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McKie, Allan Paton

Private Allan Paton McKie enlisted in the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion in May 1915. He died of wounds a year later during the Battle of Mount Sorrel. Allan was the youngest child of William McKie and Agnes Hill. William and Agnes were married in December 1875 in Girvan, Ayrshire, Scotland. They had nine children, seven… Read More »

Ritchie, George

George Ritchie was born on 6 June 1897 in Belfast, Ireland. His parents were Holden and Jane Ritchie. Siblings included: Helena (b. 1891), Grace(b. 1896), Jean (1900 – 1964), Charlotte (b. 1902 – 1961), and Benjamin (1905 – 1955). In August of 1903 the family immigrated to Canada arriving aboard the ‘Bavarian’. The 1911 Canadian… 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 »

McKenna, John Archibald

Although the family lived in Mill Village, Queen’s County, Nova Scotia, John Archibald (Jack) McKenna was born on 1 February 1880 in nearby Charleston. Both of his parents Joseph McKenna and Mary Jane Arthur were from Nova Scotia, marrying in 1869 in Liverpool. Over the years Joseph’s occupation was given as labourer on the censuses,… Read More »

Liddle, Bruce

Private Bruce Liddle enlisted in September 1915 and served for four years in the UK, France and Belgium. He returned to Canada in September 1919 and his British war bride joined him the following spring. Bruce was the oldest of four children of Robert Liddle and Jessie Ann Park. Jessie was born in Newcastle, Northumberland,… Read More »

Currie, Hector Donald

Corporal Hector Donald Currie enlisted with the 52nd Battalion in May 1915. He was seriously wounded at the Vimy front in November 1916 and invalided to Canada the following spring. After his recovery he enlisted a second time, serving in Canada for another seven months. Hector was the son of Donald Hector Currie and Annie… Read More »

Stewart, Harry Raymond

Harry Raymond Stewart was born on 9 March 1894 in the township of Bristol in Pontiac, Quebec. His father Ephraim Stewart was from Bristol while his mother Emma Way was from nearby Shawville, both families farmers. The couple married on 12 August 1891 in Ottawa, the city about 75 kilometres east of Bristol. The next… Read More »

Lund, Lars Bernhard

Lars Bernhard Lund was born on 7 April 1894 in the village of HusГҐ in the parish of Kall in Jämtland, Sweden. His father Johan Gustav was also from HusГҐ, the son of Marta Göransdotter. He was raised by foster parents Jonas Wiksten and Ingeborg Mosesdotter, assuming the surname of Wiksten. After their deaths, Johan… Read More »

Heffren, Arthur

Private Arthur Heffren enlisted in April 1917 and served in Canada for one year, much of that time suffering from illness. He was discharged as medically unfit in April 1918. Arthur was one of twelve children of John Alexander Heffren (Heffern) and Margaret Malinda Clement. Records vary but John was born in either Ontario or… Read More »

Montalbetti, Peter Charles

Peter Charles Montalbetti was born on 31 January 1897 in Kenora (Rat Portage at the time), Ontario according to his delayed birth record of 1933. He was the son of Joseph and Rosa Montalbetti, Joseph working as a section foreman for the Canadian Pacific Railway in the area at the time. By the time of… Read More »