161st Huron Battalion Diary – February 14, 1916

Enlistments – February 14, 1916 

On February 14, 1916, the following ten men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. One of these ten men did not return home at war’s end.

654493, FERGUSON, (Sgt.) Samuel Foster, “A” Company enlisted at Clinton, ON on February 14, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Lottie Mae Ferguson of Wingham, ON. Sam Ferguso654493 SgtSamFosterFergusonn was a teacher and principal at Wingham’s Spotton Business College prior to his enlistment. Overseas, he served with the 18th Battalion from London, ON.

Sgt. S. F. Ferguson was photographed with the Wingham/Wroxeter/Brussels Boys of the 161st in the 2nd back row. This photo was printed in the April 6, 1967 edition of the Wingham Advance-Times.

654461, HAINES, (Pte.) Edward John, “A” Company enlisted in Wingham, ON on February 14, 1916. His next of kin was Ms. Mary Haines of R.R. 2, Lucknow, ON.

654562, MacLEOD, (Pte.) Albert Edward, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON on February 14, 1916. His next of kin was Rod. MacLeod of Walton, ON.

654449, McGRATTEN, (Pte.) Thomas Ernest, “B” Company enlisted in Clinton, ON on February 14, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. S. McGratten of Goderich. Private Thomas McGratten and Lance/Cpl. William Harold McGratten of the 161st were brothers and shipped out together.

Pte. Tom McGratten was shown in the 3rd row, 7th from the left in the Goderich’s Own photo taken in Camp Borden in 1916.

654461, JOHNSTON, (Pte.) George Carswell, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON on February 14, 1916. HIs next of kin was Ms. Bessie Johnston of Brussels, ON. Pte. George C. Johnston and Pte. William L. Johnston were brothers and enlisted on the same day, February 14, 1916. Their sister was Mrs. Gordon Simmons of Wingham, ON.

Private George Johnston was photographed with the Wingham/Wroxeter/Brussels Boys of the 161st in the 2nd front row. This photo was re-printed in the April 6th, 1967 Wingham Advance-Times newspaper.

654519, JOHNSTON, (Pte.) William ‘Lorne’, “B” Company enlisted at Dungannon, ON on February 14, 1916. The Johnston homestead was located on the 7th concession of Ashfield in the Cedar Valley school section.

His brother, Howard Johnston of Cambria Rd. S. in Goderich, ON identified Pte. Lorne Johnston squatted in the front row, 14th on the left in a photo of Goderich’s Own.

654448, MUSGROVE, (Pte.) James Elmer, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter, ON on February 14, 1916. His next of kin was not listed. His address prior to the war was Gorrie, ON.

He was photographed in the back row, 12th from the left in the Wroxeter’s Own photo, the “A” Company detachment of the 161st Battalion.

654453, NEWELL, (Pte.) John Norman, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, ON on February 14, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. George Newell of Goderich, ON. Fellow bandsmen for the 161st, B. Mundy of Woodstock, ON, identified John Newell as the coronetist in the front row, 5th from the left. John Newell was born in Colborne Township and attended St. David’s ward school.

654455, REIS (Pte.) Earl Lafonte, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter on February 14, 1916, his address before the war.

Pte. Earl Reis was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own in the middle row at the extreme right.

654457, WARD, (Pte.) Albert Cecil, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, ON, his hometown, on February 14, 1916.

Bert Ward was photographed with Goderich’s Own. He was a member of “B” Company’s drum and bugle corps. He was also photographed in the “B” Company mobilization scene in May 1916 on The Square in Goderich, ON in the outside column, 3rd in line (as identified by himself).