Kenora Great War Project


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

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Heffren, Arthur

Private Arthur Heffren enlisted in April 1917 and served in Canada for one year, much of that time suffering from illness. He was discharged as medically unfit in April 1918. Arthur was one of twelve children of John Alexander Heffren (Heffern) and Margaret Malinda Clement. Records vary but John was born in either Ontario or… Read More »

Rendell, Hedley William

Hedley William Rendell was born on 4 April 1892 in Islington, London, England. He was the first born child of Ernest Alfred and Annie Sophia (née Pavitt) Rendell who were both from Yeovil in Somerset where they had married in 1891. Ernest was a schoolmaster, enabling the family to employ a servant. Other known children… Read More »

Jolin, Norman Joseph Camille

According to his British Columbia death record, Norman Joseph Camille Jolin was born on 15 December 1894 in Norman, Ontario, a village a couple of kilometres west of Kenora in northwestern Ontario. His father Achille (Archie) Jolin was from St Henedine, Quebec while it appears that his mother Emma Bernard was born in Minnesota although… Read More »

Jeffery, Harry

The Germans used massive amounts of artillery in the First World War and more than half of Allied casualties were the result of artillery fire. There were all different kinds and sizes of shells and they were a constant danger during battles and in the trenches as well as behind the front lines. Private Harry… Read More »

Metail, John Casimer

According to his attestation papers, John Casimer Metail was born on 29 August 1897 in Norman, Ontario, a village just west of Kenora in northwestern Ontario. His father Joseph Metail was from Saint-Jeures, Haute-Loire, France while his mother Anne Charlotte Crepet was from nearby Chambon-Feugerolles, Loire where the couple married on 30 October 1893. The… Read More »

Lorymer, William Tindal

Honourary Captain William Tindal Lorymer was the Baptist minister in Kenora, Ontario when he enlisted in July 1916. He served overseas with the Canadian Chaplain Service for three years, returning to Canada in September 1919. William was born in London, England to John Charles Lorymer and Emma Phoebe Feast. John and Emma were married in… Read More »

Conn, John Alvin

Sapper John Alvin Conn was one of five brothers who served in the First World War. He enlisted in March 1917 and served in France with the Canadian Engineers, returning to Canada in March 1919. John was the son of Robert Conn and Mary Ellen Curle of Vernon, British Columbia. Robert and Mary were both… Read More »

Redsky, Edward

Private Edward Redsky enlisted in July 1916 and served for three years in Canada, the UK, France and Belgium. He was wounded at the Battle of Hill 70 but he survived the war and returned home in August 1919. Edward was the son of Chief Redsky (Miskokesik) and Endopeek of Shoal Lake First Nation in… Read More »

Cleaveley, Albert Reginald

Albert Reginald Cleaveley was born on 22 April 1889 near O’Connell in the township of Rama, northeast of Orillia in Ontario. His father George Cleaveley was from Charlton Kings, Gloucester in England while his mother Fanny Dockerill was from Leighton Buzzard in Bedford. The couple married on 16 November 1867 in Billington, Bedford, and gave… Read More »