Kenora Great War Project


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

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Montgomery, Clyde McIlquhan

With a family of eight children, five of the Montgomery sons were to enlist during the war. The Montgomery family had its roots in Lanark County in Ontario. Oswald Montgomery Sr, the son of a farmer and local justice of the peace, was born in 1857 in the township of Drummond. On 11 June 1884,… Read More »

Alcock, Edward Joseph

Edward Joseph Alcock was born on 10 December 1896 in Rat Portage (later named Kenora), Ontario. His parents were George and Emma (née Barker) Alcock who had married 01 January 1883 in Faraday, Hastings, Ontario. At some point after the 1891 Canada census the family moved to Saskatchewan but by the 1901 Canada census they… Read More »

Blondin, Adam

According to his baptism record Adam Blondin was born on 8 March 1870 in the parish of St Alphonse, Allumettes Island in Quebec. He was the son of Francis Blondin and Marguerite Romain who had married in 1856 in LaPasse, Ontario. Other known children born to the family were Harriet (1858), Joseph (1860), Emily (1863),… Read More »

Chambers, William John

Dr. William John Chambers enlisted in the Canadian Army Medical Corps in September 1915 and served in Canada for almost four years. He was discharged in June 1919 and died in a tragic train accident seven months later. William was born in Lucknow, Ashfield Township, Huron County, Ontario on 5 January 1874. His parents were… Read More »

Parmeter, Wallace Augustus

Wallace Augustus  Parmeter was born on 8 June 1894 in Bletchy in the district of Newport Pagnell in Buckinghamshire, England. His father Frank William Parmeter was from Bletchy where his parents, classified as hotel keepers on census documents, operated the Station Hotel and Refreshment Room. His mother Juliet Emma Chapman was from Uppingham, Rutland where… Read More »

McPhail, Malcolm Nathaniel

Lieutenant Malcolm Nathaniel McPhail signed up with the 52nd Battalion in May 1915 and served for almost four years in England, France and Belgium. He returned to Canada in August 1919. Malcolm was the oldest son of Lachlan Lamont McPhail (MacPhail) and Mary McIntyre of Kenora, Ontario. Lachlan and Mary were both born in southern… Read More »

Anderson, Robert Allan

Private Robert Allan ‘Andy’ Anderson enlisted in March 1916 at age 15 and served in the UK for two years, most of that time with the Young Soldiers’ Battalion. Robert was born on 12 October 1900 in Holland, Manitoba. He was the son of Mrs. Jessie Ann Tew (née Miller) and her first husband Adam… Read More »

Nord, Charles Avery

Karl Arvid Nilsson was born on 20 September 1880 in Mörsil, Jämtland in Sweden. His parents Nils Andersson and Hulda Marie Nilsdotter were from Boda in Värmland, marrying there on 19 January 1879. Later that year they gave birth to son Nils Johan. Moving to Jämtland, Karl was born in Mörsil, followed by Axel Theodor… Read More »

Kyle, Louis Alexander

Acting Corporal Louis Alexander Kyle was one of three brothers who served during the First World War. He went overseas in October 1916 and returned to Canada in June 1919. Louis (sometimes known as Lewis) was born on 23 October 1888 in Rat Portage, Ontario, the second of five sons. His father, Morison Kyle, was… Read More »

Thiis, Thomas

Midshipman Thomas Thiis was born on 28 December 1900 in Cardiff, Wales. His birth name was Thomas Richard Thüs and his parents were John Prout Thüs and Elizabeth Stoate Date. John’s father, Thomas Christian Thüs, was a master mariner who had immigrated to England from Norway. Over time the surname Thüs became Thiis but it… Read More »