Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthApril 3, 1893
Place of BirthSquare Bay, Campbell Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario
Marital StatusSingle
Next of KinElizabeth Sinclair (Mother), Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingLabourer
Service Details
Regimental Number198703
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion94th Battalion
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Infantry
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentJanuary 5, 1916
Age at Enlistment22
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Date of DeathApril 19, 1971
Age at Death78
Buried AtLake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario

Sinclair, Levi Wilmot

Kenora’s David George Sinclair and his wife Eliza Ann Bock had four sons that served in WW1 – Leslie Foster John (born 1887), Levi Wilmot (born 1893), Roy Frederick (born 1895) and Benjamin Elton (born 1899). The family arrived in Rat Portage (Kenora) in 1903 and settled north of town in the rural area of Jaffray Melick. Three daughters – Cyrella (born 1885), May (born 1889) and Maude (born 1891) completed the make-up of the family. They had come from the Manitoulin area of Ontario where they were listed as Mennonites in the 1901 Canadian Census.

Second oldest son, Levi Wilmot, was born on 03 May 1893 in Square Lake, Campbell Township, Manitoulin Island, Ontario. His birth was registered July 31, 1904 after his family came to Rat Portage (Kenora). He finished his schooling here and may have begun working for his father. In the 1911 Census, George is recorded as having several skills including being a farmer, painter and contractor. Levi is a farm labourer. Eliza’s faith is listed as United Church, George as Mennonite and all children as ‘Protestant’.

On 05 January 1916 Levi enlisted with the 94th Battalion in Kenora. By May of that year he was in Port Arthur for training. His unit arrived in England aboard the S. S. Olympic on 06 July 1916. The next month Levi was sent to France with the 43rd Battalion. On October 5th Levi was wounded by a shell explosion at the Somme. He sustained injuries to his head and right hand. Invalided to England, Levi spent the next year in various hospitals. He was left with a loss of hearing and in November 1917 was transferred to the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Levi returned to France and worked at several hospitals including #9 Canadian Stationary Hospital. He returned to Canada at the end of January 1919 and received his official discharge on 12 March due to demobilization.

Levi married Emily M. Wetendorf on 14 May 1927 in Sioux Lookout, Ontario. His occupation at the time was ‘painter’. They had no children. Levi was a member of the Kenora Branch of the Royal Canadian Legion and received his 25 year pin on January 11, 1957.

He died on 19 April 1971 at Deer Lodge Hospital in Winnipeg. His body was transported back to Kenora and Levi is buried in Lake of the Woods Cemetery.

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