161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 3, 1916

Enlistments – January 3, 1916

Sixteen men enlisted on January 3, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion. Four of these sixteen men did not return home at war’s end.

654253, DAVIDSON, (Pte.) Thomas Alexander, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON. His next of kin was William Davidson of Zurich, ON. Private Thomas A. Davidson was identified in the photograph of Hensall’s Own seated in the front, fourth from the left.

654147,  DUNFORD, (L. Cpl.) Ernest Russell, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, his hometown prior to the war. His next of kin was James Dunford of Clinton. Lance Corporal Ernest Dunford had prior army duty with the Canadian Army Medical Corps. E.R. Dunford may be one of the unidentified stretcher/bearers in a 161st photo.

654177 PteRossForsyth654177, FORSYTH, (Pte.) Ross Frederick, “A” Company enlisted in “A” Company in Wingham, his hometown prior to WWI. He had former military duty with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

 

 

654182, HAYNES, (Pte.) Frederick, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was Mrs. Haiggins of Plumstead Road, London, England.

654183, HILLSON, (Pte.) Frederick Richard, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON. His next of kin was not stated on the 1916 Canadian Overseas Defence Rolls.

654168, SCOTT, (L. Sgt.) Stewart Alexander, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, his hometown before WWI. His next of kin was James Scott of Clinton, ON.

Overseas, Lance Sergeant S.A. Scott was believed to have been a member of the 161st Sgts Mess and was in the fourth row, ninth from the left in the photograph of the group. He was identified in that photo by photographer as Bandmaster A. (J.) Scott.

654171, THAMER, (Pte.) George Henry, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON. His next of kin was William Thamer of Walton, a community on Huron Road 12, five miles south of Brussels.

Private George Henry Thamer was in the second row, twenty-sixth from the left in the photo of Wingham, Brussels, Wroexter Boys of the 161st. George H. Thamer was featured in the November 17, 1981 161st newsletter. Mrs. James (Laura) White, wife of 161st veteran, James A. White, was Pte. George Thamer’s younger sister.

654152, JARDINE, (Pte.) George Edward, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. Emma Jardine of Goderich, ON. Prior to WWI, G.E Jardine had served with the 33rd Huron Regiment. He was pictured with Goderich’s Own standing in the top row, twenty-sixth from the left. His picture is in the original manuscript of Huron Overseas on page 40.

654154, JOHNSTON, (Sgt.) Hiram Wellington, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON. His next of kin was Charles Johnston of Norwich, ON (Oxford County). Prior to WWI, Sergeant Hiram W. Johnston had served with the 57th Oxford Regiment.

654130, LOCKWOOD, (Pte.) Charles Frederick, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Fred Lockwood of Clinton, ON.

654159, NASH, (Sgt.) Roland Philip, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was Thomas Nash of Gorrie, ON. Sergeant Roland P. Nash was one three sons of Tom Nash of Gorrie to enlist with the 161st Battalion. Sgt. Roland Nash had previous military experience with the 30th Wellington County Rifles.

654161, POWELL, (Pte.) Herbert William, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was William Thornton of Bluevale, ON, a community on Hwy 86, east of Wingham.

654165, ROWLAND, (Pte.) John Joseph, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was John Rowland of Walton, ON, a community on Huron Road 12, five miles south of Brussels, ON. Private J.J. Rowland was the soldier in the second front row, eighth from the left in the Wingham, Brussels, Wroxeter Boys of the 161st photograph reprinted in the Wingham Advance-Times in April 1967.

654169, SHERITT, (Sgt.) Thomas John, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. Nellie M. Sheritt of Hensall. Sgt. Thomas J. Sheritt was in the third row, twelfth from the left in the photograph of Hensall’s Own.

654139, ANDREWS, (L. Sgt.) Francis William, “C” Company

654173, WELLS, (Pte.) Alfred Edward, “C” Company, born in England, enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Mrs. Caroline Wells of Exeter, ON.

654174, YOUNG, (Pte.) Harold Melville, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich, his hometown before WWI. His next of kin was James Young of Hinch St. in Goderich.