Kenora Great War Project

 

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

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Godin, Richard

Sergeant Richard Godin enlisted in September 1915, at age 44, and served in France and Belgium with the Canadian Engineers. After getting discharged due to his age he re-enlisted with a forestry unit and served overseas for another two years. Richard was the oldest son of Vital Godin and Marie Paulin of Caraquet, Gloucester County,… Read More »

Chambers, George Henry

George Henry Chambers was the son of John and Mary Chambers of Sligo, County Sligo, Ireland. John was a career soldier who enlisted in the British army around 1871, at age 20, and went on to serve with the Royal Irish Regiment for 23 years. He married Mary Kerr in County Sligo in 1888 and… Read More »

Dempster, William

William Dempster was one of four brothers, the sons of John and Catherine Dempster to volunteer for service during the war. He was born on 14 June 1882 in Stirling Scotland. The family included John (1861) and Catherine (1861); sons William (1882), Thomas (1887), his twin brother Andrew (1887); Daniel (1888); John (1896) and James… Read More »

McLeod, Duncan (1865-1925)

Private Duncan McLeod (Sr.) enlisted in January 1916, at age 50, and served in France with the 16th Battalion. He was wounded at the Vimy front in February and April 1917 and invalided back to Canada the following year. All four of his sons also served in the war and two of them died. Duncan… Read More »

Campbell, Algar Udolph

Algar Udolph Campbell was born on 2 February 1890 in Catthorpe, Leicestershire in England. His father Finlay Campbell, farm bailiff, was from Daviot, Inverness in Scotland while his mother Annie Thorton was from Libourne in Northamptonshire. The couple had married in 1882 in Catthorpe. Sadly, Finlay and Annie’s first two children, Thomas Finlay born in… Read More »

Maki, Alexander

Alexander Maki was living in Kenora, Ontario when he enlisted on 17 July 1916. According to his attestation paper he was single, born on 25 February 1880 in Wasa, Finland and he had served with the Finnish armed forces for three and a half years before immigrating to Canada. He was employed as a railroad… Read More »

Drewry, William Starkey

Captain William Starkey Drewry spent more than a year overseas with the 61st and 10th Battalions. After being invalided back to Canada in 1917 he served as a recruitment officer in the U.S. William grew up in a prominent and wealthy family in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His father, Edward Lancaster Drewry, was originally from London, England…. 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 »

Dalmer, Herbert Alexander

Herbert Alexander Dalmer was born on 16 January 1899 in the West Derby area of Liverpool, Lancashire, England. His parents Ernest Alexander Dalmer, a gas fitter, and Emma Hester Shaw were both from Liverpool, marrying on 4 September 1892 in Toxeth, Liverpool. Children born to the couple in West Derby were Gladys Eugene (1894), Florence… Read More »

Matier, Alexander

Private Alexander Matier was wounded in May 1916, three months after arriving in France with the 52nd Battalion. He was invalided to Canada in June 1917 and he died in Winnipeg three years later. Alexander was the son of Alexander Matier Sr. and his first wife Grace Ann Felt. Alexander Sr. had emigrated from Ireland… Read More »