Kenora Great War Project


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

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Little, George Albert

Reverend Dr. George Albert Little was born in Princeton, Ontario on 2 April 1883. His father, James Little, was born in Ontario and his mother, Elizabeth Cowan, was from Ireland. James was a Presbyterian minister and he and his wife had at least eight children: Hanna, Elizabeth, Mary, John, James, Nora, William and George. The… Read More »

Loranger, Oliver Raoul

Oliver Raoul Loranger was born on 17 November 1896 in the township of Bloomer in the county of Marshall in Minnesota where his family farmed. His father Joseph Napoleon Loranger was from Joliette, Quebec while his mother Zephrina Beaudry was from nearby Saint-Alexis. By the time of the 1885 US census both were living in… Read More »

Holland, Ernest John

Second Lieutenant Ernest John Holland enlisted in 1914 and served in France and Belgium with the 8th Battalion. In 1917 he received a commission in the British Army and he served with the Royal Field Artillery until the end of the war, returning to Canada in June 1919. Ernest, sometimes known as ‘Jack’, was the… Read More »

Allan, Ebenezer Smith

Ebenezer Smith Allan, forename shortened to Eben, was born on 1 November 1895 in Pleasance, Falkland in Fife, Scotland. His parents William Allan, a mason, and Elizabeth (Betsy) Smith were both from the area but married in St Ninians in the city of Stirling on 27July 1887. Living in Falkland, children born to the family… Read More »

Begg, James

James Begg was the third born child of James and Jemina (née Muggaberg) Begg. Originally from Selkirk/St Andrews, Manitoba, the couple had married on 27 August 1891 in Rat Portage (later named Kenora), Ontario. James Sr had  moved to the area in 1888, employed by the Hudson’s Bay Company as a bookkeeper at the Northwest Angle…. Read More »

Gibson, Robert

Private Robert Gibson served overseas for three years with infantry units and the machine gun corps. He was wounded three times – at the Somme, at Lens and at Amiens – but he survived the war and returned to Canada in July 1919. Three of his brothers also served, two with the Canadian army and… Read More »

Armstrong, Frederick Cameron

Frederick Cameron Armstrong was born and raised in Keewatin, Ontario. His father, Francis (Frank) Henry Armstrong had come to the community in the late 1880s along with his brother William from the Otonabee area of Ontario to work at the Keewatin flour mill. Their father Martin Armstrong had been born in Ireland and their mother… Read More »

Frisbie, Clayton Goodwin

Private Clayton Goodwin Frisbie was born in Canada and living in the U.S. when the war started. He enlisted in Vancouver in 1916 and served overseas for two years, most of that time as a machine gunner. Clayton was the son of George Clayton Frisbie and Helen McQueen of Portland, Oregon. George was born in… Read More »

Carlson, Charles Arthur

Charles Arthur Carlson was born on 11 September 1892 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. His father John Carlson, a carpenter, immigrated to Canada from Sweden around 1880 while his mother Mary Chemalska was from Poland or Germany, her arrival listed as 1887 in the 1901 Canada census. Other children born to… Read More »