161st Huron Battalion Diary – February 29, 1916

Enlistments – February 29, 1916

Seven men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion on February 29, 1916 (a leap year). One of the seven men did not return home at war’s end.

654524, DAVIDSON, (L. Cpl.) Leonard Robert, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, Ontario. His next of kin was William Davidson of Zurich, Ontario. Private Leonard Davidson was photographed with Hensall’s Own squatting in the front row, 8th from the left.

654528, JANE, (Company Sergeant Major) Alfred Herbert, “B” Company enlisted in Goderich, Ontario, his hometown before the war. As a native of England, he had prior military experience with the Duke of Cornwall’s Light Infantry. A.H. Jane served with this unit during the South African British/Boer War of 1899-1902.

Alfred Jane immigrated to Canada from England after 1902 and established a dray service (delivery service) in Goderich. His shop/stable was located on Colborne Street, on the premises of a natural gas company site (that was present in the early 1980s). In the March 2, 1916 edition of the Goderich Signal, it was written that A.H. Jane, well-known cartage man and veteran of the South African Boer War recently enlisted with The 161st. He has made arrangements with P. J. MacEwen of the Goderich Coal Company to take care of his general dray business while on duty.” He left behind his wife and small daughter living on East St., while he went overseas to serve.

Company Sgt. Major Alfred H. Jane was photographed with Goderich’s Own at Camp Borden before the Battalion went overseas. He was standing the extreme left of the Battalion.

654522, BULLARD, (Pte.) John Eldon, “D” Company, enlisted in Seaforth, Ontario. His next of kin was John Bullard of R.R. 1, Seaforth, Ontario.

654526, HILDEBRANDT, (Pte.) Irwin Andrew, “D” Company enlisted in Hensall, Ontario. His next of kin was William Hildebrandt of Hensall, Ontario. Private Irwin Hildebrandt was photographed with Hensall’s Own kneeling in the 3rd row, 2nd from left.

654542, TAYLOR, (Pte.) Frederick Charles, “D” Company, enlisted in Seaforth, Ontario. His next of kin was Robert Scarlett of R.R. 1, Seaforth, Ontario. Frederick Taylor was born in England.

654530, TOMS, (Pte.) Malcolm Lloyd, “C” Company enlisted in Bayfield, Ontario. Malcolm Toms was one of the Toms brothers to enlist with the Huron 161st. His next of kin was John Toms of Bayfield, Ontario. Malcolm Toms had prior military duty through service with the 33rd Huron Regiment.

654521, BRANDON, (Pte.) Harold Noble, “C” Company enlisted in Bayfield, Ontario. His next of kin was his mother, Ms. Catherine Brandon of Bayfield, Ontario. Harold’s brother, Abraham “Abe” Brandon, also enlisted in the Huron 161st. Abe and Harold Brandon were photographed with their “C” Company chum, H. (Tim) Horton at Shorncliffe, England. The photograph belonged to A.C. Brandon, formerly of 193 Elizabeth St., Goderich.