These are the stories of Kenora participants in the First World War.
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Likely born a day or two earlier, William Wilfred (Walter) Tapp was baptized on 30 May 1894 in Rivière au Renard (Fox River), Gaspé, Quebec, the village now amalgamated with the town of Gaspé. Both from the area, his parents Jean Baptiste Tapp and Berenice Bond had married on 6 November 1876 in Rivière au… Read More »
Private Louis Herwald Tweedie was born in either Rat Portage or Norman, Ontario on 8 February 1893. He had an older brother Roswell Dawson and two younger sisters, Hazel and Olive, all born in Norman or Rat Portage (now called Kenora). His father, Eusebius Dawson Tweedie, was from Carlton Place, Ontario and his mother, Christina… Read More »
Private Cecil Roy Welfley enlisted with Lord Strathcona’s Horse in 1916 and served for three years in Canada, the UK and France. Cecil Roy was born in Rat Portage (Kenora), Ontario on 5 November 1896. Usually known as Roy, he was the only son of Frederick Henry Welfley and Frances (Fanny) Dodsworth. His father was… Read More »
According to his attestation papers, Joseph Longlad (later spelled as Longlade) was born on 26 April 1883 in Penetanguishene, Ontario although his gravemarker gives the year as 1882. His parents, as found in the 1901 census, Penetanguishene, were likely Joseph and Mathilda, and his siblings Amelda, Havier (Xavier), Willis, and Louisa/Lorine although birth dates do… Read More »
Private Fred Gray enlisted with the 101st Battalion in January 1916 and served overseas for three years in England, France and Belgium. He returned to Canada in March 1919. Fred was the son of Fred (Sr.) and Elizabeth Gray of Peterborough, Northamptonshire, England. Peterborough was an industrial city on the main rail line between London… Read More »
Charles Houlton Davis was born on 29 April 1888 in Gloucester, England. His father, Charles Davis was a clerk in holy orders and his mother’s name was Eleanor. Siblings included Amy (born 1878), Edgar (1881), Harold (born 1886), Ethel (born 1893) and Dora (born 1899). Charles immigrated to Canada arriving in Quebec aboard the Ionian… Read More »
George Harry Stubbins (known as Harry) was born on 13 January 1888 in Manchester, England. His parents were Mark Stubbins, a carpenter and grocer, and Mary Henrietta Robinson. Siblings included James, Martha, John (Jack), Thomas and Mary (Polly). Harry served in the Royal Engineers for two years before coming to Canada. His first arrival in… Read More »
Private Wallis Shaw joined the militia when the war started then enlisted with an overseas battalion in 1916 at age 17. He served in France and Belgium with the 102nd Battalion. After suffering gas poisoning at the Battle of Passchendaele he was invalided to Canada in 1918. Wallis was the youngest son of William Mulligan… Read More »
Sapper Horace Mansfield was born in Ireland on 23 November 1895, the son of John and Esther Mansfield of Cork, Cork County. He had at least six older sisters (Evelyn, Amelia, Violet, Jessie, Ethel and Mabel) and an older brother Cecil. The family was living in Cork for both the 1901 and 1911 censuses of… Read More »
Lieutenant Henry Lloyd Ingram enlisted in March 1916, at age 44, and served for three years in Canada and Great Britain. He lived in England after the war and died there in 1929, at age 58. Henry was born on 18 July 1871 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England, the son of Henry Thomas Ingram and Sarah… Read More »