161st Battalion Diary – January 5, 1916

Enlistments – January 5, 1916

Nine men enlisted on January 5, 1916 for the 161st Huron Battalion. One of these nine men did not return home at war’s end.

654193, BEATTIE, (Pte.) William Percy, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. E. Beattie of Goderich. Pte. William P. Beattie was pictured in the fourth row, sixth from the left in a photograph of Goderich’s Own.

654207, BELL, (Sgt.) Benson Henry, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Harry Bell of Goderich, ON. Sgt. B.H. Bell was pictured standing in the fourth row, third from the left with Goderich’s Own. He was also photographed in the front row, third from the left in the 161st Sgts Mess. (pictured on page 15 of Huron Overseas’ original manuscript).

Sergeant Harry Bell, while with the 161st in Canada was believed to have been a member of the Battalion’s orderly room staff in headquarters in Clinton, ON.

654167, CANTELON, (L. Sgt.) Leon Clifford, “A” Company enlisted on January 5, 1916 in Wingham, ON. His next of kin was his father, Robert J. Cantelon of Wingham, a retired Methodist farmer with land in Turnberry Township on Lots 35 and 36 of Concession 1,

Prior to enlisting he was student of the Wingham High School. At the time of enlistment, his family were living in Wingham, ON on Victoria Street with his parents, Robert J.(1863-1921) and Sarah Jane (1870-1965) and his sisters Blanche Mae (1895), and Mabel (1900).

Lance/Sergeant Leon C. Cantelon was a member of the 161st Sgts. Mess and was photographed in the top row, third from the left.

654210, ERVINE, (Pte.) Edward, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. Louisa Ervine of Goderich, ON. Private Ed Ervine was a member of “B” Company and trained with the 161st at London and Camp Borden. At Camp Borden, he was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the top row, ninth from the left.

654181, FURNISS, (Pte.) Bert, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was his wife, Mrs. M. Furness of Clinton. Prior to enlistment, Bert was a finisher in Clinton. He was originally born in Toronto on September 2, 1890 and at 25 years of age stood 5’ 7” with a dark complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and attended the Church of England.

654214, LYMBURNER, (Pte.) Edmund Alexander, “B” Company, enlisted at Goderich, his hometown, prior to WWI. His next of kin was M.E. Lymburner, Goderich. Edmund was one of M.E. Lymburner’s two sons who enlisted and went overseas with the 161st. Pte. Ed Lymburner was photographed with Goderich’s Own, B Company, kneeling in the second row, 9th from the left. He was identified by A.C. Ward, a fellow 161ster from Windsor, ON.

654187, McGRATTEN, (L. Cpl.) William Harold, “Signals”, enlisted in Clinton with the Signals section of the 161st. His next of kin was Sadie McGratten of Goderich. This former 33rd Huron vet went overseas with the 161st.

654184, MUGFORD, (Pte.) Joseph, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Martin Mugford of Benmiller, ON. Joseph Mugford was one of two sons who enlisted and went overseas with the 161st.

Pte. Joe Mugford was photographed with Goderich’s Own, B Company squatted in the front, 12th soldier from the left.

654189, RICE, (Pte.) Austin Allen, “C” Company enlisted in his hometown of Exeter. His next of kin was Charlotte Rice of Exeter.