Kenora Great War Project


Personal Details
Date of BirthJuly 13, 1886
Place of BirthGuelph, Ontario
Marital StatusMarried
Next of KinOlive Adeline Chubb, wife, Kenora, Ontario
Trade / CallingLocomotive Fireman
Service Details
Regimental Number2125340
Service Record Link to Service Record
Battalion13th Light Railway Operating Company
ForceCanadian Expeditionary Force
BranchCanadian Railway Troops
Enlisted / ConscriptedEnlisted
Address at EnlistmentKenora, Ontario
Date of EnlistmentMarch 16, 1917
Age at Enlistment30
Theatre of ServiceEurope
Prisoner of WarNo
Survived WarYes
Death Details
Age at Death76
Buried AtEvergreen Cemetery, Lansing, Michigan

Chubb, Lynol John

Lynol John Chubb was born on 13 July 1886 in Guelph, Ontario. Born in Wiltshire, England his father John Chubb had immigrated to Canada as a child with his parents. His mother Margaret Ann Patterson, born in Guelph, was the daughter of Scottish immigrants. Lynol was their first born child followed by Carlyle Russell (1889), Leila (1892), Flora Orchard (1896), and Elsie Christina (1899). Lynol’s father worked as a bricklayer, an occupation that Lynol would also later work at. Sadly, Leila died of diphtheria in 1902.

On 14 January 1909, in Laingsburg, Shiawasse, Michigan Lynol married Olive Adeline Brooks. Born in 1885 in Palmerston, Ontario, a community about 60 kilometres northwest of Guelph, Olive was the daughter of John Brooks and Eleanor Huff. For the 1910 US census Lynol and Olive were living in Lansing, Ingham, Michigan where Lynol was working as a bricklayer. They had given birth to their first child, John Orlum (Jack) two months earlier. By 1914 the family had moved to Winnipeg when they gave birth to their second child, Russell Brooks. The 1916 census listed the family in the Kildonan area of Winnipeg.

Although living in Kenora, Ontario Lynol signed his attestation papers in Winnipeg on 16 March 1917. His occupation was given as locomotive fireman and his wife Olive in Kenora as next of kin. He had three years previous military experience with the 11th Howitzer Field Battery in Guelph. With the No 2 Section Skilled Railway Employees, Lynol embarked from Halifax on 16 April 1917 aboard the Grampian.

Redesignated as the No 13 Light Railway Operating Company, Royal Engineers that May, the unit landed in France on the 10th of June. By the next year the unit was known as the No 13 Canadian Light Railway Operating Company. In April of 1918 Lynol was appointed Lance Corporal and given a nine day leave to Paris that July. He was given another leave in August, fourteen days to the UK. With the end of the war Lynol returned to England in February of 1919, spending time at Knotty Ash Camp in Liverpool before embarking from Glasgow on the 30th of March for Canada. With his final discharge on 11 April 1919 in Toronto, Lynol returned to Guelph as Olive had moved there during the war.

Lynol and his family returned to Michigan and lived in Lansing for a number of years where Lynol worked as a bricklayer/mason/contractor. Son Robert was born there in 1922. For the 1940 US census the family was found in Tittabawassee, Michigan and when Lynol signed his WW2 Draft registration card in 1942 the family was living in Freeland, Michigan.

Predeceased by his wife Olive in 1960 in Brownsville, Texas, Lynol died in November of 1962 in Lansing. They are interred in the Evergreen Cemetery in Lansing. At least two of their sons served during WW2. Son Robert served with the US Navy as a mine sweeper and Russell’s service unknown but found listed as a veteran, serving from July of 1943 until November of 1945.

by Judy Stockham

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