Enlistment Still Strong for 161st Hurons

161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 4, 1916

Commissions – January 4, 1916

One man was commissioned on January 4, 1916.

Capt WB Allen654?, ALLEN, (Capt.) Wallace Best received his Captain’s commission on January 4, 1916 in Clinton. Captain Wallace B. Allen was the Adjutant of the 161st Huron Battalion. Captain W.B. Allen had the job of lining up the soldiers for marches and parades. He was photographed with the Officers of The 161st  at Clinton on p. 8 of Huron Overseas manuscript, seated in the 3rd row, at the extreme left.

Enlistments – January 4, 1916

Seven men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion on January 4, 1916.

654144, CURRIE, (L. Sgt.) James Hilton, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was John T. Currie of R.R. 3, Wingham, ON.

Lance Sergeant James H. Currie was pictured with the “A” Company (Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter platoons) standing at the extreme right in the second front row. This 1916 photo was published in the April 1967 edition of the Wingham Advance Times on the 50th anniversary of Vimy.

654146, DOUGALL, (Sgt.) Roswell P. Ingram, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON. His next of kin was William Dougall of Hensall. Roswell Dougall was featured in the photograph, Hensall’s Own.

654149, FRASER, (Pte.) Ernest William, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich with “B” Company’s Drum and Bugle Corps. His next of kin was Mrs. K. Fraser of Goderich, ON. While a member of the Drum and Bugle Corps., Private E.W. Fraser played a bass drum. He had former military experience with the Huron 33rd Regiment. Ernest Fraser was photographed with Goderich’s Own seated in the third row, tenth from the left.

654153, JOHNSON, (Cpl.) Clarence Albert, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON. His next of kin was James W. Johnson of Hensall, ON. He was featured standing in the back row of the photograph of Hensall’s Own.

654185, MCARTHUR, (Sgt.) William, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was John McArthur of Port Colborne. Born in England, Sergeant William McArthur was a Great Lakes ship cook and continued in this vocation while in the army. William McArthur was named but not photographed as a member of the 161st Sgts Mess.

654160, NEWTON, (Pte.) Herbert Kenneth, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was William Francis Newton of Holyrood, ON in Bruce County. Private H.K Newton acquired previous military duty with the 36th Regiment.

654192 PteCharlesWood654192, WOOD, (Pte.) Charles, “D” Company,  enlisted in Seaforth. His next of kin was Lydia Wood of 63 Selhurst Road, South Norwood, England. Army bandsman, Basil Mundy, formerly of Woodstock, described Private Charles Wood as “one of the 161st’s tallest soldiers.” According to Basil Mundy, Charles Wood was a member of the 161st’s brass band. C. Wood was featured with his trombone in a postcard photo of the 161st Canadian Infantry Battalion’s brass band, that was taken while the Battalion was overseas in England in October 1917.

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