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Saturday, 25 January 2020

Pte. John Payne 3057838


Pte. John R. Payne
1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment
Regimental Number 3057838

John Russell Payne was born on March 10th, 1890 in Warsaw, Ontario. He was the son of Paul and Mary Ann (Russell) Payne.   The family farmed on Lot 14 on the 4th Concession of Dummer for a number of years before appearing to live in Douro Township by 1911.

Paul was living in Lakefield and employed as a farmer when he received the call to report to Peterborough, Ontario under the Military Service Acton on October 26th, 1917. 

Paul travelled to Peterborough where he underwent a medical examination and was declared fit for overseas service.  He was nearly 28 years old and stood 5 feet, 8 inches.  He was described as having a dark complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair.  He was single and declared that he had no previous military experience.  John was not immediately called into service but waited for further notice

He was ordered to report to the Canadian Forces training base at Barriefield Camp, Kingston on April 19th 1918.  He was placed in the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment to begin training until he was sent overseas at a later date.  John remained at Barriefield until June.  It was noted in his service file that got into a little trouble there as he is noted as forfeiting 12 days’ pay for being “Absent without Leave”.  He was stuck off strength at Barriefield and allowed to return home on September 9th 1918, most likely to help with the harvest on the farm.

Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: MS929; Reel: 101; Record Group: RG 80-2. Page 6.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1891. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Dummer, Peterborough East, Ontario, Canada; Roll: T-6363; Family No: 77. Page 9.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place:  Dummer, Peterborough (East/est), Ontario; Page: 13; Family No: 126
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada: Year: 1911; Census Place: 17 - Douro, Peterborough East, Ontario; Page: 5; Family No: 47
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada:  RG 31; Folder Number: 82; Census Place: Peterboro (City), Peterborough West, Ontario; Page: 23
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 585.
Canada. "Military Service File of John Russell Payne Tighe." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7671-30. Item Number 570719.

Lieut. Henry Parker 297027


Lieut. Henry Parker
Canadian Forestry Corps.
Regimental Number 297027

Henry Albert Parker was born on April 15th, 1886 in South Dummer Township, Ontario. He was the son of Thomas J. and Jane (Spouse) Parker.  The family farmed in Dummer for a number of years before moving to Havelock sometime after

Henry was living in Havelock, Ontario and working as a forestry engineer when he enlisted in Ottawa as a private with the 224th Canadian Forestry Battalion on March 7th, 1916.  He was 29 years old, unmarried and listed his religion as Methodist.  Henry stood 5 feet, 10 inches tall and sported a fair complexion, grey eyes and black hair.  He indicated that he had previous military service as a Sergeant with the C.C.Y.C., (Cadets) at Toronto University.

Parker trained in Canada with the Forestry Battalion for the next two months months, quickly rising in rank to Corporal on April 1st and then to Acting Sergeant on the 18th.  He proceeded with his battalion overseas on April 25th aboard the H.M.S. Empress of Britain.  He arrived safely in England on the 5th of May and was stationed in London with the 224th Battalion, where he was immediately promoted to Sergeant.   Parker was admitted to hospital the next day, suffering from hemoptysis (the coughing up of blood) and would spend nearly his entire first month overseas in a London hospital before being discharged on the 24th of May.  After regaining his health, Sergt. Parker was engaged in the organization of timber operations within the Canadian Forestry Corps in London.

Sergeant Parker continued his rise in rank when he was posted as a temporary Lieutenant on July 12th 1917.  This change would bring significant prestige of being a commissioned officer.  Two months later, on the first of September Lieutenant Parker was reassigned as the Director of Timber Operations for the 117th company of the Canadian Forestry Corps in Southampton, England.

After two months in the south of England, Parker was transferred to the Canadian Forestry Base in Inverness, Scotland on November 21, 1917. He remained posted there for the remainder of the war, and even granted a six month leave with pay to attend the University of Edinburgh for studies from January 18th to May 5th 1919.
Henry Parker passed away on 1968 and is buried
in Queen's Park Cemetery, Calgary, Alberta.

