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

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Webb, William George

William George Webb was born 25 September 1877 in Old Ford, London, Middlesex, England.  He was the third of seven children born to Edwin Webb and Eliza Sayer.  He received his education in England and became a plasterer by trade.  He married Jane Phillips Nixon in West Ham, Essex in 1899 and their daughter Jane… Read More »

Neale, Robert Ernest

Private Robert Ernest Neale joined the 52nd Battalion in April 1915 and served for four years in Canada, the UK, France and Belgium. He returned home in March 1919 with a war bride. Robert was the son of William Neale and Emily Fry of Tatsfield, Surrey, England. His parents were both born in Tetbury, Gloucestershire… Read More »

Armour, William

Private William Armour was the youngest of four brothers who enlisted for service in the First World War. He was 17 years old when he signed up in the fall of 1917 and he served in France and Belgium in the last months of the war. William was born on 25 August 1900 in Dalrymple,… Read More »

Ringrose, Herbert

Herbert Ringrose was born on 20 December 1896 in Beverley, Yorkshire in England. His father John William Ringrose was from Beverley while his mother Emily Camelia Hickford was from Edmonton in Middlesex, with the couple marrying during the first quarter of 1900 in the registration district of Beverley. John worked as a tanners labourer, likely… Read More »

Cox, Charles Edward

Private Charles Edward Cox was called up in January 1918 and sent to France to serve with the 78th Battalion (Winnipeg Grenadiers). He was injured in a motor lorry accident in October 1918 and he spent almost a year recovering at hospitals in England and Canada. Charles Edward (or Edwin) was born on 18 February… Read More »

Schostak, Julius

Julius Schostak was born on 12 August 1880 in Lauenburg, Germany. His wife, Louise Kunkel, was born in 1889, most likely in what is now Poland. Julius and Louise were married in 1909 and they had three children – Irmgard (1910), Benjamin (1912) and Gerhard (1913) – born in the city of Petrikau. Petrikau is… Read More »

Baker, Leonard James

Leonard James Baker was born on 15 December 1894 in Horsham, Sussex, England.  His parents were Frederick James Baker (a builder’s carpenter joiner) and Fanny Patching.  Siblings included Ernest Frederick (born 1893), Albert Arthur (born 1896), Bessie Fanny (born 1899), William John (born 1904) and Eva Minnie (born 1906).  Leonard was educated in England and… Read More »

Saddington, William

Birth and early life: According to his Attestation Papers from the First World War, William was born October 31, 1888, in Leicester, Leicestershire, England; however, his actual birth date was October 31, 1885. He was the son of William Saddington and Bertha Ann Wright who were married in 1863 in the parish of St. Andrew,… Read More »

Bevan, Arthur Cyril

Arthur Cyril Bevan was born on 26 December 1882 in Stanwell, Middlesex, England. His parents were James Frederick Bevan and Hannah Parker. Fourth born in a large family, Arthur’s siblings included: James Parker (1876-1913), George Parker (1878-1920), Madge (1880-1932), Lilian Mary (1884-1939), Parker Samuel (1886-1962), Dorothy Hannah (1888-1953), Gordon Frederick (1889-1915), Constance Theresa (1890-1972), Ernest… Read More »

Guernsey, William

William Guernsey was born on 31 January 1889 in Stuartburn, Manitoba. His parents were William Robert Guernsey and Frances Fuller who had come to Manitoba from England in 1882. William was one of thirteen children born to this couple. By 1901 the Guernsey family was living in Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario. In the 1911 Census… Read More »