Those who gave their lives
in the Great War

136th Battalion collar tab The family of each soldier who gave his life was asked to submit details about his military history, a photograph - the collection of which is displayed in the Port Hope town hall - and a short biography. A transcription of the material and photographs submitted is presented here.

Note Information in italics was not part of the original submissions, but rather collected from service records and other online resources.

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NameRegimental numberEnlistment date/placeUnit at enlistmentUnit at
Battles foughtBattles woundedDistinctionDeath
Burial place
Aisthorpe, Charles Frederick2,393,468Jul 1918, Toronto1st Depot Battalion, Central Ontario Regiment75th Battalion30 Sep 1918, near CambraiMilitary cemetery at X23, B.30.30, Plot 1, Row B, Grave 13, Sailly Map, Saily, France
Arkless, Frank805,473Feb 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion, C.E.F.87th Battalion, Grenadier GuardsVimy RidgeVimy Ridge09 Apr 1917, FranceCanadian Cemetery No. 2, Neuville-St.-Vaast, France
Ashman, John Charles805,79414 Aug 1914, 46th reg't. 20 Oct 1916, Port Hope, 136th Battalion2nd Battalion21st BattalionYpres, Flanders, etc.Vimy Ridge09 Apr 1917, Vimy RidgeVimy Memorial, France
Barnard, Arthur805,010Dec 1915, Port Hope136th BattalionB Co., Grenadier Guards, M-G Co.Vimy RidgeVimy Ridge09 Apr 1917, Vimy RidgeVimy Memorial, France
Batchelor, John William412,54926 Dec 1914, Port Hope39th Battalion13th Highlanders, MontrealHooge, Zillebeke, Somme, etc.SommePromoted to L/Corp. before going down to the Somme04 Sep 1916, du Mouguet Farmdu Mouguet Farm
Bell, David Brown59,053Oct 1914, Port Hope21st Battalion21st BattalionYpres, St. Eloi, Courcelette, Vimy Ridge, AmiensMilitary medal & Bar. Once mentioned in despatches27 Aug 1918, near SenseeWancourt, France
Bennett, Reuben Cecil412,54328 Dec 1914, Port Hope39th Battalion26th Battalion (Grenade Section)SommeSomme01 Oct 1916, CourceletteNortheast of Albert, France
Burt, Leo George195,027Oct 1915, Peterborough93rd Battalion21st BattalionSt. Eloi, Bully, Grenay, Somme, Vimy RidgeVimy Ridge30 Jul 1918, Queen's Military Hospital, KingstonSt. John's Cemetery, Port Hope
Carmichael, Grant Thornton412,55710 Feb 1915, Port Hope39th Infantry Battalion18th Infantry Battalion08 Apr 1916, St. EloiMenin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Clark, Charles805,51212 Apr 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion, C.E.F.87th Battalion, C.E.F.Vimy RidgeVimy Ridge09 Apr 1917, Vimy RidgeSouth of Givenchy-en-Gohelle, Grave 224
Clark, Frederick William805,53113 Apr 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion, C.E.F.21st Battalion, C.E.F.Vimy RidgeVimy Ridge02 Apr 1918Vimy Memorial, France
Clark, Norman195,42113 Dec 1916, Peterborough93rd Battalion1st Canadian BattalionVimy RidgeVimy Ridge09 Apr 1917, Vimy RidgeSomewhere in France
Clark, Thomas, Sergeant54,12105 Dec 1914, London, Ontario18th Battalion18th Battalion13 May 1917, north of Willerval, FranceEcoivres Military Cemetery, Mont-St.-Eloi
Collett, Vincent Bernard412,56423 Feb 1915, Port Hope39th Battalion1st Battalion13 Jun 1916, Armagh WoodMenin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Cunningham, Frank
