161st Huron Battalion Diary – February 12, 1916

Enlistments – February 12, 1916

On February 12, 1916, the following sixteen men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion.

654458, BATES, (Pte.) Harold Leslie, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich on February 12, 1916. His next of kin was William K. Bates of Goderich, ON. His brother, Albert H. Bates also enlisted in B Company of the 161st.

Harold Bates was a member of B Company’s Drum and Bugle Corps. He was photographed as the front man in the middle column in the 161st mobilization at Goderich in May 1916. He was also in the Goderich’s Own photo, standing in the 2nd back row, soldier #27.

654447, LOWRY, (Pte.) George Leslie, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON on February 12, 1916. His next of kin was his father, George Lowry of Brussels, ON. George Leslie Lowry, known as Leslie Lowry to his friends and community, was born on Aug. 5, 1896 and raised in Brussels. At the time of his enlistment, he was 19, stood 5’ 8” and had a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair. Like his parents, he attended the Methodist Church.

654438, McCLYMONT, (Pte.) James Melville, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, ON on February 12, 1916. His next of kin was James McClymont of Kippen. His youngest sister was Ms. Louise Geoghegan of St. James St. of London, ON.

654458, SINCLAIR, (Pte.) John Vernon, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON on February 12, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. A. Sinclair of Brussels. Pte. John V. Sinclair and Corporal Ronald M. Sinclair of the 161st were brothers.

654441, SMITH, (Pte.) William, “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth, ON on February 12, 1916. His next of kin was Ms. Florence Smith of Seaforth. William Smith was born in England. According to a October 1980 letter from fellow battalion member, Frank Sills, William Smith is featured in a picture of Seaforth’s Own at the Seaforth Legion Hall.

654450, THIBIDEAU, (Pte.) John Arthur, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels, ON on February 12, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Lucy Thibideau of Brussels, ON. Pte. J.A. Thibideau was identified by fellow soldier, Jas. H. Currie as the soldier seated in the 2nd row, in a photo of the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st that appeared in the April 6, 1967 issue of the Wingham Advance-Times.