James Fairfull Commissioned as Captain

Battalion Events – July 6, 1916

On July 6, 1916, James Fairfull (654806) received his commission as Captain. He was the chaplain for the 161st Huron Battalion. According to Harry Cochrane, Captain James Fairfull was a tall, thin man, who also served as a chaplain during WWII in Camp Borden. He enlisted in Clinton on May 15, 1916.

Privates Milton Lake, Lyle McCracken and Roy Thuell, all of the Brussels Company of the 161st Huron Battalion, joined the machine gun section under the command of Lieutenant Porter.

Enlistments – July 6, 1916

One man enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on July 6, 1916.

654884, KEYES, (Pte.) Thomas Malcolm, Hensall’s Own, born on January 27, 1897 in Varna, ON, enlisted at the 161st Huron Battalion’s basic training camp, Wolseley Barracks in London, ON. His next of kin was his father, W.F. Keyes of Varna, ON in Stanley Township. Thomas Malcolm Keyes was a book-keeper in Varna before he enlisted. At 19 years, 6 months, he was 5’ 6” tall with a ruddy complexion, brown eyes and brown hair and was of the Presbyterian faith. Private Tom Keyes was photographed with Hensall’s Own kneeling in the 3rd row, 12th from the left.

Private T.M. Keyes did not survive WWI. He is commemorated as Malcolm Keyes on the Stanley Township War Memorial cairn in Varna, ON.

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