Kenora Great War Project


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

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Low, Edward Hamilton

Retired Captain Edward Hamilton Low was a graduate of the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ontario. Before the First World War he was an officer in the militia and during the war he served for three years with the Imperial Munitions Board. Edward Hamilton, known as ‘Ham’ to his family and friends, was the oldest… Read More »

Paterson, James Stewart

Although he grew up in Norman, Ontario James Stewart Paterson was born in nearby Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) on 31 July 1896. His parents John Alexander Paterson and Helen (Nellie) Clark were both from Dundee, Scotland where the couple had married in 1881. After the birth of their first two children, John in 1882… Read More »

Burnett, Francis Henry

Francis Henry Burnett was born on 9 August 1872 in Bristol, England. His father Henry Burnett, mason, was from Minehead in Somerset while his mother Susannah Williams was from Turnham Grove in Middlesex. The couple married in 1865 in Bristol. Francis had an older sister Alice Maud (1870-1872) and a younger brother Ernest Thomas (1875-1942)…. 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 »

Noble, Brook

Sapper Brook Noble enlisted in February 1916 at age 41 and served for three years in Canada, England and France. Brook was the son of George and Harriett Noble of Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, England. He was born in Lindley, Huddersfield on 21 August 1874 and he had at least two sisters and four brothers: John,… Read More »

Dancer, Charles James

Major Charles James Dancer enlisted in October 1914 and served in Canada, the UK and France for more than four and a half years, most of that time with the Canadian Army Service Corps. He returned to Canada in July 1919. Charles was the oldest son of Charles Henry Dancer and Emma Pilling of Winnipeg,… Read More »

Veitch, Robert

The first born child of James and Agnes (née Kirkpatrick) Veitch, Robert (Bob) Veitch was born on 10 March 1895 in West Linton, Peeblesshire, Scotland. Also born in West Linton, his father was a stone mason by trade. His mother was from Kirkbean, Dumphriesshire. Other children born to the family were May Elizabeth (1900) and… Read More »

Lands, George

Private George Lands (aka George Land) enlisted in 1916 and served overseas for two years. He was wounded at the Battle of Passchendaele and returned to Canada in July 1919. George enlisted in Kenora, Ontario on 10 May 1916, signing up with the 141st (Bull Moose) Battalion. He was married and he and his wife… Read More »

Anderson, George August LeRoy

George August (Gus) LeRoy Anderson was born on 15 December 1893. Although he gave his place of birth as Winston, Ontario in various documents and records, the name of it was actually Winston’s Siding, a very small community along the Canadian Pacific Railway between Schreiber and Rossport in northern Ontario. Both of his parents, John… Read More »