Currie, Alger Roy805,22219 Jan 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion87th Canadian BattalionHill 7009 Apr 1917, Vimy Ridge1/2 mile south of Givenchy-en-Gohelle; 4 1/2 miles southwest of Lens, France
Dickinson, Vernon Samuel348,804Feb 1916, KingstonR.C.H.A. KingstonSignaller in 12th BatteryPasschendaele, Vimy RidgePasschendaele27 Apr 1918, EtaplesCemetery adjoining Etaples, France
Edwards, Gilbert, Capt.26 Dec 1916, Port Hope39th Battalion2nd Battalion Canadians, B.E.F.Military Cross11 Sep 1917, Lens, FranceNouex-les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension, near Bethune, France
Eldridge, George412,57628 Dec 1915, Port Hope39th Battalion, C.E.F.24th BattalionSomme05 May 1917, Vimy RidgeVimy Memorial, France
Fairhurst, John Sr.6007 Nov 1914, Cobourg2nd Heavy Battery and Ammunition Column, C.F.A.2nd Heavy Battery31 May 1916, RouenDivisional Cemetery, Belgium
Fogarty, Harold Cecil228,30610 Apr 1916, Toronto201st Battalion, later transferred to 198th Can. Buffs.19th Battalion in FranceNear Lens, 16 Apr 191827 Aug 1918, near Arras, FranceWindmill British Cemetery at Monchy-le-Preux
Fox, Arthur42,48722 Sep 1914, Valcartier, Quebec3rd Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery1st Brigade, C.F.A.14 Jul 1916, Poperinghe, BelgiumLijussenthoek Military Cemetery, Belgium
Fox, Charles Thomas, Sgt.412,57928 Dec 1914, Port Hope 39th Infantry2nd Canadian Battalion18 Aug 1917, Hill 7011th Canadian Infantry Brigade Ground, France
Garbutt, Harold Arthur220,47015 Feb 1916, Belleville80th Battalion50th BattalionKilled by a bursting shell while on duty25 Feb 1917, on the SommeVilliers-au-Bois Cemetery, France
Gibbs, Wilbert Samuel805,61720 Mar 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion75th BattalionVimy Ridge, MonsMons30 Sep 1918, near CambraiMilitary Cemetery - Cambrai
Gifford, Gordon Cranford412,58915 Nov 1915, Port Hope21st Battalion, transferred to 39th Battalion2nd BattalionSt. Eloi, Sanctuary Wood, Passchendaele, 2nd Battle of Somme, HoogeHooge, 05 Jun 191629 Mar 1918, Arras 2nd Battalion - SommeCanadian Cemetery, Arras
Gloyne, Albert Norman59,37114 Nov 1914, Kingston21st Battalion2nd Canadian Divisional Headquarters29 Dec 1915, #2 Casualty Clearing StationBailleul Communal Cemetery
Godwin, Leonard Thomas805,51110 Mar 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion, C.E.F.87th Battalion, C.E.F.Vimy Ridge17 Apr 1917, Vimy Ridge Clearing StationBruay Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais
Green, James Lincoln805,061Port Hope136th Battalion75th BattalionSomme, Vimy Ridge, PasschendaeleLens02 Sep 1917, 7 CCS at Bracquemart Noeux-les-Mines Communal Cemetery
Halliday, James Thomas Wainwright412,60026 Jan 1915, Port Hope39th Battalion21st Battalion, 4th DivisionSt. EloiCourcelette16 Sep 1916, CourceletteNorth side of sunken road between Ovillers and Courcelette
Ham, Chester Joseph412,59215 Mar 1915, Port Hope39th BattalionA Company, 4th BattalionFrom 12 Nov 1915-12 Jun 191612 Jun 1916, Zillebeke, Belgium1/4 mile northeast of Zillebeke
Haw, William James288,3471916, Winnipeg221st Battalion27th BattalionSomme, Vimy Ridge, PasschendaelePasschendaele06 Nov 1917Part of sheets 10 and 28, D.Gd.38
Heron, George Thomas413,117Mar 1915, Port Hope39th Battalion2nd Canadian BattalionYpres, Somme, etc.25 Jul 1916Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Hinton, David John Charles805,64328 Mar 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion87th Battalion22 Apr 1917, Etaples Hospital, FranceEtaples Military Cemetery, Etaples
