Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthOctober 24, 1872 (or earlier)
Place of BirthStavanger
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinConstance Adamson (cousin), Ostersund, Pellatt Township, Ontario
Trade / CallingRanger
Service Details
Regimental Number913335
Service RecordLink to Service Record
Battalion197th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Place of EnlistmentWinnipeg, Manitoba
Address at EnlistmentKeewatin, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentApril 14, 1916
Age at Enlistment43 or older
Theatre of ServiceCanada
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details

Hansen, Louis (Lewin)

Private Louis (Lewin/Lewis) Hansen was living in northwestern Ontario when he enlisted on 14 April 1916. He signed up in Winnipeg with the 197th (Vikings of Canada) Battalion, which was based in Winnipeg and recruited in western Canada. His address was Keewatin, Ontario, his occupation was ranger and next of kin was his cousin Constance Adamson in Ostersund, a small community near Keewatin. Lewin said he was born in Stavanger, Norway and gave his birth date as 24 October 1872, making him 43 when he enlisted, but he was likely a few years older than that. He said he had served for three years with the military forces in Norway. In December 1916 Louis was transferred to the 190th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles) and he trained with them for several months. He was discharged on 20 March 1917, due to being medically unfit for military service. His intended place of residence was Keewatin.

Louis had named his cousin Constance Adamson as his next of kin. Constance (née Johansson) was born in Norway and came to Canada in 1907 with her husband Andrew Adamson. They took up farming in Ostersund and raised two children, Ingrid (born in Norway) and Alfred (born in Ostersund). Ostersund was in Pellatt Township, near Keewatin, and is known now as Laclu. When the 1921 census was taken Louis was living with Constance and Andrew and working as a farm labourer. His age was 55 and his year of immigration was 1891. So far, no further record of Louis has been found.

Andrew Adamson passed away in 1955, Constance in 1974, their daughter Ingrid (Mrs. Victor Gustafson) in 2005 and their son Alfred in 2010. Andrew, Constance and Ingrid are buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery in Kenora.

By Becky Johnson

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