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Harvey, Thomas Noel

Thomas Noel Harvey was born on 7 August 1899 at Fern Villas, Beddington Corner in Wallington in the registration district of Croydon, Surrey, England. His father Noel Augustine Harvey, a third generation floorcloth manufacturer, was from nearby Mitcham while his mother Elizabeth Margaret Hazell was from Wallington. The couple married on 13 March 1895 in… Read More »

Burton, Frank

Frank Burton was born on 14 September 1885 in the Vaughn district of Ontario where his father Robert Burton was a farmer.  His mother was Margaret Ann Lawrence. Frank came from a large family. He had 12 siblings: Mary Gertrude, Henry, Margaret, Frank, Annie, William, Gideon, Berla, Charlie (who also served in WW1), Orville, Alvin… Read More »

McColl, Allan McDougall

Captain Reverend Allan McDougall McColl was born in Govan, Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland on 28 December 1873. His parents, John McColl and Isabella McDougall, were both from Argyllshire, Scotland and Allan was one of at least nine children. His father was a ship carpenter/shipwright. At the time of the 1901 census Allan was living in Govan,… Read More »

Page, John Walter Bowden

Reverend John Walter Bowden Page was born in England in 1861 and lived in Canada for more than twenty years. He moved back to the UK before the war and served as a British army chaplain during the war. John was the youngest son of Joseph and Mary Jane Page of Cambridge, Cambridgeshire, England. Joseph,… Read More »

Linn, Hugh George

Hugh George Linn was born on 11 October 1900 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario, date confirmed by his Ontario birth record. By 1899 his father William Linn, born in the township of Smith, Peterborough in Ontario, had been living in Rat Portage and working as a drayman. On 27 November 1899,… Read More »

Hutton, Thomas

Thomas Hutton was born on 24 January 1896 in Tranent, East Lothian, Scotland.  His parents were William James Hutton and Williamina Staig.  Siblings included Lydia (b. 1881), William (b. 1884), Jessie (b. 1886), David (b. 1888), Annie (b. 1890), Minnie (b. 1892), and Mary (b. 1894). In April 1908 Thomas’ father, William, and his brother,… Read More »

Travers, James

Private James Travers was born on 30 September 1889 in or near the town of Ince-in-Makerfield, Lancashire, England. His parents, Thomas and Elizabeth Travers, were both originally from Ireland. Ince-in-Makerfield was in an industrial region between Manchester and Liverpool and Thomas worked there as a coal miner. The family moved frequently as only two of… Read More »

Angus, James Robert

Lieutenant James Robert Angus enlisted with the first Canadian contingent in September 1914 and served in Great Britain, France, Belgium and Canada for more than two and a half years. He was commissioned as a Lieutenant in March 1916. James was the son of James Angus Sr. and Mary Mathilda Dobson of Fort Frances, Ontario…. Read More »

Logan, Ebenezer

Private Ebenezer Logan was married and the father of four children when he enlisted in 1915. He served in Canada for nine months and was discharged for medical reasons. Ebenezer was born on 28 July 1882 in Montreal, Quebec. His parents were James Logan and Catherine (Kate) Cameron. James and Kate were married in Montreal… Read More »

Carpentier, George Gabriel

Private George Gabriel Carpentier of Marchand, Manitoba enlisted in February 1917 at age 17. He served for eighteen months in England then spent three months in France and Belgium with the 52nd Battalion, returning to Canada in March 1919. Gabriel was the oldest son of Horace Carpentier and Marie Philomene Gosselin. Horace and Marie were… Read More »