Kenora Great War Project


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

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Gordon, Marshall Vinton

Marshall Vinton Gordon was born on 16 June 1885 in Thessalon, Ontario. He was the son of John Gordon and Mary Willan, the couple marrying in 1880. Marshall had an older sister, Cecilia Mildred (b 1884) and a younger sister Pearl Irene who only lived for a few months in 1887. Sadly Mary passed away… Read More »

McIntosh, Donald Fergus

Donald Fergus McIntosh was born on 12 April 1892 in the village of Norman, a community a few kilometres west of Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. His parents were Peter Hugh McIntosh and Isobel (Bella) Jamieson, the couple marrying on 30 December 1885 in VanKleek Hill, Ontario. Their first child, son Hamish… Read More »

Cooke, Joseph

Joseph Cooke was born on 26 March 1887 in Sandwith, Cumberland, England. His father Samuel Cooke, a coal miner, and mother Sarah Bell married on 28 November 1874 in the parish of St Bees, Cumberland. It appears that Sarah already had a son at the time of the marriage, John Bell who was born in… Read More »

Cornell, Frederick Charles

Staff Sergeant Frederick Charles Cornell enlisted twice, the first time in January 1915 at age 17. He served in England for a year and he was invalided back to Canada in 1917 due to illness. Frederick was the only son of Joseph and Elizabeth Cornell of Brandon, Manitoba. He and his twin sister Helen Elizabeth… Read More »

Sexsmith, Richard Franklin

Private Richard Franklin Sexsmith and his brother Mark Sexsmith arrived in France in September 1917. They were both killed in action a month later at the Battle of Passchendaele, while serving with the 52nd Battalion. Richard was son of Joseph Sexsmith and Emily Georgina Orr of Faraday Township, Hastings County, Ontario. Joseph and Emily were… Read More »

Muggaberg, George Allen

Corporal George Allen Muggaberg enlisted in the U.S. army in June 1917, at age 22. He served in France for almost a year and returned to the U.S. in November 1918. George was the middle of three sons of William Muggaberg and Louise Tellefson (Telefson) of Dunseith, Rolette County, North Dakota. Dunseith is in the… Read More »

Cory, William Roger

Private William Roger Cory grew up in England and served with the British army for eight years, from 1901 to 1909. Afterwards he immigrated to Canada and when the First World War started he enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force. He suffered severe wounds at the Battle of the Somme and died from his injuries… Read More »

Campbell, Frederick Kenneth

Frederick Kenneth Campbell was one of the early volunteers for Canada’s war effort. He joined the 34th Fort Garry Horse, a cavalry unit, on Aug. 27, 1914, in Winnipeg as part of Canada’s First Contingent of 30,000 men being raised for the war effort. The 34th, which numbered about 250 officers and men, was merged… Read More »

Riley, Edward

Private Edward Riley was in his early 50’s when he enlisted in Winnipeg in 1916 and was to serve with the Canadian Forestry Corps in England for the last two years of the war. Although a birth record for Edward could not be found it is likely that he was born in 1865 in the… Read More »

Young, T J

The name of T J Young appeared in the 5 January 1916 edition of the Kenora Miner and News as a new enlistment with the 94th Battalion. However his identity could not be confirmed and he was not on the nominal roll of the battalion.