Kenora Great War Project


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

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Gray, Fred

Private Fred Gray enlisted with the 101st Battalion in January 1916 and served overseas for three years in England, France and Belgium. He returned to Canada in March 1919. Fred was the son of Fred (Sr.) and Elizabeth Gray of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England. Peterborough was an industrial city on the main rail line between London… Read More »

Harvey, Thomas Noel

Thomas Noel Harvey was born on 7 August 1899 at Fern Villas, Beddington Corner in Wallington in the registration district of Croydon, Surrey, England. His father Noel Augustine Harvey, a third generation floorcloth manufacturer, was from nearby Mitcham while his mother Elizabeth Margaret Hazell was from Wallington. The couple married on 13 March 1895 in… Read More »

Fraser, Claude Alexander

Pilot Cadet Claude Alexander Fraser joined the Royal Air Force in the spring of 1918, at age 18. He trained in the Toronto area for about seven months and he was discharged a few weeks after the Armistice. Claude was the son of Andrew Fraser and Frances Elizabeth Fennell of Vancouver, British Columbia. Andrew was… Read More »

McConnachie, Thomas

Thomas McConnochie was born on 25 April 1882 in the village of Barleith in the parish of Riccarton in Ayrshire, Scotland as per his Scotland birth record. Over the years, especially in Canada, the surname was spelled McConnachie. His father Thomas, a railway engine driver, was from Dreghorn while his mother Margaret (Maggie) Manson was… Read More »

Robertson, James McLaren

Private James McLaren Robertson enlisted in November 1914 and served overseas with the 16th Battalion. He was missing and presumed killed in October 1916 at the Battle of the Somme. James was the son of William Robertson and Bertha Louisa Thompson of Vancouver, British Columbia. William was born in Cupar, County of Fife, Scotland and… Read More »

Sillers, Clifford McLeod

Clifford McLeod Sillers was born on 11 April 1893 in the RM of Turtle Mountain in southern Manitoba. Both of his parents Donald Sillers and Mary Jennison were from the Township of Hay in Ontario. According to a history book about Killarney, Manitoba, Donald had homesteaded in the area near Holmfield/Killarny in southern Manitoba not… Read More »

McDonald, John Henry

Private John Henry McDonald enlisted in Kenora, Ontario in February 1916 and he was wounded at the Battle of the Somme eight months later. He spent the rest of the war in England and returned to Canada in March 1919. John was the son of Donald John McDonald and Julia Ann Vankoughnett of the Township… Read More »

Scott, William George

Sergeant William George Scott enlisted in December 1915, at age 20, and served overseas for three years. He returned to Canada in April 1919. William was born on 22 August 1895 in Keewatin, Ontario. His father, James Scott, was from Forfarshire, Scotland and his mother, Margaret Downs, was born in Whitechurch, Ontario. James and Margaret… Read More »

George, Ernest Frederick

During the First World War between 3,000 and 4,000 Canadian soldiers became German prisoners of war. Lance Corporal Ernest Frederick George from Kenora, Ontario enlisted with the 8th Battalion in September 1914 and he died as a prisoner of war in Belgium seven months later. Ernest was born in September 1889 in the town of… Read More »