161st Battalion Diary – January 1, 1916

Commissions – January 1, 1916

One officer was commissioned on January 1, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion.

HETHERINGTON, (Lieut.) Isaac of R.R. 1, Sheppardton received a Lieutenancy with the 161st Huron Battalion. His next of kin was Mrs. Georgina J. Hetherington. The “B” Company’s recruiting officer, Lieutenant Isaac “Ike” Hetherington, was photographed with Officers of the 161st in Clinton in the second row, extreme left. Prior to WWI, he had prior military experience through service with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

Enlistments – January 1, 1916

On January 1, 1916, six men enlisted in in the 161st Huron Battalion. Two of these six men did not return home at war’s end.

654142, BROWN, (Pte.) Bernard, “C” Company enlisted in Seaforth. His next of kin was Edward Brown of Ripley, ON. Bernard Brown was born in Scotland.

 

654148, ERVINE, (Pte.) Robert, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, his hometown and after WWI. His next of kin was William John Ervine of Weston St., Goderich, ON. Private Bob Ervine was featured in a photograph of Goderich’s Own in the front row, ninth from the left.

654150, HART, (Cpl.) William, “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth. His next of kin was Mrs. Jane Hart of Egmondville, a suburb of Seaforth.

654158, MCDONALD, (Pte.) George Alexander, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was James T. McDonald of Saint Patrick St., Goderich. Private George A. McDonald was featured in a photograph of Goderich’s Own, standing in the top row, thirtieth from the left.

654164, ROSS, (Cpl.) Charles Donald, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, his hometown prior to the war. His next of kin was Charles Ross of Oxford St., Goderich, ON.  Corporal Charles D. Ross was featured in a photograph of Goderich’s Own seated in the third row, eighth from the left.

654170, STILWELL, (Pte.) George Leonard, “A” Company joined the 161st Battalion at Wingham. his next of kin was William Stillwell, Portsmouth, England. Private George L. Stilwell had former military experience with a British army regiment.

George Stilwell was featured in the photo, Wingham, Brussels and Wroxeter Boys of the 161st in the second back row, eighth from the left. This WWI photo was reprinted in the Wingham Advance Times on April 6, 1967 on the 50th anniversary of Vimy.