Kenora Great War Project


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

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Lalonde, Leo James

Private Leo James Lalonde enlisted in April 1916 and served with the Canadians Corps for over two years. For much of that time he was a front line soldier but he suffered from health problems and he spent several months in hospitals in England and France. He died of illness in November 1918, a week… Read More »

Groeneveld, John

Private John Groeneveld joined the 94th Battalion in February 1916 in Kenora, Ontario. He served in Canada for four months and was discharged in June 1916 for medical reasons. John or Johannes was born on 20 July 1898 in Woerden, Holland (the Netherlands). His parents were Herman Groeneveld, a carpenter, and Tryntje Timmerman. Herman and… Read More »

Scotland, Alexander Munro

Alexander Munro (Sandy) Scotland was among the first Kenora volunteers recruited through the 98th Regiment for service overseas, going with a group of 45 men to Valcartier, Quebec on Aug. 23, 1914. Born in Dundee Scotland, he came from a large family. The 1891 Scottish census listed the family as James McDuff Scotland (age 39),… Read More »

Johnston, Thomas

Private Thomas Johnston enlisted twice, in June 1915 and May 1916. He served for three and a half years in Canada, Great Britain and France and returned home in December 1919. Thomas was the son of Alexander Henry Johnston and Annabella McDougall of Castleford, Renfrew County, Ontario. From early census records and his death registration… Read More »

Colley, Sydney

Private Sydney Colley enlisted with the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion in May 1915. He arrived in France in February 1916 and died four months later at the Battle of Mount Sorrel. Sydney grew up in Yorkshire, England in the parish of Sculcoates, which is now part of the city of Kingston upon Hull. His parents,… Read More »

Lands, George

Private George Lands (aka George Land) enlisted in 1916 and served overseas for two years. He was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele and returned to Canada in July 1919. George enlisted in Kenora, Ontario on 10 May 1916, signing up with the 141st (Bull Moose) Battalion. He was married and he and his wife… Read More »

Letain, Jules Vital

Private Jules Vital Letain was the son of Jean Baptiste Letain and Felicité Eugénie Husson of Lac du Bonnet, Manitoba. Jean Baptiste and Eugénie were both born in Belgium. They were married in 1888 and their first two children were born in Belgium, daughters Eugénie, who died as an infant, and Marie. Jean Baptiste, his… Read More »

Armour, Thomas

Lance Corporal Thomas Armour enlisted in February 1915 and served overseas for almost four years. His wife and baby daughter moved to Scotland during the war and they all returned to Canada in March 1919. Thomas was born on 23 November 1891 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents, Thomas Armour Sr. and Jane Kennedy, were… Read More »

Pollard, George Melvin

Private George Melvin Pollard signed up with the 94th Battalion in January 1916. He was wounded at the Somme and he suffered from illness for much of his time overseas, but he survived the war and returned to Canada in March 1919. George was born on 26 September 1880 in Moncton, New Brunswick. He moved… Read More »

McLay, James

James McLay was one of many Scottish immigrants to Canada and the Keewatin/Kenora area in the first decade of the last century. James, a millwright, came to Keewatin, Ontario in June of 1904 when he was 31 and took a job at one of the local sawmills. In September of that year his wife Mary… Read More »