Enlistments – May 6, 1916

Six men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on May 6, 1916. At least two of these men did not return home from overseas battle.

654770, FORREST, (Pte.) Charles Barclay, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter on May 6, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Annie Forrest of R.R. 2, Bluevale, ON. Private Charles B. Forrest was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own kneeling in the middle row, 8th from the left.

Charles Forrest described his experiences overseas in letters home, some of which were published in the Brussels newspaper. His letters will be included in the posts on the dates on which they were published. They give a detailed account of the experiences of his military and daily living experiences overseas.

Unfortunately Private Charles Barclay Forrest did not survive WWI. He was killed in action at Passchendaele, France on October 26, 1917. He commemorated  as Charles Forrest on the Great War Memorial in the Blyth Memorial Hall in Blyth, ON.

654771, HAYDEN, (Pte.) John, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter on May 6, 1916. His next of kin was Nelson Hayden of R.R. 2, Bluevale, ON. Private John Hayden was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own standing in the back row, 10th from the left.

More information on John Hayden will be added as it is found.

654773, MILLER, (Pte.) Andrew Thompson, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter on May 6, 1916. His next of kin was John D. Miller of R.R. 1, Bluevale, ON. Private Andrew T. Miller was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own standing in the back row, 8th from the left.

Private Andrew Miller survived WWI. In 1935, A.T. Miller is listed as residing at 12604 Steepel Ave., in Detroit, Michigan, USA.

654777, SHAW, (Pte.) Frank James, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter on May 6, 1916. His next of kin was Anson Shaw of R.R. 2, Bluevale, ON. Private Frank J. Shaw was photographed with Wroxeter’s Own in the middle row, 3rd from the left.

Private Frank Shaw survived WWI. In 1935, F.J. Shaw was listed as living at R.R. 2, Bluevale, ON. In 1944, Frank Shaw served as President of the Brussels branch of the Royal Canadian Legion.

654768, STEVENS, (Pte.) Louis, “Blyth’s Own,” enlisted in Blyth on May 6, 1916. His next of kin was Mr. Stevens of Londesborough, ON. Private Louis Stevens was photographed with Blyth’s Own kneeling in the 3rd row, 2nd from the left.

Private L. Stevens did not survive WWI. Private Stevens was killed in action on August 9, 1918 in Amiens, France. He was commemorated at “Lewis Stevens” on the Great War Memorial Plaque in the Blyth Memorial Hall.

654813, VEAL, (Pte.) William John, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter on May 6, 1916. His next of kin was William H. Veal of Elimville, ON.

Private William Veal survived WWI. In 1935, W.J. Veal was listed as living at R.R. 1, Woodham in Middlesex County, ON. William John Veal died on August 29, 1939 at the age of 50.