G.E. Grover Enlists & News of Fallen Hurons in Battle

Battalion Events – October 26, 1916

On October 26, 1916, the Goderich Signal reported that “Members of The 161st, during the past three weeks have completed a course in musketry at the rifle ranges. Afterwards the men were all issued ‘housewives’ (jack-knives) and a pace of first-aid field dressing.”

Enlistments – October 26, 1916

One man enlisted with the 161st Huron Battalion on October 26, 1916.

654887, GROVER, (L.Sgt.) George Edward, “B” Company, born on January 26, 1894 in Kerkick, Iowa, US, enlisted at Camp Borden. His next of kin was his mother, Mrs. L.H. Grover of the same address as Lance Sergeant George Grover, 238 Withrow Ave., Toronto, ON. This was his second time enlisting. G.E. Grover enlisted on April 6, 1915 in Guelph, and his regimental number was 127448. He was approved as fit and presumably enlisted. It was noted on his April 6th 1915 attestation papers that he was discharged. At that time, it was also noted on his attestation papers that he had a large pigmentation mark on the right side of his abdomen and around back of lower thorax. This was not noted on his enlistment papers of October 26, 1916. In 1915, his mother, Mrs. L.G. Grover was living in Chesley, ON. George Grover worked as a steam engineer prior to enlisting in 1915 and 1916. In 1916, he had previous military experience with Canadian Expeditionary Forces’ 34th and 71st Battalions. At 21 years old, he was 5’ 9” tall with fair complexion, blue eyes, brown hair and was a member of the Church of England.

While overseas, Lance Sergeant G.E. Grover was a member of the 161st Sergeants’ Mess and was photographed with them in the 3rd row at the extreme right of a photo of the Warrant Officers, Staff-Sergeants and Sergeants at Milford, England.

Huron County War News – October 26, 1916

Among the list of Morris boys reported missing in France during the past week is John Passmore. He made his home for years at the late Pete Cantelon’s. John enlisted in Brandon, Manitoba. When he went to England, he was drafted into a Highland Regiment and went into the trenches early in September 1916.

A memorial service was held on October 22 at the Union Church for  Pte. William Richmond, who was killed “in defence of the Empire.” Rev. Mr. Johnson preached a sermon on “A Good Soldier” while Rev Mr. McDonald of Atwood gave a fine patriotic address.

Ex-councillor William Thuell took a trip to the Great West this Fall for 2 months. When he got back last week, he made a visit to his 3 sons at Camp Borden from Toronto prior to their leaving for overseas service.

Last Saturday (October 21) R.J Hoover, Will Hoover, Duncan McCallum and John Crerar motored to Camp Borden in Crerar’s car to visit the sons of the Hoovers and Duncan McCallum and other “khaki lads who will hiking overseas soon.”

Pte. Ralph Shaw, who enlisted with the  161st Huron Battalion, is able finally to be up and about. He is slowly regaining his strength after a long fight with typhoid fever.

The secretary of the Ethel Women’s Institute published an appeal in the Brussels Post, asking all ladies who have sewing on hand for the soldiers to “kindly get it finished and hand it in to Mrs. Dilworth, as we want all the garments sent away at as early a date as possible.”

In Ethel, on Monday October 31, an illustrated lecture by Dr. Minifi, Chaplain of the National Guards in London, England will be given. The title of the lecture is “With the British Forces in Camp and Field.”

Letter from Pte. Will Cook to his sister, Florence – Dear Florence,  Just a line to let you know I am o.k. and hope you are the same. Received parcel all tight and the socks come in very handy and I thank you very much. Have another position, this time at Longwood, near Bramshott, am orderly to Major Dunlop of Goderich, Capt. McKay and Capt. Simpson so I have my hands full. Had a letter from Walter Haytor. His brother, Ted, was slightly wounded. They were in the same section as me. This morning we had news from Lieuts. Brockelbank and Jimmy Lowe of Arthur and Stratford. Said it was fierce over in the trenches. I am in splendid health. We see the aeroplanes coming over from France every day. They cross over our camp to Aldershott, taking a new one over and fetching an old machine back. We see as much here as they do at the front, in a way, as everything is military. Sometime 5 to 10 aeroplanes are together racing one another and it is a grand sight. About 400 conscriptionists are being drilled here. Was sorry to hear of “Chad” McMillan’s death and others of the 71st also got it. Yours very truly, Will.”

A letter from Pte. George McLelland was received describing his recent trip to Ireland. “He visited Dublin, Cork, Blarney Castle (and kissed the blarney stone), Killarney, the gap of Dunloe, the Devil’s Punch Bowl and from these took the Sligo train for Killen-shandra, Drumbrick. He says my great grandmother had 22 children (19 boys and 3 girls) and went to church with her sword under her cloak. Everybody has heard much about the beauty of the Irish colleens and it is no mistake. People burn peat here; the hedges are fine and the holly tree very common. Am sending some shamrock and a black thorn walking stick.”

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