Enlistments – May 20, 1916

Four men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on May 20, 1916. All returned home from the front.

654848, HANNENT, (Pte.) Oxley Harold, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 20, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Alice Hannent of Clinton, ON.

Private Oxley Harold Hannent was born in England. In the 1916 sailing list for the 161st Huron Battalion, there were 2 Oxley Harold Hannents listed. Oxley Harold Hannent (Sr.) appears to have enlisted on May 20, 1916. His son, Oxley Harold Hannent enlisted on May 22, 1916 in the 161st.

Private O.H. Hannent survived WWI and by 1935, was living at 801 Central Avenue in London, ON.

654854, McLEOD, (Pte.) James Norman, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 20, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Mary McLeod of Seaforth, ON.

Private James Norman McLeod survived WWI and in 1935, was living in Seaforth, ON.

654855, McSHERRY, (Pte.) Wilson, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 20, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Isabella McSherry of Hensall, ON.

Private Wilson McSherry survived WWI but died before 1935.

654862, WHITE, (Pte.) James Alexander, “B” Company enlisted on May 20, 1916. He was raised near Benmiller, in Colborne Township. Prior to enlistment he married Laura White, sister of fellow 161st Battalion member, Private George Thamer of Walton, ON, who was killed in the war.

Private James Alexander White survived WWI and returned to Colborne Township where he farmed for almost 40 years. He and Laura Thamer had at least 1 daughter, Ida White, who grew up to be a missionary nurse.

James White died on December 31, 1960 as a result of injuries from a car accident on Highway 26, near Barrie, ON.