161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 13, 1916

Enlistments – January 13, 1916

On January 13, 1916, ten men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. Two of these ten men did not return home at war’s end.

654231 PteFredLCarruth654231, CARRUTH, (Pte.) Frederick Lachlan, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Joseph H. Carruth of Wingham, ON.

 

 

654232, DRUMMOND, (Cpl.) Leonard Beryl, “A” Company enlisted January 13, 1916 in Wingham. His next of kin was his father, Thomas Drummond (1860) of Wingham. Corporal Leonard Drummond’s brother, Private Harold F. Drummond was also a member of the 161st A Company detachment. Prior to the war Leonard Drummond worked as a stove moulder for the Western Foundry in Wingham, ON.

He was born August 29, 1894 to Thomas Oliver Drummond (1860) and Margaret Eleanor Netterfield (1865) Drummond, who lived on Lot 351 in Wingham, with their children, Thomas Oliver (1888), Errold (1887), Edna May (1890), Hazel Irene (1893), Harold Ford (1896), and William Noel (1900). Leonard’s family belonged to the Church of England.

654248, SNAZEL, (Cpl.) William Clarke, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, ON, his hometown before and after WWI. His next of kin was Arthur Snazel of Goderich, ON. Corporal William Snazel was photographed with Goderich’s Own, seated in the 3rd row, 21st from the left.

654276, CHAMPION, (Pte.) George Charles, “A” Company enlisted on January 13, 1916 in Brussels. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Martha Champion of Brussels. George Champion’s brother, Roy A. and Harry were also members of the 161st A Company detachment in Brussels. Prior to enlistment, George Champion was a teamster in Brussels. George Champion was 18 years old, and stood 5’ 5.5” tall with a dark complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair. He was a single Methodist young man who lived with his widowed mother, Martha Champion.

He was born to Frederick Champion (1859-1912) and Martha Miller (1868-1943) on May 19, 1897 in East Wawanosh. In 1911, George lived at home (Lot 21, Concession 1 Morris) with his father, Frederick, mother, Martha and his siblings, Henry (1891-1966), Harriet (1893), William (1894-1961), Pearl (1897), Priscilla (1897-1969), Albert Roy “Roy” (1898-1972), Vernon (1900), Lottie (1903), Luella (1907), Herby (1908) and Wilfred (1910-1941). Harry Champion worked in a munition factory in Galt in 1918.

654277, CHAMPION, (Pte.) Henry “Harry,” “A” Company enlisted on January 13, 1916 in Brussels, the same day as his brothers, George and Roy Champion. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Martha Champion of Brussels. Prior to enlistment, he was a teamster in Brussels, Ontario.

He was born to Frederick Champion (1859-1912) and Martha Miller (1868-1943) on December 5, 1891 in East Wawanosh. In 1911, Harry lived at home (Lot 21, Concession 1 Morris) with his father, Frederick, mother, Martha and his siblings, Harriet (1893), William (1894-1961), Pearl (1897), Priscilla (1897-1969), George C. (1897), Albert Roy “Roy” (1898-1972), Vernon (1900), Lottie (1903), Luella (1907), Herby (1908) and Wilfred (1910-1941). He was a single, Methodist young man of 24 when he enlisted. He worked as a teamster in Brussels and was 5’ 4” tall with a dark complexion, blue-grey eyes and black hair. He had served one year with the 33rd Huron Militia.

654278, CHAMPION, (Pte.) Roy Albert, “A” Company enlisted on January 13, 1916 in Brussels, the same day as his brothers, George and Harry Champion. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Martha Champion of Brussels. Prior to enlistment, he was a 19 year old, single, teamster in Brussels, who was 5’ 4” tall with a dark complexion, grey eyes and light hair. He was Methodist by faith.

He was born to Frederick Champion (1859-1912) and Martha Miller (1868-1943) on November 19, 1896 in East Wawanosh. In 1911, Roy lived at home (Lot 21, Concession 1 Morris) with his father, Frederick, mother, Martha and his siblings, Henry (1891-1966), Harriet (1893), William (1894-1961), Pearl (1897), Priscilla (1897-1969), George C. (1897), Vernon (1900), Lottie (1903), Luella (1907), Herby (1908) and Wilfred (1910-1941).

654279, COOK, (Cpl.) Rollo Elmer, “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth. His next of kin was Mrs. Jane Cook of Seaforth. Corporal R.E. Cook was born in the United States.

654239, CRAWFORD, (Pte.) Frederick, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Edward Crawford of Londesborough, ON. Prior to WWI, Private F. Crawford had served with the 33rd Huron Regiment. While training with the 161st, Private Fred Crawford was photographed a member of Blyth’s Own in the 3rd row, 10t from the left.

654264 PteThosFixter654264, FIXTER, (Pte.) Thomas, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham, his hometown. His next of kin was Harry Fixter of Wingham, ON.

While overseas in England, Private Thomas Fixter was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. He was photographed in The 161st Sergeants’ Mess standing in the 3rd row, 7th from the left.

 

654240, GLAZIER, (Pte.) Joseph, “B” Company enlisted in his hometown of Goderich. His next of kin was William Glazier of Goderich, ON. Prior to WWI, Joseph Glazier had served with the 27th (Lambton County) Militia. He was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the 4th row, 8th from the left.

654250, WEISS, (Pte.) John, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was John Weiss of Goderich. Private John Weiss was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the top row (Soldier No. 33). He was identified by E. Westbrook of 143 East St., Goderich in October 1980.

Huron Homefront – January 13, 1916

Enlisted Huron Residents

Wesley Marshall, of the Belmore area, spent the weekend at his parents in Belmore. He enlisted and has been training in London.

George Manning of Brussels enlisted with headquarters in Stratford.

George Davis, who went to Chesley last fall, resigned his post and on Monday “dons the khaki with the 110th Battalion at Stratford.

“Pat” Monroe, a former resident of Brussels, enlisted in Hamilton with the local battalion.