Lieutenant Henry Parker embarked Glasgow on June 18th 1919 aboard the H.M.T. Saturnia.  He arrived in Canada ten days later and was formally discharged in Medicine Hat, Alberta on July 3rd 1919.  Parker remained in that province and continued to work in forestry for many years after the war.  He passed away in 1968 and is buried in Queen’s Park Cemetery in Calgary, Alberta.

Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: MS929; Reel: 78; Record Group: RG 80-2.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1891. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough East, Ontario, Canada; Roll: T-6363; Family No: 180. Page 19.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (East/est), Ontario; Page: 4; Family No: 37
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 155; Census Place: Maple Creek, Saskatchewan; Page Number: 1
Canada. "Military Service File of \henry Albert Parker." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7588-41. Item Number 567198.

Friday, 24 January 2020

Pte. Kenneth C. Murphy 3058937


Pte. Kenneth C. Murphy
1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment
Regimental Number 3058937

Kenneth Court Murphy was born on June 16th, 1897 in Dummer Township, Ontario. He was the son of John and Emma (Newnham) Murphy.   The family was recorded as living and farming in Dummer until at least 1901, but sometime before 1911 they moved to Lakefield.

Kenneth was living and working on the family farm in Lakefield when he was called to report to Peterborough under the Military Service Act on October 23rd, 1917.  He was given a medical examination there, and was deemed fit for overseas service.  He was described as nearly 21 years of age, standing 5 feet, 5 inches tall and sporting a dark complexion, blue eyes and dark brown hair.  He was a farmer by trade and a Methodist.  He had no previous military experience.

Kenneth reported to the Canadian forces training camp at Barriefield, Ontario on May 10th, 1918, but was given leave to return home the next day.  His service file indicates that he returned to Barriefield in June and remained there the entire month. He was struck off strength from service on September 9, 1918, “due to placement in a low category”.

Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: MS929; Reel: 143; Record Group: RG 80-2. Page 130. 
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (East/est), Ontario; Page: 13; Family No: 135. P.38.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada: Census Place: 14 - Smith, Peterborough West, Ontario; Page: 4; Family No: 40
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: RG 31; Folder Number: 81; Census Place: Otonabee (Township), Peterborough East, Ontario; Page Number: 14
Canada. "Military Service File of Kenneth Court Murphy." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6514-47. Item Number 208685.
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 658. Page 358. 

Pte. Lorne T. Newnham 3060076


Pte. Lorne T. Newnham
1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment
Regimental Number 3060076

Lorne Theodore Newnham was born on March 26th, 1895 in Warsaw, Ontario. He was the son of John Newnham and Margaret Jane Dodds.  The family lived on Lot 12 on the 6th Concession.   

Lorne was living in Selwyn Township and working as a farmer when he was called to report to Barriefield, Ontario under the Military Service Act on May 17th, 1918. 

Lorne reported to the Canadian Forces training camp at Barriefield and underwent a medical examination which found him fit to serve overseas.  He was 23 years of age and indicated that he had 6 weeks of previous military service with the 3rd Prince of Wales Dragoons.  Lorne was described as standing 5 feet, 7 inches tall and weighing 130 pounds.  He sported a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.  He listed his religion as Methodist and his wife Donalda Newnham of Selwyn as his next of kin.

Lorne remained at Barriefield camp, serving with the 1st Depot Battalion until he was discharged after the war’s end on January 25th, 1919. 

Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: MS929; Reel: 128; Record Group: RG 80-2. Page 49.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (East/est), Ontario; Page: 15; Family No: 147. Page 40.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada: Year: 1911; Year: 1911; Census Place: 16 - Selwyn, Peterborough West, Ontario; Page: 1; Family No: 6. Page 1.
Canada. "Military Service File of Lorne T. Newnham." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7296-48. Item Number 560095.
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 430

Pte. David Nelson 3060723



Pte. David Nelson
1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment
Regimental Number 3060723

David Andrew Nelson was born on December 28th 1896 in Warsaw, Ontario. He was the son of Andrew Simeon Nelson and Jane Agnes Fife who lived on Lot 7 of the 2nd Concession.   