Holden, John50,42921 Nov 1914, Port Hope21st Battalion, C.E.F.21st Battalion, C.E.F.Ypres (2nd), Somme, Amiens, Arras, Vimy Ridge, PasschendaeleSomme, AmiensMilitary medal08 Aug 1918, Marcelcave, Amiens, FranceMidway Cemetery, Grave 13, Row A, Plot 1. Midway between Villers-Bretonneux & Marcelcave
Irwin, Edgar Edward805,08509 Nov 1915, Port Hope136th Battalion21st Canadian BattalionDuty at dressing station06 Nov 1917, in FrancePotijze Chateau Grounds, Ypres, Belgium
Johnston, James (aka James Shane)805,08728 Dec 1915, Port Hope136th Durham Battalion87th Grenadier GuardsVimy Ridge, Hill 70, LensVimy Ridge15 Aug 1917, LensLoos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais
Keating, George805,2781915, Port Hope136th BattalionNo. 1 Company, 2nd Canadians30 Mar 1918Duisans British Cemetery, Etrun
Kerman, Alva3,031,64603 Jan 1918, Toronto12th Canadian Reserve4th Canadian BattalionJust reached lines when killed by stray machine gun bullet20 Oct 1918Hasnox Communal Cemetery, 6 miles west of Denain, France
Kerr, George219,35301 Sep 1915, Port Hope80th Battalion50th BattalionSomme19 Nov 1916, CourceletteVimy Memorial, France
Lightle, William George220,51513 Mar 1916, Belleville80th Battalion, Belleville54th BattalionSommeSomme18 Nov 1916, AlbertCourcelette, France
Lownie, William Nicholson805,103Dec 1915, Port Hope136th Battalion, C.E.F.87th BattalionVimy RidgeOffensive on 27 Mar 191830 Mar 1918, 6th Casualty Clearing StationHouchin British Cemetery, Noeux-les-Mines, France
McCabe, Thomas Owen Carroll3,107,06205 Feb 1918, Toronto1st Depot Battalion58th Canadian Battalion30 Sep 1918, CambraiAnneux British Cemetery, Nord, France
McDermott, Leo Joseph3,354,188Regina, Sask.1st Depot Battalion, Sask. RegimentNon-Combat, Railroad Battalion22 Oct 1918, Winnipeg-Spanish flu followed by pneumoniaSt. Mary's RC Cemetery, Port Hope
McElroy, Harold348,95503 Apr 1916, KingstonC Battery, C.H.A.30th Battery, 8th Army BrigadePasschendaele, AmiensAmiens08 Aug 1918, Gentelles, near AmiensHangard, France
McMahon, Norman Joseph2,001,072Mar 1918, Cobourg139th Heavy Battery15 Nov 1918, FranceAuberchicourt, near Derriau
Mercer, William452,64828 Jun 1915, Niagara-on-the-Lake2nd Battalion2nd Battalion26 Apr 1916, Trenches at Hill 60, Zillebeke, BelgiumWoods Cemetery, Belgium
Micks, Robert Alonzo195,17425 Oct 1915 93rd Battalion5th Canadian Mounted RiflesSomme, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, PasschendaelePasschendaele30 or 31 Oct 1917Menin Gate, Ypes, Belgium
Milne, Edward Charles305,02001 Sep 1915, Hamilton42nd Battalion, C.F.A.3rd C.D.A.C.Ypres, Somme, Vimy RidgeVimy Ridge02 Apr 1917, 26th General Hospital, EtaplesEtaples Military Cemetery, Etaples
Nixon, Percy Howard, Sgt.412,61903 Mar 1915, Port Hope39th Battalion52nd BattalionFrom Apr-Dec 191629 Jul 1917, Queen Mary's Military HospitalWhalley, Lancashire, England
Oliver, Samuel219,91616 Oct 1915, Port Hope80th Battalion72nd BattalionSomme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, CambraiPasschendaele27 Sep 1918, CambraiInchy, France - Plot 2, Row E, Grave No. 10
Petley, William Richard805,13106 Dec 1915, Port Hope136th Battalion75th BattalionVimy Ridge05 Mar 1917, Vimy RidgeVimy Memorial, France
