161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 22, 1916
Enlistments – January 22, 1916
Ten men enlisted on January 22, 1916 in the 161st Huron Battalion. Two of these ten men did not return home at war’s end.
654308, ADAIR, (Pte.) William Gordon, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was William J. Adair of Wingham, ON.
654295, BATTEN, (Pte.) Ralph Wellington, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was John Batten of Elimville, Usborne Township, east of Exeter.
654328, CRAIG, (Cpl.) Joseph Chambers, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, his hometown before and after WWI. He was photographed in the 3rd row, 6th from the left in the photo of Goderich’s Own.
654313, GWYN, (Pte.) David, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Elizabeth Gwyn of Peterborough, ON. David Gwyn’s place of birth was England. Prior to his enrolment, David Gwyn was a hunter/trapper along the Maitland where the river flowed through his property in West Wawanosh Township.
654299, HAYWARD, (Pte.) Frank, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall. His next of kin was Bertha Hayward of Hensall, ON. Private Frank Hayward was one of Bertha Hayward’s two sons enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion.
654300, KELLETT, (Pte.) George Edward, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. his next of kin was George Kellett of Elimville of Usborne Township.
654322, KENNEDY, (Pte.) Joseph, “B” Company enlisted in his hometown of Goderich. His next of kin was Patrick Kennedy of Goderich. Pte. Joseph Kennedy had prior military experience with the 33rd Hurons. He was photographed as being in the top row, 34th from the left in the photo of Goderich’s Own.
Former Goderich barber, Jim Reid, said, “I recall Joe. He was employed before enlisting at the salt works on Maitland Road.”
654317, MANUEL, (Sgt.) Fred Olander, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham, his hometown prior to WWI. His next of kin was Mrs. A.E. Manuel of Wingham. He was photographed with the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st in the 2nd row, 34th from the left. The photo was in the Wingham Advance on April 6, 1967.
654366, MARSH, (L. Sgt.) Bert, Orderly Room Sergeant enlisted in Goderich but soon after was transferred to the 161st headquarters in Clinton, ON. When interviewed in June 1977, Bert Marsh explained why he was transferred. “As soon as the “B” Company officers learned I could handle a typewriter, they assigned me to the Battalion’s clerical staff … before the war I had taken a business course at a Commercial school in Chatham and that’s where I learned typing, penmanship and bookkeeping. While I was in Chatham, I enrolled with The 24th Militia, a Kent County regiment. After completing the commercial course, I found a job with a gold mining company in Northern Ontario, that’s where I was working before returning to Goderich in 1916 to join the 161st.”
Lance Sgt. Bert Marsh was a member of the 161st Sergeant’s Mess but was not identified in the photo taken of the group in Witley Camp, England.
654323, SHOLDICE, (Pte.) William Reginald, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON. His next of kin was Adam Sholdice of Walton, ON. Walton was William Sholdice’s home before WWI.