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

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Collins, H I

The name H I Collins appears on the Lake of the Woods Milling Company Roll of Honour as one of the fallen in WW1 from the area. His identity and service could not be confirmed.  

Kelpin, Louis Henry

Louis Henry Kelpin was born on 27 January 1898 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father Charles Patrick Kelpin was from Ste Anne de Stukely, Quebec while his mother Marie Louise Brault was from Woonsocket, Rhode Island, USA. The couple married on 12 June 1893 in Lowell, Massachusetts where Charles was working as… Read More »

Dickson, David M

The name of David M Dickson appeared in two editions of the Kenora Miner and News in August of 1914 as one of the recent volunteers for the war. A third article published in February of 1915 mistakenly contained his name as having arrived in France with the first contingent. However a David M Dickson… Read More »

Morley, Frank William

Frank William Morley was born on 26 February 1882 in Huntsville, Ontario. His father Charles Morley was born in Torquay, England but had spent a few years in the Australia gold fields, returning to England before immigrating to North America. At some point he married a Scottish lass, Mary Rennie. The couple’s first born child… Read More »

Webb, John Arthur

John Arthur Webb was born on 10 December 1890 in Stafford, Staffordshire in England. His parents Charles Henry Webb and Ann Lea were from Wolverhampton in Staffordshire where they married on 16 November 1881. Children born to the couple in Wolverhampton were Jane Elizabeth (1882) and Charles Henry (1885). By the time of the birth… Read More »

Stoppel, Christian Johann

According to his recruitment papers and other documents, Christian Johann Stoppel was born on 26 February 1889 in Samara, Russia. He immigrated to Canada via the U.S. in April 1907 and settled in Manitoba. His mother Dorothea and brothers Carl and Alexander also came to Manitoba the same year. A sister, Elizabeth (Mrs. Daniel Meier),… Read More »

Coltman, William Whitehead

William Whitehead Coltman was born on 9 February 1891 in Alloa, Clackmannanshire, Scotland. His father John Coltman, a wool packer, was from Buchlyvie while his mother Ann Hutton was from the Dunmore-Airth area, both in Stirlingshire. The couple married on 26 November 1896 in Alloa. Their first child, John was born the next year, followed… Read More »

Redding, Richard Henry

Richard Henry Redding was born on September 27th, 1884 in Ballaymore, Co; West Meath, Ireland. His father’s name was Richard Redding also, and when Richard enlisted he still lived in Ireland. As a young man, 18 1/2 years old, he enlisted with the 8th Kings Royal Irish Hussars on January 11th, 1902. He suffered a… Read More »

Lingwood, John

Soldier, actor, carpenter, town constable, radio repairman, cattle rancher, sewer inspector and those were just a some of the many jobs John Lingwood held over his lifetime. But it was his time as a soldier that most influenced his life. John Lingwood was born March 2, 1883 in Bareilly, India, the first child of British… Read More »

Lucas, Samuel John

Samuel John (Jack) Lucas was born on 18 September 1897 in Victoria, British Columbia. His father William Lucas was from Addington County in Ontario while his mother Mary Ellen (Nellie) Bowyer was from Oswestry, Shropshire in England. Nellie had immigrated to Canada in the 1880’s with her parents and siblings, the family settling in Dewdney,… Read More »