161st Enlistment Increases in Seaforth area

Enlistments – May 8, 1916

On May 8, 1916, 4 men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion in the Seaforth area. Three of the four men survived WWI and returned home.

654784, ADAMS, (Cpl.) John, “D” Company, enlisted in Seaforth on May 8, 1916. Seaforth was his hometown where his next of kin, William Adams, lived.

Corporal John Adams survived WWI. In 1935, John Adams was listed in 161st Reunion papers as living at 75 Nottingham Avenue in Dayton, Ohio, USA.

654781, DORRANCE, (Pte.) Samuel Hays, “D” Company, enlisted in Seaforth on May 8, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Mary Dorrance of Seaforth, ON.

Private Samuel Hays Dorrance did not survive WWI. Private Samuel Dorrance was killed in action at Arras in September, 1918. Private S.H. Dorrance was commemorated on the Town of Seaforth’s Great War Memorial.

654776, REAVIE, (Pte.) John McClellan, “C” Company, enlisted in Cinton on May 8, 1916. His next of kin was John Reavie of Ripley, ON.

Private John M. Reavie survived WWI and was reportedly a bus driver with the Detroit Transit Company.

654778, WALKER, (Pte.) Robert Bruce, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 8, 1916. His next of kin was William Walker of Exeter. Private Robert B. Walker had prior military experience with the 33rd Huron regiment.

Private Robert Bruce Walker survived WWI. In 1935, he was listed as living in Buckingham, Quebec.

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