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

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Robson, Samuel

Major Samuel Robson joined the British army and served in South Africa before immigrating to Canada in 1911. When the First World War started he enlisted in the Canadian Field Artillery and served for four years, attaining the rank of major and earning the Distinguished Service Order. Samuel was born on 30 April 1876 in… Read More »

McLeod, Alexander

Four months after their success at Vimy Ridge the Canadian Corps fought at the Battle of Hill 70, suffering almost 6,000 casualties in the ten day operation. One of the fallen was Private Alexander McLeod. Alexander was the son of Duncan McLeod and Mary Munro of Keewatin, Ontario. Duncan was born in Stornoway on the… Read More »

Williamson, Benjamin Paul

Private Benjamin Paul Williamson enlisted in December 1914 and served overseas for three and a half years, most of that time in France and Belgium with a trench mortar battery. He returned to Canada in March 1919. Benjamin was the son of Paul Williamson and Margaret Finlayson of Kenora, Ontario. Paul was born in Selkirk,… Read More »

McKenzie, Lawrence James

Birth date and location:  Lawrence James McKenzie was born on September 27,1896 in Kenora, Ontario, son of Andrew Dallas McKenzie and his wife, Sarah Jane Mitchell.  Andrew was born of United Empire Loyalist parentage in Orillia, Ontario in 1857. He  moved to Rat Portage (later known as Kenora) in 1888, working as a carpenter.  He… Read More »

Conn, Robert William

Captain Robert William Conn was commissioned as an officer in the Canadian Army Dental Corps in August 1916. He served in Great Britain for sixteen months and was invalided home to Canada in September 1918. Robert William was born on 17 November 1881 in Stonewall, Manitoba. He was the oldest of at least ten children… Read More »

Iliff, Thomas Charles

Thomas Charles Iliff was born on 14 September 1891 in the RM of Springfield, Selkirk, Manitoba. First born child, his parents Powers Cowley Iliff, who had arrived in Canada from Wales aboard the Circassian 29 June 1885, and Ann Matheson, daughter of William and Christiana Matheson of Springfield, had married in Springfield on 15 October 1890…. Read More »

Ouellette, Joseph Cyril

Joseph Cyril Oullette was born August 8th, 1896 in Rat Portage, (now Kenora), Ontario to André Ouellette and Léa Côté. He attended elementary school in Kenora then began working for Cameron Heaps. During the First World War he served overseas with the Canadian Field Artillery. When he arrived in France he was assigned to the 13th… Read More »

Giguere, Edmond

Birth date and location: Edmond Giguere was born in St. Norbert, Manitoba, on October 8, 1888. His parents, Narcisse and Elzir, both of whom had been born in Quebec, moved their family to Manitoba about 1883 or 1884. Until that time, Narcisse had been a grocer. According to the 1891 Canadian Census for Manitoba, Edmond’s… Read More »

Rance, Thomas Francis

Acting Sergeant Thomas Francis Rance was the oldest son of Charles Carmichael Rance and Jennet Fair Jackson of Clinton, Huron County, Ontario. Charles was a merchant tailor and he and his wife were both born in Huron County, They were married in Clinton in 1887 and Thomas was born there on 18 September 1888. He… Read More »

Delaney, Reginald George

Born on 5 October 1893  in North Bay, Ontario, Reginald George  Delaney was the son of John James (James) and Mary Ellen (née Doyle) Delaney. His siblings were Bridget, Ida, May, John James, Lettie, Queeny, Gertrude, Percy, and Annie. For the 1891 Canada census the family was living in North Bay, Ontario with the father’s occupation… Read More »