David was living in Dummer and working as a farmer when he was called up for service under the Military Service Act on August 1st, 1918.   David reported to the Canadian forces training camp at Barriefield, Ontario where he underwent a medical examination that found him fit for overseas service.  He was 21 years old, stood just over six feet tall and weighed 165 pounds.  He was characterized with a fair complexion, hazel coloured eyes and light brown hair.  He was recorded as being Presbyterian and as having no previous military experience. 
David Nelson passed away in 1985
and is buried in St. Mark's Cemetery in
Warsaw Ontario

David trained with the 1st Depot Battalion, Eastern Ontario Regiment at Barriefield Camp even until after the war’s end.  He was struck off strength of the military on January 24th 1919.    

Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: MS929; Reel: 139; Record Group: RG 80-2. Page 107.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (East/est), Ontario; Page: 6; Family No: 59. Page 31.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada: Year: 1911; Census Place: 19 - Dummer Township, Warsaw Village, Peterborough East, Ontario; Page: 11; Family No: 129
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 658. Page 398.
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 81; Census Place: Dummer (Township), Peterborough East, Ontario; Page Number: 9.
Canada. "Military Service File of David Andrew Nelson." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7264-23. Item Number 558246.

Wednesday, 15 January 2020

Spr. Melville Parsons 195492

Spr. Melville Parsons

93rd Battalion/ 4th Pioneer Battalion
Regimental Number 195492

Melville Joseph Parsons, along with a twin sister, was born on August 29th, 1895 in Dummer Township, Ontario. He was the son of George and Eliza (Reynolds) Parsons.   The Parsons are shown to have lived in Dummer until at least 1911.

Melville was living near Lakefield and employed in farming when he enlisted with the 93rd Battalion on January 12th, 1916.  He was 20 years old, stood 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighed 127 pounds.  Melville was described as having a dark complexion, hazel eyes and dark brown hair.  He was a member of the Church of England and was unmarried with no previous military experience.  Doctors noted that he had a small scar between his eyes.

Melville was considered medically fit for service and joined the Peterborough 93rd Battalion which was training in the city that winter while it recruited up to strength.  When the unit neared complete strength, it left the city by train for the Canadian forces training camp at Barriefield, Ontario at the end of May 1916.  Melville and his battalion had only been at the camp five days when a call came out for volunteers to transfer to the Pioneer Battalion, which brought with it the promise of a more recent trip overseas than with the 93rd.  Melville was one of fifty men who volunteered and was then one of twenty-one out of those, who was selected to transfer.

Pte. Parsons continued to train as a pioneers in Canada for the next three months.  Pioneers worked in conjunction with the Canadian Engineers in forward areas in varied work that included consolidating positions captured by the infantry, tunnelling, mining, wiring, railroad work, deep dugout work and laying out, building and keeping trenches in repair.  During this time garnered a blemish on his good record when he forfeited six days’ pay for being declared “absent without leave “on the 22nd of July.  He and his unit left Canada for overseas on September 12th 1916 and arrived in Liverpool, England after a ten day crossing.

He was transferred to the Canadian Railway Transport Depot CRTD in Crowborough on December 2nd.  It was nearly two weeks before he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion Canadian Railway Troops on the 18th of December, and another month before he proceeded to France for service.  He landed in France with the Railway Troops on January 13th, 1917.  Sapper (a rank equivalent to a Pte. In the infantry) Parsons served in France for the duration of the war, except for a two week leave to the U.K. granted from February 13-March 3rd of 1918.   His service file indicates that he was employed in the trade of farrier, someone who trims and shoes horse’s feet.  After the war’s end he was transferred to England on January 19th 1919 to await demobilization first at the Canadian Railway Troops Depot at Witley Camp, then to Kimmel Park in North Wales on May 21st, 1919.  It is interesting to note that it was at Kimmel Park on February 14th that Melville Parsons was given approval to marry.

