Enlistments – May 17, 1916

On May 17, 1916, 4 men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion. One man may have died due to his battlefield injuries.

654833, FISHER, (L.Cpl.) William Thomas, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels on May 17, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Hearn of Chiswick in Middlesex, England. Lance Corporal William Thomas Fisher was born in England and had previous military experience with the 28th Perth regiment.

Lance Corporal William Fisher survived WWI and returned to Canada. By 1935, he was living in Kitchener, ON.

654834, FOX, (Pte.) James Alma, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich on May 17, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Catherine Fox of Goderich. Private James Alma Fox was born in England and had previous military duty with Imperial Forces (British military).

Private James Fox returned to Goderich from England in March 1917, suffering from asthma and bronchitis and was sent, as was Private William Black, to London, ON for treatment. They may have been bound for the London Sanitorium, a hospital which treated lung disorders, but this was not specified in the Goderich Signal’s article on March 29, 1917.

James Fox is commemorated on the WWI Honor Roll in St. George Anglican Church in Goderich.

654835, HUNKING, (Pte.) Albert Edward, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 17, 1916. His next of kin was Martha Hunking of Auburn, ON. Private Albert Edward Hunking and his two brothers, Privates Harvey and Norman Hunking of Londesborough were members of the 161st Huron Battalion.

Private Albert Hunking survived WWI.

By 1935, he was living in Detroit, Michigan. Albert Hunking died on April 25, 1974, according to a death notice in the May 2, 1974 edition of the Clinton News Record. An obituary was found in the April 2, 1982 edition of the Clinton News Record.

654845, SCOTT, (Pte.) William Button, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels on May 17, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Emily Scott of 707 Fleet Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Private William Button Scott had prior military duty with a  Canadian field artillery regiment.

Private William Scott was photographed with the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st Huron Battalion in the 2nd back row by Battalion veteran, Jim Currie.