Enlistments – June 14, 1916
Two men enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on June 14, 1916 and both men survived their tour of duty.
654879, JOHNSTON, (Pte.) Henry Cresswell, born February 1, 1895 in Wawanosh Township, enlisted in Clinton at age 19 on June 14, 1916. His next of kin was his father, William Johnston of Blyth, ON.
Private Henry Cresswell Johnston was working in Blyth as a teamster. He was 5’, 6.5” tall with a ruddy complexion, brown eyes and hair and was a Methodist, when he enlisted, according to his attestation papers. Private Henry Johnston was photographed with Blyth’s Own standing in the back row, 10th from the left.
While overseas in France with the 47th Infantry Battalion of the Western Ontario Regiment, he was decorated with the Military Medal. It is believed that his bravery on the field cost him, his arm, which was amputated after being injured.
When Private Henry C. Johnston returned home after the war, he became the proprietor of the Blyth Inn in Blyth, ON.
654880, WICKER, (Pte.) William Henry, born on October 14, 1894 in Mayfield, Sussex, England, enlisted in London, ON on June 14, 1916. His next of kin was his father, George Thomas Wicker of Myrtle Cottage in Mayfield, Sussex, England.
Private William Henry Wicker was a farmer at R.R. 5, London, ON prior to enlisting. At 21, he was 5’ 5.5” tall, had a fair complexion, blue eyes, light brown hair and was a Methodist, according to his attestation papers.
Private William H. Wicker survived WWI and was living at R.R. 8, London, ON in 1935.