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

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Dennett, Robert William

Robert William Dennett was born on 9 January 1894 in Windsor, Berkshire, England. His father, a solicitor’s clerk, was also named Robert and was born in Camberwell/Pimlico in London. Robert Jr’s mother was Henrietta Baldwin who had been born in Cholsey, Berkshire; the couple had married in Windsor in 1890. Robert had two younger sisters,… Read More »

Knipe, William James

Farrier Sergeant William James Knipe enlisted with the Canadian Engineers and served for three years in England, France and Belgium. He returned to Canada in August 1919 with a war bride. William was the only son of James and Elizabeth Knipe of Liverpool, Lancashire, England. James worked as a carpenter and shipwright and he married… Read More »

Richards, William Ernest

Lance Corporal William Ernest Richards joined the 52nd Battalion in August 1915 and served overseas in England, France and Belgium, returning to Canada in March 1919. William was the son of William Thomas Richards and Mary Saunders of Kenora, Ontario. William Thomas was born in Pembroke, Ontario and his wife was from Timmins. They had… Read More »

Logan, Daniel

According to his attestation papers that he signed on 22 February 1916 in Kenora, Ontario, Daniel Logan was born on 23 August 1874 in Tunbridge Wells, Kent, England. A birth registration was not found nor was an age appropriate immigration/passenger list record of his coming to Canada. He gave his son Edward with the 10th… Read More »

Spendlow, Ernest Parker

My dad, Ernest Parker Spendlow, was born on October 5, l889 in Morborne Peterborough, County of Huntingdonshire England.  His parents were William Spendlow and Eliza Mary Spendlow (maiden name Parker).  He had an older brother, William, an older sister, Harriet and a younger sister Florence. Ernest immigrated to Canada in 1911 coming directly to Kenora… Read More »

Roger, Andrew John

Andrew John Roger was born on 13 April 1898 in Clintery, Newhills, a small community just northwest of Aberdeen in Scotland. His father Andrew Roger was from Rathen, Fraserburgh while his mother Elizabeth Ruxton was from Belhelvie, both in Aberdeenshire. The couple married on 19 May 1897 in Strichen, a small town near where Andrew… Read More »

McRitchie, Roderick

Company Quarter-Master Sergeant Roderick McRitchie was the son of Donald McRitchie and Anna McLeod of Kenora, Ontario. He was born on 10 October 1868 in Victoria County, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia and he had at least six brothers and five sisters. His family moved to Ontario in the 1890s and settled in Rat Portage (later… Read More »

Merkley, Willis Samuel

Private Willis Samuel Merkley was called up for service in January 1918 and sent to France seven months later. He was killed in action in September 1918 near Cambrai. Willis was born on 7 June 1892 in Chesterville village, Dundas County, Ontario. His parents, Salathiel Merkley and Laura Kittle, were both of German ancestry and… Read More »

Dusang, Hilliard Rusteed

Private Hilliard Rusteed Dusang was the first Kenora lad to join the 94th Battalion, signing up at age 18. He arrived in France in September 1916 and he was killed at the Battle of Vimy Ridge seven months later. Hilliard was the son of Albert James Dusang and Caroline Laura Gill. Albert and Caroline were… Read More »

Mercier, Frank (Francois) Alfred

Private Frank (Francois) Alfred Mercier was the son of Francois and Octavie Mercier. Francois was born in Quebec and Octavie most likely in Manitoba. By 1890 they were married and living in Grand Rapids, Minnesota. They had a daughter, Marie, who was born in Minnesota around 1889. When the 1895 Minnesota state census was taken… Read More »