Powers, Clarence Ford805,40115 Mar 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion75th Canadian BattalionVimy Ridge13th Mar 1917, Casualty Clearing Station, FranceBarlin Communal Cemetery, France
Reynolds, Arthur Hector, Sgt.42,57111 Aug 1914, Port Hope4th Battery, 1st Brigade, C.F.A.St. Eloi, Sanctuary Woods, Somme, Vimy Ridge, FresnoyFresnoy02 May 1917Arras and Lens Road, Arian Dump, Ecurie Station, France
Shipway, Frank412,63722 Feb 1915, Port Hope25th Battalion29th Reserve Battalion03 Jun 1916, BelgiumReninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium
Sleeman, Norman Blake904,315Mar 1916, Edmonton194th Highlanders49th Battalion, B.E.F.Reported missing09 Jun 1917Vimy Memorial, France
Smith, Wainwright William341,33231 Oct 1917, Toronto70th Battery, C.F.A., C.E.F.32nd Battery, 8th ArmyCambrai30 Sep 1918, Bourlon VillageOntario Military Cemetery, 1/2 mile from Inchy
Staples, Charles Henry805,63322 Mar 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion87th BattalionVimy RidgeVimy Ridge, 12 Apr 191727 Jul 1918, FranceBritish Cemetery, Anzin-St. Aubin British Cemetery, France
Staples, Stanley Joseph195,21304 Oct 1915, Peterborough4th Platoon, A Co., 93rd Battalion, C.E.F.1st Canadian Battalion, B.E.F.Vimy RidgeRecommended for Victoria Cross06 Nov 1917, FranceMenin Gate, Ypres, Belgium
Tutton, George Henry455,15125 Jul 1915, Port Hope59th BattalionRoyal Canadian Regiment08 Oct 1916, Somme5 3/4 miles northeast of Albert, France
Tutton, Jack195,22904 Oct 1915, Peterborough93rd Battalion1st Canadian BattalionVimy Ridge, Passchendaele08 Nov 1917, 2nd Canadian Casualty Clearing StationLijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Poperinghe, Belgium
Walsh, Thomas Morrow, Lieut.Spring, 1915, Yorkton, Sask.53rd Battalion, WinnipegRoyal Canadian RegimentSomme08 Oct 1916, taking Regina TrenchReported missing and subsequently officially reported dead
White, Charles Herbert, Lieut.Port Hope136th Battalion20th BattalionRaids, Feb 191717 Aug 1917, Hill 70 near LensAix-Noulette, France
Wilson, Lionel Benjamin3,060,21626 May 1918, Kingston73rd Battery, C.F.A.B Co., 2nd Section Canadian Artillery, Tank Battalion13 Oct 1918, at seaHalifax Memorial, Nova Scotia
Wilson, Richard Bloomfield805,60721 Mar 1916, Port Hope136th Battalion19 Mar 1917, Toronto General HospitalWelcome Cemetery, Port Hope
Youden, Thomas William219,355Dec 1914, Port Hope39th Battalion, C.E.F.80th BattalionSomme, Vimy RidgeSomme03 Jun 1917Vimy Memorial, France

Charles Aisthorpe Charles Frederick Aisthorpe was born and brought up in Port Hope. He passed through the Public School, acquiring a taste for good reading which was his chief recreation through life. At the time of his enlistment in Toronto in July 1918, he was working as a machinist in the steel plants in Pittsburgh, USA. He was tall and well set up in stature and friends who saw him in his Highland uniform remarked that he was one of the handsomest soldiers that ever went forth from Canada. He got to France in a remarkably short time and engaged in some of the battles that finally brought the war to a successful conclusion. During an advance upon the enemy near Cambrai on 30 September, the 75th Battalion went forward, ran into strong machine gun nests and was badly cut to pieces. Among the fallen was Aisthorpe, who was buried at Sailly.
