161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 10, 1916

Commissions – January 10, 1916

One officer was commissioned on January 10, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion.

Lieut WF Scott

SCOTT, (Lieut.) Frank MacDonald was commissioned on January 10, 1916 in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. R.A. Scott of Toronto, ON. Lt. F.M. Scott was photographed with the 161st Officers at Clinton, seated in the front row, 4th from the left.

Enlistments – January 10, 1916

Sixteen men were enlisted on January 10, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion. Three of these sixteen men did not return home at war’s end.

654208, BELL, (Pte.) Wilfrid Laurier, “B” Company, born on December 30, 1891 in Palermo, ON, enlisted in his hometown of Goderich. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Bell of Goderich, ON. Wilfrid Laurier Bell was a labourer in Goderich prior to his enlistment. At 25, he was 5’ 8” tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair and was Methodist, according to his attestion papers. He had prior military duty as cook’s assistant at the 33rd Huron Regiment’s summer camp in 1908.

654209, BURTON, (Pte.) Roy Martin, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was Ralph Wm. Burton, Crossland, ON.

654197, GRANT, (Pte.) William, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Lydia Grant of Clinton, ON. Private William Grant was one of two Grant brothers who enlisted with the 161st C Company.

654241, HIRONS, (Pte.) James Frederick, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted in Blyth. The next of kin was George Hirons of Blyth, ON. Private James Hirons was photographed with the 161st B Company detachment squatting in the front, 2nd from the right.

654272, McINTYRE, (Pte.) Alexander Gibson, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Mrs. Mary McIntyre of Clinton.

654220, McLEOD, (Pte.) John Knox, “B” Company, enlisted in his hometown of Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. George Haffitt of Goderich. He was photographed with the 161st B Company Drum/Bugle Corps as the drummer, 4th in line on the outside column. He was identified in this photo by ex-161st drum/bugle corps member, A.C. Ward of Windsor. John K. McLeod was also photographed with Goderich’s Own kneeling in the 2nd row, 6th from the left.

654215, MILLIGAN, (Pte.) Andrew Harvey, “A” Company enlisted in the 161st’s A Company in Brussels. His next of kin was John Milligan of Clifford.

654217, MUSTARD, (Sgt.) Arthur Roy, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was Mrs. Elizabeth Mustard of Markham, a village in York County, north of Toronto. He was photographed with the 161st Sergeants’ Mess at Milford, England in December 1917 standing in the 2nd row, 6th from the left.

654201, PALMER, (Pte.) Herbert Henry, bandsman enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Abigail Palmer of Goderich, ON. Private H.H. Palmer was born in England, prior to WWI. He had been a member of the 33rd Huron Battalion. While with the 161st, he was a member of the Battalion’s  Brass Band and was photographed with the 161st Band as coronetist in the front row, 3rd from the left. Bandsman Herbert Palmer was also photographed with Goderich’s Own in the front row, 16th from left.

654246, RATH, (Pte.) Wesley, “B” Company enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was William Rath of Belgrave, ON, a hamlet on Hwy 4, north of Blyth.

654222, ROACH, (Pte.) Leo, “A” Company enlisted on January 10, 1916 in Wroxeter with A Company of the 161st. His next of kin was his friend,  Mrs. Jennie Yeo of R.R. 1, Bluevale, ON. Leo Roach was born on April 10, 1894 in Perth County and worked as a thresher at R.R. 1 Bluevale before he enlisted.

Pte. Leo Roach was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own standing in the back row, 3rd from the left.

654224, RYAN, (Pte.) Edward James, “A” Company, born on November 1, 1896 in McKillop Township, ON, enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was his father,  Thomas Ryan of Walton, ON. Private Edward Ryan worked as a teamster in Walton, ON before enlisting. At 19, Eddie Ryan was 5’ 3.5” tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair and was a Roman Catholic, according to his attestation papers.

654221, RANKIN, (Pte.) Edward Glenville, “A” Company, born on February 20, 1897 in Port Elgin, ON, enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was his father, Thomas Rankin of Port Elgin, ON. Private Edward Rankin was a bank clerk in Brussels, ON before he enlisted. He had been a cadet in the past and at 19 years of age was 5’ 6.5” tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair and was Presbyterian, according to his attestation papers.

654227, WESTLAKE, (Pte.) Frank Allen, “A” Company enlisted with A Company of the 161st Huron Battalion in Wroxeter on January 10, 1916. All three Westlake brothers (Frank Westlake, Fred Westlake and Robert Westlake) who enlisted on January 10, 1916 stated their next of kin was Mrs. W.J. (Elizabeth) Mitchell of Wroxeter. Frank A. Westlake was born on October 5, 1896 in Turnberry Township, Huron County, ON and was 19 years old at the time of enlistment. He was a single Methodist farmer who lived and worked at R.R. 1, Wroxeter, ON. He was 5’ 8” with a dark complexion, dark eyes and dark hair. Upon enlistment, he had a scar on the palm surface of his ring finger. On his attestation form, the word ‘measles’ is written in pencil.

Frank Westlake was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own kneeling in the 2nd row, 4th from the left.

654228, WESTLAKE, (Pte.) Fred Ashton, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter on January 10, 1916, the same day as his brothers, Private Frank and Robert Westlake. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. W.J. (Elizabeth) Mitchell of Wroxeter. He lived at R.R. 1, Wroxeter and worked as a farmer. He had no prior militia experience. He enlisted at 29 years of age (b. Dec. 6, 1884) and was a dark-complexioned, blue-eyed, dark-haired Methodist with a scar on his right elbow.

Private Fred A. Westlake was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own in the front row, 8th from the left.

654229, WESTLAKE, (Pte.) Robert Mitchell, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter on January 10, 1916, the same day as his brothers, Frank and Fred. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. W.J. (Elizabeth) Mitchell of Wroxeter. He was 18 (b. Jan. 14, 1897) when he enlisted and was a single, Methodist farmer who lived and worked at R.R. 1, Wroxeter. He was 5’ 10” with a dark complexion, dark eyes and dark hair, and a scar on the dorsal surface of his left hand, upon enlistment.

Pte. Robert M. Westlake was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own seated in the front row, 4th from the left.

654252, WOODS, (Cpl.) Russell Francis, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was James Woods of Auburn, ON. Pte. R.F. Woods was pictured with Blyth’s Own, a B Company detachment of the 161st, standing in the 2nd row, 10th from the left. At the same time of his enlistment, Corporal Russ Woods was a graduate of the Clinton Business Collage and was employed at James McMurchie’s private bank in Blyth.