Melville Parsons returned to Canada and was formally discharged from military service on September 10, 1919.  He later traveled west to Napinka, Manitoba where he raised a family.  Melville passed away on December 30, 1969.


Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: MS929; Reel: 128; Record Group: RG 80-2.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (East/est), Ontario; Page: 6; Family No: 51.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada: Year: 1911; Census Place: 19 - Dummer, Peterborough East, Ontario; Page: 2; Family No: 15.
Canada. "Military Service File of Melville Joseph Parsons." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7616 - 16. Item Number 571204.

Pte. Everett Moore 3058933


Pte. Everett Moore 

1st Depot Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment
Regimental Number 3058933

Everett Robert Moore was born to in Warsaw Ontario on September 2nd, 1897 Robert and Hattie (Hamblin) Moore who farmed on the fourth concession of Dummer Township. 

Everett was a 20 year old working on the family farm when he was required to formally register under the Military Service Act of 1917.  The registration was the first step in conscription and required that every man aged 20-45 report for a medical inspection so they could be placed in a category based on their ability to serve.  During this reporting process, a man could request an exemption, which meant that his case could be heard before an exemption tribunal, which could exempt, defer or delay his service if deemed appropriate.  Everett claimed exemption on grounds of health. 

His case was heard before the exemption tribunal, in a public trial, in Peterborough on April 25th 1918.  The Peterborough Examiner reported on the tribunal and recorded the following details of Everett’s case:

“Everett Moore, aged 20, took His Honour’s verdict of no chance of exemption philosophically and resumed his seat, audibly promising himself a ‘good time as long as he lasts’ ’’.

Everett was ordered to the Canadian training camp at Barriefield, near Kingston, Ontario on May 10th, where he underwent a further medical examination.  It was immediately discovered that he suffered from a valvular deficiency of the heart and for this reason was considered category C.1, which meant that he was unfit for overseas service.  He was 20 years old, stood 5 foot 4 inches tall and sported a dark complexion, brown hair and brown eyes.  He was described as a farmer, single and a Methodist.  He has no previous military experience.  Everett was sent home the next day, and put on leave.  He remained there until the end of the war. 

Everett died in 1948 at age 51 due to heart problems.

Sources
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (east/est), Ontario; Page: 2; Family No: 15.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Library and Archives Canada: Year: 1911; Census Place: 19 - Dummer Township, Warsaw Village, Peterborough East, Ontario; Page: 2; Family No: 16
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Reference Number: RG 31; Folder Number: 81; Census Place: Dummer (Township), Peterborough East, Ontario; Page Number: 6.
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: MS929; Reel: 139; Record Group: RG 80-2. P.18
Canada. "Military Service File of Everett Robert Moore." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6323-25. Item Number 175150.
 “Claims For Exemption Heard This Morning Before Judge Huycke.”  Evening Examiner, Peterborough. April 25, 1918. P.9

Pte. Michael Menogue 24994556

Pte. Michael Menogue

Canadian Railway Troops
Regimental Number 24994556

Michael Menogue was born on January 25th, 1898, in Dummer Township, Ontario to parents John and Mary Ann (Cowley) Menogue.  The family later moved to Chandos Township, where they were recorded as farming there in the 1901 census.  By 1910 the family appeared in the censuses as living in Peterborough, where father, John and two older brothers worked as carpenters.  Michael was still of school age at this time.

Michael was nearly 20 years old and living in Toronto when he enlisted as a private in the York & Simcoe Foresters on November 21st 1917.  He was single and listed his occupation as a labourer.  Michael declared that he had no previous military experience and his religion was Roman Catholic.  He stood 5 feet 7 inches tall, weighed 137 pounds, and sported a medium complexion, blue eyes and dark hair.  He was given a medical inspection and declared fit for service overseas.

