Two More 161st Enlistments

Enlistments – May 29, 1916

Two men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on May 29, 1916.

654870, MILLER, (Pte.) James Blackadar, “C” Company, enlisted in Clinton on May 29, 1916. His next of kin was Mrs. Helen Miller of Holmesville, ON. A photograph in the March 24, 1918 edition of The 161st Newsletter, edited by Sandy MacDonald, showed Private James B. Miller in a cook’s uniform with an unidentified assistant. The photo came from his daughter, Mrs. M. (Doris) Batkin of Clinton.

Private James Blockadar survived WWI.

After the war, in the 1930s, James Miller and his family lived the Sault Ste. Marie area to take a job “as a foreman with the Department of Highways …They were building a road up there,” said Mrs. Batkin, in an interview with Sandy MacDonald.

James Miller eventually returned to Clinton but before retiring, worked in a small arms munitions factory at Long Branch in Toronto. He was a life member of the Clinton Branch 140 of the Royal Canadian Legion and had 4 sons, Bernard, Harold, George of London, ON and Irvine of Lambeth, ON and a daughter, Doris Batkin of 75 Princess St. E., Clinton, ON. Harold Miller was a Royal Canadian engineer who was killed near the end of WWII.

James Blackadar Miller died on May 19, 1970 in his 86th year.

654874, PALFREY, (Pte.) Gerald, “A” Company, enlisted in Wingham on May 29, 1916. His next of kin was John Marks of Listowel, ON and he was born in England.

Private Gerald Palfrey was photographed with A Company in the 2nd front row, 21st from the left.

More information is needed about his life during WWI and after the war.

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