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Harris, Edward John

Edward John Harris was born on 13 November 1883 in Abingdon, Berkshire, England. His parents Frank Henry Harris, an emery wheel and machine maker, and Sarah Jane Reeves had married during the first quarter of 1878 in the registration district of Wantage in Berkshire. Edward had two older siblings, Muriel Hannah (1879) and Henry Reeves… Read More »

Edmonds, Albert Martin

Albert Martin Edmonds was born on 14 August 1881 in Darsham, Suffolk, England. Both of his parents, James and Elizabeth (née Cossey) Edmonds were from Ormesby in Norfolk, a community about 55 kilometres north of Darsham. The couple had married during the first quarter of 1877, marriage registered in Yarmouth, Norfolk. Over the years James… Read More »

Aston, John Watson

John Watson Aston was born in Stafford, Staffordshire, England, birth registered during the third quarter of 1889. His father John Aston was from Ashley in Staffordshire, while his mother Mary Louisa Watson was from Stone, Staffordshire. The couple married on 2 December 1885 in Stone. John had two older sisters, Isabel and Ethel. John Sr… Read More »

Lucas, Charles Joseph Anthony

Charles Joseph Anthony Lucas was born on 28 June 1884 in Hackney, London, England. His father Anthony Lucas was from Cologne, Germany while his mother Jessie Ann Hutchings was from Southampton, Hampshire. The couple had married on 1 July 1866 in St Mary Stratford Bow, Tower Hamlets, London. At the time of the marriage Anthony… Read More »

Evans, Stanley Ernest Stroud

Stanley Ernest Stroud was born on 29 May 1897 in the Peckham area of London, England. In later life he went by the name of Stanley Ernest Stroud Evans. His mother Mary Elizabeth Stroud was born in 1864 in Margate in Kent, the daughter of William Stroud, a butcher journeyman, and Elizabeth Feakins. At the… Read More »

Charest, Homer

Homer was one of several children born to Isaie Charest and his wife Emelie Bedard.  The family lived near Sherbrooke, Que.  Homer was just two years old when his mother died.  His father married again to Marie Laroche in February 1887 in Baie-du-Febvre, Quebec.  At some point Homer and his older brother and perhaps other… Read More »

Flett, Hector George

Private Hector George Flett enlisted early in the war and served with the 52nd Battalion for four years in Canada, England, France and Belgium. Hector was the son of Charles (Sr.) and Mary Flett of Kenora, Ontario. Charles came to the Lake of the Woods area from Selkirk, Manitoba and his wife Mary was born… Read More »

Thompson, Arthur Bohn

Lance Corporal Arthur Bohn Thompson was the son of Benjamin Franklin ‘Frank’ Thompson and Augusta Bohn. He was born on 22 February 1887 in the town of Rat Portage in northwestern Ontario. He had an older sister Sarah (Sadie) and two younger brothers, John (1888) and William Stanley (1890). All three boys were born in… Read More »

Bruel, Adrien

Private Adrien Bruel was born around 1877 in Colombiès, Aveyron, France. France had universal conscription at the time and Adrien would have served for three years in the Active Army before being transferred to the Territorial Army and the reserves. His wife Amantie was also born in Colombiès and she was about four years younger… Read More »

Campbell, Duncan Edwin

Private Duncan Edwin Campbell was married and the father of two young children when he enlisted in the Canadian Army Service Corps in February 1916. He served in England for six months before being invalided back to Canada due to illness. Edwin was born on 26 April 1880 in Hanover, Grey County, Ontario with his… Read More »