161st Huron Battalion Diary – February 9, 1916

Enlistments – February 9, 1916

On February 9, 1916, the following five men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. Two of these five men did not return home at the end of the war.

654421, BRITTAIN, (Pte.) Frederick James, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter, ON. His next of kin was William Brittain of Fordwich, ON. Frederick Brittain was a native of Wales in the United Kingdom.

Private F.J. Brittain was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own in the middle row, 9th from the left.

654425, McLEOD, (Pte.) Ogal, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter, ON. His next of kin was Ms. Margaret McLeod of Fordwich.

He was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own in the front row, 6th from the left.

654417, NEELY, (Pte.) Arthur Cecil, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, On. His next of kin was Ms. Mary Neely of Seaforth, ON. His brother, Charles F. Neely was also enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion. Arthur Neely had previous military experience with the 33rd Hurons.

654434, RACHO, (L. Cpl.) William James, Blyth’s Own enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was William Racho of Blyth.

Lance Corporal Jim Racho was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the 2nd row, 4th from the front.

654426, SLOMAN, (Pte.) William James, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Jacob Sloman of Clinton. Bill Sloman enlisted when he was only 16. He was on his way home from high school when he stopped in at the Clinton recruiting office.