161st Huron Battalion Diary – February 18, 1916

Enlistments – February 18, 1916

The following three men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on February 18, 1916.

654474, BERRIMAN, (Pte.) George Edward, “B” Company enlisted in his hometown of Goderich, ON on February 18, 1916. While training with the 161st Huron Battalion, he was a member of its drum and bugle corps.George Berriman was featured in a photograph taken of the Corps in May 1916 as the bugler on the outside column, 2nd in line. Pte. George E. Berriman was also featured in a photograph of Goderich’s Own taken at Camp Borden, squatting in the front, 3rd from the left.

654471, MORROW, (Pte.) Herbert James, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON on February 18, 1916. His next of kin was Ms. Annie Morrow of London, England. Pte. Herbert Morrow’s country of birth was England. Pte. Herb Morrow was photographed with Hensall’s Own squatted in the front row, at the extreme left.

654513, TASKER, (Pte.) Albert Richard, Blyth’s Own enlisted in Blyth, ON on February 18, 1916. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. William Sims of Blyth, ON. Bert Tasker was a single Presbyterian farmer with no militia training, who stood 5’ 7” with a sandy complexion, blue eyes and red hair. He was 19 years of age (b. Sept. 17, 1896 in Hullet Township, Huron County, ON) when he enlisted.

Private Bert Tasker was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the 2nd back row, 8th from the left. A photo of Blyth’s Own can be found in the local history book – East Wawanosh 1867-1967. The men in the photo were identified by Battalion member, Jim Currie. Private Bert R. Tasker was also featured in a photograph in the original manuscript of Huron Overseas (p. 74) with a trio of Blyth soldiers – F. Biggin (left), E. Bentley (centre), Bert Tasker (right).