Frank Arkless Frank Arkless was born in Hope Township and was educated in the Public School of the district. He was engaged as a farm labourer when he enlisted with the 136th Battalion in February 1916. He trained with his unit in Port Hope, Barriefield and Valcartier, going overseas in September 1916. There are few particulars of his military career known, as he wrote but briefly to his relatives on the subject of war. Like most of the 136th men, he got to France very shortly after arriving in England and was attached to the 87th Grenadier Guards which took an important part in the capture of Vimy Ridge. It was on the first day of this memorable action, 09 April 1917, that Arkless fell. His officer, writing home to his mother, spoke highly of his bravery and fidelity as a soldier. He was buried with several other comrades from Port Hope near the scene of his death.
No photograph submitted John Charles Ashman was born in England and spent the greatest part of his life there. He early enlisted in the British Army and saw service in the South African Campaign of 1899-1902. He was employed in the Standard Ideal factory, Port Hope, and when the Great War was declared by England on 04 August 1914, Ashman and about twenty comrades enlisted, leaving on the 20th day of the same month for Valcartier, the mobilization camp for the famous 1st Division. After serving for about two years in France, he was invalided home and mustered out of the Army. On recovering sufficiently, he presented himself to the 136th Battalion mobilized at Port Hope and was taken on the strength. He trained again at Valcartier, went overseas again and fought in France. He was officially reported missing, having lost his life in the great battle of Vimy Ridge on 09 April 1917. Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 07 Aug 1917
Arthur Barnard Arthur Barnard was born 15 April 1892 in England and came to Canada when twelve years of age in care of the Barnardo Home. He lived with a farmer near Orono for some years, but had been employed in the rubber factory at Bowmanville previous to his enlisting. Barnard was small of stature, but large of heart, and cheerful under all circumstances. He was a young man respected by all who became acquainted with him. At the time of going overseas, he was a bugler for the 136th Battalion, with which he trained at Barriefield and Valcartier. He went overseas in September 1916 and in a very short time was in France. He met his death at Vimy Ridge where so many of the old 136th men fell on Easter Monday 1917. His burial place is unknown.
John Batchelor John William Batchelor was born at Worlbabye in Lincolnshire, England on 28 October 1884. He came to Canada in 1905, but returned to England in 1908 where he married. He again came to Port Hope with his wife and two small children in 1911, working in the Ideal Standard factory until his enlistment with the 39th Battalion in December 1914. His parents, JW and Mrs. Batchelor were residents of Port Hope when he enlisted. He trained with his unit in Port Hope and Belleville, went overseas in June 1915, completing his training in England. He was drafted to the 13th Highlanders with whom he fought at Hooge, Zillebeke and the Somme. He was caught by a German sniper at du Mouquet Farm and was instantly killed by a bullet through his head. His burial place is in du Mouquet Farm.
David Bell David Brown Bell was born and brought up in Scotland and was educated in the public schools there. He learned the trade of electrician in Edinburgh and came to Canada in 1910. He was fond of outdoor sports and took particular pleasure in football. He first resided in Cobourg, Ontario, for two years, but was employed in the Standard Ideal factory in Port Hope when he joined the 21st Battalion in October 1914, training in Kingston and going overseas in May 1915. This famous battalion went to France as a unit and Bell was attached to the stretcher bearers section with which he remained throughout his military career. He saw service in Ypres, St. Eloi, Courcelette, Vimy, Amiens and all the engagements in which his unit participated. He rose to the rank of sergeant, won the Military Cross and Bar [his file states the Military Medal and Bar] and was mentioned in despatches for bravery. He served for nearly three years in France without a wound but was killed on 27 August 1918 in the great drive that eventually brought victory to the Allies. His last letters to his wife contained the news of his promotion to the rank of sergeant.
Reuben Bennett Reuben Cecil Bennett was born 15 June 1895 at Oshawa and was a member of the Church of England. He belonged to the St. George's Club and No Surrender L.O.L 686 Oshawa. He was a total abstainer all his life and was of a kind and cheerful disposition, making friends wherever he went. He also took a very active part in all sports, both in Oshawa and Port Hope, and continued in the same after going overseas in England and France. It was stated by his officer that he always displayed great courage, but his greatest trait was that his first and last thoughts were of his home. Reuben was an exceptional boy in this respect and the greatest possible comfort to his parents. In his last letters home, he urged his mother to send him her photograph. At the time of his death, he was in the bombing section of his unit. A comrade accidentally lighted the fuse of one of his bombs and, throwing away his jacket, Bennett was caught in the explosion and was mortally wounded. He died at the dressing station and was buried at Albert, France.
