17 Men Enlist in 161st Huron on January 29, 1916

161st Battalion Diary – January 29, 1916

Enlistments – January 29, 1916

Enlisting on January 29, 1916, were the following seventeen men. One of these seventeen men did not return home at the war’s end.

654375, BIGGIN, (Pte.) Francis Willard, “B” Company enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was John Biggin of London, ON. Private Frank Biggin was photographed with Blyth’s Own in the 2nd back row, 11th from the left.

654360, BRINDLEY, (Pte.) Allan Jasper, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was William Brindley of Goderich, ON.

Allan Brindley was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the 4th row, Soldier 20.

654348, COULTES, (Sgt.) Charles Russell, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted at Blyth. His next of kin was Mrs. George Coultes of Wingham, ON. Sergeant Charlie Coultes was photographed with B Company’s detachment at Blyth in the 2nd back row, 3rd from the left.

654362, HORNE, (Pte.) Albert Frank, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Mrs. Elsie Horne from R.R. 4, Wingham, ON.

Private Frank Horne was photographed with the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st seated in the front row, 24th from the left.

654352, KEWENZIE, (Pte.) Isaac, “A” Company enlisted at Wingham. His next of kin was his father, William Kewenzie of Southampton, ON. Isaac Kewenzie lived in Wingham and worked as a farmer. He was born on February 28, 1897 and at 18 stood 5’ 8” with a dark complexion, black eyes, dark hair and was Methodist.

654363, KITTON, (Pte.) Alfred Benjamin, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Lena M. Kitton of Goderich, ON. Private Alfred Kitton had previous military experience with Imperial Forces in his native land of England.

654354, MATTHEWS, (Pte.) Bruce Herbert, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was not stated on the 161st sailing list.

654404, McLAUGHLIN, (Pte.) George Albert, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Margaret McLaughlin of Victoria Hospital, London, ON.

654367, MILLSON, (Pte.) Walker Wilbur, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Mrs. T. Tokely of 1505 Nanaimo St., New Westminister, British Columbia.

654381, MURPHY, (Pte.) Stafford Rice, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. S.R. Murphy was born in Ireland. His next of kin was Mrs. Mary Ann Murphy, Mount Salem, Colorain, Ireland. Stafford Murphy emmigrated in 1912 from the United Kingdom to Canada.

Prior to the outbreak of WWI, he had been employed with Doty Engine Works in Goderich for a number of years.

654368, PEACHEY, (Sgt.) Wilfred Ernest, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Evelyn Peachey of Goderich, ON. He was born in England and had prior military experience with a British Militia – The Territorials.

While overseas, Sgt. Wilfred Peachey was photographed with the 161st Sergeants’ Mess in the 2nd row, 10th from the left.

654369, REYNOLDS, (L. Cpl.) Robert Henry, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Anne M. Reynolds of Goderich, ON. He was born in England. Robert Reynolds had prior military experience with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654370, SNELLING, (Pte.) Samuel Wesley, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was George Snelling of Moncton, ON in Perth County. His brother, William H. Snelling, also enlisted in the 161st Battalion.

654371, SNELLING, (Pte.) William Harvie, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels on the same day, January 29, 1916, as his brother, Pte. Samuel Wesley Snelling. His next of kin was George Snelling of Moncton, ON in Perth County.

654357, STURDY, (Pte.) Francis Dixon, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was William J. Sturdy of Auburn, ON. Francis Sturdy had prior military experience with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654372, TONKIN, (Pte.) William Ernest, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was William G. Tonkin, Warley Barracks, London, England. He was born in England.

Private William Tonkin was photographed in the 161st A Company photo featured in the April 6, 1967 edition of the Wingham Advance.

654451, WARNER, (L. Cpl.) Ernest Albert, “B” Company, born on January 3, 1884 in Farmington, England, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was his wife, Mary Warner of Goderich, ON. At 30, he was 5’ 5” tall with a medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and was a Methodist, according to his attestation papers.

Ernest Warner had been working in Northern Ontario before moving to Goderich where he’d been employed as a reporter on the editorial staff of the Goderich Signal before enlisting. Private A.E. Warner submitted articles to the Goderich Signal on Battalion events while in training in Canada.

Three Join the Battalion – January 28, 1916

161st Huron Up by 3 on January 28, 1916

Enlistments – January 28, 1916

On January 28, 1916, the following three men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. One of these three men did not return home at the war’s end.

654374, ADAMS, (Pte.) Thomas, “B” Company enlisted in Auburn. His next of kin was Florence Adams of Auburn, ON. Private Tom Adams had previous military experience with the 10th Regiment.

654342, NEDIGER, (Pte.) Clarence “Austin,” Signals enlisted in Clinton on January 28, 1916.

654382, NIVINS, (Pte.) Charles Alexander, “Blyth’s Own”  enlisted in Auburn. His next of kin was James D. Nivins, R.R. 3, Auburn, ON. Pte. Charles Nivins had prior military experience with the 33rd Hurons.

