161st Battalion Enlistments – March 23, 1916
On March 23, 1916, of the fourteen men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion, four men did not come home.
654622, ATKINSON, (Pte.) Lewis Patrick, “D” Company enlisted in Seaforth where his next of kin, Ms. Catherine Atkinson resided. Private Lewis Atkinson had former military duty with the 33rd Huron Regiment.
In the August 1918 the Goderich Signal, reported that Private Lewis P. Atkinson was “wounded during fighting at Arras (France).”
Lewis P. Atkinson died after the war.
654662, CARTER, (Pte.) John Edward, “B” Company enlisted in Auburn, ON. His next of kin was Mrs. J.E. Carter of the same village. Private John Carter was photographed with the Blyth’s Own detachment in the 2nd back row, 7th from the left.
Private John Edward Carter did not survive WWI. He was killed while serving with the 58th Toronto Battalion on October 26, 1917 at Passchendaele.
654674, GIDLEY, (Pte.) Russell Samuel, Bandsman enlisted in Blyth, the same village as his next of kin, Samuel Gidley. Private Russell Gidley was a member of the Huron 161st Battalion’s brass band and was photographed with them at Camp Borden, standing in the front row, 10th from the left, holding his clarinet.
By 1935, Russell S. Gidley was living at 285 Simcoe St. in London, ON.
654631, MAHONEY, (Pte.) Henry Roscoe, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin lived in Glenannan, ON, a railway crossing just outside of Wingham. Pte. Henry Mahoney served prior to WWI with the 33rd Huron Regiment. Before enlisting Henry Mahoney had worked for his uncle, Henry McGlynn who lived on the Culross-Turnberry township line. In 1915, he’d enrolled in Wingham Business College.
Pte. Henry Roscoe Mahoney did not survive WWI. He was killed on July 1, 1917 at the Battle of Lens. A memorial service was held for him at the Teeswater Catholic Church on July 16, 1917.
654638, McCREATH, (Pte.) Harry Alexander, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich. His next of kin was Ms. May McCreath of Goderich. Pte. Harry McCreath was photographed with Goderich’s Own standing in the back row, 23rd from the left.
Pte. Harry A. McCreath was shipped home in 1918 after suffering from shellshock and was met at the Grand Trunk railway station in Goderich by Mayor H. Wigle, according to an April 1918 edition of the Goderich Star.
After WWI, Harry McCreath lived in Saltford and served on the Colborne Township council for many years. He also travelled as a volunteer with Huron County Museum founder and curator, Herb Neil, looking for old-fashioned machinery and antiques up and down the breadth and width of the county. When H.A. McCreath died on January 24, 1976, he was a life member of Branch 109 of the Royal Canadian Legion in Goderich and a member of the Goderich Knox Presbyterian Church.
654633, MITCHELL, (L. Cpl.) Carl Hollos, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was Edward Mitchell of Gorrie, ON. Lance Corporal Carl Mitchell was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own squatting in the front row, 7th from the left.
654755, MUNDY, (Pte.) Theodore Franklin, “Bandsman”, enlisted in Wingham. His next of kin was Harry Mundy of Wingham. Private Theodore “Theo” Mundy and Basil Mundy were brothers who both played in the 161st Huron Battalion band. Private Theo Mundy was photographed with the 161st Brass Band in the 2nd row, 4th from the left, holding a baritone horn.
Bandsman T.F. Mundy played with the Battalion’s brass band until the 161st Huron Battalion was dispersed in mid February 1918. It is believed Theodore Mundy was transferred to the 25th Alberta Reserves where he continued playing until Armistice on November 11, 1918.
654642, NASH, (Pte.) Milford Earl, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was Thomas Nash of Gorrie, ON. Private Milford Nash and his brothers R.P. Nash and E.B. Nash were all members of the 161st Huron Battalion, who sailed to England together. Private Milford E. Nash had prior military experience with a Canadian militia regiment.
Private M. E. Nash was photographed in Wroxeter’s Own in the back row, 11th from the left.
654643, NEIL, (Pte.) William Ernest, “C” Company enlisted in Exeter. His next of kin was Wellington Neil of R.R. 1, Kirkton, ON.
Private William Neil did not survive WWI. He was killed in action, according to N.W. Miller nominal roll and is named on the Village of Exeter’s Great War Memorial.
654666, PETTY, (Pte.) George Hanson, “D” Company, enlisted in Hensall. His next of kin was Mrs. G.C. Petty of Hensall, ON.
During active duty, Private George Petty was a member of the 44th Winnipeg Battalion that served in France. Private George H. Petty did not return from WWI. On N.W. Miller’s nominal roll, he was listed as “missing in action at Arras” on September 3, 1918.
He is commemorated on the Royal Canadian Cenotaph 468 at Hensall, ON as Geo. H. Petty.
654668, SHEPHARD, (Pte.) Stewart William, “D” Company, enlisted in Hensall. His next of kin was Ms. Christina Shepard of the same town. Private Stewart Shephard was photographed with Hensall’s Own kneeling in the 2nd front row, 5th from the left.
After the war, Stewart W. Shepard returned to Hensall and was still living there in 1935.
654681, SOMERS, (Pte.) Albert Archibald, “B” Company, enlisted in Blyth. His next of kin was Richard Somers of Blyth, ON. Private Albert Somers was photographed with the 161st Huron Battalion Band holding his baritone horn, in the 2nd row, 7th from the left.
When the 161st Huron Battalion got overseas, Private Albert Somers transferred to the Canadian Army Medical Corps. (CAMC). He returned to Blyth, ON after the war and was still living there in 1935, according to N.W. Miller.
654682, TIERNAY, (L. Cpl.) Arthur Leopold, “B” Company, enlisted in Blyth, ON, where his next of kin, James Tiernay, also lived. Lance Corporal Arthur Tiernay was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the back row, 5th from the left.
Lance Corporal Arthur L. Tiernay did not survive WWI. He was killed in action at Canal du Nord on September 27, 1918. Arthur Leopold Tiernay was commemorated on the Great War Memorial plaque in the Blyth Memorial Hall.
654657, WEARING, (Pte.) Arthur Bertram, “A” Company enlisted in Wroxeter. His next of kin was George Wearing of Wroxeter, ON. Private Arthur Wearing was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own standing in the back row, 4th from the left.
Arthur Wearing told Sandy MacDonald in November 1979 that, “Yes, I went overseas during the Great War with the 161st Battalion but I wasn’t with them in England. … I was transferred for active duty, in France, to The 1st Brigade of the 1st Canadian Division.
After the war, Arthur Wearing moved to 716 Leroy Avenue in London, ON. During WWII, he worked as a salesman for a confectionary company and would sometimes be at the variety store on the Clinton Canadian Forces Base, where fellow 161st member Bill Westlake would see him, while Westlake worked as a Commissionaire.