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

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Fawcett, John Middleton

John Middleton Fawcett was born on 3 December 1889 in Toronto, Ontario, birth date confirmed by his Ontario birth record. His father William Fawcett was from the Pickering, Ontario area where he had been farming and his mother Sarah Ann Richards was from Darlington. The couple married on 26 December 1888 in Pickering. At the… Read More »

Brash, Robert Earl

Private Robert Earl Brash enlisted in Winnipeg in April 1915 and arrived in France three months later. He served for almost a year with the scout section of the 8th Battalion (Winnipeg Rifles). After being wounded at Mount Sorrel he was invalided to Canada in 1917. Robert was born on 12 October 1881 in Wyebridge,… Read More »

Kyle, Charles Morison

Sergeant Charles Morison Kyle enlisted in August 1915 and served for three and a half years in the UK, France and Canada. Charles was the oldest of five sons of Morison Kyle and Jessie Bell Stuart of Calgary, Alberta. Morison was born in Glasgow, Scotland and immigrated to Canada around 1880. Jessie was born in… Read More »

Bamford, Norris

According to his attestation papers, Norris Bamford was born on 5 November 1892 in Fort Coulonge, Quebec. Located on the north side of the Ottawa River in Quebec, Fort Coulonge is about 120 kilometres northwest of Ottawa/Hull. Norris’ father was Edward Bamford who had immigrated to Canada from England as a child according to census… Read More »

Alcock, Edward Joseph

Edward Joseph Alcock was born on 10 December 1896 in Rat Portage (later named Kenora), Ontario. His parents were George and Emma (née Barker) Alcock who had married 01 January 1883 in Faraday, Hastings, Ontario. At some point after the 1891 Canada census the family moved to Saskatchewan but by the 1901 Canada census they… Read More »

Craig, William George

William George Craig was born on 09 May 1894 in Ottawa, Ontario.  His parents were William John Craig and Charlotte Jane Cowan.  His brother, Gordon Maxwell Craig,   was born in 1897 in Ottawa and shortly after, the family moved to Keewatin, Ontario.  Father, William John was an accountant who became the Town Clerk for Keewatin…. Read More »

Hanlon, Andrew James

Andrew James Hanlon was born on 13 September 1894 in Calhame, Donegal, Ireland. His parents were William and Margaret Hanlon. Siblings included brothers: William John (b. 1874), George A. (b. 1893) and Archie (b. 1899). Andrew immigrated to Canada, arriving aboard the Parisian on 23 May 1913. His destination was Keewatin, Ontario where he intended… Read More »

Lough, Charles Leslie

According to his attestation papers Charles Leslie  Lough was born on  29 March 1899  in Nassau, Quebec. His parents John Robert and Helen (Nellie) (née Storey) Lough, had married on 27 November 1889 in Buckingham, Quebec  although neither were of French Canadian descent. It appears that their first child, George Garfield, born in 1891, died… Read More »

Garrow, Frank Jacob

Frank Jacob Garrow was born September 20, 1889 in Colehill, Ontario. He was the 5th child of 8 born to Joseph Garrow and Elizabeth McKinnon.   Frank’s siblings were William, Joseph, Steven, Annie, Lucy, Sarah and Agnes. The family was all born in Ontario.   Shortly after the 1901 census Joseph and Elizabeth moved their… Read More »

Young, Thomas

Thomas (Scotty) Young was born on 26 January 1872 in Maybole, Ayrshire, Scotland. His father John Young, a roads surfaceman, was from Dailly in Ayrshire while his mother Sarah Laverty was from Maybole where the couple married on 12 August 1870. Thomas had an older sister Ellen and a younger brother James. On 13 June… Read More »