Michael arrived in England on February 6, 1918 aboard the S.S. Scotian, as a part of a draft of men that were sent over for work on railway construction.  Upon arriving, he was sent to the Canadian Railway Troop Depot at Purfleet, and was quickly assigned to the 13th Canadian Railway Troop the next day.  Less than two weeks later, he was sent to France, arriving there on March 29th.  Michael spent the remainder of the war with the railway troops, building and repairing the railways that were vital in supplying the troops.

He returned to the U.K. on February 2nd 1919, nearly a year after first arriving there.  He remained in England until being sent back to Canada on March 30th.  He arrived safely in Canada and was later given a full military discharge on April 11, 1919 in Toronto.  Menogue returned to the Peterborough area for many years remaining a bachelor until his death in 1993.  He rests in St. Peter's Roman Catholic Cemetery in Peterborough, Ontario.



Sources
Archives of Ontario; Ontario, Canada Births, 1858-1913, Toronto, Ontario, Canada; MS929; Series: 147; Reel: MS929.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Chandos, Peterborough (east/est), Ontario; Page: 5; Family No: 47.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1911; Census Place: 29 - Peterborough, Peterborough West, Ontario; Page: 5; Family No: 50.
Canada. "Military Service File of Michael Menogue." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6117-5. Item Number 190826.
Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935, 1945, 1949,1957,1962,1965. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.
Voters Lists, Federal Elections, 1935–1980. R1003-6-3-E (RG113-B). Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.

Friday, 6 December 2019

Pte. George Harris 195309


Pte. George Harris
93rd Canadian Infantry Battalion/ 52nd Battalion
Regimental Number 195309

 George Harris was born on April 10, 1897 in London, England and likely immigrated to Canada as a Home Child. He enlisted with the 93rd Peterborough Infantry Battalion on November 16, 1915 in that city.  On his enlistment papers George listed his current address as “Care of S. McDonald of R.R.1 Warsaw, Ontario”. 

He was working as a farm labourer at the time and declared no previous military service.  He listed his next of kin as his sister: Mrs. Joseph Cook of 68 Corfield St. Buildings, Bethnal Green, London, England.  George was 18 years, 7 months old and stood 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighed 114 pounds. He had a dark complexion, Brown eyes and black hair.  He was a member of the Church of England.  The medical examiner also noted that her bore a scar above his right eye and four small moles on his back.  He was declared fit for military service and joined the 93rd Battalion in their training in the city of Peterborough during the winter of 1916, until they moved to Barriefield Camp Kingston in May.

George sailed out of Halifax with his battalion on July 25th 1916 and arrived in Liverpool, England ten days later.  He was sent to Otterpool Camp for training and to await re-assignment to another battalion as the 93rd was broken up.  ON the 4th of October 1916, he was sent, along with a small group of former “93rd men” to the 52nd “New Ontario” Battalion.  Harris arrived in France and joined the 52nd, which was originally composed of men from the Thunder Bay area, in the trenches on October 21st.  Harris would have seen a steep learning curve as he was immediately thrown into the Battle of the Somme and the attack on Courcellette.  Harris survived unscathed from this horrible battle and would spend the winter of 1917 holding the line.

On February 2nd, Harris reported to the Canadian Field Ambulance with nephritis, an inflammation of the kidneys and was a severe enough case to be evacuated to the 1st West General Hospital in Hastings a week later.  He stayed here close to a month before being transferred to the Manitoba Regiment Depot on April 10th to await reassignment to France. 

Harris never made it back to the front; he instead entered the Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom, England on April 21 again suffering from nephritis.  He complained of dull aching pains in his back and kidneys as well as frequent headaches.  He also exhibited signs of nervousness such as trembling hands.  The medical officer described him as undernourished, pale and weak and as having a one-inch scar on his lower jaw as a result of shrapnel. His condition was described as a result of extreme exposure during his five months in the trenches. He was certified as medically unfit for further military service and granted special authority to return to Canada.  Pte. Harris sailed from Liverpool for Canada on the S.S. Carmania on the 26th of August 1917. 

