161st Battalion Diary – January 29, 1916

Enlistments – January 29, 1916

Enlisting on January 29, 1916, were the following seventeen men. One of these seventeen men did not return home at the war’s end.

654375, BIGGIN, (Pte.) Francis Willard, “B” Company enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was John Biggin of London, ON. Private Frank Biggin was photographed with Blyth’s Own in the 2nd back row, 11th from the left.

654360, BRINDLEY, (Pte.) Allan Jasper, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was William Brindley of Goderich, ON.

Allan Brindley was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the 4th row, Soldier 20.

654348, COULTES, (Sgt.) Charles Russell, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted at Blyth. His next of kin was Mrs. George Coultes of Wingham, ON. Sergeant Charlie Coultes was photographed with B Company’s detachment at Blyth in the 2nd back row, 3rd from the left.

654362, HORNE, (Pte.) Albert Frank, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Mrs. Elsie Horne from R.R. 4, Wingham, ON.

Private Frank Horne was photographed with the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st seated in the front row, 24th from the left.

654352, KEWENZIE, (Pte.) Isaac, “A” Company enlisted at Wingham. His next of kin was his father, William Kewenzie of Southampton, ON. Isaac Kewenzie lived in Wingham and worked as a farmer. He was born on February 28, 1897 and at 18 stood 5’ 8” with a dark complexion, black eyes, dark hair and was Methodist.

654363, KITTON, (Pte.) Alfred Benjamin, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Lena M. Kitton of Goderich, ON. Private Alfred Kitton had previous military experience with Imperial Forces in his native land of England.

654354, MATTHEWS, (Pte.) Bruce Herbert, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was not stated on the 161st sailing list.

654404, McLAUGHLIN, (Pte.) George Albert, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Margaret McLaughlin of Victoria Hospital, London, ON.

654367, MILLSON, (Pte.) Walker Wilbur, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Mrs. T. Tokely of 1505 Nanaimo St., New Westminister, British Columbia.

654381, MURPHY, (Pte.) Stafford Rice, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. S.R. Murphy was born in Ireland. His next of kin was Mrs. Mary Ann Murphy, Mount Salem, Colorain, Ireland. Stafford Murphy emmigrated in 1912 from the United Kingdom to Canada.

Prior to the outbreak of WWI, he had been employed with Doty Engine Works in Goderich for a number of years.

654368, PEACHEY, (Sgt.) Wilfred Ernest, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Evelyn Peachey of Goderich, ON. He was born in England and had prior military experience with a British Militia – The Territorials.

While overseas, Sgt. Wilfred Peachey was photographed with the 161st Sergeants’ Mess in the 2nd row, 10th from the left.

654369, REYNOLDS, (L. Cpl.) Robert Henry, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Anne M. Reynolds of Goderich, ON. He was born in England. Robert Reynolds had prior military experience with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654370, SNELLING, (Pte.) Samuel Wesley, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was George Snelling of Moncton, ON in Perth County. His brother, William H. Snelling, also enlisted in the 161st Battalion.

654371, SNELLING, (Pte.) William Harvie, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels on the same day, January 29, 1916, as his brother, Pte. Samuel Wesley Snelling. His next of kin was George Snelling of Moncton, ON in Perth County.

654357, STURDY, (Pte.) Francis Dixon, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was William J. Sturdy of Auburn, ON. Francis Sturdy had prior military experience with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654372, TONKIN, (Pte.) William Ernest, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was William G. Tonkin, Warley Barracks, London, England. He was born in England.

Private William Tonkin was photographed in the 161st A Company photo featured in the April 6, 1967 edition of the Wingham Advance.

654451, WARNER, (L. Cpl.) Ernest Albert, “B” Company, born on January 3, 1884 in Farmington, England, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was his wife, Mary Warner of Goderich, ON. At 30, he was 5’ 5” tall with a medium complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and was a Methodist, according to his attestation papers.

Ernest Warner had been working in Northern Ontario before moving to Goderich where he’d been employed as a reporter on the editorial staff of the Goderich Signal before enlisting. Private A.E. Warner submitted articles to the Goderich Signal on Battalion events while in training in Canada.