These are the stories of Kenora participants in the First World War.
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Private Norman Morrison enlisted in November 1914 and served in France with the 16th Battalion. He was seriously wounded in May 1915 at Festubert and invalided back to Canada a year and a half later. Norman was the son of William John Robert Morrison and Sarah Stinson of Edmonton, Alberta. Sarah was born in Toronto… Read More »
Earl Edward Webb was born on 24 December 1893 in Keewatin, Ontario, a small town a few kilometres west of Kenora in northwestern Ontario. His parents William Webb and Josephine Zapfe married on 5 November 1880 in Bayfield, Ontario. By the next year the couple was living in Guelph, Ontario, giving birth to son William… Read More »
Albin Elmgren was born on 1 February 1890 in West Sweden, Polk, Wisconsin. West Sweden, organized in the mid 1870’s, was aptly named as it was a settlement of Swedes who were ‘west of Sweden’. It appears that Albin’s father Peter Elmgren had immigrated to the area in late 1876, and his mother Emmelia Christina… Read More »
John Angus McArthur was born on 5 March 1893 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. Although his parents and siblings all used McArthur as the spelling of their surname, John consistently used MacArthur. His father Daniel McArthur was from Newcastle, Nova Scotia while his mother Florence/Flora McDougall was from Antigonish, Nova Scotia. The couple… Read More »
Reverend Dr. George Albert Little was born in Princeton, Ontario on 2 April 1883. His father, James Little, was born in Ontario and his mother, Elizabeth Cowan, was from Ireland. James was a Presbyterian minister and he and his wife had at least eight children: Hanna, Elizabeth, Mary, John, James, Nora, William and George. The… Read More »
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 »
Nursing Sister Margaret Eaton was 50 years old when she joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps in May 1916. She served for four years at several hospitals in Great Britain and Canada. Margaret was the daughter of Wesley Ferguson Eaton and Margaret Markle of East Flamborough Township, Wentworth County, Ontario. She was born on 11… Read More »
Private David Lands (aka David Land) enlisted in 1916 and served overseas in Great Britain and France. He was invalided to Canada due to illness in February 1918. According to his attestation and his service file, David was born between 1880 and 1882 at Lac Seul Reserve, a First Nations community located north of the… Read More »
According to his attestation papers, Roderick Cameron was born on 7 July 1887 in English River, Ontario. His parents were Peter and Harriet Cameron. For the 1901 Canada census the family was found living in the District of Algoma, Subdistrict of Rat Portage and Savanne (Agency), Lac Seul Band; Racial or Tribal Origin ‘Objibbeway’. Household… Read More »
Richard Oats Raine was born on 23 December 1900 in South Shields, Northumberland, England. His father, Joseph Garrett Raine, was born in County Durham and his mother, Mary Ann Oats, in Northumberland. Joseph was a butcher by trade. He and Mary Ann were married in 1896 and they had at least seven children: Margaret Mary,… Read More »