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Lacasse, Oscar

Born on 1 November 1887  in Keewatin, Ontario,  Oscar Lacasse was a middle son of Anselme (more commonly known as Samuel) and Wilhemina Melina (née Desmarais) Lacasse, parents being French Canadian, originally  from the Ottawa/Gatineau area. Samuel and Melina married on 27 April 1885 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Melina’s family having moved to… Read More »

Sinclair, Levi Wilmot

Kenora’s David George Sinclair and his wife Eliza Ann Bock had four sons that served in WW1 – Leslie Foster John (born 1887), Levi Wilmot (born 1893), Roy Frederick (born 1895) and Benjamin Elton (born 1899). The family arrived in Rat Portage (Kenora) in 1903 and settled north of town in the rural area of… Read More »

Witts, Gordon Frederick Arthur

Private Gordon Frederick Arthur Witts signed up with the Canadian Field Artillery in March 1917 and served in Canada for 17 months, getting discharged for medical reasons in August 1918. Gordon was born in Boissevain, Manitoba but grew up in Kenora, Ontario. His father, George Frederick Vincent Witts, usually known as Fred, emigrated from England… Read More »

Simister, Richard

Birth date and location: According to Richard’s Attestation Paper, he was born December 31, 1972 in Liverpool, England. His actual birth date, however, was December 31, 1865. His parents were John Simister and Sarah Edge. Richard was baptized at St. Peter’s Church, Liverpool on February 11, 1866. His father, John, was a Rope Maker and… Read More »

Waterman, Allen McRae

Allen McRae Waterman was born on 3 April 1900 in Toronto, Ontario. His father William Guy Waterman, a printer/pressman, was from the Pancreas area of London, England. He had immigrated to Canada as a child with his parents, the family settling in Toronto. Allen’s mother Elizabeth Reid Hastie was from the Sullivan Township, Grey, Ontario…. Read More »

Suter, Frank Herbert

Frank Herbert Suter was born on 21 September 1884 in the Bosham/Chidham/Nutbourne area in south central England, later censuses giving his place of birth as Nutbourne. His parents Frank Suter and Eliza Hackett were both from the same area, their marriage registered during the first quarter of 1884. Frank was a railway platelayer, a railway… Read More »

Chivers, Patrick

Patrick Chivers was born on 17 January 1897 at home at 40 Wilkies Lane in Liff and Benvie in the district of St Peter on the outskirts of the city of Dundee in Scotland. At the time of his birth and up until his enlistment, the spelling of the surname was Shivers. His father Patrick… Read More »

Hales, Wilfred

On 03 August 1888 Wilfred Hales was the 2nd born of 8 children in Peterborough, England to John Hales and Betsy Anne Peacock.  ‘Billy’, as he was known to friends, immigrated to  Canada  in 1911.   He joined the group of young men in Kenora that were from his  home town in England.  They became… Read More »

Bellefeuille, William Joseph

William Joseph Bellefeuille was born on 06 May 1885 in Petawawa, Ontario. He was the youngest child of Gabriel Bellefeuille and Sarah Knight. Siblings included: Ebenezer, Levi (1867-1924), Maria Louisa (1870-1949), Mary Isabella (1871-1938), Sarah Alma (1873-1938), Ida Matilda (1875-1956), Gabriel (1877-) Theophile (1879-1933) and John (1882-). By 1901 the Bellefeuille family was living at… Read More »

Noble, Brook

Sapper Brook Noble enlisted in February 1916 at age 41 and served for three years in Canada, England and France. Brook was the son of George and Harriett Noble of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. He was born in Lindley, Huddersfield on 21 August 1874 and he had at least two sisters and four brothers: John,… Read More »