161st Enlistment Increasing Slowly but Steadily

Enlistments – May 10, 1916

Five men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on May 10, 1916. One man did survive his tour of duty.

654789, BENTLEY, (Pte.) Russell Charles, Blyth’s Own, enlisted in Blyth on May 10, 1916 . His next of kin was Jonathon Bentley of Blyth, ON. Private Russell C. Bentley was photographed with Blyth’s Own squatted in the front row, 3rd from the left.

According to Sandy MacDonald, Private Russell Bentley recalled that “while I was in England, I served with a military police force and was promoted to Lance Corporal rank.

Private R.C. Bentley survived WWI and lived for a time in Morgan’s Trailer Court on Highway 4, south of Clinton. By 1981, he had moved into Huronview, the senior citizens’ home outside Clinton.

654802, CORBETT, (Pte.) Erle Armstrong, “Wroxeter’s Own,” enlisted in Goderich on May 10, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Sarah Corbett of R.R. 1, Goderich, ON.

Private Erle A. Corbett was transferred to the “A” Company detachment in Wroxeter. He was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own standing in the back, 15th from the left.

Private E.A. Corbett survived WWI. By 1935, Erle Corbett was living in Fordwich, ON.

654805, GRAHAM, (Pte.) John Alexander, “Wroxeter’s Own,” enlisted in Goderich on May 10, 1916. His next of kin was Adam Graham of R.R. 1, Gorrie, ON. Private John A. Graham was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own squatted in front, 10th from the left.

Private John Alexander Graham did not survive WWI. He was killed in action at the battle of Arras on August 27, 1918.

654793, HANEY, (Pte.) Howard Gerald, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham on May 10, 1916. His next of kin was George Haney of Bluevale, ON.

Private Howard G. Haney was photographed with the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st squatted in the front row, 5th from the left.

It is not known where Private Howard Haney went after the war.

654796, POSLIFF, (Pte.) Alfred Leonard, “A” Company, enlisted on May 10, 1916 in Wingham. His next of kin was Aaron Postliff of Wingham, ON, who had land in Turnberry Township in Lower Town on Lot 44 of Plan 166. Prior to WWI, Alfred Posliff was the principal of the Wingham Public School.

During WWI, Private Alfred L. Posliff earned the stripes of a Corporal. While serving with the 58th Battalion in France, Cpl. Posliff was wounded three times. He was wounded once at Vimy on January 3, 1917 , once in St. Pierre on August 27, 1917 and once during the Battle of Passchendaele on October 26, 1917.

Despite his wounds, he kept returning to the battlefield. He fought in the Battle of Avion (June 1917), the Battle of Passchendaele (October 1917) and in the Battle of Arras (December 1917).

Corporal Alfred Postliff survived the war. He was discharged on January 21, 1918.

Cpl. Alfred Leonard Posliff’s war contributions were noted on the Roll of Honour of the Ontario Teachers Who Served in the Great War 1914-1918 that was created by the Ontario Department of Education in 1922 and at the Stratford Normal School Memorial, erected in June 1920.

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