1 Officer and 11 Men Join 161st Hurons

161st Huron Battalion Diary – December 13, 1915

Commissions – December 13, 1915

One officer was commissioned on December 13, 1915 in the 161st Huron Battalion.

Capt MD McTaggart.jpgMcTAGGART, (Captain) Malcolm D. received his commission on December 13, 1915. He names as his next of kin, Mrs. Edith McTaggart of Clinton. Prior to the Great War and after it, M.D. McTaggart worked in banking.

With the 161st Battalion, Captain Malcolm McTaggart was the paymaster. The 161st officer who lined the boys up for their pay was pictured with the 161st Officers at Clinton on page eight of the original manuscript of Huron Overseas. He is seated in the third row, third from the left.

Enlistments – December 13, 1915

Eleven men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on December 13, 1915.

654012, CANN, (L. Cpl.) Sylvanus John Vivean, “C” Company was the owner of a cider mill in Exeter prior to his enlistment in that town.

654013, CARTER, (Pte.) John A., “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, Ont, where he lived prior to enlistment. He had previous military experience with the 33rd Hurons. The name and address of his next of kin was Mrs. Annie Carter, Clinton, ON.

654014, CHAMBERS, (Sgt.) Richard C., “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, where he lived. His next of kin was Mrs. Katie Chambers of Goderich. He had former military experience with the 10th Regiment. (Sgt. R.C. Chambers is believed to have been a member of the Goderich company of the 161st but he was not positively identified in a picture of them).While overseas, Sgt. R. Chambers was a member of the 161st Sergeants Mess but he was not present in the photo taken in December 1917 at Milford, England.

654020, COLVIN, (Pte.) David, “C” Company, was a native of Bellyneagh, Moneymore County, Ireland. He was working in Seaforth when he enlisted for WWI army duty.

6540654041 Cpl HowardPerryGuest41, GUEST, (Cpl.) Howard Perry, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham,his home town.



654054, JONES, (Pte.) John Francis, “B” Company enlisted at Goderich on December 13, 1915. At the time of his enlistment, he was working in Dungannon as a harness-maker. The name and address of his next of kin was Mrs. Eleanor Robinson, 121 Porter St., Preston, England.

654068, McGEE, (Pte.) Herbert Joseph, “D” Company enlisted at Seaforth where he lived prior to the war. The name and address of his next of kin was James McGee, Seaforth.

654157, MOORE, (Pte.) Frank Sanford, “C” Company enlisted at Clinton. The name and address of his next of kin was William Moore, Blyth.

767069, MUNNINGS, (L. Sgt.) William P. enlisted with a Toronto regiment and later transferred to the 161st. The name and address of his next of kin was William Robert Munnings of Holmesville.

654074, PARKER (Pte.) Charles Arthur, “D” Company enlisted at Hensall. The name and address of his next of kin was Enoch Parker, Hensall, ON.Private Art Parker was identified by his younger brother, Gordon, in the photo of Hensall’s Own. In this photo, Parker was standing in the third row, seventeenth from the left.

654075, PARKER, (Pte.) Gordon Wesley, “D” Company was one of three Parker brothers in Hensall’s Own. He was pictured with the Hensall’s Own boys, standing in the third row, second from the right.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s