161st Battalion Diary – December 7, 1915

Enlistments – December 7, 1915

Four men enlisted on December 7, 1915 in the 161st Huron Battalion.

727161, BRANDON, (Pte.) Abraham C.  transferred from the Perth County 110th Battalion to the 161st Battlalion. Abraham Brandon was originally from Bayfield, ON in Huron County. He was employed at his brother’s blacksmith shop (listed as a factory hand on the attestation form) near Listowel when he entered WWI army duty with the 110th Battalion at Stratford at December 7, 1915. His next of kin was his mother, Catherine Brandon of Bayfield, ON. He was born September 23, 1897 in Bayfield, Ontario. Abraham Brandon was 5’ 8” with a dark complexion, hazel eyes with dark brown hair. He was a member of the Church of England.

After the Huron Battalion was established, the Perth County recruit transferred to the Huron regiment.

654040, GRAHAM (Sgt.) William H.E., “C” Company, had acquired prior military duty with a Canadian militia unit before joining the 161st Battalion at Clinton on December 7, 1915. William Henry Ernest Graham’s next of kin was his father, Reuben Graham of Clinton, ON.

William Henry Ernest Graham was a bookkeeper prior to the war. He was born on April 17, 1895. He was 5’ 8.5” tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and black hair. He was a member of the Church of England.

Sgt Bill Graham was a member of the 161st’s Sgts Mess photo, but was not photographed with them at Witley Camp in England.

654058, LEPPINGTON, (Pte.) Thomas Henry,  was the older of two Leppington brothers who enlisted at Clinton. Prior to his December 7, 1915 enlistment, Tom Leppington had been in the butchering trade. His next of kin was his mother, Susan Leppington, of Clinton, ON.

Thomas Henry Leppington was born on February 14, 1891 in Clinton, ON. He had no prior military experience when he enlisted to go overseas with the 161st Battalion. Tom Leppington was 5’ 9.5” tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He was a Baptist/Congregationalist in faith.

654096, SPARKS, (Pte.) Neil Douglas enlisted at Clinton on December 7. His next of kin was his father, Alexander Sparks of Hensall, ON. Neil D. Sparks was a barber with no military experience, living in Clinton, ON before he enlisted. He was born in Stanley Township, Huron County on November 1, 1897. According to his enlistment papers he was 5’ 9” with a fair complexion, reddish eyes and gray hair. At 18, he was probably fair with gray eyes and reddish hair. He was Presbyterian by father.

Once enrolled he became a member of the 161st Battalion stretcher-bearers and was photographed with the stretch-bearers standing in the back row, eighth from the left.