Upon arriving in Canada, Harris reported to Kingston where he continued to revolve in and out of Queen’s Military Hospital for treatment for chronic Nephritis for the next four months, when on  January 21st  1918, he was formally discharged from military service.

Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Pte. Samuel Lowe 195925


Pte. Samuel Lowe
93rd Peterborough Bn/ 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles
Regimental Number 195925

Samuel Louis Lowe was born in Bury, England on August 25th, 1897.

He was living and working as a farmer in Warsaw, Ontario when he enlisted as a private in the 93rd Peterborough Battalion on the 24th of April, 1916.  William was nearly 20 years old and unmarried.  He stood five foot six and had a dark complexion, hazel eyes and dark hair.  He was a Roman Catholic and declared no previous military experience.  It appears that Samuel might have come to Canada as a Home Child as his attestation paper originally listed “none” beside his next of kin, and was later annotated as “Former Guardian Lady Arundall of Wardour, Tidsbury, Wiltshire, England”.

Private Lowe remained in the city of Peterborough and continued training there for close to a month before the entire 93rd Battalion moved to Barriefield camp, Kingston.  After another six weeks of training, the 93rd was transported by rail to Halifax where they boarded the S.S. Empress of Britain on the 15th of July, 1916.  They arrived safely in Liverpool ten days later.

The 93rd, like many other Canadian battalions arriving in England at the time, were broken up and their ranks assigned to other Canadian battalions already fighting at the front.  By September 7th, Lowe was part of a draft of 93rd men assigned to the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles, an infantry unit already in engaged in France.  Lowe immediately made his way to France, but did not join his unit immediately.  Upon arriving on the continent, he spent two weeks at the Brigade Depot before joining the 3rd Entrenching Battalion.  This was a common occurrence for many soldiers newly landed in France, as they awaited the transition to their respective battalions.  During this time, Lowe would have been employed in constructing and maintaining trenches in the rear and support lines.  He joined the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles in the French town of Albert on October 2nd, only a day after the battalion had come out of a grueling attack on Regina Trench, in which they had lost more than half their strength.  Lowe spent the next week in the rear getting acquainted with his new unit, drilling and preforming the occasional work party.  On the 9th he accompanied the remnants of the 5th C.M.R. back into the trenches captured a week previously.  The next three days were characterized by heavy enemy shelling.  It was likely during the shelling that Sam was hit with shrapnel.

He was admitted to the No. 26 General Hospital in Etaples, France on October 12th, 1916 with wounds to his right thigh and arms.  He was evacuated to another hospital in Reading, England six days later, spending close to three months there, before being moved to a Canadian Convalescent assembly center in Epsom.  He was discharged February 16, 1917 to the 22nd Reserve Battalion at Shoreham, England before returning to France and rejoining the 5th Mounted Rifles on the 24th of April 1917 in their newly captured trenches on Vimy Ridge.

Sam spent the next five weeks at the front until reporting to a hospital in Wimeraux on the 3rd of June 1917 suffering from deafness.  The condition must have been severe enough to be referred to a different English hospital three days later. There, he was declared almost totally deaf and discharged to the Regimental Depot while he continued to receive treatments for his hearing.

Samuel was next posted to the Canadian Army Dental Corps, travelling to various training camps in England as well as their headquarters in London throughout August 1917 to July 1918.  Though it is certain that during his time there he was preforming duties and not being treated, the nature of his work is unknown.

