161st Huron Battalion Diary – December 24, 1915

Commissions – December 24, 1915

On December 24, 1915, two officers were added to the strength of the 161st Huron Battalion.

CptCVanstoneVANSTONE, (Captain) Charles Garfield was commissioned in Wingham. His next of kin was Mrs. Grace C. Vanstone of 446 Indian Road, Toronto, ON.

Prior to WWI, Capt. Charles G. Vanstone served with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

He was pictured with the 161st officers in Clinton, seated in the third row at the extreme right.

GRIEVE, (Lieutenant) William Pearson was commissioned in Clinton. His next of kin was Dr. John Grieve of Seaforth. Lt. William P. Grieve had prior military duty with the 33rd Hurons.

Lieut. William Grieve was pictured with the 161st officers at Clinton in the top row to the extreme right. While overseas in England, Lieut. William Grieve was pictured with his mount, Jim and this snap, which originated from 161st bandsman, A. Rollinson’s photo album, was included in the original manuscript of Huron Overseas.

Enlistments – December 24, 1915

On December 24, 1915, eight enlisted men were added to the strength of the 161st Huron Battalion.

654043, HERMAN, (Pte.) William Thomas, Bandsman, enlisted in Clinton, his hometown before and after the war. His next of kin was Mrs. Ellen Herman of Clinton.

While a member of the 161st military brass band, Private Tom Herman played the baritone horn at training centres in Ontario and overseas. He was pictured with the 161st band at Camp Borden.

654048, HOFFMAN, (Pte.) James Alexander, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter, his hometown before and after WWI. His next of kin was Mrs. Elizabeth Hoffman of Wroxeter.

Private James A. Hoffman was pictured with Wroxeter’s Own, kneeling in the middle row, sixth from the left.

654053, JOHNSTON, (Pte.) John Aitken, “A” Company enlisted at Brussels. His next of kin was George Johnston of R.R. 2, Bluevale, ON.

Mrs. Gordon Simmons of Wingham was a surviving sister of John A. Johnston.

654062, MINER, (Pte.) John Walter, “C” Company, enlisted at Clinton. His next of kin was Mrs. Myrtle Miner of Clinton, ON. He acquired prior military duty with the 7th Regiment.

654089, SHIELS, (Pte.) Melvin Robert, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was Mrs. James Parish of Brussels, ON. Private M. Shiels was pictured with “A” Company in a 1967 reprint of the photo for a 50th Vimy Ridge anniversary feature in the Wingham Advance Times.

654090, SINCLAIR, (Corporal) Ronald Mansfield, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was Mrs. Irene A. Sinclair of Brussels, ON. Further information from the 1916 Overseas Roll indicates that Cpl. Ronald Sinclair had prior military experience with the 6th Regiment at Guelph.

654103, THIBIDEAU, (Pte.) Steven Howard, “A” Company, enlisted at Brussels. His next of kin was Gilbert Thibideau of Brussels, ON.

654105 PteThosThompson654105, THOMPSON, (Pte.) Thomas, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was Mrs. Elizabeth Thompson of Wroxeter, ON. As a native of Scotland, Private Tom Thompson was a member of the 161st detachment at Wroxeter and was pictured with Wroxeter’s Own standing in the back row, at the extreme right.