161st Huron Battalion Diary – February 21, 1916

Enlistments – February 21, 1916

Seven men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion on February 21, 1916.

654473, BENTLEY, (Pte.) Earl Charles, Blyth’s Own enlisted in Blyth, his hometown before the war. His next of kin was Jonathon Bentley of Blyth, ON. According to the 1916 Overseas roll, Earl C. and Russell Bentley were brothers. Private E. C. Bentley was photographed with “B” Company, Blyth’s Own, squatting in the front row, 8th from the left. He was also photographed with Blyth soldiers, F. Biggin and Bert Tasker.

654475, BRIGHT, (Pte.) William Down, “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth, his hometown prior to WWI. His next of kin was Ms. Beatrice Bright of Seaforth, ON. He had prior military duty with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654481, CAMPBELL (Pte.) Colin Gordon, Blyth’s Own enlisted in Blyth on February 16, 1916 but his attestation papers were not certified until Februrary 21, 1916. His next of kin was his father, William H. Campbell of Auburn, ON. Prior to enlistment Colin Campbell was a farmer and lived in Auburn, ON. He had no prior military experience. Colin Gordon Campbell was born in East Wawanosh Township in Huron County on March 16, 1898. Colin Campbell stood 5’ 9” and had a fair complexion, grey eyes and light hair. He was Methodist by faith. Private C.G. Campbell was photographed with Blyth’s Own in the back row, 10th from the left.

654518, INGRAM, (Cpl.) James Angus, “Blyth’s Own,” enlisted in Clinton, but became a member of “A” Company’s group – Blyth’s Own. James Ingram’s next of kin was George Ingram of Pope, Manitoba. James A. Ingram was featured in the 1967 East Wawanosh history book as the 7th soldier from the left in the back row.

654527, JACKSON, (Pte.) James Lister, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter, On. His next of kin was Ms. Alice Jackson of Palmerston, ON. His country of origin was England. Private J. L. (Stonewall) Jackson was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own, squatting in the front row, second from the left.

654479, LAKE, (Pte.) Milton Harry, “A” Company enlisted in Brussels on February 21, 1916. His next of kin was his father, John Lake of Bluevale, ON. Milton Harry Lake was born in Morris Township, Huron County, ON on July 10, 1889. At the time of his enlistment, he was a single 26 year old, Methodist farmer who stood 5’ 11” with a fair complexion, blue eyes and light brown hair.Private Milton Lake’s previous military experience included camp duty with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654512, SIMMONS, (Pte.) James Gordon, “ A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was Charles Simmons of Gorrie, Ontario.