Men Enlist in Exeter, Blyth & Clinton

161st Battalion Enlistments – March 26, 1918

On March 26, 1916, 4 men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion, all of whom made it home to Canada after the war.

654684, APPLETON, (Pte.) Thomas Winnifred, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter on March 25, 1916, his hometown before and after WWI.

After WWI, Thomas Appleton returned to Canada. Thomas W. Appleton died on January 8, 1929.

654701, COLCLOUGH, (Pte.) Douglas Oscar, “B” Company, enlisted in Blyth on March 25, 1916, his hometown in 1916. Private Douglas Colclough was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the 2nd back row, 6th from the left.  D. O. Cloclough was often called Doc, due to the initials of his name, according to his nephew, Bruce Colclough.

After the war, Doug Colclough was listed as living in Waterford, ON, a community in Norfolk County.

654710, COWAN, (Pte.) John Alexander, “B” Company, enlisted in Blyth on March 25, 1916. His next of kin was Isaac Cowan of the same village.

After WWI, Private John Cowan returned to Blyth and became a village police constable. J.A. Cowan then moved to Exeter where he continued to work in policing. John A. Cowan died on October 29, 1967 at the age of 71.

654715, SMITH, (Pte.) John Franklin, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on March 25, 1916, his hometown prior to WWI.

When John Smith returned from WWI, he moved to R.R. 1, Varna, ON and was living there in 1935. When John F. Smith died on November 16, 1955, his obituary in the Goderich Signal-Star read, “ John f. Smith had served overseas during WWI with the 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion. Following his return the ex-Pioneer trooper joined the work force of the Canadian National Railways. For the greater part of his post-WWI railway career, he was stationed at Brigden, Lambton County. At the time of his death, the retired CNR employee was a resident of Brucefield, ON.”

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