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

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Kelpin, Paul Brault

Paul Brault Kelpin was born on 22 March 1894 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. His father Charles Patrick Kelpin was from Ste Anne de Stukely, Quebec while his mother Marie Louise Brault was from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The couple married on 12 June 1893 in Lowell where Charles was working as a furniture dealer. A second… Read More »

McLennan, John Alexander

John Alexander McLennan was among many skilled who recruited during the First World War, not to fight in the trenches, but for their peacetime skills needed in the war effort. McLennan was born in West Lorne, Elgin County, Ontario Oct. 9, 1884 to Kenneth McLennan and Catherine McRae. As a young man he’d joined the… Read More »

Byington, Napoleon

Napoleon Byington was born on 10  December 1888 in Portland, Leeds, Ontario. His parents were Napoleon and Ruth (Dunn) Byington who had married in 1871 in South Crosby, Leeds and who farmed in the Portland area. Napoleon and Ruth’s children were David (1872), George (1875-1942), Milton (1877), Charlotte (1880-1973), Johanna (1881-1960), Melbourn (1882-1962), and Napoleon…. Read More »

Raslask, Joseph Henry

According to his obituary, Joseph Henry Raslask was born on 25 October 1896 in Poland and served in WW1, service unconfirmed. In later years he went by the surname of Lusk. After immigrating to Canada he found work with the Canadian Pacific Railway, retiring in 1959 as a conductor. Joseph married Vera Johnson and known… 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 »

Hatch, Ralph Douglas

Corporal Ralph Douglas Hatch enlisted with the Royal Flying Corps in October 1917 and served for 18 months in Canada. After the war he moved to Cuba to work for the Royal Bank and he lived there for about forty years. Ralph was the youngest son of John Wesley Hatch and Sarah Kirkness of Dryden,… Read More »

Sundblad, Harry

Bror Henning Sundblad was born on 21 November 1886 in Torp, Västernorrland in Sweden. His father Johan Sundblad was from Sunne in Värmland while his mother Märta Julia MГҐrtensdotter was from Bergsjö in Gävleborg. The couple married on 23 October 1879 in the parish of Boda in Torp. Over the years while in Sweden Johan’s… Read More »

Baker, Ernest Roland

Sergeant Ernest Roland Baker enlisted in January 1916 and served in France with the 44th Battalion. He was wounded in June 1917 and spent the rest of the war in Great Britain, returning to Canada in February 1919. Ernest was the son of George Baker and Ann Jane Watts of London, England. Ann was born… Read More »

Hudec, Andrew

The son of Miclas and Julia (née Durta) Hudec, Andrew Hudec was born on 9 June 1900 in Hornykamenec, Nitoa in Czechoslovakia and served during WW1, details unknown. He immigrated to Canada in 1927, settling in Kenora, Ontario where he found work with the Ontario Minnesota Pulp and Paper Company. On 2 September 1933, in… Read More »

Archambault, George

George Archambault was born on 16 July 1857 in Ottawa, Ontario. He was the son of Cesaire Archambault and Julie Matté dit Forsier, both from St Roch de l’Achigan in Quebec. The couple married on 10 August 1844 in Ottawa. Children born to the family were Cesaire, Azilda Odile, Hermenegilde, Joseph Emmanuel, Marie Louise Josephine,… Read More »