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Murphy, Alfred Henry

Staff Sergeant Major Alfred Henry Murphy served at the militia headquarters in Winnipeg from January 1915 to June 1918, followed by about two years with the Canadian Army Service Corps. He was demobilized in April 1919. Alfred was the son of John and Lucy Murphy of Greyabbey, County Down, Ireland. John was a shoemaker and… Read More »

Harvey, Arthur Henry

According to his obituary, Arthur Henry Harvey was born 05 March 1876 in London, England.  His parents were Arthur Henry Harvey (senior) and Amelia Luigard. He had at least one brother, William Charles Harvey. As a young man Arthur enlisted in the British Army serving in Ceylon and South Africa. He recorded previous service with… Read More »

Bassett, Benjamin

Benjamin Bassett was born on 10 September 1885 in the city of Waterford in Ireland. His father George Walter Bassett, a wine merchant, was from Waterford, while his mother Sarah Jane Caldbeck was from County Wexford. The couple had married in Waterford in 1877. Children born to the family were George Thomas (1878), Frederick Richard… Read More »

Armour, Thomas

Lance Corporal Thomas Armour enlisted in February 1915 and served overseas for almost four years. His wife and baby daughter moved to Scotland during the war and they all returned to Canada in March 1919. Thomas was born on 23 November 1891 in Dalrymple, Ayrshire, Scotland. His parents, Thomas Armour Sr. and Jane Kennedy, were… Read More »

Aymer, Robert Leslie

Private Robert Leslie Aymer enlisted in December 1915 and served in France and Belgium with the 10th Battalion. He was wounded twice, at Passchendaele and Amiens, and he returned to Canada in January 1919. Robert was the son of Edward Albert Aymer and Caroline Watson of Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Edward was a carpenter and joiner… Read More »

Watson, Earl

Private Earl Watson enlisted in January 1915, at age 19, and arrived in France nine months later. He was missing and presumed killed in June 1916 at the Battle of Mount Sorrel. According to his attestation paper, Earl was born on 7 December 1895 in Rat Portage (now Kenora), Ontario. His mother, Emma Morrison, was… Read More »

Smith, John Alexander

Corporal John Alexander Smith enlisted in May 1915 and served with the 52nd (New Ontario) Battalion for almost four years. He returned to Canada in March 1919. John was born on 26 April 1890 in Motherwell, Lanarkshire, Scotland. His parents were Alexander Smith, a tailor, and Helen Eadie. Alexander was from Lanarkshire and Helen was… Read More »

Beatty, George Thomas

George Thomas Beatty was born on 03 August 1898 in Beamsville, Lincoln, Ontario.   He was the only son of George Alexander Beatty and Jennie R. Box.    He had two older sisters, Rhea and Lena.   A brother, Frank, died at age 18 months. The family was living in Beamsville in 1901 where George… Read More »

Green, John Bennett

John Bennett Green was born in Morpeth, Northumberland,  England on January 12, 1893.   John was the son of David Green and Rachael (Emily) Bennett.   David and Rachael (Emily) also had  5 daughters.   His sisters were Mrs. W. F. Collings, Elfreda (Mrs. A. Beckworth), Mrs. J. R. Cherry, Edith and Mrs. F. Donahoe…. Read More »