161st Huron Battalion Diary – December 29, 1915

Commissions – December 29, 1915

On December 29, 1915, one officer was commissioned.

SHAW, Dr. (Major) John William was commissioned on December 30, 1915. His next of kin was Mrs. Harriett Shaw of Clinton, ON. Major Dr. John Shaw had prior army duty with the 33rd Hurons.

According to a profile on Dr. John Shaw in a History of Clinton, 1875-1975, he was a native of Hullett Township in the County of Huron. He graduated with the class of 1891 from Trinity College in Toronto. After graduating from the college’s faculty of medicine, he returned to Huron County to establish a family medical practice in Clinton, ON. His office/residence was located at 31 Rattenbury St. E., where Miss F. Schoenhals, formerly of Port Albert resided in the 1980s.

Enlistments – December 29, 1915

Two men enlisted on December 29, 1915 in the 161st Huron Battalion. One of these two men did not return home at war’s end.

654132, NASH, (Pte.) Edward Beverly, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was Thomas Nash of Gorrie, ON., a rural community on Hwy 87, east of Wingham, ON. Private E. B. Nash was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own in the back row, thirteenth from the left. Edward Nash was identified in this photograph by veteran Bill Westlake, who lived in Saltford Heights in Colborne Township after the war.

654101, TAYLOR, (Pte.) George Ross, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was William Taylor of Whitechurch, ON, a small community on Hwy 86 west of Wingham, ON.