Enlistments – May 19, 1916

On May 19, 1916, 3 men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion. One is known to have returned from Europe’s battlefields, but little is known about the fate of the other 2 recruits.

654841, CRAWFORD, (Pte.) James Clarence, “Blyth’s Own”, enlisted in Clinton on May 19, 1916. His next of kin was Charles Crawford of Londesborough, ON. Private James Crawford was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the 2nd row, 9th from the left.

Private James Clarence Crawford crossed the English Channel in mid-December 1916 to join the 58th Battalion on the front lines.

Private James C. Crawford survived WWI and returned home to farm in Hullett Township until his retirement to Blyth in 1976. In 1977, he rode on the 161st Reunion float in the Goderich Jubilee 3 (Sesquicentennial).

James Crawford died on March 15, 1979.

654843, RUSSELL, (Pte.) Alfred Unwin, “D” Company, enlisted in Seaforth on May 19, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. S.J. Russell of 29 Francis St., Berlin (later re-named Kitchener), ON. His birthplace was India.

Little is known about his WWI experience, yet.

654850, STOCKALL, (Pte.) Peter, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 19, 1916. His next of kin was William Stockall of Humboldt, Saskatchewan.

More is needed about Peter Stockall’s WWI experience.