161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 6, 1916

Enlistments – January 6, 1916

Six men enlisted on January 6, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion. One of these six men did not return home at war’s end.

654179 Pte MorrisRussBloomfield654179, BLOOMFIELD, (Pte.) Morris Russell, “A” Company enlisted on January 6, 1916 in Wingham. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Emiline “Emma” Bloomfield (1868-1928), a charwomen in Wingham, Ontario. Morris Bloomfield was born to Richard Bloomfield (1860) and Emiline Lloyd on February 9, 1895 in Owen Sound. In 1901, Morris Russell lived with his parents and siblings, Earnest L. (1893), Phoebe (1895) and Albert Edward (1900) on the north half of Lot 10 on Concession 10 in Morris Township. Prior to enlistment, Morris worked as an upholsterer in Wingham. Morris Bloomfield was photographed with A Company in a photo printed in the Wingham Advance-Times on April 6, 1967. In this photo of Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter boys, Morris R. Bloomfield is 2nd in the back row.

654180, BURCHELL, (Company Sergeant Major) Frederich William, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, where he lived before and after WWI. His next of kin was Mrs. Aileen Bruchell of Brussels, ON.

The photograph of A Company’s Company Sergeant Major, pictured with the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter boys, was featured in the April 6, 1967 edition of the Wingham Signal-Star. This Vimy Ridge feature, 50 years after the battle, Sgt. Fred Burchell is in the 2nd row at the front.

654195, COLLINGWOOD, (Pte.) Ernest, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Mrs. Violet Collingwood of Exeter.

654190, DOUGALL, (Cpl.) Samuel Wilfred, “D” Company enlisted in his hometown of Hensall.

654188, MacTAVISH, (Pte.) John Cameron, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Dugald MacTavish of Wingham, ON.

Private J.C. MacTavish was photographed with the Brussels/Wingham/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st, a photo that was featured in the April 6, 1967 edition of the Wingham Advance Times. John MacTavish was shown in the 2nd back row, 9th from the left.

654186, McCRACKEN, (Pte.) Lyle Gardner, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was Fred McCracken of Brussels, ON.

Huron Homefront – January 6, 1916

161st Huron News

In the Belgrave section of the Brussels Post, it was noted that “R. Irvine Ferguson has been attached to the new Huron Battalion, in the capacity of Lieutenant. At present, he has charge of the recruiting station at Wroxeter.”