161st Battalion Diary – January 17, 1916

Enlistments – January 17, 1916

Fourteen men enlisted on January 17, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion. Three of these fourteen men did not return home at war’s end.

654257, ANDERSON, (Pte.) Clair, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Ms. Minnie Anderson, Wyoming, (Lambton County), according to the 1916 Overseas Roll.

654258, BALKWILL, (Pte.) David Muir, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. A. McCracken of Goderich, ON.

Private David Balkwill was identified as a member of Goderich’s Own in the photo kneeling in the 2nd front row (14). Other 161sters identified in this close-up are Ptes. Joe Mugford (centre, front), Thomas Fry (at right). Soldier #15 is not identified.

654346, BATES, (Pte.) Albert Russell, “B” Company enlisted in his hometown of Goderich. His next of kin was William K. Bates of Goderich, ON. Albert Bates was a member of the drum/bugle corps for B Company.

654259, BOND, (Pte.) Herbert James, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Sidney Bond of 277 John Ave, Toronto.

654275, CAMERON, (Pte.) Robert Franklin, “A” Company enlisted at Brussels. His next of kin was James Cameron of Brussels, ON.

654280, COOPER, (Pte.) Cecil Wilford, bandsman enlisted in the 161st Brass Band in Clinton, his hometown.

He was identified in May 1977 by 161st bandsman/vet, Alf. Clark recognized C.W. Cooper as the cymbalist in the back row, extreme right of the photo taken of the 161st Brass Band in Camp Borden.

654262, DRUMMOND, (Pte.) Harold Ford, “A” Company  enlisted on January 17, 1916 in his hometown of Wingham. His brother, Corporal Leonard B. Drummond, had enlisted with the detachment of “A” Company on January 13, 1916.

Prior to enlisting he was working as a clerk in Wingham. His next of kin was his father, Thomas Drummond of Wingham. Prior to WWI, Pte. Harold Drummond served one year with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654265, GRANT, (Pte.) Arthur Henry, “C” Company enlisted in his hometown of Clinton. His brother, Private William Grant, enlisted with the 161st on January 10, 1916.

654266, GRAY, Ernest enlisted in Blyth, ON, on January 17, 1916. Private Frank Grealis’ next of kin was his wife,  Mrs. Gray of Londesboro, ON.

When he enlisted, Ernest Gray was a farmer, originally from Lincolnshire, England. He had prior military experience with the Boys’ Brigade in England. He was born on January 18, 1893 and was 5’ 9” with a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. As a 23 year old, he was a member of the Church of England.

654267, HAGGITT, (Pte.) George Arthur, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted in Blyth. As a native of Ashfield Township, Private George Haggitt was living in Blyth at the time of his enlistment. Private G.A. Haggitt was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the top row, 6th from the left.

654269, HARBURN, (Pte.) George William, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, his address prior to WWI. He was photographed with Hensall’s Own kneeling in the 2nd row, 6th from the left. He was identified by 161ster G.W. Parker, formerly of Exeter.

654271, McEWEN, (Pte) Alpine Finley, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON., where he lived before and after the war. “Pine” McEwen  was identified by C. Brintell of Exeter, ON. in a photo of men from the 161st as Private Alpine McEwen.

654304, McGREGOR, (Pte.) Alfred Charles, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, ON. His next of kin was listed as Charles McGregor of R.R. 2, Bayfield, ON. on the 1916 Overseas Roll.

654286, MILLER, (Pte.) Norman Wellington, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, ON. Norman Miller was a native of Goderich Township and was living near Holmesville, ON at the time of his enlistment.

654289, RUTLEDGE, (Pte.) Stanley, “A” Company enlisted with A Company in Brussels, ON., his hometown before and after WWI.