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

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McDonald, Wallace

Wallace McDonald was born on 30 August 1887 in Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. Both of his parents, James McDonald and Margaret Connell, were from Canada but likely married in 1882 in the States. Their first child, daughter Mabel, was born in 1884 in Jamestown, North Dakota. From there the family moved… Read More »

Carrie, Douglas

Douglas Carrie was born in Bolton, Lancashire, England on 18 April 1892.   He was baptized on 15 May 1892.   His parents were John Sobeski Stuart  Carrie and Eliza Ann Mann.   In 1901 the family was still in Bolton and three siblings are shown for Douglas – John age 21, Thomas age 18… Read More »

McLeod, Duncan (1897-1941)

Private Duncan McLeod (Jr.) was born in Canada and living in Scotland when the war started. He served in the British army and moved back to Canada after the war. Duncan was the son of Duncan McLeod Sr. and Mary Munro of Keewatin, Ontario. His parents were both born in Scotland and they immigrated to… Read More »

Crock, Stanley

Trooper Stanley Crock enlisted in May 1916, at age 17, and arrived in France that fall. He was killed in March 1918 at the Battle of St. Quentin when a large shell landed in the middle of his cavalry troop. Stanley (Stanislas) was the son of Firmin Cyr Crock and Bélona Caron of St. Boniface,… Read More »

Binns, Percy Vere

Percy Vere Binns was born on 9 February 1893 in Port Antonio, Jamaica.  Both of his parents had also been born in Jamaica. His father Ellis Panton Binns was the son of cabinet maker John Binns and wife  Jessie and his mother Amelia Saffery was the daughter of William and Amelia Saffery. In a christening… Read More »

Armstrong, Frederick Cameron

Frederick Cameron Armstrong was born and raised in Keewatin, Ontario. His father, Francis (Frank) Henry Armstrong had come to the community in the late 1880s along with his brother William from the Otonabee area of Ontario to work at the Keewatin flour mill. Their father Martin Armstrong had been born in Ireland and their mother… Read More »

Lavery, John

Joseph Pierre Jean Baptiste (John) Lavery was born on 7 January 1893 in the RM of St Francois Xavier in Manitoba. His parents Joseph Arsene Lavery and Marie Demerise St Armand were both from Quebec, marrying on 16 July 1888 in St Aubert, L’Islet. Arsene had previously been married to Beatrice Pelletier who died in… Read More »