Kenora Great War Project


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

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Parfitt, David George

The Somme Offensive was a series of battles that lasted from July to November 1916 and resulted in enormous losses for both sides. The Canadian Corps moved to the Somme area in late August and their first major engagement was in September. Company Sergeant Major David George Parfitt of Keewatin, Ontario was one of 24,000… Read More »

LeBleu, Samuel Jules

Gunner Samuel Jules LeBleu was the son of Jean (John) LeBleu and Marie Louise LaSalle. Jean and Louise were both born in Quebec, Jean in Gentilly and Louise in Yamaska. They were married in 1873 in Silver Islet in the district of Thunder Bay, Ontario. Silver Islet was a small community on Lake Superior across… Read More »

Gamble, Alexander

Alexander Gamble joined the Royal Flying Corps in October 1917, at age 22, and served in Canada for 15 months as an Aircraft Mechanic 3rd Class. Alex was the son of John Henry Gamble and Margaret Jean Campbell of Kenora, Ontario. John was born in Watertown, Wisconsin and came to Canada around 1885. Margaret was… Read More »

Ireland, W J

During the war W. J. Ireland served as a Lieutenant in the 98th Regiment, a militia unit based in Kenora, Ontario. The Regiment was made up of four companies: A (Fort Frances), B (Kenora), C (Emo) and D (Rainy River). The Militia and Defence Forces Lists for Canada tell us he joined B Company of… Read More »

Kerr, Peter

Private Peter Kerr was a homestead farmer living in Viscount, Saskatchewan when the war started. He enlisted in Saskatoon on 6 March 1916 and took his own life five days later. Peter was born in 1873 in Kirkcaldy, county of Fife, Scotland, the son of Thomas Kerr and Catherine Christie. He immigrated to Canada with… Read More »

Trimble, Thomas Burgess

Thomas Burgess Trimble was born on 23 July 1891 in Vancouver, British Columbia. His father Edward Trimble was from Crosthwaite, Cumberland in England while his mother Mary Jane Jackson was from nearby Arcledon, Cumberland, both communities in the Registration District of Cockermouth. The couple married during the last quarter of 1869 in the RD of… Read More »

Wismer, Ira Franklin

Ira Franklin (Pat) Wismer was born on 23 April 1898 in the RM of Glenwood (Souris), Manitoba. His father Norman Wismer and mother Deborah Mezina Clark were from Warwick Township, Lambton, Ontario. At some point after their marriage the couple headed west, first found in Treherne, RM of Norfolk, in Manitoba followed by a few… Read More »

O’Flaherty, Laurence

Laurence O’Flaherty was born during the month of  October 1880 in Ballinhassig, Cork, Ireland, exact date unknown.  His parents were Laurence and Elizabeth (née Costellos) O’Flaherty. Known siblings were Michael Augustine, Margaret Mary (Peggy), Mary Elizabeth (Polly), John Patrick, Eliza Lydia, Theresa Mary (Tessie), Madeline, Emily Costello, and Annie Violet, Laurence being the third youngest…. Read More »

Kippling, George

George Kippling was born on 8 July 1887 in the District of Rainy River. His parents were Edward and Margaret (Linklater) Kippling, both having roots in the Red River Settlement. By the 1881 Canada census the couple was living in Eastern Extension of the Manitoba Extension of Manitoba, later to be part of Ontario. Listed… Read More »

Millar, Kenneth

Kenneth Millar was an accomplished bagpiper and while only in Keewatin for a short time before enlisting, he was already a familiar face and sound in the community. Millar, born 22 June 1882 in Inverness, Scotland to Kenneth and Margaret Millar, had arrived in Canada on May 4 of 1914 bound for Keewatin with $25… Read More »