Enlistments – April 29, 1916
On April 29, 1916, 2 men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion. Only 29 men enlisted in the 161st Huron Battalion in April.
654758, CRICH, (Pte.) Wilfred Victor, (M.M.) “C” Company, enlisted on April 29, 1916 in Clinton. His next of kin was Onslow Crich of Clinton, ON.
Pte. Wilfred V. Crich went onto the battlefield in France with the 18th Battalion. Through his service in Arras, Amiens, Cambria and Mons, he earned the rank of Corporal. While serving overseas with the 18th Battalion of the Western Ontario Regiment, Private Wilfred Crich was awarded the Military Medal, the enlisted men’s award for valour at the Battle of Arras.
After Wilfred Crich returned home, he attended the University of Toronto and graduated in 1920 with a degree in education. In 1935, Wilfred Crich was listed as living at 144 Saint Germaine St. in Toronto, ON.
654762, RILEY, (Pte.) George, “D” Company, enlisted in Clinton but since his 1916 address was R.R. 2 Seaforth, he was a member of D Company.
Private George Riley survived the war. In 1935, he was listed as being a returned soldier living in Seaforth.