Kenora Great War Project


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Pike, James Francis

Acting Corporal James Francis Pike enlisted in Winnipeg in November 1915 and went overseas the following summer. He served in England with the Canadian Army Pay Corps and returned to Canada in April 1919. According to his attestation paper, James was born in Lime Springs, Iowa on 25 April 1877. However census records, his marriage… Read More »

Currie, Hector Donald

Corporal Hector Donald Currie enlisted with the 52nd Battalion in May 1915. He was seriously wounded at the Vimy front in November 1916 and invalided to Canada the following spring. After his recovery he enlisted a second time, serving in Canada for another seven months. Hector was the son of Donald Hector Currie and Annie… Read More »

Barraclough, John Alfred

John Alfred Barraclough was born on 13 April 1884 in Elland, Halifax, Yorkshire in England. His parents David Barraclough, an insurance agent, and Martha Thompson were both from Yorkshire, their marriage registered during the 3rd quarter of 1878 in Halifax, Yorkshire. Children born to the couple were Annie (1879), James Herbert (1882), John Alfred, Samuel… Read More »

Ramsay, Alexander Kelly

Alexander Kelly Ramsay was born on 1 September 1894 in Maybole, Ayrshire in Scotland. His father James Ramsay, a shoemaker, was from Kirkmichael, Ayr, while his mother Margaret Kelly was from Maybole where the couple had married on 14 June 1889. Alex had two older siblings, Joanna (1890) and William (1892) and younger sisters Agnes… Read More »

Flett, Hector George

Private Hector George Flett enlisted early in the war and served with the 52nd Battalion for four years in Canada, England, France and Belgium. Hector was the son of Charles (Sr.) and Mary Flett of Kenora, Ontario. Charles came to the Lake of the Woods area from Selkirk, Manitoba and his wife Mary was born… Read More »

Robertson, Ranald Alexander

Sapper Ranald Alexander Robertson enlisted in December 1915 and served overseas for more than three years with the Canadian Engineers. He returned to Canada in May 1919. Ranald was the son of Angus Alexander Robertson and Christina McDonald of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Angus was a farmer born in Lochiel Township, Glengarry County, Canada West (Ontario). Christina… Read More »

Young, Robert John

Robert John Young was the son of Isaac Young and Jane Johnston of Kenora, Ontario. Isaac was born in England and Jane in Huron County, Ontario. They were married in 1889 in Wingham, Huron County, where Isaac was a farmer. A daughter Mary Jane was born the following year and she was followed by Robert… Read More »

Burriss, Robert Benton

Robert Benton Burriss was born on 24 October 1894 in Bowmanville, Durham, Ontario as supported by his Ontario birth record (Archives of Ontario, MS929, Reel #127). His father Rufus Allan Burriss was from Lewis County in Kentucky while his mother Hester Ann Watts was from near Flemingsburg in Kentucky. The couple married in January of… Read More »

Parkes, Samuel

Samuel Parkes was born on 18 February 1891 in Birmingham, England. His parents Isaac Parkes and Betsy Oseland were both from Birmingham, their marriage registered during the 3rd quarter of 1889 in King’s Norton, an area in Birmingham. The 1891 England census listed the family in King’s Norton and in 1901 in Aston, another area… Read More »

Buckboro, Percy Roy

Sapper Percy Roy Buckboro enlisted in June 1915 and served in Canada and the UK for two years. He was discharged for health reasons in September 1917. Percy was the oldest son of Thomas Henry Buckboro (Buckborough) and Annie Margaret Burke of Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents were both born in southern Ontario, Thomas in the… Read More »