161st Huron Battalion Diary – February 8, 1916

Enlistments – February 8, 1916

On February 8, 1916, the following thirteen men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. Two of these thirteen men did not return home at war’s end.

654415, ANDERSON, (L. Cpl.) John George, “Blyth’s Own,” enlisted in Belgrave, ON on February 8, 1916. His next of kin was his father, James Anderson and step-mother, Mary Anderson, of R.R. 4, Brussels, ON. John Anderson was a single 22 year-old miller in Belgrave (b. Nov 27. 1893 in North Dakota, US) when he enlisted. He was 5’ 6” with a dark complexion, blue eyes and light hair and he attended the Presbyterian Church.

Private Jack Anderson was photographed with Blyth’s Own kneeling in the 3rd row at the extreme right.

654412, BROCK, (Pte.) George Edward, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, ON. His next of kin was Ms. Flossie Brock, Hensall, ON.

Pte. George Brock was photographed with Hensall’s Own in the back row, 3rd from the left. He was identified by former 161st soldier, G.W. Parker, formerly of Victoria St., Exeter, ON.

654422, CALLOW, (Pte.) Ernest, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. E. Callow of Worcestershire, England. He was born in England.

654423, FISHER, (L. Cpl.) George, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton. His next of kin was Lottie Fisher, Eastbourne, England, which was also his place of birth. He had prior military duty with the British Royal Navy.

654533, LYMBURNER, (Pte.) Otto Wray, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was M.E. Lymburner of Goderich. Prior to the war, Otto was a wheelsman on a Great Lake freighter with Jim Pollock, another member of the 161st Huron Battalion.

Pte. Otto Lymburner was photographed with Goderich’s Own, kneeling in the 2nd front row, 10th from the left.

654413, MacPHAIL, (Pte.) Norman, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Joseph MacPhail of Goderich.

Norman MacPhail was photographed with Goderich’s Own, squatting in the front row, 17th from the left, as identified by his wife, Dorothy MacPhail.

654433, MILLAR, (Pte.) Arnold Ray, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was George Millar of Clinton, ON

654439, ROUATT, (Pte.) James, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. Annie Rouatt of Bayfield, ON. Pte. James Rouatt had prior military experience with the Canadian Militia.

654410, SEWELL, (Sgt.) Guy Blanchard, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. Beatrice Sewell of Clinton, ON. He was born in England. He had former military experience with the R.C.R. (Royal Canadian Regiment)

654418, TAMAN, (Pte.) William James, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich.

He was photographed with Goderich’s Own. William Taman was soldier #14 in the close-up photo featured in the original manuscript of Huron Overseas.

654419, TASKER, (L. Cpl.) John Lancelot, Blyth’s Own enlisted in Blyth on February 8, 1916. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. William Sims, of Blyth, ON. John Tasker was 20 years of age (Mar. 24, 1896 in Hullet Twp., Huron County, ON) and stood 5’ 7” with a light complexion, blue eyes and red hair upon his enlistment. He was a single, Methodist, apprentice telegraph operator who lived in Belgrave, ON.

Private Jack Tasker was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the 2nd back row, 15th from the left.

654440, TOMS, (Pte.) Hugh Wilfred, “C” Company enlisted in Clinton, ON. His next of kin was John Toms of Bayfield, ON. His brother, Malcolm L. Toms, also enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion in C Company.

654414, WALSER, (Pte.) Conrad Joseph, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Mrs. Mary Walser of Goderich, ON.

Conrad Walser worked at the Salt Works on Maitland Road in Goderich before WWI.