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Lunan, George Ogilvie

Although he gave his year of birth as 1888 on his attestation papers, George Ogilvie Lunan was born on 15 July 1884 in Tealing, Forfarshire in Scotland (confirmed by birth record). Tealing is about 10 kms north of the city of Dundee in what is now the county of Angus. George’s father Thomas Lunan was… Read More »

Villeneuve, Napoleon

Napoleon was the 14th child born to Maxime Villeneuve and Marie Cyr in Bouchette Quebec. He was born on March 9th, 1882 and baptized on the 15th at St. Gabriel R.C. Church in Bouchette. In 1889, Mr. John Mather was recruiting in the Ottawa Valley looking for workers to settle in Keewatin Ontario where he… Read More »

McClellan, Thomas

Sergeant Thomas McClellan joined the Canadian Army Service Corps in February 1917 and served in France for more than two years, most of that time with a Mechanical Transport Company. He returned to Canada in October 1919. Thomas was the oldest child and only son of James McClellan and Isabella Shippen of Whitehaven, Cumberland, England…. Read More »

Giving, Martin

Corporal Martin Giving was living in Kenora, Ontario when he was called up under the U.S. draft in July 1918. He served in the U.S. Army for five months. Martin was the oldest son of Ole and Anna Giving (Geving/Gjeving) of Haugen, Aitken County, Minnesota. Ole and Anna were both born in Norway and they… Read More »

Peacock, George James

George James Peacock was born on 12 December 1883 in Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. He was the youngest child of John and Elizabeth Peacock. Siblings included sisters Alice, Harriett, Maria and Elizabeth; and brother John William. The 1901 England census records that George was working as a grocer’s apprentice. His father and brother were both… Read More »

Brown, John T

The son of Frances Emily Browne, John Brown was born on 22 June 1885 in Fulham, (London), Middlesex, England. Frances, born in Dublin, Ireland, was the daughter of Charles Henry and Jane Matilda (née Smith) Browne who had married in 1856 in Islington, London. The 1891 England census for Fulham found John living with his… Read More »

Killough, Alexander

Alexander Killough was born on 15 February 1898  in Glasgow, Scotland. His father William Killough was originally from Ireland and had married Mary Brownlie (née Cowie), a young widow with a small daughter Isabella Brownlie, on 29 July 1894 in the District of Milton, Glasgow. Living a few houses apart on Hopehill Road at the… Read More »

Hedlund, Carl

Carl Gustaf Edward Hedlund was born on 28 February 1897 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. Both of his parents were from Sweden, his father Johannes Gustafsson from Bäck, Skaraborg in Västergötland, while his mother Hilda Karlsdotter was from Fredsberg, also in Skaraborg. With the encouragement of the Swedish government back in… Read More »

Partington, Charles Thomas

British born Major Charles Thomas Partington was an officer in the militia before he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in the fall of 1915. He was sent to England and then to France, where he joined the 29th (Vancouver) Battalion in August 1916. He died eight weeks later at the Battle of the Somme…. Read More »

Portier, Clement

Clement Portier was born on 29 August 1899 in Lagorce, Ardeche, France. As a young lad he immigrated to Canada from France via New York with his parents Victor and Marie Justine (née Leydier) Portier and siblings Celina (1895-1948) and Victor (1897-1979) in August of 1902. The family settled in Norman, Ontario, a small community… Read More »