Enlistments – May 13, 1916

Eight men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on May 13, 1916. It is not known who survived and who did not. At least two of the eight men who enlisted on this day, died overseas.

654800, CLARKE, (Pte.) Arthur Edward, “D” Company, enlisted in Hensall on May 13, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Emily Clark of Hensall, ON.

Private Arthur E. Clarke had prior military experience with the Royal Navy. Arthur Clarke was originally born in England.

Private A.E. Clarke did not survive WWI. He was killed in action at Avion, France on August 8, 1917. He is commemorated at A.E. Clark on the Royal Canadian Cenotaph 468 in Hensall, ON.

654801, CLARKE, (Pte.) Herbert Francis, “D” Company, enlisted in Hensall on May 13, 1916. HIs next of kin is Ms. Mary Clarke of Leigh-on-Sea, Essex County, in England. Private Herbert F. Clarke is believed to have been photographed with Hensall’s Own in the top row, 6th from the left.

Private H.F. Clarke did not survive WWI. He was killed in action at Cambrai on September 27, 1918. He is commemorated as H.F. Clarke on the Royal Canadian Cenotaph 468 in Hensall, ON.

654824, GOOD, (Pte.) J. Wellington, “B” Company, enlisted in Blyth on May 13, 1916. Private Welly Good was photographed with Blyth’s Own in the 2nd row, 12th from the left.

Private Wellington Good survived the war.

Welly Good was listed as living in Auburn, ON in 1935. Dr. F.G. Thompson of Clinton noted that as part of his work as a pension officer for Veterans’  Affairs, Dr. Thompson helped Mr. Good get a war veteran’s pension.

J. Wellington Good died on May 4, 1976.

Photo – p.160 – Photo of J. Wellington Good – of him in his uniform – a single photo – Source – provided by his brother, Bill Good of Auburn, ON

654807, HOARE, (Pte.) Carmon Harold, “C” Company, enlisted in Exeter on May 13, 1916. His next of kin was Cornelius Hoare of Clinton, ON.

Private Carmon Hoare was reported wounded at Arras, France in September 1918, but it is not yet known by us if he survived.

654808, HUNKING, (Pte.) Harvey, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 13, 1916. His next of kin was Thomas Hunking of Londesborough, ON. Private  Harvey Hunking and Private Norman Hunking were brothers and sailed to England together with the 161st Huron Battalion.

Private Harvey Hunking survived WWI and returned to Huron County.

In 1935, he was listed as living in Londesborough, ON. Harold Hunking was involved in agricultural pursuits on the Hunking homestead on the 13th Concession of Hullett Township. Harold Hunking died in July 1971, predeceased by his brother, Norman Hunking, who died in January 8,  1923.

654809, JAMES, (Pte.) Frederick, “A” Company, enlisted on May 13, 1916 in Brussels. His next of kin was his wife, Alice James of R.R. 2, Bluevale, ON.

Fred James was born on January 1, 1875 in Bristol, England and prior to the war worked as a stonemason in Bluevale, Ontario.

In a photo of the Wingham/Brussels/Wroxeter boys published in the April 6, 1967 edition of the Wingham Advance-Times, there is a possibility that the soldier in the 2nd front row identified as G. Jaques may have been F. James, according to Sandy MacDonald.

It is not clear whether or not Private Frederick James survived WWI.

654857, SAVAGE, (Pte.) John, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 13, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Joseph Savage of Taunton, Somerset, England. Private John Savage was born in England.

Little is known yet about Pte. John Savage and if he survived the war.

654829, STAFFORD, (Pte.) Walter Harvey, “A” Company, enlisted in Wroxeter on May 13, 1916. His next of kin was Benjamin Stafford of R.R. 1, Wroxeter, ON.

While in England, Private Walter H. Stafford was promoted to rank of non-commissioned officer and was listed as a member of the 161st Sergeant’s Mess of “B” Company on a 1917 Christmas card mailed from Witley Camp in Surrey County, England.

Sergeant Walter Stafford was photographed with the 161st Sergeant’s Mess in the 4th row, 2nd from the left and was identified as C.Q.M.S. (Company Quartermaster), W.H. Stafford.

It is not yet known if Sergeant Walter Stafford survived the war.

654814, WARD, (Pte.) Edward, “A” Company, enlisted in Brussels on May 13, 1916. His next of kin was Henry Ward of Moncrieff, a hamlet in Grey Township, east of Brussels, ON.

Private Edward Ward was photographed with the Winghan/Brussels/Wroxeter Boys of the 161st Huron Battalion.

It is not yet confirmed whether or not Private Edward War survived the war.