Enlistments – May 4, 1916

Two men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on May 4, 1916. Both survived the war.

654786, GAULEY, (Pte.) Isaac, “B” Company, enlisted in Goderich on May 4, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Ella G. Gauley of Goderich, ON. Private “Ike” Gauley had prior military experience with the 33rd Huron Regiment and was photographed with Goderich’s Own squatted in the front row, 10th from the left.

Private I. Gauley survived WWI. According to his son, Alex Gauley, a WWII R.C.R. Veteran, “My Dad was at one time, Postmaster and General merchant at Crewe (in Ashfield Township, near Dungannon, ON). Later we moved to Fergus, where he was employed with Beattie’s (a pump manufacturer).”

All four of Ike Gauley’s sons were all in WWII. Alex Gauley served in the Royal Canadian Regiment, Reg Gauley served with Canada’s merchant marines, Ken Gauley served with a Canadian Artillery unit and the youngest, Allan Gauley, served with a Canadian Artillery unit. He did not survive WWII. He was killed while fighting at the front.

When he died on October 26, 1962, Ike Gauley was a member of the Goderich branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

654765, HOGARTH, (Pte.) Lucien Victor, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter on May 4, 1916. Exeter was his hometown before and after WWI. His next of kin was Stephen J. Hogarth of Exeter, ON.

During his army duty, Private Lucien Victor Hogarth was promoted to the rank of Sergeant. While in the trenches, Sergeant L.V. Hogarth was a sniper. On the second last day of the war, he told Sandy MacDonald, “I shot an enemy sniper out of his hideout (in a tree) and took the German officer, who was with him, prisoner … I took the officer’s revolver, wallet and watch, then turned him over to my regimental officers.” In April 1982, Lucien Hogarth still had these souvenirs of war.

A few hours after shooting the German sniper, Sergeant Lucien Hogarth stepped on a land mine. Its explosion shattered his spine on November 9th, 1918, only 2 days before the cease-fire.

It took several years, and many operations for the surgeons to repair Vic Hogarth’s spine. While he was immobilized in bed, unable to turn his head or move, he was taught needlecraft, which he did by working the pattern he was working on using an overhead mirror. By the time, he was released from hospital he was a needlecraft artist who regularly attended the Colborne Township Christmas craft shows in Saltford, where he and Battalion veteran, Bill Westlake, would talk over old times.

Huron County War News – May 4, 1916

According to the “Morris” column of the Brussels Post, Pte. George Manning, of the 110th Battalion, was training at Stratford. He took a month off from drilling to help his brother, Herbert J. Manning of the 5th Line of Morris get ready for spring planting by tilling the soil. At the time, there was a regulation that allowed soldiers a month off “to engage in farming.”