After nearly a year with the Dental Corps., Lowe was then assigned to the Canadian Forestry Corps on July 2nd 1918.  He reported to their headquarters at London at the time, before making his way to the Canadian Forestry Camp at Inverness, Scotland.  His work with the foresters would have primarily involved harvesting and processing timber for the war effort.  He worked steadily there, even after the war had ended.  He was awarded a leave of absence from December 20th to the 30th, but ran in to trouble when he overstayed his leave by close to two weeks and did not return until the 12th of January.  For this action he received ten days of Field Punishment No.2, which involved extra fatigues often while being shackled.  He also forfeited 13 days’ pay.  Lowe continued to work at the forestry camp until May 14th, 1919 when he left Inverness for the Canadian Camp in Witley, England.

Samuel Lowe remained at Witley until June 25th, 1919 when he left England aboard H.M.T. Caronia for Canada.  He was discharged from military service a couple of weeks later in Kingston, Ontario on the 4th of July.

Samuel return to the Peterborough area after the war and was married there to Margaret Murphy in 1921.

Sources
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 585. P.409.
Canada. "Military Service File of Samuel Louis Lowe." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5769-32. Item Number 540838.

Sunday, 22 September 2019

Pte. Arthur Little 3060779


Pte. Arthur Little
1st Eastern Ontario Depot Battalion  Regimental Number 3060779

Arthur Little was born on April 11th 1892 in Hall’s Glen, a small village in the northern end of Dummer township.  His parents were George and Harriet Little.

Arthur was ordered to report to Peterborough on October 31st, 1917 for a medical examination under the Military Service Act, 1917.  Being 25 and single, he was for the criteria for the wave of Canadians to be drafted under the act.  Though he stood only 5 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed only 135 pounds, he was considered fit for overseas service.  His examiner described Arthur as having a fair complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  It was also noted that he bore a small scar above his right eye.  He was listed as a farmer, his religion was Methodist and that he had no previous military service.

Though considered fit for service he was not called to report to for training until ten months later on August 1st 1918.  On that date Arthur arrived at Barriefield Camp in Kingston and was taken into the 1st Eastern Ontario Depot Battalion to begin military training. 

Arthur Little's final resting place in Warsaw, Ontario.
He left Canada with a draft of reinforcements on August 10th and arrived in England 15 days later.  He was taken into the 6th Canadian Reserve Battalion at Seaford, England. He was attached to the No.6 Detachment Canadian Army Pay Corps from May 22nd to June 1st 1919.  He sailed for Canada a month after and was discharged on July 4, 1919 in Kingston, Ontario.

Arthur returned to Warsaw and continued to farm.  He married Lila McCracken there in 1922.    He passed away in 1965 and is buried in St. Mark’s Cemetery in Warsaw, Ontario.

Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: 112, Reel: MS929; P.43.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (east/est), Ontario; Page: 4; Family No: 35.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Census Place: 19 - Dummer Township, Warsaw Village, Peterborough East, Ontario; Page: 6; Family No: 49.
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: RG 31; Folder Number: 8; Census Place: Dummer (Township), Peterborough East, Ontario; Page Number: 1
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 622.
Canada. "Military Service File of Arthur Little." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 5674-24. Item Number 531934.

Pte. Cephas Payne 3059874


Pte. Cephas Payne
1st Eastern Ontario Depot Battalion
Regimental Number 3059874

Cephas John Payne was born in Warsaw, Ontario on May 6th, 1900 to parents Paul and Mary Ann Payne.   The family farmed on Lot 14 on the 4th Concession.

He was living in Essonville, Ontario and working as a farmer when he was ordered to report to Barriefield Camp, Kingston under the Military Service Act (Conscription).  Cephas arrived at Barriefield on May 16th, 1918, joined the 1st Depot Battalion Eastern Ontario Regiment and underwent a medical examination to ascertain his ability to serve overseas. 

Cephas was described as 5 feet, 3 inches tall and 110 pounds.  He had a medium complexion, blue eyes and dark hair.  He had no previous military experience and was a Methodist.  Cephas was found to be 18 years old at the time and rated category E as he was considered underage for military service.  Though early in the war, recruiters might have turned a blind eye to this, public outcry around young boys fighting and dying in combat had caused military authorities to be more stringent in enforcing the 19 year-old age limit during the war’s latter years.

