161st Battalion Diary – January 20, 1916
Enlistments – January 20, 1916
Six men enlisted on January 20, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion. Two of these six men did not return home at war’s end.
654303, MUIR, (Pte.) Berton Oliver, “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth, his hometown before and after the war.
654306, WILKINSON, (Pte.) Thomas Harold, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. Thomas Wilkinson was a native of England and stated that his next of kin was William Inman Wilkinson of R.R. 3, Exeter, ON.
654294, AITCHISON, (Pte.) Cleveland, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall. His next of kin was listed as Mrs. George T. Aitchison of Lucknow.
654864, CARTER, (Pte.) James Albert, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, his hometown before and after WWI. He was one of four 161st members with the last name Carter. His next of kin was James Carter of Clinton, ON.
654341, KNECHTEL, (Pte.) Allen Percell, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Charles Knechtel of Wingham, ON.
654305, TUCKER, (Pte.) Cyril, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was C.E. Tucker, Exeter, ON.
Huron Homefront – January 20, 1916
161st Huron News
Three sons of W.C and Mrs. Thuell, Roy, Fred and Joe Thuell, who lived on the 6th line of Morris Township, enlisted with the Brussels Company. The Brussels Post wrote, “Not many families make so large a contribution for the sake of the old flag.”
Three of the Champion boys, Harry, Roy and George Champion, of the 5th line of Morris (N1/2 Lot 21, Concession 6) also enlisted with the Brussels company of the 161st Huron Battlaion. Roy and George were already in uniform by January 20, 1916, with Harry scheduled “to don the King’s colours” after the Champion Brothers Auction sale of farm stock, implements and more on Thursday, January 27, 1916 at 1 pm. The farm was sold before the sale.
Enlisted Huron Residents
Christopher Wright of Kyleville, Saskatchewan was visiting relatives and friends in the Jamestown area. He left for Toronto and enlisted with the Artillery brigade. He expected to be going overseas shortly.