Charles Nivins was photographed with Blyth’s Own kneeling in the 3rd row, 7th from the left.

Successful Brussels Recruitment Rally for 161st Hurons – Jan. 27, 1916

161st Battalion Diary – January 27, 1916

Huron Homefront – January 27, 1916

161st Huron News – The Brussels Post wrote that “one of the best and largest recruiting meetings and of most interest held in Huron County was on the program here Monday night.” By the end of the meeting, 6 young men had enlisted. They were:

W.E Scott (654335), James McCallum (654534), Richard Fay (654329), Dick Jones (654330), Harry Dye (654336), Mr. Price (654081)

Enlisted Huron Residents – Belmore area residents, John Lawrence (651238), James Lawrence (651400), William Abraham and George Marshall (651237) enlisted in the 161st Bruce Battalion and were training in Teeswater.

Enlistments – January 27, 1916

On January 27, 1916, there was only one enlistment.

654343, COX, (Sgt.) Clarence James, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted at Auburn. His next of kin was Mrs. Olive J. Cox of Auburn, ON.

Sgt. Clarence J. Cox was pictured with Blyth’s Own standing in the second back row, 1st from the left.

Recruitment for 161st Huron Battalion cont’d.

161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 26, 1916

Enlistments – January 26, 1916

Three men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on January 26, 1916. One of these three men did not return home at war’s end.

654472, BATES, (Pte.) Charles Frederick, “B” Company enlisted in his hometown of Goderich, ON. His next of kin was George D. Bates, Goderich, ON. Both he and his brother, John H. Bates, enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion’s B Detachment.

654353, LANG, (Pte.) John Daniel, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Thomas Lang of R.R. 3, Exeter.

654356 PteAlfredJamesPryce654356, PRYCE (Pte.) Alfred James Arthur, “A” Company enlisted on January 26, 1916 in Wingham. His next of kin was his wife, Mrs. Laura Pryce of Wingham. Alfred Pryce was born on November 14, 1888 in Hampshire, England. Prior to enlistment, he worked as a farmer in Wingham.

Private Alfred Pryce was featured in photo in the Huron County War Memorial, published by the Wingham Advance.

Jan. 25, 1916 = Eleven New Recruits

161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 25, 1916

Enlistments – January 25, 1916

On January 25, 1916, the following eleven men enlisted. Two of these eleven men did not return home at war’s end.

654327, COWAN, (Pte.) William Edgar, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted in Blyth, his home prior to WWI. His next of kin was Isaac Cowan of Blyth, ON. Pte. Wm. Edgar Cowan and Pte. John A. Cowan were brothers and both enlisted with the Blyth detachment of the 161st Huron Battalion. Pte. William “Ted” Cowan was photographed with Blyth’s Own seated in the front row, 9th from the left.

654336, DYE, (Cpl.) Harry Kenneth, “A” Company enlisted in Belgrave, where he lived, on January 24, 1916 and was declared medically fit on January 25, 1916. He was born on November 29, 1895 in Norwich, England and his next of kin was his father, Henry Dye of 3 Cross Trory St., Norwich, England. When he signed up, he was a 21 year old, Church of England farmer who had 2 years militia experience with the Territorials. He was 6’ tall with a fair complexion, grey eyes and blonde hair.

654329, FAY, (Pte.) Richard, “A” Company enlisted in Belgrave on January 24, 1916 and was declared medically fit on January 25, 1916 in Belgrave. His next of kin was his father, Henry Fay of Hornby, ON. He was born in Nether Haven, England on May 12, 1887, making him 30 years old when he enlisted. At the time, he worked as a Presbyterian labourer with no militia experience, lived in Belgrave, ON and was 5’ 6” with a fair complexion, brown eyes and bald.

In the photograph, Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st, that was printed in the Wingham Advance-Times on April 6, 1967, he was identified as G. Ray, instead of  Richard Fay.

654330, JONES, Richard enlisted at a Belgrave recruitment meeting that was reported in the January 27, 1916 edition of the Brussels Post.

Presently, no attestation papers are available for Richard Jones at Library and Archives Canada, though his name and regimental number is present in the WWI database. See his individual biography for more information.

654333 SgtJamesMcCallum654333, McCALLUM, (Sgt.) James, “A” Company enlisted in Belgrave on January 24, 1916 and was declared fit on January 25, 1916. His next of kin was his brother, Duncan McCallum of Belgrave, ON.  He was born on July 30, 1886 and was 20 when he enlisted. He stood at  5’ 10” with a dark complexion, grey eyes and dark hair.

In the Huron County War Memorial book, under his photograph is the caption, “James McCallum (M.M) before the war, was engaged in the hardware business in Belgrave where he took an active part in all work connected with the Presbyterian church.”

654334, McCAULEY, (Pte.) Thomas Michael “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth. His next of kin was Annie McCauley of Toronto, ON.

