Kenora Great War Project


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

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Clash, John Henry

John Henry Clash was born on 12 May 1896 in Owen Sound, Ontario. His father Henry (aka Harry) Clash was from England, sent to Canada around 1876 as a British Home Child. By the 1881 census, age given as 13, he was living with the Locke family in Sydenham, Ontario. John’s mother Alice Moor was… Read More »

Lands, Edward

Private Edward Lands (aka Edward Land) enlisted in 1916 and served overseas for about two years. He was wounded at Ypres and returned to Canada in May 1919. According to his attestation and his service file, Edward was born around 1890 at Lac Seul Reserve, a First Nations community located north of the town of… Read More »

King, Joseph Harold

Regimental Quarter-Master Sergeant Joseph Harold King, DCM, enlisted in Kenora, Ontario in December 1914 and served with the 52nd Battalion for four years. He stayed in England after the war and died young, at age 36. Joseph was the son of William King and Maria Barfoot of Winshill, Burton-on-Trent, England. William and Maria were married… Read More »

Cox, William John

Private William John Cox was one of four brothers who served in the First World War. He was called up in 1918 and he spent a year with the Canadian Garrison Regiment in Halifax. William John, usually known as John, was born on 15 June 1895 in Gravenhurst, District of Muskoka, Ontario. He was the… Read More »

Smith, Frederick Thomas

Frederick Thomas (Fred) Smith was born on 14 June 1893 in the area of Tenmile House, Queens County, Prince Edward Island. He was baptized on the 21st in St Bonaventure Roman Catholic Church in nearby Tracadie Cross. His parents Thomas Smith, a blacksmith, and Eliza(beth) McQuaid were born in Prince Edward Island, Thomas the son… Read More »

Meek, Thomas McDougall

Thomas McDougall Meek was born on 16 June 1895 in Govan, Lanarkshire, Scotland.   His parents were Matthew Meek and Martha McDougall. He married Margaret Melvin on 15 January 1915 in Glasgow, Scotland and listed his occupation as ‘rivetter’. On 09 June 1916, Thomas enlisted with the 5th Battalion, Scottish Rifles (regimental # 1123). He… Read More »

Underhill, Alfred Thomas

Shortly after Britain declared war on 4 August 1914 the Canadian government proposed   raising an Expeditionary Force to send overseas. By late September a contingent of 32,000 volunteers had been assembled at the new military camp in Valcartier, Quebec. Two thirds of the men in this 1st Canadian Contingent were born in the British… Read More »

Morton, Herbert Laurence

Driver Herbert Laurence Morton enlisted with the Canadian Engineers in September 1915, at age 18. He went overseas a few months later and served in France and Belgium for two and a half years. In 1998, at age 101, he was awarded the Legion of Honour (Chevalier) at a ceremony in Vimy, France. Laurence was… Read More »

Harpin, George Alphonse

George Alphonse Harpin was born on 19 January 1884 in Saint-Ours, Quebec, birth name on his baptism record given as Alphonse Charles Joseph Arpin. Saint-Ours is on the south side of the Saint Lawrence River between Montreal and Trois Riviere. His father Francois Xavier Harpin (Arpin) was a navigateur (sailor) and had married Marie Lahaise… Read More »