Kenora Great War Project


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

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Bray, Cecil

Sapper Cecil Bray was born in England and living in Kenora, Ontario when the war started. He returned to Great Britain and enlisted with the Royal Engineers, serving with them for four years and earning a Military Medal. Cecil was the youngest son of John Joseph Bray and Mary Ann Southam Shelbourne of Peterborough, Northamptonshire,… Read More »

Beaudro, Rocque Francis

Captain Rocque Francis Beaudro was married and the father of three young boys when he enlisted in May 1916. He served in France with the Canadian Railway Troops and returned to Canada in March 1919. Rocque was the son of Joseph Henry Beaudro (Beaudrault) and Sarah Leger of Kenora, Ontario. He was born on 29… Read More »

Beaudro, Silas Alexander

Gunner Silas Alexander Beaudro of Kenora, Ontario was called up in February 1918. He served in Canada for ten months with the Canadian Field Artillery. Silas was the youngest son of Joseph Henry Beaudro (Beaudrault) and Sarah Leger. Joseph was born in Sorel, Quebec and moved to Minnesota with his family as a child. His… Read More »

Sutherland, Benjamin

Private Benjamin Sutherland enlisted with the 27th Battalion in October 1914. He arrived in France with the 2nd Canadian Division in September 1915 and two months later he was killed by an enemy sniper. Benjamin was born in October 1883 in Thurso, Caithness County, Scotland, a coastal village on the very northern tip of the… Read More »

Holmstrom, August Michael

August Michael Holmstrom was born on 25 August 1895 in the village of Norman near Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. His father Erik Olaf (Jansson) Holmstrom was from Gräsmark, Varmland in Sweden and had immigrated to Canada with his parents John and Kasja in late October of 1887. The family settled in… Read More »

Collins, George Ernest

George Ernest Collins was born on 29 September 1890 in Kenilworth, Warwickshire, England. His parents Walter and Clara Jane (née Bourne) Collins were both from Birmingham and had married in 1877. George had five older siblings: Walter Percival (1878), Clara Evelyn (1879), John Newton (1881), Arthur Talbot (1883), and Florence Maude (1885). Another child had… Read More »

Beaule, Adelard

Private Adelard (Edlora) Alfred Clovis Beaule enlisted in February 1916, five weeks before his 16th birthday. He served in France for three months before being discharged as a minor, and he arrived back in Canada in December 1916. Adelard was the oldest son of Clovis Beaule (Beaulé) and Marie Montgrand Cyr of Redditt, Ontario. He… Read More »

Parry, William

William Parry was one of many recent immigrants to Canada to answer the call to service in the Great War. Born in Derby, Derbyshire, England on April 3, 1885, to James and Elizabeth Parry, he was one of nine brothers and sisters listed in various census from 1881 to 1901 — Mary (1877), Elizabeth (1878),… Read More »

Craig, William Henry

Gunner William Henry Craig was the son of Robert Craig Jr. and Julia McCormick of Arnprior, Renfrew County, Ontario. Robert was born in Ontario and Julia was from Ireland. They were married on 2 July 1891 and William, their oldest child, was born on 1 July 1892 in Almonte, a small village near Arnprior. William… Read More »