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Wood, William

William Wood was born on 19 February 1870 in the Ethel area in Grey Township, Huron, Ontario. His parents were John Stephen Wood and Catherine Link, both from the Cornwall, Stormont, Ontario area. The couple likely married around1857 in Cornwall where they were to farm for a number of years. Children born in Cornwall were… Read More »

Green, Alfred James

Lance Corporal Alfred James Green was the youngest son of James Calder Green and Margaret McLeod of North Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents both immigrated to Canada from Scotland, James as a child in the early 1860s and Margaret in 1884. They were married in Rat Portage, Ontario in September 1886. They settled in Rat… Read More »

Nickle, John James

Sapper John James Nickle was the only son of Daniel Nickle (Nichol) and Jane Johnston of Ottawa, Ontario. Daniel was from Quebec and his wife was born in Ottawa. They had at least five children, all born in Ottawa: John James (b. 21 May 1878), Mary Ann, Sarah, Agnes and Rebecca. When the 1891 census… Read More »

Dinnel, William

According to his attestation papers William John Dinnel was born 10 August 1884 in Newton Stewart, Ayrshire, Scotland.   His obituary lists his birthdate as 05 August 1883.   His parents were William Dinnel (gardener) and Agnes Campbell.   At age 25, on 26 December 1908, William married Sarah Jane Young in Glasgow, Scotland.  … Read More »

Fawcett, Edwin

Edwin Fawcett was born on 14 September 1900 in Stockton-on-Tees, Durham, England. His father Edwin Fawcett was from Birstwith, Yorkshire while his mother Mary Whitteron was from nearby Follifoot in Yorkshire, the communities about 80 kilometres from Stockton-on-Tees. The couple married during the second quarter of 1899 in the registration district of Knaresborough, Yorkshire. Edwin… Read More »

Laliberte, Eugene Collins

Private Eugene Collins Laliberté enlisted in May 1915 and served for more than four years in Canada, England, France and Belgium. He was wounded at the Battle of Mount Sorrel but he survived the war and returned home in September 1919. Eugene, also known as Louis, was born on 15 February 1885 in Montreal, Quebec…. Read More »

Duncan, Horatio Nelson

Horatio Nelson Duncan was listed as a teamster in the Kenora area when he enlisted signing his attestation papers in Fort Frances, Ontario on 28 July 1915. His previous employment was as a delivery/salesman for R. W. Ferrier’s grocery business. His parents Robert Ainsley Duncan and Elizabeth A. McFee moved west to the rural district… Read More »

Matthews, Owen Joseph

Owen Joseph Matthews was born on 10 December 1898 in North Leith, Edinburgh County in Scotland. His father Michael Matthews was from Ireland while his mother Catherine McKinnon was from Portmahomach, Tarbot by Fearn in Ross-shire, Scotland. The couple married on 6 June 1888 in North Leith. Over the years Michael worked as a gas… Read More »

McConnell, Herbert Clinton

Herbert Clinton McConnell was born on 14 October 1896 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario, date and place confirmed by his Ontario birth record. His parents Robert McConnell and Eliza Jane Copeland, although from Quebec, were both of Irish origin. They married on 14 May 1890 in Kazabazua, La-Vallee-de-la Gatineau in Quebec. The 1891… Read More »