Kenora Great War Project


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

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Rowe, George

Acting Sergeant George Rowe enlisted in February 1916 and served overseas for three years. He was wounded in October 1916 at the Somme Offensive and returned to Canada in July 1919 with a war bride. George was the only son of George Charles Rowe and Elizabeth Veal of Fort William, Ontario. George Sr. was born… Read More »

Swanson, George Alban

George Alban Swanson was born on 18 March 1890 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father George Christian Swanson was from Norway while his mother Annie Grace Lesett was from England. Over the years George Sr worked as a railway section foreman, miner, and forest ranger. Children born to the family in Rat… Read More »

Huggins, Cyril Clifford

Cyril Clifford Huggins was born on 25 December 1893 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. Both of his parents, William Caro Huggins and Eliza Harriet Betsworth, were born in England. William immigrated to Canada as a young child with his parents and siblings and along with his brother James first came to the Lake… Read More »

Prall-Pierce, Henry Albert

Henry Albert Prall Pierce was born on 10 August 1874 in East Malling, Kent in England. In his early years he went by the name of Harry or Henry Pierce but after immigrating to Canada in 1904 he used the name of Henry or Harry Prall-Pierce. His father William Pierce was from Hadlow, Kent while… Read More »

Rymer, John Thomas

Private (Acting Sergeant) John Thomas Rymer was a stenographer living in Winnipeg, Manitoba when he enlisted in March 1916. He served for three years in Canada, England and Siberia. John was the oldest son of John Rymer and Mary Ann Gradon of Middridge, County Durham, England. John (Sr.) was originally from north Yorkshire and he… Read More »

Cotter, Charles Rogerson

Charles Rogerson Cotter was born on 17 October 1897 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His father Alexander McCaul Cotter was born in Austria, the son of an Irish Reverend and his wife. An age appropriate Alex Cotter arrived in Canada on the Circassian on 29 April 1889, on his way to Winnipeg. By the time of the… Read More »

Dentry, William John

Private William John Dentry enlisted early in the war and served overseas for four and a half years. He returned to Canada in May 1919 with a war bride. William was born on 13 April 1894 in Fulham, London, England, the oldest son of Albert Isaac Dentrey (Dentry) and Eliza Moore. Albert was also born… Read More »

Davidson, Raymond Glenn

Raymond Glenn Davidson (known as Glenn) was born on 16 March 1896 in Brighton, Ontario. ┬áHe was the son of farmer David R. Davidson and Addie May Glenn. His siblings included sister Margery (born 1900) and brother Morley (born 1902). Glenn was a medical school student at Queen’s University when he enlisted with the Canadian… Read More »

Wilton, John Robert

Second Corporal John Robert Wilton joined the Canadian Engineers in February 1916 and served overseas for two and a half years. He returned to Canada in December 1918. John Robert was the son of John Wilton Sr. and Elizabeth Munson of Morris, Manitoba. John Sr. was from Ontario and he had moved west with his… Read More »

House, Charles Wallace

Charles Wallace House was born on 7 November 1891 in Keiferville, Ohio, baptism registered in Palmer, Putam, Ohio. His father was James Joseph House who was from Beamsville, Ontario while his mother, Amelia Julia Kitchen, was from Kieferville were the couple had married earlier that year. By the time of the birth of their next… Read More »