Cephas was discharged from service the next day on May 17, having served one day in the 1st Depot Battalion.

Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: 78 Reel: MS929; P.75.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1891. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough East, Ontario; Roll: T-6363; Family No: 77
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (east/est), Ontario; Page: 9; Family No: 126. P.38.
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 900.
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: RG 31; Folder Number: 8; Census Place: Medicine Hat, Alberta; Page Number: 11
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Census Place: 19 - Dummer Township, Warsaw Village, Peterborough East, Ontario; Page: 7; Family No: 122
Canada. "Military Service File of Cephas John Payne." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 7667-42. Item Number 572222.

Pte. Lawrence McCracken 3057160



Pte. Lawrence McCracken 
1st Eastern Ontario Depot Battalion/ Machine Gun Corps.               Regimental Number 3057160

Lawrence Edgar McCracken was born in Dummer Township on October 22nd 1890. He was the son of James and Mary “Annie” McCracken.  The family farmed on Lot 20 on the 2nd Concession, near where Bethel Church was located.

Lawrence was one of the thousands of young Canadian men who were drafted into service under conscription.  On November 19th 1917 the 27 year old was called into Peterborough to undergo a medical inspection to assess his eligibility for overseas service.   McCracken was unmarried and listed his occupation as farmer.  He had no previous military service.  He was described by doctors as having a ruddy complexion, blue eyes and brown hair.  He stood 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighed 140 pounds.   The medical inspection designated him a category A.2 having found Lawrence fit for overseas service.

Having completed the first step of conscription, Lawrence headed home to Lakefield to await a further summons to report to a military training camp.  That reality came on March 6th 1918 as Lawrence reported to Barriefield Camp, Kingston and joined the 1st Ontario Depot Battalion.  He trained there with the infantry for close to a month before being transferred into the 205th Battalion, Machine Gun Depot at Camp Niagara, Hamilton on March 31st 1918.  He continued training, as a machine gunner.

Near the end of Summer Lawrence was selected among a draft of Machine Gunners to make their way overseas.  He entrained for Halifax and sailed overseas arriving in England on August 17th 1918.  He was assigned to the Canadian Machine Gun Depot at Seaford Camp where he received further instruction in gunning and awaited posting to a fighting unit at the front. 
Lawrence McCracken 

He was sent to the Machine Gun Pool in France on November 9th 1918.  He had barely arrived when the war ended two days later.  He never saw action but remained in France until January 23rd 1919, when he was sent back to England for demobilization.   Lawrence sailed back to Canada on July 2nd, and was discharged from military service in Toronto, Ontario nine days later.

Lawrence went back to the family farm in Dummer and worked as a linesman.  He was later married there on November 24th 1921 to Ida Jory.  He passed away in Warsaw in 1982 and is buried there in St. Mark’s Cemetery.


Sources
Archives of Ontario. Registrations of Births and Stillbirths – 1869-1913. Toronto, Ontario, Canada: Series: 101 Reel: MS929; P.9.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1901. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1901; Census Place: Dummer, Peterborough (east/est), Ontario; Page: 11; Family No: 104. P.36.
Library and Archives Canada. Census of Canada, 1911. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: Year: 1911; Census Place: 19 - Dummer Township, Warsaw Village, Peterborough East, Ontario; Page: 9; Family No: 107.
Archives Canada. "Military Service File of Lawrence Edgar McCracken." Library and Archives Canada, Ottawa: Record Group 150, Accession 1992-93/166, Box 6665-37. Item Number 142133.
Archives of Ontario; Toronto, Ontario, Canada; Registrations of Marriages, 1869-1928; Reel: 585.
Library and Archives Canada. Sixth Census of Canada, 1921. Ottawa, Ontario, Canada: RG 31; Folder Number: 81; Census Place: Dummer (Township), Peterborough East, Ontario; Page Number: 9.