April Begins With 1 Recruit for 161st

Huron Battalion Enlistments – April 1, 1916

The one man that enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on April 1, 1916 did not survive the war.

654756, WILLIAMS, (L. Cpl.) Frank Harold, enlisted in Clinton on April 1, 1916. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. Albert Trewin of Londesborough, ON.

Lance Corporal Frank H. Williams was born in Aston, Middlesex, England on April 19, 1893, and later immigrated to Canada. Prior to enlistment, he was a student, aged 22 years old who was 5’ 9.5” tall with gray eyes, brown hair and a ruddy complexion. Frank Williams was Presbyterian by faith.

Although his attestation papers list no former military experience, he was believed to be a veteran of the South African Boer War by fellow 161st veteran, Hector Chesney, who knew Frank Williams when he worked as a labourer for his father. However, as one of the site’s readers pointed out, he would only be 7 to 10 years at the time the Boer War was fought (1899-1902), so this piece of oral history is an unlikely truth.

2 thoughts on “April Begins With 1 Recruit for 161st

  1. I think there may be a mistake with Frank Harold Williams (#754756). If he was supposedly a veteran of the Boer War, he can’t have been the Frank Williams born in 1893, as he would have been about 8 when the Boer War ended.


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