Enlistments – February 3, 1916

Nine men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion on February 3, 1916. Two of these nine men did not return home at war’s end.

654402, SULLIVAN, (Pte.) Thomas, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels. His next of kin was George Fielder of 61 St. Peters Street, Hackney Road, London, England. His country of birth was England.

654399, TAYLOR, (Pte.) James, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich, his hometown prior to WWI. His next of kin was Ms. Margaret Annie Taylor of Goderich and his listed country of birth was England.

654420, VIDEAN, (Pte.) James Thomas, “B” Company, enlisted in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was Harry Videan of Goderich.

Although Private J. Videan enlisted in Clinton, he was identified in a photograph of the Huron 161st’s B Company taken in Camp Borden. In the photograph of Goderich’s Own, James T. Videan was standing in the 2nd back row, 9th from the left.

654400, BRENNAN, (Pte.) Frederick, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Mrs. James H. Johnstone of Clinton.

654393, ENGLAND, (Pte.) Lloyd, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Matthew England, R.R 1, Crediton, ON.

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Sgt. W.E. Helps

654401, HELPS, (Sgt.) William Edward, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. William Helps of Shuter Street, Wingham, ON. He had prior military experience with the 33rd Hurons.

654395, McCULLOUGH, (Pte.) George Henry, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was Mrs. Hugh McCullough of Palmerston, ON.

654397, POTTER, (Pte.) Albert Bert, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was William Potter, c/o Mrs. William O’Connor, Dinzar St., Colchester, Essex, England.

Lieut FN Cluff654403, CLUFF, (Lt.) Reginald Alger, born on September 13, 1891 in Brussels, enlisted on February 3, 1916 in Clinton, ON. In 1916, he was living in Stratford in Perth County, ON. His next of kin was his father, Rev. W. T. Cluff of 108 Mornington St., Stratford, ON. Reginald Cluff’s occupation before enlistment was as a journalist, according to his commission papers of August 30, 1916. When he enlisted on February 3, 1916, he wrote that he was a student of varsity prior to enlistment. He spent one year as a private in the C.O.T.C. Canadian Militia and belonged to the 28th Perth Regiment.

At 24, he was 5’ 8” tall with a dark complexion, dark blue eyes and brown hair and was a member of the Church of England, according to his attestation papers.