Kenora Great War Project


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

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Aymer, Robert Leslie

Private Robert Leslie Aymer enlisted in December 1915 and served in France and Belgium with the 10th Battalion. He was wounded twice, at Passchendaele and Amiens, and he returned to Canada in January 1919. Robert was the son of Edward Albert Aymer and Caroline Watson of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Edward was a carpenter and joiner… Read More »

Butt, Edwin Frederick

Private Edwin Frederick Butt was called up in February 1918, at age 20. He served in France and Belgium for six months with the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion. Edwin was the son of William Butt and Eleanor Kate Pearce of Kenora, Ontario. He was born in Rat Portage (later called Kenora) on 6 July 1897… Read More »

Lalonde, Frank

Private Frank Lalonde was a widower with four young children when he enlisted in December 1915 at age 42. He served for three years in Canada, the UK and France. Frank was born on 24 January 1873 on Allumette Island in Pontiac County, Quebec. He was baptized two months later in the mission church at… Read More »

Campbell, Frederick Kenneth

Frederick Kenneth Campbell was one of the early volunteers for Canada’s war effort. He joined the 34th Fort Garry Horse, a cavalry unit, on Aug. 27, 1914, in Winnipeg as part of Canada’s First Contingent of 30,000 men being raised for the war effort. The 34th, which numbered about 250 officers and men, was merged… Read More »

Armstrong, Robert Wiggins

Acting Lance Sergeant Robert Wiggins Armstrong enlisted in January 1916 and served for three years in Canada, Great Britain and France. He was wounded in June 1917 and returned to Canada in December 1918. Robert was the son of James Arthur Armstrong and Annie Webb of Woolchester, Alberta. James was born in Belleville, Ontario to… Read More »

Dunn, Seam Hazelip

According to his attestation papers, Seam Hazelip ‘Sam’ Dunn was born on 17 December 1895 in Flos in the Hillsdale Township, Simcoe, Ontario. His father George Alexander Dunn was from Flos while his mother Mary McQuaig was from nearby Oro. The couple married on 16 May 1888 in Barrie. By the 1901 census the Dunns… Read More »

Evans, Stanley Ernest Stroud

Stanley Ernest Stroud was born on 29 May 1897 in the Peckham area of London, England. In later life he went by the name of Stanley Ernest Stroud Evans. His mother Mary Elizabeth Stroud was born in 1864 in Margate in Kent, the daughter of William Stroud, a butcher journeyman, and Elizabeth Feakins. At the… Read More »

Elliott, William Alton

William Alton Elliott was born on 5 February 1897 in Portland, Leeds, Ontario. His parents Archibald ‘Archie’ Elliott and Eliza Jane Trotter were both from farms in the area, marrying on 15 November 1892 in nearby Athens. William had an older sister, Lenna, also born in Portland, and a younger sister Clella born in 1909… Read More »