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Angus, James Robert

Lieutenant James Robert Angus enlisted with the first Canadian contingent in September 1914 and served in Great Britain, France, Belgium and Canada for more than two and a half years. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in March 1916. James was the son of James Angus Sr. and Mary Mathilda Dobson of Fort Frances, Ontario…. Read More »

Sigurdson, Oliver Emile (Oley)

Oliver Emile (Oley) Sigurdson was born on 29 October 1894 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents Teibur (Tait) Sigurdson and Gudrun (Rooney) Thorsteindottir were both from Iceland, immigration year given as 1888 in various censuses. The couple first lived in Sayreville, New Jersey in the United States where they gave birth to daughter Johanna that year…. Read More »

Britten, Herbert Thomas

According to his attestation papers Herbert Thomas Britten was born on 29 August 1886 in Bletchley, Buckingham, England. Elsewhere in his service record his birth place was given as Fenny Stratford, a small community on the outskirts of Bletchley. His father Edward Britten was from Lechampstead in Buckingham, while his mother Ada Maria Herbert was… Read More »

Cotter, William Thomas

William Thomas (Bill) Cotter was born on 10 December 1887 in Quebec City, date confirmed by his baptism record. Both of his parents, Andrew Cotter and Mary Jane O’Neill, were born in Quebec to Irish immigrants. The couple married on 21 April 1884 in Quebec City. Over the years Andrew worked as a plumber as… Read More »

Roy, Margaret Allison

Birth, Family and Early Years: Margaret Allison Roy was born May 14, 1879, in Listowel, Perth County, Ontario. She was the only daughter of David Roy, who had been born Scotland, and his wife, Agnes (maiden name Fortune). David and Agnes married in Listowel in 1877 and began their family a year later. James Elgin,… Read More »

Lanoix, Joseph Paul

Private Joseph Paul Lanoix (Lanoie) was the son of Adrien Lanoix and Alma Comeau of La Salle, Manitoba. Adrien was born in Quebec and moved to Manitoba with his family in 1891, when he was about twenty years old. His wife Alma was also born in Quebec. They were married in 1896 in the RM… Read More »

Atkinson, William Henry

Although he gave his birth place as Ottawa and year of birth as 1874  on his attestation papers, William Henry Atkinson was probably born on 6 November 1878 in Arnprior, Ontario. His father John Robert Atkinson had been born in Boston, Lincolnshire, England, immigrating around 1863, while his mother Eva Margaret Windsor was from Grand River,… Read More »

Currie, William Webster

The middle child of the family, William Webster Currie was born on 25 December 1889 in Markdale, Grey South, Ontario. His father Robert Brydon Currie was from Dumfries, Ontario while his mother Margaret Webster had been born in Clatt, Aberdeenshire in Scotland. The couple had married in 1884 in Nichol in the district of Wellington… Read More »

Ans, Edward Arthur

Private Edward Arthur Ans (Anns) enlisted in April 1916 and served in France with the 27th Battalion. He was wounded at the Battle of Vimy Ridge and he returned to Canada in November 1918. Edward was the son of David Ans and Harriett Brownrigg of Whitemouth, Manitoba. Harriett was born in Yorkshire, England and came… Read More »

Bosman, Russell

Private Russell Bosman enlisted in January 1915 and served in France as a lorry driver with a supply column. He returned home to Canada in 1917 after his father died and he was discharged from service on compassionate grounds. Russell was the oldest son of John and Laura Bosman of Brandon, Manitoba. John grew up… Read More »