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

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Fraser, Millard

Millard Andrew Fraser was born on 18 August 1892 in Keewatin, Ontario. His parents, Hugh Fraser (1849-1934) and Isabella Margaret MacLeod (1862-1944) were from Campbellton, New Brunswick where they married in 1883. The family spent time in Quebec where three children, Margaret (1884- 1958), Mary (1886-1971) and James (1887-1898) were born. By 1890 they were… Read More »

Stevenson, Henry Raymond

Henry Raymond Stevenson was born on 5 May 1901 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. His father Andrew Stevenson was born in Namdalen, Norway and immigrated to Canada around 1896, settling in Rat Portage with two of his brothers to work as miners. The family surname was Sivertsen, changed to Stevenson upon… Read More »

McRitchie, John

Sapper John McRitchie was born on 1 November 1873 in Englishtown, Cape Breton Island, one of at least twelve children of Donald McRitchie and Anna McLeod. By the 1890s his family had moved to the town of Rat Portage (later called Kenora), in northwestern Ontario. When the 1901 census was taken John and his brothers… Read More »

Bullen, John Crellin

Private John Crellin Bullen was the only son of John Bullen and Marian Crellin of Cheshire, England. His parents were both born in Liverpool and they were married there in 1889. They had two daughters, Mary Elizabeth (1890) and Grace Emily (1893). John, their third and youngest child, was born in January 1900 in Seacombe,… Read More »

Nairn, Robert George Grant

Robert George Grant Nairn was born on 27 April 1894 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Robert Nairn was from Netherhill, Dunlop, Ayrshire in Scotland and had immigrated to Canada as a theology student to attend the Presbyterian College (Pine Hill) in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Upon graduation he worked as a student… Read More »

McIntosh, Alexander Arthur

Alexander Arthur McIntosh was born on 23 April 1887 in Hatton on Fintray, a village on the River Don in the parish of Fintray about twenty kilometres northwest of Aberdeen in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His Richard McIntosh was from Echt while his mother Isabella Alexander was from Rayne, both in Aberdeenshire. The couple married on 19… Read More »

Kelly, William Albert

William Albert Kelly was born on 3 July 1898 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. His father James Kelly was the son of Irish immigrants that had settled in the village of Brussels, Huron, Ontario. His mother Martha Mathieson was born in Admaston, a small community near Renfrew, Ontario. Martha was the… Read More »

Byington, Napoleon

Napoleon Byington was born on 10 ┬áDecember 1888 in Portland, Leeds, Ontario. His parents were Napoleon and Ruth (Dunn) Byington who had married in 1871 in South Crosby, Leeds and who farmed in the Portland area. Napoleon and Ruth’s children were David (1872), George (1875-1942), Milton (1877), Charlotte (1880-1973), Johanna (1881-1960), Melbourn (1882-1962), and Napoleon…. Read More »