Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthJune 13, 1897
Place of BirthNorman, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinWilliam Greenwood (father), Box 353, Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingFarmer
Service Details
Regimental Number2383885
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion18th Reserve Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedConscripted
Address at EnlistmentBox 353, Kenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentMay 3, 1918
Age at Enlistment20
Theatre of ServiceGreat Britain
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of Death19780327
Age at Death80

Greenwood, Frank

Private Frank Greenwood was the son of William and Eleanor Ann Greenwood of Kenora, Ontario. William was born in Saltford, Somerset, England and Eleanor (née Shattell) was from Rotherhithe, London. They were married in 1877 and their first nine children were born in the London area: William, Alfred, Arthur, Eleanor, Anne, Jessie, Gertrude, Harold and Ralph. The family immigrated to Canada in June 1892, arriving on the SS Lake Winnipeg with their destination listed as Winnipeg. Twins Henry and Elizabeth were born in Winnipeg in July 1893.

William and his wife spent about two years homesteading in Whitemouth, Manitoba before moving to Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. Four more children were born there: Edith, Frank and his twin sister Grace (born 13 June 1897 in the neighbouring village of Norman) and John Kerr. Grace and John both died as infants and Gertrude died at age 15. When the 1901 census was taken William was working in Rat Portage as a constable. The family lived in Norman for awhile then William started a dairy farm on the southeastern edge of Kenora.

Frank’s brother Henry Greenwood enlisted in August 1915, as the war entered its second year. He died in France of pneumonia in July 1916. Conscription started in Canada in 1917 and single men age 20 to 34 were required to register that fall. Frank had his medical in Kenora on 11 October and he was found fit for overseas service. He was 20 years old at the time and working as a farmer. He was called up the following spring, on 3 May 1918, and assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, Manitoba Regiment in Port Arthur. The Depot Battalion sent drafts of men overseas as needed and Frank went with the 81st Draft, embarking on 29 July on the HMT Nellore and arriving in England on 15 August. He was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion and he served with them at Seaford in Sussex for the next ten months. He embarked from Southampton on 14 June 1919 on the SS Aquitania and arrived in Halifax on 20 June. He was discharged on demobilization two days later in Toronto.

At the time of the 1921 census Frank was living at home in Kenora, working on his father’s farm, and he was still in Kenora in 1925 when his father died. William had been the president of the Kenora Agricultural Society for ten years. The William Greenwood Memorial Trophy was introduced at the agricultural fair a year after his death and awarded to the exhibitor who scored the most points. In 1926 Frank moved to California, where his brother Ralph was living. The following year his sister Elizabeth (Mrs. John McDonald) moved there too. When the 1930 census was taken Frank was living with Elizabeth and her family in Stockton Township, San Joaquin County, working as a railroad brakeman. By 1935 they had all moved to Berkeley in Alameda County and Frank later lived in Oakland.

Frank passed away in San Francisco on 27 March 1978, at age 80. His mother had died in 1929 and both of his parents are buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora, along with their children Grace, John and Gertrude.

By Becky Johnson

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Photos provided by Frank’s great-niece Susan Greenwood.

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