Kenora Great War Project


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

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Delargy, Archibald (Archie)

Although he gave his year of birth as 1888 on his attestation papers, Archibald (Archie) Delargy was born on 29 July 1885 in Edinburgh, Scotland. His birth record as found on the scotlandspeople website, as well as some Scotland census documents, show the surname as De Largy. Archie’s father Archibald was from Airdrie in Lanarkshire,… Read More »

Lindberg, George

George Lindberg was born on 29 November 1891 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora), Ontario. His father August Lindberg was from Sweden while his mother Christina Annie Martensen (Mortensen) was from Denmark. The couple had married on 20 December 1886 and gave birth to their daughter Annie Christina the following year in Denmark. By 1889… Read More »

Johnson, John

Sapper John Johnson was married and the father of four young children when he enlisted in April 1916. He served in Canada, Great Britain and France for three years, returning home in March 1919. According to his attestation, John was born in London, England on 29 September 1875. He immigrated to Canada around 1900 and… Read More »

Watson, Francis (Frank) Edwards

Trooper Francis (Frank) Edwards Watson enlisted in a cavalry unit in May 1916 and served in Canada and Great Britain for two years. He was discharged for medical reasons in May 1918. Frank was the oldest son of George Thompson Watson and Eleanor Lavinia Thompson of Winnipeg, Manitoba. George was born in New Brunswick and… Read More »

Ryan, James Anthony

Born on 18 May 1893 in Bromley, Osceola, Ontario, James Anthony (Jim) Ryan was the son of Michael and Bridget (née Gannon) Ryan, both of Irish descent. The family settled in the Renfrew area where they farmed. Jim was the eldest child in the family and had the following known siblings: Mary Frances, Michael L,… Read More »

Kerr, David Thomas

David, baptised as Frederick David Thomas Kerr, was born on 24 July 1894 in Richmond, Quebec. His father David Duncan Kerr had been born in Scotland. In February of 1888, David Sr married Janet Edna Lay in Richmond. Janet, also known as Jane and/or Jennie, had been raised in Melbourne, a community a short distance… Read More »

O’Connor, John

Private John O’Connor joined the 108th Battalion in January 1916 and arrived in France a year later. He was killed in action in August 1917 at the Battle of Hill 70. John was the oldest son of Patrick O’Connor and Sarah Jane McPherson of Rainy River, Ontario. Sarah grew up at Sabaskosing on Lake of… Read More »

Baker, James (aka John Alexander Caswell?)

Background to James Baker:    Prior to the First World War, James Baker was living in Kenora, Ontario and working as Fireman/Brakeman with the Canadian Pacific Railway. He was mentioned in the Kenora Miner and News in 1917 when he went overseas with his unit, the  No. 2 Section, Skilled Railway Employees (SRE). Except for… Read More »

Hallam, William

Acting Sergeant William Hallam enlisted in February 1917, at age 28, and served with the Canadian Forestry Corps in Great Britain. William was the son of William Hallam Sr. and Cecillia McNabb of Armstrong, British Columbia. William Sr. was born in England and immigrated to Canada in the late 1880s. Cecillia was born in Ontario… Read More »