These are the stories of Kenora participants in the First World War.
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The Somme Offensive was a series of battles that lasted from July to November 1916 and resulted in enormous casualties for both the Allied and German armies. The Canadian Corps moved to the Somme area in late August and their first major engagement began in mid-September. Private Maurice Andrew Walsh was one of 24,000 casualties… Read More »
According to his attestation papers, Francis McMullan was born in Dublin Ireland on June 16, 1883. In 1903 he married Annie Johnson, daughter of William Johnson and Marion Rennie, in London, England. Daughter Marion Annie was born in December 1904 and son Herbert in March 1907. The family immigrated to Canada on the Empress of… Read More »
Emil Andreas Andersson was born on 28 December 1891 in Avesta, Kopparberg (also known as Dalarna), Sweden. His father Anders (Andrew) Andersson was from Hedemora, Kopparberg while his mother Anna Karin (Jansdotter) Jansson was from Grytnäs, Kopparberg where the couple married on 9 July 1883. First settling in Hedemora, they gave birth to children Anna… Read More »
Sergeant Richard Godin enlisted in September 1915, at age 44, and served in France and Belgium with the Canadian Engineers. After getting discharged due to his age he re-enlisted with a forestry unit and served overseas for another two years. Richard was the oldest son of Vital Godin and Marie Paulin of Caraquet, Gloucester County,… Read More »
Private William Esta Southworth enlisted in 1915 and served in France and Belgium with the 16th Battalion. He was wounded twice, in May 1916 and April 1917, but he survived the war and returned to Canada in February 1919. William was the son of Charles William Southworth and Fanny May Stowe of Revelstoke, British Columbia…. Read More »
The son of John and Elizabeth (née Page) Drew, George Drew was born on 1 May 1895 in Rugby, Warwickshire, England. For the 1901 England census the family was living in Gorleston, Norfolk, England, father’s occupation given as engine driver. The children listed with the parents in the census were Elizabeth, Sarah, Ellen, George, and… Read More »
Cadet Pilot Clifford Wallace Brock was the oldest son of Robert Meadows Brock and Agnes McKechnie Francis of Kenora, Ontario. His mother was from a large family in Stirlingshire, Scotland and his father was born and raised in Belfountain, Peel County, Ontario. They were married in 1890 in Belfountain and Clifford was born there on… Read More »
Frederick William Wade was born on 23 June 1883 in Wolverhampton, Staffordshire, England. His parents Clifford Wade and Fanny Case were both from the area and had married earlier that year. Over the years Clifford worked as an iron driller/turner. Fred had three younger siblings, John (1885), Clifford (1887), and Henry (1890). At the time… Read More »
Private Frederick Ross Elliott enlisted in Winnipeg in April 1917, at age 17. He served in Canada and Great Britain for about two years, returning home in July 1919. Frederick was the only son of Thomas Elliott and Margaret Jennie McRitchie of Winnipeg, Manitoba. Thomas was born in England and came to Canada as a… Read More »
Staff Sergeant Gilbert Charles Gordon Dodds enlisted with the 12th Field Ambulance in March 1916. He left for England in June and served overseas for three years, returning to Canada in June 1919. He was awarded the Meritorious Service Medal and the Military Medal. Gilbert, also known as Gordon, was the only son of Reverend… Read More »