These are the stories of Kenora participants in the First World War.
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Private Frederick Henry Welfley enlisted in Winnipeg in June 1916 and served overseas with the Canadian Army Medical Corps for three years. Frederick was the son of Martin and Magdalena Woelfle of Bentinck Township, Grey County, Ontario. Martin and Magdalena were both from Germany and Frederick was one of at least fourteen children, all born… Read More »
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 »
Private Fred (Aza) Leroux was the son of Louis Leroux and Odile Daoust/Deault of Saint Joseph parish, Soulanges County, Quebec. Fred was born on 3 May 1885 in Pointe-des-Cascades, Soulanges County. He was baptized two days later as Joseph Aza Herouine Leroux, the son of Louis Leroux, a farmer, and Odile Deault. In other parish… Read More »
James Alexander Love was born on 24 May 1885 in Listowell, Perth, Ontario. He was the first born child of Irish immigrants William Love and Mary Ann Scott. Another child, daughter Annie Jane, was born in Listowell before the family moved to the Tenby/Kelwood area in Manitoba to farm, living there by the time of… Read More »
Private Henry Carl Slater, usually known as Carl, was the son of George Peter Slater and Ruth Maria Rasmussen. He was born on 27 February 1881 and he had at least three brothers and three sisters: Alfred James, Angelique, Rupert, John Stanley, Jemima Irene and Rita Eileen. His parents farmed in the Tyndall/St. Clements area… Read More »
Joseph Nelson was born on 20 August 1871 in the parish/inner city of Toxeth in Liverpool, Lancashire, England. His father James was from Ormskirk, a town just north of Liverpool, while his mother Julia, the daughter of Irish immigrants, was born in Leeds, Yorkshire. The family first lived in Wednesbury in Staffordshire where children Edward… Read More »
Sapper Lewis Middlecote was married and the father of two young children when he enlisted in Kenora, Ontario in January 1915. He served overseas for three and a half years, the last sixteen months with a railway unit in France. Lewis was the son of Thomas and Sarah Jane Middlecote of Cranham, Gloucestershire, England. His… Read More »
Alexander Hockley Skene was born on 18 January 1877 in Uxbridge Township, Ontario. His father Alexander Skene was from Turriff, Aberdeenshire in Scotland while his mother Mary Ann Hockley was from Uxbridge where the couple married on 25 September 1873. Farming in the area, Alexander SR and Mary Ann gave birth to nine known children:… Read More »
William Harvey Woods was born on 7 March 1885 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Arthur Woods, son of Irish immigrant Russel Woods and Quebec born Eliza Huston, grew up on a farm in the Kildare/Joliette, Quebec region. His mother Harriet Ross, daughter of William and Margaret (Caswell) Ross was from the… Read More »
Regimental Quarter-Master Sergeant Joseph Harold King, DCM, enlisted in Kenora, Ontario in December 1914 and served with the 52nd Battalion for four years. He stayed in England after the war and died young, at age 36. Joseph was the son of William King and Maria Barfoot of Winshill, Burton-on-Trent, England. William and Maria were married… Read More »