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

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Turner, Sidney Charles

Corporal Sidney Charles Turner enlisted in the British army in August 1914, just a few weeks after the war started. He served for four and a half years and was wounded twice, in 1915 and 1916. After the war he immigrated to Canada and settled in northwestern Ontario. Sidney was the son of George Edmund… Read More »

Hall, James Crebbin

James Crebbin Hall was born on 8 January 1877 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England. His father James Crebbin Hall Sr was from Coleraine, Ireland while his mother Harriet Purchon was from Leeds, Yorkshire. The couple married on 28 January 1871 in Huddersfield, Yorkshire where they gave birth to their first child, daughter Anne, in 1872. By… Read More »

Galloway, Cecil Charles

Cecil Charles Galloway was born  on 27 August 1889 in Arthur, Wellington, Ontario. His parents were Cyrus and Janet Scott (Small) Galloway who had married on 14 December 1881 in Arthur.  Cecil had four brothers, Cyrus Leslie, Hubert Scott, William Osgoode, and Norman Lloyd, and a younger sister, Janet (Jennie) Florence. For both the 1881 and… Read More »

Jeffery, Harry

The Germans used massive amounts of artillery in the First World War and more than half of Allied casualties were the result of artillery fire. There were all different kinds and sizes of shells and they were a constant danger during battles and in the trenches as well as behind the front lines. Private Harry… Read More »

Kelpin, Paul Brault

Paul Brault Kelpin was born on 22 March 1894 in Lowell, Massachusetts, USA. His father Charles Patrick Kelpin was from Ste Anne de Stukely, Quebec while his mother Marie Louise Brault was from Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The couple married on 12 June 1893 in Lowell where Charles was working as a furniture dealer. A second… Read More »

McKenzie, Donald

Donald MacKenzie was born on 13 November 1893 in Upper Bayble, Stornoway, County of Ross, Scotland. His father Alexander MacKenzie and mother Flora MacRae had married 22 January 1884 in Stornoway, Alexander’s occupation listed as fisherman. By the 1901 Scotland census household members were parents Alexander and Flora, and children Angus (16), Isabella (14), Roderick… Read More »

Stibbard, Bert Cyril

Bertie Cyril Stibbard was born on 23 January 1885 in Sandon, Essex in England. His father Henry James Farnham Stibbard, a wheelwright, publican, and carpenter, was from Sandon while his mother Sarah Margaret Taverner was from nearby Hatfield Peverel where the couple had married in 1878. With the exception of a couple of years spent… 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 »

Burnett, Francis Henry

Francis Henry Burnett was born on 9 August 1872 in Bristol, England. His father Henry Burnett, mason, was from Minehead in Somerset while his mother Susannah Williams was from Turnham Grove in Middlesex. The couple married in 1865 in Bristol. Francis had an older sister Alice Maud (1870-1872) and a younger brother Ernest Thomas (1875-1942)…. Read More »

Ogemah, Grant

Private Grant Ogemah enlisted in July 1916 and served in France and Belgium with the 44th and 8th Battalions. He was invalided back to Canada in September 1918 due to illness and he passed away three years later. Grant was Ojibway and a member of Shoal Lake #39 First Nation in northwestern Ontario. He was… Read More »