161st Huron Battalion Diary – January 31, 1916

Enlistments – January 31, 1916 – On January 31, 1916 the following thirteen men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. Two of these thirteen men did not return home at the war’s end.

654359, ALLIN (Pte.) Lorne Williams, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Elizabeth Allin of R.R. 2, Clinton, ON.

Private Lorne Allin was photographed with Goderich’s Own seated in the front row (#15).

654391, BELL, (Pte.) John Harvey, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Jean Bell of Goderich.

Private J. “Harvey” Bell was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the top staggered row, soldier #24.

654376, CAMPBELL, (Pte.) Charles Austin, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham on January 31, 1916. His next of kin was his father, Charles Campbell of R.R. 1, Belgrave, ON. Prior to enlistment Charley Campbell was a farmer and lived at R.R. 1, Belgrave, ON. Charles Austin Campbell was born in East Wawanosh Township in Huron County on June 25, 1889. He had no prior military experience before enlistment. Charley Campbell stood 5’ 7” tall with a fair complexion, blue eyes and dark hair. He was Presbyterian by faith.

promotionDuring training with the 161st at London and Camp Borden, Private C.A. Campbell earned a  to NCO (Non Commissioned Officer).

While overseas in England, Sgt. Charles Campbell was photographed with the 161st Sergeants’ Mess standing in the back, 24th from the left. 654361, CULBERT, (Pte.) Gordon Carroll, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was John Culbert of Centralia, ON. Gordon Culbert and his brother, Wilson Culbert, were both enlisted in the “C” Company detachment of the 161st Battalion.

654350, FINGLAND, (L. Sgt.) Frank, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was John Fingland of Auburn.

Lance Sergeant Frank Fingland was photographed at Witley Camp in England in the 161st Sergeants’ Mess, in the 3rd row, 4th from the left.

654394, GLIDDON, (Pte.) Percival, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Daniel Gliddon of Holmesville, ON.

654378 WmJohnHayes654378, HALL, (Pte.) William John, “B” Company enlisted in Wroxeter on January 31, 1916. William J. Hall was a a married Methodist labourer, with no militia experience, who lived in Wroxeter with his wife, and next of kin, Clara Edna Hall. He was 29 years of age when he enlisted and stood 5’ 9” with a fair complexion, blue eyes and fair hair. He was documented as having a scar on his right index finger when he enlisted.

He was photographed with Goderich’s Own, taken at Camp Borden, standing in the top row, 5th from the left.

928494, KNIGHT, (Pte.) Russell Eugene, “A” Company, enlisted in Guelph with the 153rd Battalion (Wellington County). While the two battalions, the 153rd and the 161st were training in the spring of 1916 at London, ON, a trade was made. In return for some 161st army bandsmen, officers of the 153rd transferred their Private Russ E. Knight to the 161st Battalion.

654365, MANNELL, (Pte.) George Matthew, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was George Mannell of Blaxhall, Suffolk, England. Private George Mannell had prior military service with the Canadian Army Medical Corp.

654383, SPAFFORD, (Pte.) Austin Robert, “Blyth’s Own”, enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was Mrs. M. Spafford of Blyth, ON.

Private Austin Spafford was photographed with Blyth’s Own seated in the front, 7th from the left.

654384, TAMAN, (Pte.) John Henry, “D” Company, enlisted in Seaforth. His next of kin was John Taman of Seaforth, ON.

654358, WASMANN, (Sgt.) Leslie John, “C” Company enlisted on January 31, 1916 in Clinton. His next of kin was his father, John F. Wasmann of Clinton, ON, who also had land in Turnberry Township on Plan 165, Lot 2. At the time of enlistment, Leslie Wasmann (b. 1894) was  listed as a teacher at Clinton Collegiate Institute.

While overseas at Witley Camp, Sgt. Les Wasmann was photographed with the 161st Sergeants’ Mess in the top row, 6th from the left.

654385, WESTLAKE, (Pte.) Thomas Henry, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter on January 31, 1916. He was one of 5 Westlake brothers – Frank, Fred, Robert, William and Thomas – who enlisted with the 161st Battalion between January 10, 1916 and January 31, 1916. Thomas “Harry” Westlake was 21 years of age (b. Dec. 24, 1894) when he enlisted. He, like his brothers, was a single Methodist farmer, who lived and worked at R.R. 1, Wroxeter. He had no militia experience but was 5’ 9” with dark complextion, dark eyes and dark hair. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. W.J. (Elizabeth) Westlake, who lived with her second husband in Wroxeter, ON.

Private Harry Westlake was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own in the middle row, 10th from the left.