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Klabunde, Gustave Frederick Carl

Gustave Frederick Carl Klabunde was born on 6 April 1886 in Pembroke, Ontario. His parents Carl Wilhelm (Charles William) and Emilie (née Shultz) Klabunde were from Wusterbarth, Germany, and along with their one year old daughter Anna had arrived in New York on the 30th of March aboard the  Eider, just days before Gustave’s birth…. Read More »

Shayer, Alexander Joseph

Private Alexander Shayer enlisted in North Bay, Ontario in February 1916, at age 21. He served overseas for almost two years, most of that time with the 5th Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops, and returned to Canada in October 1918 due to illness. Alex was the only child of John Chaillé and Cecile DeschГЄnes of Bonfield,… Read More »

Link, Lyman John

Trooper Lyman John Link (aka Lyman John Nickle) enlisted in July 1916, at age 15, and served in Canada for a year and a half. He was discharged for medical reasons in December 1917. Lyman was born on 12 February 1901 in Ottawa, Ontario. He was the only son of John James Nickle and his… Read More »

Linklater, Hugh

According to his attestation papers Hugh Linklater was born on 22 May 1881 in Berens River, Manitoba. His father Jacob Linklater had been born in the Northwest Territories and had entered service with the Hudson’s Bay Company in 1868. Jacob served in the Norway House District as runner, midman, and fisherman until 1878 and then… Read More »

Flett, Norbert Joseph Arthur

Private Norbert Joseph Arthur Flett was born in St. Boniface, Manitoba on 4 February 1888, the son of Charles Flett and Dorothy Laviolete. He was married in Kenora, Ontario on 12 April 1910 to Maggie Blackeye. Maggie was 20 years old, born in Ontario and the daughter of Abraham and Mary Blackeye. Norbert and Maggie… Read More »

McDonald, Wallace

Wallace McDonald was born on 30 August 1887 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. Both of his parents, James McDonald and Margaret Connell, were from Canada but likely married in 1882 in the States. Their first child, daughter Mabel, was born in 1884 in Jamestown, North Dakota. From there the family moved… Read More »

Vipond, Howard Cameron

Howard Cameron Vipond was born on September 7, 1888 to Joseph and Janet (Cameron), in Summerstown, Glengarry, Ontario.   By 1910 he was in the Northwest, and married to Laura M. Eastman (1904). When he enlisted, he was working in Dryden as a telegraph operator. He was assigned to the 52nd Battalion. They were sent… Read More »

Kinghorn, James Anderson

Sapper James Anderson Kinghorn enlisted in January 1915 and served overseas for three and a half years, most of that time with the Canadian Engineers. He returned to Canada in March 1919. James was the only son of James Anderson Kinghorn Sr. and Elizabeth Gray of Monymusk, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. He was born on 19 September… Read More »