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

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Adams, Arthur Charles Lewer

Second Lieutenant Arthur Charles Lewer Adams was a law student when he enlisted in Edmonton in February 1916. He served in France with the 46th Battalion then received a commission in the Indian Army. He was sent to India and Afghanistan and returned to Canada in December 1919. Charles was the only son of Reverend… Read More »

Dodds, Gilbert Charles Gordon

Staff Sergeant Gilbert Charles Gordon Dodds enlisted with the 12th Field Ambulance in March 1916. He left for England in June and served overseas for three years, returning to Canada in June 1919. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Military Medal. Gilbert, also known as Gordon, was the only son of Reverend… Read More »

Hartigan, William

Although William Hartigan gave his date and place of birth on his attestation papers as 14 September 1881 in Boston, Massachusetts, he was likely born in 1878 in Ireland. His sister Nora had immigrated to the United States in 1896, settling in Brookline, Massachusetts. William was found on the passenger list of the New England… Read More »

Donkin, Rupert Edgar

Rupert Edgar Donkin was born on 3 May 1872 in River Philip, Cumberland, Nova Scotia. As the name would suggest the community was located in a valley along the River Philip in northwestern Nova Scotia. Around 1774 several families from Yorkshire in England were  enticed by the Lieutenant-Governor of Nova Scotia to immigrate to the… Read More »

Fraser, John James

John James Fraser was born on 22 August 1877 in Dundee, New Brunswick, a small sister community of Dalhousie in the county of Restigouche in northeastern New Brunswick. His attestation papers gave his father John Fraser as next of kin but John was actually his stepfather. Born in Nova Scotia, James’ father was David Grant… Read More »

Killough, George

George Killough was born on 28 March 1896 in Glasgow, Scotland. His father William Killough was originally from Ireland and had married Mary Brownlie (née Cowie), a young widow with a small daughter Isabella Brownlie, on 29 July 1894 in the District of Milton, Glasgow. Living a few houses apart on Hopehill Road at the… Read More »

Wilson, Victor Stilwell

Their first born child, Victor Stilwell (also spelled Stillwell, Stewell) Wilson was born on 17 March 1888, birth registered in the Township of Pickering. His father Thomas Fawcett Wilson had been born in Green River, Pickering  while his mother Annie Elizabeth Spence was from nearby Cedar Grove. The couple married on 2 June 1886 in… Read More »

Hinds, Frederick

Private Frederick Hinds enlisted in April 1916, at age 52, and served in Great Britain with the Canadian Forestry Corps. He returned to Canada in June 1919. Frederick was born on 6 April 1864 in Brussels, Huron County, Ontario. His mother, Jane Kelly, was from Ireland and his father, Samuel Hinds (Hindes), was born in… Read More »

Ward, Lloyd Wilson

Lloyd Wilson Ward was born on 10 March 1898 in Stanley, York, New Brunswick. His parents James Ward and Margaret Ellen (Nellie) Clarkson married on 13 March 1901 in the Registration District of York, likely in Williamsburg. The family farmed in the Stanley area known as the Ward Settlement. Another child, daughter Sarah, was born… Read More »

Archambault, George

George Archambault was born on 16 July 1857 in Ottawa, Ontario. He was the son of Cesaire Archambault and Julie Matté dit Forsier, both from St Roch de l’Achigan in Quebec. The couple married on 10 August 1844 in Ottawa. Children born to the family were Cesaire, Azilda Odile, Hermenegilde, Joseph Emmanuel, Marie Louise Josephine,… Read More »