161st Battalion Diary – January 19, 1916

Enlistments – January 19, 1916

Three men signed up for duty on January 19, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion. One of these three men did not return home at war’s end.

654283, HOOPER, (Pte.) Grant Alexander, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter, ON. His next of kin was his father, Adolphus Hooper, of R.R. 1, Hay Township. Before enlisting Grant Hooper was a mechanic in Exeter and R.R. 1 Hay Township. He was born on January 23, 1895 in Crediton, Stanley Township in Huron County. At 21, he was 5’ 8” with a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark hair and was a Methodist.

654287, McDOUGALL, (Sgt.) Neil Gordon, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Stewart McDougall, R.R. 2, Bayfield, ON. Prior toWWI, Neil McDougall had been a prominent athlete. He was the pitcher for the Porter’s Hill baseball team and was an excellent runner. Neil McDougall had prior military duty with the 33rd Hurons. Sgt. N. McDougall first enlisted with the 71st  at Woodstock, then he served briefly in Canada with a Mounted Rifles Regiment in Hamilton and then after the 161st Huron Battalion was established he returned to his community to join the 161st.

654302, MUGFORD, (Pte.) Jonathon Lorne, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was listed as M. Mugford of Benmiller. Private J. Lorne Mugford was one of Martin Mugford’s two sons who enlisted with the 161st. He was photographed standing in the 4th row, 3rd from the left (2nd left from C.S.M Herb Jane) in the photo, Goderich’s Own.