Kenora Great War Project


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

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Knight, John Morris

John Morris Knight was born on 26 February 1884 in Landport, Portsea Island, Hampshire England. Landport is a district located near the centre of Portsea Island and is part of the city of Portsmouth. His mother Mary Jane Lonnon, also from Landport, had married Alfred William Knight in 1867, marriage registered in the district of… Read More »

Winter, George Wilfred

Gunner George Wilfred Winter enlisted with the Canadian Field Artillery in April 1917. He served for two years in Canada, the UK, France and Belgium. George was the youngest son of John Roantree Winter and Clara Lucinda Tremear. John and Clara were both born in Ontario and they were married in 1891 in Pickering, Ontario… Read More »

Anderson, Robert Allan

Private Robert Allan ‘Andy’ Anderson enlisted in March 1916 at age 15 and served in the UK for two years, most of that time with the Young Soldiers’ Battalion. Robert was born on 12 October 1900 in Holland, Manitoba. He was the son of Mrs. Jessie Ann Tew (née Miller) and her first husband Adam… Read More »

Leyoux, Emile

Sapper Emile Leyoux enlisted three times using three different names (Emile Leyou/Leyoux, Emile Gosselin and Emil Gosling). He served in Canada, Great Britain and France for about 18 months and returned to Canada in March 1919. Emile probably grew up in the district of Nipissing, Ontario but nothing has been found yet about his early… Read More »

Murdoch, Donald Herbert

Born in Keewatin on May 7, 1896, Donald was the son of John Murdoch and Kate Lithgow.   The Murdochs were of Scottish heritage.    His mother, Kate, died of heart disease in December 1899 when he was still 2 years old.   Donald’s father was a tinsmith in Keewatin.   In the 1901 census,… Read More »

Bergstrom, Arthur

Olof Artur (Arthur) Bergström was born on 4 April 1888 in Bellvik in the parish of Dorotea in Västerbotten in northern Sweden. His parents Olof Johan (Ole) Bergström and Sigrid Mathilda Östlund were both from Dorotea, marrying on 5 July 1885. Arthur had an older brother Johan Alfred (John) (1886) and younger siblings Hilma Mathilda… Read More »

Schwitzer, Rupert William

Private Rupert William Schwitzer enlisted in May 1916, at age 18, and served in France with the 46th Battalion. He died of wounds in September 1918,  two months before the Armistice. Rupert was the only son of John Edward Schwitzer and Eva McNaughton of Winnipeg, Manitoba. His parents were both born in Ottawa, Ontario and… Read More »

Cassels, John Stewart

Born on 31 July 1886 in Fettercairn, Kincardineshire, Scotland, John Stewart Cassels was the son of George and Jemina (née Milton) Cassels. His parents had married in 1883 in Banchory Ternan, Kincardineshire. For the 1891 Scotland census the family was living in Minklets West, Banchory Ternan, occupation of his father given as farm servant. Children… Read More »

Fearn, Alexander Sturrock

Driver Alexander Sturrock Fearn joined the Canadian Army Service Corps in December 1915, at age 25. He served overseas for three years and returned to Canada in May 1919. Alexander was born on 18 September 1890 in the parish of Monikie in Forfarshire, Scotland. His mother, Annie Wilson Fearn, was 21 years old at the… Read More »