Kenora Great War Project


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

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Saunders, Thomas

Lance Sergeant Thomas Saunders, MM, enlisted in December 1915 and served for three and a half years in Canada, the UK, France and Belgium. He was awarded the Military Medal in January 1918. Thomas was the fifth of six sons of William Saunders and Fanny Huggins of Mervin, Saskatchewan. William was a farmer and he… Read More »

Bosman, Melville

Private Melville Bosman enlisted in March 1916 and served in France and Belgium with the 8th Battalion. He was wounded at Passchendaele in November 1917 and spent the rest of the war in the UK. Melville was the youngest son of John Bosman and Laura Sellars of Brandon, Manitoba. John grew up in a large… Read More »

McGuire, Russell Edward

Russell Edward McGuire was born on 28 February 1900 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. Both of his parents, Edwin Ernest McGuire and Mary Jessie (May) Parsons, were from Quebec. The couple married in late 1885 in Richmond, Quebec although Edwin was listed as working in Montreal as a fireman, presumably with a railway,… Read More »

Dougherty, John Joseph

Private John Joseph Dougherty enlisted in July 1916 and arrived in France a year later. He was killed in September 1918 by a large bomb dropped from a German airplane. According to his service record John was born on 16 May 1887 in Bradford, Ontario, a small village about 50 km north of Toronto. When… Read More »

Purvis, Thomas Harry

Thomas Harry Purvis was born in 1897 in the Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland registration district, birth registered during the 3rd quarter. His parents were William John Purvis and Sarah Hannah Forster who had married in 1896. Thomas had a younger sister Martha who was born in 1900. It appears that Thomas’ father died in 1910…. Read More »

Hughes, Arthur John

Arthur John Hughes was an alias used by Fenton John Hughes to reenlist for service in WW1 after previously deserting following surgery to remove his appendix. Fenton John Hughes was born on 6 January 1894 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario, date and name confirmed by his Ontario birth record. Both of his parents… Read More »

McRae, Alexander Norman

Private Alexander Norman McRae was called up in January 1918 and hr served in France with the 10th Battalion. He was wounded in September 1918, during the Hundred Days Offensive, and invalided back to Canada the following summer. Alexander was the son of Farquar/Farquhar McRae and Matilda Elizabeth Thompson. He was born on 16 January… Read More »

McMonagle, Eugene

Private Eugene McMonagle was the son of George McMonagle and Ellen Jane McRae of Finch Township, Cornwall and Stormont County, Ontario. He was born on 17 January 1888 in Berwick, Finch Township, his birth registered as Uejane Ezekiel McMonagle. His father was a farmer at the time. Eugene’s parents were married in Avonmore, Stormont County… Read More »