654390, MEGAW (L. Cpl.) Francis Riggs, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Emma A. Megaw.He was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the 4th row (Soldier No. 28). He was identified by R.W. Bell of Goderich, former Huron County jailor. Lance Corporal Francis Megaw was believed to be a member of the Megaw Family, who were once prominent in the ownership of a Goderich harbour industry, Western Canada Flour Mills.

654320, PERCY, (Pte.) Walter John, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was James Percy of Kinlough, Bruce County, ON.Private Walter Percy was photographed with the “A” Detachment in the Wingham Advance-Times photograph (Apr. 6, 1967) in the front row, 25th from the left.

654335, SCOTT, (Pte.) William Elliott, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted in Belgrave, ON on January 24, 1916, but was not certified fit until January 25, 1916. His next of kin was his wife, Mrs. Alma Scott, of R.R. 1, Belgrave, ON.Private William Scott was pictured with the 161st B Company (Blyth’s Own) in the 3rd row, 5th from the left.

654339, SHADDICK, (Pte.) William John, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall.In the March 17, 1981 161st Battalion newsletter, there is a photo of the Shaddick family that was borrowed from retired Clinton policeman, Albert Shaddick, William’s brother.

654326, WESTLAKE, (L. Cpl.) William John, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter. He was one of the five Westlake boys to enlist with the 161st. His next of kin was Mrs. Elizabeth Mitchell of Wroxeter, ON. William Westlake had prior military experience with the 32nd Bruce Militia.He was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own, kneeling in the middle row, 7th from the left.

161st Battalion – January 24, 1916

161st Battalion Diary – January 24, 1916

Enlistments – January 24, 1916

On January 24, 1916, the following fourteen men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. Three of these fourteen men did not return home at war’s end.

654307, APPLETON, (Pte.) David Gordon, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Thomas Appleton, of Crediton East, a community near Exeter, ON.

654309, BRINTNELL, (Pte.) Clifford, “D” Company enlisted in Exeter. He is believed to be a member of the D Company of the 161st Battalion because he was identified in a photo of Hensall’s Own, reclining on his left elbow by the late G.W. Parker.

654312, DENNISON, (L. Cpl.) Alfred Wesley, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was Mrs. Lillian Dennison of Walton, ON. Lance Corporal Alfred Dennison has prior military duty with the 33rd Hurons. He was photographed with the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys standing in the back row, 2nd from the left.

654310, DILLING, (Pte.) Edward Cecil, “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth. His next of kin was Samuel L. Dilling of Kippen, ON.

654459, FISHER, (Pte.) Robert Percival, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Seth Fisher of Edgerton, ON. He was 1 of 5 Fisher’s on the 161st sailing list.

654298, FREMLIN, (Pte.) Theodore, Bandsman enlisted in Clinton, his hometown before and after the war. While training with the 161st at camps in London, ON and Camp Borden, Private Theo Fremlin was a member of the battalion’s brass band. He was photographed as a trombonist standing in the back row, 5th from the left in a 1916 Camp Borden photo.

654314, HAYWARD, (Pte.) Arthur Stanley, “D” Company was 1 of 2 sons of Bertha Hayward of Hensall, ON to enlist in the 161st at Hensall, ON.

Neither Arthur Hayward or his brother, Frank Hayward were photographed with Hensall’s Own.

654380, MAINES, (Pte.) George Edward, Blyth’s Own enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was John Maines of Blyth.

Private George Maines was photographed with the Blyth’s Own group seated in the front, 5th from the left. This photo was printed in the 1967 East Wawanosh Centennial History.

654318, MARSHALL, (Pte.) James Russell, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Mrs. Elizabeth Marshall of Exeter, ON. Private Jim Marshall was one Mrs. E. Marshall’s 2 sons who enrolled with the 161st. The other son was Private John Marshall.

654337, RINTOUL, (Pte.) George Gordon, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Henry Rintoul of Whitechurch, ON.

654316, MARSHALL, (Pte.) John Henry, “B” Company enlisted in Seaforth but is considered a member of Goderich’s B Company because he was photographed with them in the top row, 14th from the left in the photo, Goderich’s Own. His next of kin was Clara Marshall of Goderich, ON.

654324, SHADDICK, (Pte.) Richard Ernest, “B” Company enlisted as a drum/bugle corpsman in Hensall. His next of kin was Thomas Shaddick of Hensall. Private Richard Shaddick had an older brother, Bill Shaddick who enlisted with D Company of the 161st. Private Ernie Shaddick played a bugle with the 161st’s Goderich Corps. Bert Ward identified Ernie Shaddick as “the bugler at the front of the third column … adjusting his cap.”

654322, SNELL, (Pte.) Ephriam, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was James Snell, R.R. 1, Clinton.

654387, WOODLEY, (Sgt.) John, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Louisa Woodley, R.R. 3, Auburn. John Woodley served with the Imperial British forces prior to WWI. William E. “Bill” Good of Auburn remembered, “I remembered Sergeant John Woodley … he was a veteran of the Boer War (in South Africa from 1899 to 1902)”