161st Battalion News

In Clinton, on April 6, 1916, the Women’s Patriotic Relief Society entertained 600 of the 161st Huron Battalion men for dinner and tea at the churches. As the men left Clinton for camp, each received a gift and good wishes from the Patriotic Society members.

Enlistments – April 6, 1916

On April 6, 1916, 4 men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion.

654731, REICHARD, (Pte.) George, “D” Company, enlisted on April 6, 1916 in Hensall. His next of kin was Adam Reichard of Hensall, ON. Prior to the war, George Reichard served as a member of the 33rd Huron Regiment. Private George Reichard was photographed with Hensall’s Own standing in the back row, 4th from the left.

Private George Reichard did not survive WWI. While serving in France with the 47th Battalion he was killed in action on September 27, 1918 during a battle for Bourlon Wood. He was commemorated on the Royal Canadian Legion Cenotaph 468 in Hensall as “G. Reichard.”

654734, JONES, (Pte.) William Guy, “C” Company, enlisted on April 6, 1916 in Clinton. His next of kin was Mrs. Annie May Jones of Clinton. Private William Guy Jones had prior military experience with a Canadian militia.

Private William Jones survived WWI. In 1935, he was living in Clinton, ON. W.G. Jones died on November 12, 1936 and was buried in an unmarked grave in the Clinton cemetery.

654735, KERNEY, (Pte.) Harold Victor, “A” Company, enlisted on April 6, 1916 in Wingham. His next of kin was Frank Kerney of Brussels, ON.

While serving in France with the 47th Infantry Battalion of the Western Ontario Regiment, Private Harold Kerney was promoted to Corporal. He also received the Military Medal for valour in the field.

Corporal Harold Victor Kerney survived WWI. In 1935, Harold Kerney was listed as living in Bluevale, ON.

654738, STILES, (Pte.) William Henry, “A” Company, enlisted on April 6, 1916 in Brussels. His next of kin was Ms. Annie Stiles of Seaforth, ON.

Private W.H. Stiles survived WWI. In 1935, he was listed as living in Brussels, ON. Bill Stiles worked as a rural mailman in the area for several years. Bill H. Stiles was a charter member of the Brussels Legion Branch 218 when it was established in 1931 and was President of the Legion Branch 218 in 1933. In 1966, when the Brussels Legion opened a new Legion Hall, Bill Stiles was one of the six WWI veterans photographed by the local Brussels weekly paper. Bill H. Stiles died prior to 1977.