Seven Enlist on March 27

Huron 161st Enlistments – March 27, 1916

Seven men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion on March 27, 1916. One man did not return home.

654719, CURRELL, (Pte.) Lloyd William, “C” Company, enlisted in Goderich on March 27, 1916 with “B” Company, although he “was immediately transferred to the battalion’s headquarters in Clinton” where “C” Company was located. Despite the transfer, he joined his “B” Company comrades in the photograph of Goderich’s Own at Camp Borden in the summer of 1916. He can be found kneeling in the 2nd front row. Private Lloyd Currell was from the Saltford area.

While overseas, Private Lloyd W. Currell served with the 47th Westminster Battalion in France and “received my baptism of fire at Arras (August 1918).”

After the war, Lloyd Currell enrolled in the Stratford Central Business College and upon graduation worked briefly for Ontario Hydro’s Toronto head office. He also became an active member of the Huron/Middlesex Militia Regiment. During the late 1920s, he owned and operated a Clinton grocery store and sat as councillor on Clinton Town Council. He later moved to Oshawa in 1935, first taking a job as an executive secretary with Duplate Canada Ltd., and later for Oshawa Safety Glass Company. After moving, he transferred to the 34th Ontario County Regiment and trained with them. After taking courses at Wolseley Barracks in London, he qualified for officer’s rank when he re-enlisted for army duty at the outbreak of WWII.

During WWII, L.W. Currell took an officer’s post with the 11th Canadian Armoured Regiments (tank division) and served on the European battlefields until the end of the war, by which time he had earned the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel. He was awarded the Efficiency Decoration while he was commanding officer of the 11th Armoured Regiment.

After WWII, Lloyd Currell took an accounting course at the Shaw Business College in Toronto and obtained his Chartered Public Accountant’s certification. Lloyd Currell was profiled the 1963 edition of Who’s Who , an annual Canadian business publication.  He visited Europe in October 1979 with his grandson to tour some of the European cities and landmarks where he had been in service with the Westminister British Columbia Regiment.

Lloyd Currell died in April 19, 1980 at his home in Agincourt, ON and was interred in the Maitland Cemetery in Goderich, ON. He was commemorated as L.W. Currell on the Honour Roll in the Victoria Street United Church in Goderich, ON.

654688, HALLAM, (Pte.) George, “B” Company, enlisted in Blyth on March 27, 1916. He recalled that “When I first went to Auburn to sign up, the doctor there, Doctor Weir, looked me over and said, “You’re too young yet, young fellow. Come back in a few months and I’ll take a look at you again.” On George Hallam’s second trip, this time to the Blyth enlistment office, Dr. John Weir examined him again and Hallam passed his army medical. Private G. Hallam was photographed with Blyth’s Own squatted in the front row, at the extreme left.

While serving in France with the 18th Battalion, Private George Hallam was wounded by a gunshot to his arm on August 30, 1918. That wound resulted in a scar that George Hallam had for the rest of his life.

After WWI, George Hallam moved to Detroit and worked as a drayman. He met and married his wife, Ethel Jewell in Detroit. They were married in September 1929 in Colborne Township. They later returned from the U.S. to live at the Hallam homestead in West Wawanosh Township, near Auburn. George was one of the ten veterans of the 161st Huron Battalion that rode on the 161st Reunion Float on July 9, 1977 in Goderich’s Sesquicentennial celebrations. George Hallam died in November 1980.

654687, EATON, (Pte) George, “D” Company, enlisted in Seaforth on March 27, 1916. His next of kin was Ms. Iva Eaton of R.R. 1, Seaforth, ON. George Eaton was born in England before immigrating to Canada. Private G. Eaton was photographed with Seaforth’s Own.

Private George Eaton survived WWI and returned to live in the Seaforth area, according to N.W. Miller’s 1935 nominal roll.

654676, HUNT, (Pte.) Roy, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich on March 27, 1916. His next of kin was Charles Hunt from Goderich, ON. Private Roy Hunt was involved with the 33rd Huron Regiment prior to WWI. Private R. Hunt was photographed with Goderich’s Own. He served as “B” Company’s bugler.

Private Roy Hunt did not survive the war. He was killed in action at Arras on September 3, 1918. As a graduate of Goderich Collegiate, he is commemorated on the WWI Honor Roll of GDCI as well as on the Royal Canadian Cenotaph 109 in Goderich as R. Hunt.

654689, MASON, (Pte.) Walter Henry, “Blyth’s Own,” enlisted in Blyth on March 27, 1916. His next of kin was John Mason of Blyth, ON.  Walter H. Mason was a native of Egmondville who graduated from Seaforth Collegiate. Private Walter Mason was photographed with Blyth’s Own, squatted in the front row,  5th from the left.

Private Walter Mason survived WWI and worked as a railway postal clerk and later as a teacher in northern Ontario. Walter Henry Mason died on July 6, 1960 in Lindsay, ON, according to an obituary in the Goderich Signal-Star in July 1960.

654698, THOMPSON, (Pte.) Wilfred Clarence, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels on March 27, 1916. His next of kin was William Thompson of R.R. 1, Ethel, ON.

Private Wilfred Thompson survived WWI. In 1935, N.W. Miller listed W.C. Thompson as living at Londesborough, ON.

654699, VICKERS, (Pte.) Arthur, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich on March 27, 1916. His next of kin was Samuel Vickers, R.R. 4, Goderich, ON. Arthur Vickers was born in England, before immigrating to Canada.

According to the November 8, 1917 edition of the Goderich Signal, Private Art Vickers “returned Sunday November 4, 1917 to his residence on Albert Street. He was stricken with pneumonia at Witley Camp, England. After nine months in hospital, he was returned to Canada for treatment.”

After the war, Art Vickers worked for at the Western Canada Flour Mill in Goderich. In 1935, he was residing at 353 Delaware Ave., Toronto. He later moved to the Saint Catherines area, where he become a local manager of a movie theatre. He died in October 1964 and was interred at the Queen’s Lawn Cemetery in Grimsby, ON.

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