Kenora Great War Project


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

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Bircham, Philip

Private Philip Bircham was married and the father of three young children when he enlisted in December 1914. He was wounded and captured while serving in Belgium and was a German prisoner of war from June 1916 to January 1919. Philip was born on 30 May 1883 in Marylebone, London, England, the son of Philip… Read More »

Delaney, Daniel Percy

Born on 31 August 1891 in North Bay, Ontario, Daniel Percy Delaney was the son of John James and Mary Ellen (née Doyle) Delaney. His siblings were Bridget, Ida, May, John James, Lettie, Queeny, Gertrude, George, and Annie. For the 1891 Canada census the family was living in North Bay, Ontario with the father’s occupation… Read More »

McIntosh, Peter Angus

Peter Angus McIntosh (MacIntosh) was born on 19 January 1888 in St Peter’s, Nova Scotia. His parents Angus McIntosh and Catherine Robertson (aka Robinson) were both from Nova Scotia, likely marrying around 1883. Farming in the St Peter’s area, children born to the couple were Christine Euphemia (1884), John James (1885), Peter, James Vincent (1889),… Read More »

Daubney, William Smith

Private William Smith Daubney was called up for service in February 1918, at age 25. He served in France in the last months of the war with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. William was the only son of Smith Daubney and Sarah Bland of Kenora, Ontario. Smith and Sarah were both born in England, Smith… Read More »

Joe, Thomas

Private Thomas Joe enlisted in Kenora, Ontario on 30 May 1916, signing up with the 141st (Bull Moose) Battalion. The battalion had been organized in December 1915 and it was being recruited in the District of Rainy River. Thomas was from Rat Portage Reserve, on the outskirts of Kenora, and a number of other First… Read More »

Garrow, Frank Jacob

Frank Jacob Garrow was born September 20, 1889 in Colehill, Ontario. He was the 5th child of 8 born to Joseph Garrow and Elizabeth McKinnon.   Frank’s siblings were William, Joseph, Steven, Annie, Lucy, Sarah and Agnes. The family was all born in Ontario.   Shortly after the 1901 census Joseph and Elizabeth moved their… Read More »

Connolly, Harold James

Harold James Connolly was born on 22 September 1896 in Toronto, Ontario. His father John Frederick Connolly, a first generation Canadian of Irish descent, was from Montreal while his mother Mary Preston Hardigan was born in Ireland, immigrating to Canada as a child. John and Mary married on 28 October 1884 in Montreal, John’s occupation… Read More »

Eastman, Peter Bolton

Private Peter Bolton Eastman enlisted in September 1915 and served with the 5th Battalion in France and Belgium. He was wounded three times – at the Somme, Vimy and Passchendaele. He served again for five years in the Second World War. Bolton was the son of David Benjamin Eastman and Sarah Ann Bolton of South… Read More »