Kenora Great War Project


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

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Bray, Sidney Joseph

Gunner Sidney Joseph Bray joined the Canadian Field Artillery in November 1914 and served for almost four years in Canada, England, France and Belgium. He was seriously wounded in September 1918 and he spent a year recovering in hospitals. Sidney was the oldest child of John Joseph Bray and Mary Ann Southam Shelbourne of Peterborough,… Read More »

Swanson, Carl Adrian

Corporal Carl Adrian Swanson was born in Torsas, Kalmar lan (Kalmar county), Sweden on 16 November 1897. His birth name was Karl Adrian Karlsson and his parents were Karl/Carl Johan Svensson and Frida/Freda Maria Andersson. Karl and Frida were married in Torsas in 1893 and their first five children were born in Sweden: John Herbert… Read More »

O’Connor, John

Private John O’Connor joined the 108th Battalion in January 1916 and arrived in France a year later. He was killed in action in August 1917 at the Battle of Hill 70. John was the oldest son of Patrick O’Connor and Sarah Jane McPherson of Rainy River, Ontario. Sarah grew up at Sabaskosing on Lake of… Read More »

Elliott, Porter Preston

Captain Porter Preston Elliott was the son of John Charles Elliott and Jemima Preston. He was born on 4 July 1877 in Bath, Lennox County, Ontario, one of at least eight children. His father, a school teacher, was born in Ireland and his mother in Ontario (Upper Canada). Porter became a lumber merchant and moved… Read More »

Stevens, Albert John Edward

Albert John Edward Stevens was born on 05 December 1893 in Withingham, Gloucestershire, England. His parents were Edwin Stevens and Esther Ann Higgins. Second youngest child of the family, Albert’s twelve siblings included: Rosetta (1874-1957), Eunice (1876-1955), Mildred (b. 1877), Frederick (1878-1899), Arthur (1879-1960), Clara (1881-1920), Christina (1883-1920), Alice (1884-1943). Ellen (1888-1922), William (b. 1890),… Read More »

Storey, Hayston

Hayston Storey was born on 20 March 1892 in Oulton, Cumberland, England. He was the son of Esther Storey, also born in Oulton, and grandson of James and Mary (née Hayston) Storey. Over the years grandfather James worked as a cotton weaver, husbandman (free tenant farmer) and in latter years operated a market gardening business… Read More »

MacGillivray, Grant

Private Grant MacGillivray arrived in France in March 1917 and served with the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders). He died of wounds a month later during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. James Alexander Farquhar Grant MacGillivray, known as Grant, was born on 10 May 1880 in Ottawa, Ontario. His parents, Farquhar MacGillivray and Jane Mary MacFarlane,… Read More »

Easterbrook, Frederick Elmo

Private Frederick Elmo Easterbrook was married and the father of six children when he signed up with a forestry unit in August 1916. He served in England and Scotland for two years and returned to Canada for health reasons in the fall of 1918. Fred was the son of James and Carrie Easterbrook and he… Read More »

Flett, Hector George

Private Hector George Flett enlisted early in the war and served with the 52nd Battalion for four years in Canada, England, France and Belgium. Hector was the son of Charles (Sr.) and Mary Flett of Kenora, Ontario. Charles came to the Lake of the Woods area from Selkirk, Manitoba and his wife Mary was born… Read More »

Leyoux, Emile

Sapper Emile Leyoux enlisted three times using three different names (Emile Leyou/Leyoux, Emile Gosselin and Emil Gosling). He served in Canada, Great Britain and France for about 18 months and returned to Canada in March 1919. Emile probably grew up in the district of Nipissing, Ontario but nothing has been found yet about his early… Read More »