Kenora Great War Project

 

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

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Hermanson, Magdal

Magdal (Mack) was the son of Gudjon (Joseph) and Magdalen (née Sigurdottur) Hermanson, born 21 June 1895 in Seydisfjordur, Iceland. The family emigrated from Iceland to Canada in 1904 and were found living in Keewatin, Ontario on Goat Road in the 1911 census, although Mack was not listed with the family. Gudjon was working in… Read More »

Godin, Richard

Sergeant Richard Godin enlisted in September 1915, at age 44, and served in France and Belgium with the Canadian Engineers. After getting discharged due to his age he re-enlisted with a forestry unit and served overseas for another two years. Richard was the oldest son of Vital Godin and Marie Paulin of Caraquet, Gloucester County,… Read More »

Johnson, John Walford

Private John Walford Johnson enlisted in March 1916 and served in France and Belgium with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. He was invalided back to Canada in October 1918 due to illness. John was born on 26 June 1894 in Norman, Ontario. His parents, Sven John Johnson and Josephine Carlson, both immigrated to Canada in… Read More »

Purvis, Thomas Harry

Thomas Harry Purvis was born in 1897 in the Newcastle upon Tyne, Northumberland registration district, birth registered during the 3rd quarter. His parents were William John Purvis and Sarah Hannah Forster who had married in 1896. Thomas had a younger sister Martha who was born in 1900. It appears that Thomas’ father died in 1910…. Read More »

Hawkins, William Nathaniel

William Nathaniel Hockin (Hocken, Hawkins) was born on 18 April 1888 in Huntsville, Ontario. His father was Nathaniel Hockin, born around 1858 in the Tay Township, Simcoe. Over the years the surname had a number of spellings, eventually with William consistently using Hawkins. His mother was Margaret Elizabeth Knott who was born in 1872 in… Read More »

Peters, David

For most of the war regulations required soldiers to be at least 19 years old before they served in front line units but thousands of young Canadians enlisted underage, and many of them were killed in action or died of wounds. Private David Peters enlisted at age 17 and he died at the Battle of… Read More »

Villeneuve, Edmond

According to his obituary, Edmond Villeneuve was born on 23 March 1889 in Balfort River, Manitoba. His parents Simon Villeneuve and Marie Anne Lavoie were both from Quebec, marrying on 11 February 1877 in Notre Dame du Lac St Jean, Roberval, Chicoutimi where their families farmed. Children born to the couple in Quebec were Patrick… Read More »

Faulkner, Vincent Harold

During the First World War runners carried messages between the front lines and unit headquarters, often over open ground where they were exposed to enemy artillery and rifle fire. Private Vincent Faulkner was awarded the Military Medal in November 1916 for his bravery as a runner. A month later he was killed in action in… Read More »