H. B. Coombe Named Commanding Officer

161st Huron Battalion Diary – December 15, 1915

Commissions – December 15, 1915

One officer was commissioned on December 15, 1915 in the 161st Huron Battalion.

COOMBE, (Lt./Colonel) Hugh Barry was commissioned as Commanding Officer (CO) of the 161st Huron Battalion on December 15, 1915. Lt-Colonel H.B. Coombe had acquired prior military service while serving with the 33rd Hurons. As a native of Clinton, he was born there in 1886. Prior to WWI, he was the owner/operator of a knitting mill in Clinton.

He was photographed with the 161st Officers in Clinton. He was seated in the third row, fifth from the left.

Enlistments – December 15, 1915

Three men enlisted on December 15, 1915 in the 161st Huron Battalion. One of these men did not return home.

654002, ANGELL, (Sgt.) Reginald George, “D” Company enlisted at Hensall. His next of kin was listed as Mrs. Myrtle Angell of Hensall, ON. His country of birth was England. Sgt. R.G. Angell was pictured with the 161st Hensall’s Own as standing in the back row, at the extreme left.While overseas in England, he was a member of the Sergeant’s Mess and was pictured with this group at Witley Camp. This photo was included in the original manuscript of Huron Overseas on page 15.

654083, RILEY, (Pte.) Charles Henry, “D” Company enlisted at Seaforth and named his next of kin, Charles Riley of RR4, Seaforth.

654263 Sgt GrantWmMarcusFetterley654263, FETTERLY, (Sgt.) William Marcus Grant, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was his father, A.C. Fetterly of Cornwall, ON, where Grant was born on August 17, 1890. Grant Fetterly was living in Wingham and working for the Western Foundry as a sales manager before he enlisted. At 25, he was 5’ 11” tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair, and a Presbyterian.

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