Kenora Great War Project


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

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Lavoie, Wilfred

Private Wilfred Lavoie joined the 52nd Battalion in 1915 and served overseas for four years. He returned to Canada in September 1919 with a war bride. Wilfred was the son of Wilfred Lavoie Sr. and Mary Ann McKeon of Kenora, Ontario. Mary Ann’s family emigrated from Scotland when she was a child and by 1881… Read More »

Kilroy, Percy Joseph

According to his attestation papers, Percy Joseph Kilroy was born on 19 December 1889 in Oldcastle, Ireland. A birth registration for a male Kilroy in Oldcastle was found for the last quarter of 1887, a passenger list for Percy gave his birth as 10 September 1887, and his obituary gave the year as 1887. His… Read More »

Smith, John Alexander

Corporal John Alexander Smith enlisted in May 1915 and served with the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion for almost four years. He returned to Canada in March 1919. John was born on 26 April 1890 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland. His parents were Alexander Smith, a tailor, and Helen Eadie. Alexander was from Lanarkshire and Helen was… Read More »

Harris, Ralph Roland

Ralph Roland McClude was born on 24 December 1896 in Withy Mills, Paulton, District of Clutton, Somerset, England. Listed on his baptism record are his parents Roland Ralph McClude, boot and shoe operator, and mother Lydia (née Collier). The couple had married during the 3rd quarter of 1893 in the registration district of Clutton in… Read More »

McPherson, George

Captain George McPherson enlisted in November 1915 at age 41 and served for three years in Canada, England, France and Belgium. He was invalided home due to illness in October 1918. George was born on 25 April 1874 in Ottawa, Ontario, the son of John McPherson and his first wife Margaret Finn. John was from… Read More »

Williams, Bill (aka Bill Oleski)

Private Bill Williams (aka Bill Oleski) was living in Kenora, Ontario when he enlisted on 15 January 1917. According to his attestation, he was born on 25 February 1890 in Pilot Butte, Saskatchewan and next of kin was his stepfather John Oleski in Pilot Butte. Bill joined the 230th Battalion which was a forestry unit… Read More »

Bunting, Joseph Robert

Private Joseph Robert Bunting was called up in January 1918 and he served in France with the 72nd Battalion. He was wounded twice but he survived the war and returned home in January 1919. Joseph Robert was the youngest son of Joseph and Mary Elizabeth Bunting of North Vancouver, British Columbia. His parents were both… Read More »

McMurphy, Lionel Dougald

Private Lionel Dougald McMurphy enlisted in October 1914 and served overseas for four years, most of that time with the 27th Battalion. He was wounded twice but he survived the war and returned home in May 1919. Lionel was the son of Dougald McMurphy and Olivia Jane Welsh. His parents were both born in Ontario,… Read More »

Muggaberg, George Allen

Corporal George Allen Muggaberg enlisted in the U.S. army in June 1917, at age 22. He served in France for almost a year and returned to the U.S. in November 1918. George was the middle of three sons of William Muggaberg and Louise Tellefson (Telefson) of Dunseith, Rolette County, North Dakota. Dunseith is in the… Read More »