Bill Good Only 161st Battalion Recruit Today

161st Battalion Enlistments – March 15, 1916

On March 15, 1916, only one man enlisted.

654580, GOOD, (Pte.) William Ernest, “Blyth’s Own” enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was John Good of Auburn, ON. Privates William E. Good and John W. Good (known as Welly) of the Blyth regiment were brothers. Private Bill Good was photographed with the Blyth’s Own regiment squatted in the front row, 4th from the left.

During an interview in January 1977 with Sandy MacDonald, Bill recalled that, “I was in the march across the Rhine (river) into Germany and was stationed there (for) several months, with the Allied Occupational troops.”

While serving in France, Private Bill Good was a member of the 18th Battalion’s soccer squad and played regularly.

After the war, Bill worked in agricultural, mixed with casual labour. He worked for the Auburn Township’s Roads Department and occasionally for the Canadian Pacific Railway on the construction crew.

He was one of the men of the Huron 161st on the 161st Reunion float in Auburn’s 125th anniversary parade in June 1979. In his later years, he lived in the Pinecrest Manor nursing home in Lucknow, ON. His son had a farm in West Wawanosh Township.

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