Kenora Great War Project


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

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Richards, Edward John

Private Edward John Richards enlisted with the 52nd Battalion in August 1915 and served overseas for about two years. He was invalided back to Canada in February 1918 due to illness. Edward was the youngest son of William Thomas Richards and Mary Saunders of Kenora, Ontario. William was born in Pembroke, Ontario and his wife… Read More »

Woods, James Huston Ross

James Huston Ross  Woods was born on 14  January 1893 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Arthur Woods, son of Irish immigrant Russel Woods and Quebec born Eliza Huston, grew up on a farm in the Kildare/Joliette, Quebec region. His mother Harriet Ross, daughter of William and Margaret (née Caswell) Ross was… Read More »

Westerlind, Karl

Karl Axel Manfred Westerlind was born in 1896 in Sweden, the son of Johan August Westerlind and Alexandra Katarina Byström. When he was about 17 years old he joined the Norwegian merchant navy and the First World War started a year or so later. At the time Norway had one of the largest merchant fleets… Read More »

Major, John

Private John Major enlisted in June 1916 and served in France with the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion. He suffered from health problems for much of his time overseas and he was invalided to Canada in July 1919. John was Ojibway and a member of the Northwest Angle First Nations band in northwestern Ontario. According to… Read More »

Lorymer, William Tindal

Honourary Captain William Tindal Lorymer was the Baptist minister in Kenora, Ontario when he enlisted in July 1916. He served overseas with the Canadian Chaplain Service for three years, returning to Canada in September 1919. William was born in London, England to John Charles Lorymer and Emma Phoebe Feast. John and Emma were married in… Read More »

Etter, Roy Clifford

Roy Clifford Etter was born on 30 September 1883 in Westmorland Point (later renamed Aulac), New Brunswick, close to the Nova Scotia border where his family farmed. His father Charles Etter was from New Brunswick while his mother Margaret Ann Miller was from Nova Scotia. Roy had two known older siblings, Herbert (1881-1955), and Lucilla… Read More »