23 August 1891 in Elgin, Morayshire, Scotland. His birth, however, was registered as 22 August 1892 in Speymouth, a village just east of Elgin. His parents were John Dunbar, a cattleman, and Annie… Read More »

Trick, James Melville

According to his attestation papers, James Melville Trick was born on 27 March 1897 in Kenora, Ontario (called Rat Portage at the time). He was the adopted son of William Trick and Nellie Jane Ferguson, his birth father from Quebec and birth mother from Ontario. William was born in England while Nellie was from Wales… Read More »

Kinghorn, James Anderson

Sapper James Anderson Kinghorn enlisted in January 1915 and served overseas for three and a half years, most of that time with the Canadian Engineers. He returned to Canada in March 1919. James was the only son of James Anderson Kinghorn Sr. and Elizabeth Gray of Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was born on 19 September… Read More »

Linn, William Oliver

William Oliver Linn was born on 31 October 1874 in the township of Smith, Peterborough, Ontario, date confirmed by his Ontario birth record. He was the son of David Linn and Ann Regan who had married on 21 October 1868 in Peterborough. His known older siblings were David and Emma while younger siblings were Eliza… Read More »