Kenora Great War Project


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

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Neving, Henry James

Private Henry James Neving enlisted in April 1917 at age 44. He served in England for nineteen months with the Canadian Forestry Corps and he was invalided back to Canada due to illness. Henry was born on 20 June 1872 in Owen Sound, Ontario. His parents, Thomas Neving, a shoemaker, and Susan Evans, were both… Read More »

Smith, John Andrew

Private John Andrew Smith enlisted in March 1916 and served in France and Belgium with the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion. During the Second World War he joined the Veterans’ Guard. John was born in Quebec, sometime between about 1880 and 1888, and moved to northwestern Ontario as a young man. He was married in the… Read More »

Lovatt, Harold Griersley

Harold Griersley Lovatt was born on 25 July 1896 in Collingwood, Ontario. His father Frederick Charles Lovatt, a carpenter, was from England and had immigrated to Canada with his family as a young child, settling in the Meaford, Ontario area. His mother Mary Elizabeth Bingham grew up in the Whitchurch, York, Ontario area. The couple… Read More »

Jones, Walter Malcolm

Private Walter Malcolm Jones enlisted in Winnipeg in July 1915 and served in France with the 78th Battalion. He was wounded at the Vimy front in January 1917 and invalided back to Canada about a year later. Walter was one of six sons of Anson Jones and Sarah Halliday Armstrong of Mount Albert, Ontario. Anson… 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 »

Kerr, Peter

Private Peter Kerr was a homestead farmer living in Viscount, Saskatchewan when the war started. He enlisted in Saskatoon on 6 March 1916 and took his own life five days later. Peter was born in 1873 in Kirkcaldy, county of Fife, Scotland, the son of Thomas Kerr and Catherine Christie. He immigrated to Canada with… Read More »

Simmons, Archibald Erastus

Archibald Erastus (Archie) Simmons was born on 20 July 1894 in Wingham, Ontario. According to their marriage record his father Archibald Erastus Simmons was from London, Ontario while his mother Rachel Ellen Rankin was from Listowel, Ontario, elsewhere given as Gowanstown. The couple were living in St Thomas, Ontario when they married there on 10… Read More »

Erzinger, Charles Salisbury

Charles Salisbury Erzinger was born on 30 December 1896 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. His father John Erzinger was born in 1855 in Schaffausen, Switzerland and had immigrated to the United States at age 16 according to his obituary. After spending a couple of years in St Louis, Missouri and a short time in Chicago, he moved… Read More »

Frim, James

Private James Frim (also known as Jim Flim) enlisted in Dryden, Ontario in the spring of 1916 and served in France for ten months before becoming seriously ill. He was invalided back to Canada and he passed away in June 1921. James was born around 1888 in Lac Seul, northern Ontario, the son of Annie… Read More »

MacGillivray, Grant

Private Grant MacGillivray arrived in France in March 1917 and served with the 13th Battalion (Royal Highlanders). He died of wounds a month later during the Battle of Vimy Ridge. James Alexander Farquhar Grant MacGillivray, known as Grant, was born on 10 May 1880 in Ottawa, Ontario. His parents, Farquhar MacGillivray and Jane Mary MacFarlane,… Read More »