Leo Burt Leo George Burt was born at Port Hope 15 June 1897. He was an eighteen-year-old student of Port Hope High School when he enlisted with the 93rd Battalion at Peterborough in October 1915. While at school, he was a member of St. John's Athletic Club, every member of which offered his services to the army, and all who were medically fit went overseas. Leo went in July 1916 and took part in the battles of St. Eloi, Bully, Grany, Somme and Vimy Ridge where he was wounded in April 1917. He was invalided home in March 1918 and died at Queen's Military Hospital at Kingston on 30 July 1918. He was buried at St. John's Anglican Cemetery, Port Hope.
Grant Carmichael Grant Thornton Carmichael, son of Charles Robert and Margaret (Murphy), was born in Belleville on 18 June 1890. He married Edith Violet Barker in Port Hope on 14 September 1911.Following enlistment, Grant arrived in England on 03 July 1915 and France on 13 December. He was killed in action near St. Eloi around 08 April 1916. His name is inscribed on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
Fred & Charles Clark Charles Clark, son of William and Grace Clark of the Township of Hope, attended the Public School of Port Hope on his youth, but being a member of a large family, could not pursue his studies further. He farmed for the greater part of his life but at the time of enlistment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, he was engaged as one of the hands in the Goodyear Rubber Company at Bowmanville, Ontario. [His attestation papers state that he was a barber in Port Hope, while his brother, Fred, was the Bowmanville labourer.] He enlisted with the 136th Battalion at Port Hope on 12 April 1916, training in Barriefield and Valcartier in the machine gun section. His battalion went overseas the latter part of September or beginning of October of the same year and before Christmas he was in France, having been transferred to the 87th Battalion. As the strict censoring of letters allowed but meagre news of his doings in France to reach home, all that is known is that he participated in the battle of Vimy Ridge and was killed on the first day of that great fight. He was buried near Givenchy and his grave is marked by the usual cross. His brother, Fred, was severely wounded in the same battle. Charles Clark
Photo courtesy of John Hill
See photograph above and to the rightFrederick William Clark was the son of William and Grace Clark of Hope Township. He was educated at the Public School, Port Hope, and from an early age engaged in farming. He enlisted a day or two after his brother in the 136th Battalion - 13 April 1916 - and both went through their military training together in Canada and England. They were separated when they went to France - Charles going to the 87th and Fred to the 21st Battalion, C.E.F. Fred was wounded 10 April 1916 at Vimy Ridge. He was removed to hospital in England where he remained for about six months convalescing. He eventually returned to the front and while engaged in carrying in a wounded comrade, he was shot and killed by a German sniper. Neither the place of his death nor the location of his grave is known. He died 02 April 1918 during the time when the enemy was making such headway towards Paris and the Channel Ports. Fred Clark
Photo courtesy of John Hill
Norman Clark Norman Clark, son of William and Emily (Gilberry), was born on 28 April 1880 in Port Hope. He married Agnes Madeline Tamblin in Peterborough on 10 August 1909.On his attestion papers, Norman claimed five years prior service with the 46th Regiment. He sailed from Halifax on 15 July 1916, arriving in England on 25 July and France on 28 September. He was killed in the field at Vimy Ridge on 09 April 1917. His name is inscribed among the missing on the Vimy Memorial.
No photograph submitted Thomas Clarke was born in West Gorton, Lancashire, England on 11 October 1891. Unsure of when he came to Canada. He stated on his December 1914 enlistment papers that he was unmarried, while his military records show his widow, (Mrs.) May E.E. Clarke of Belleville, as his next-of-kin. A marriage registration has not been found. Previous to his 1914 enlistment, he served for one year with the Belleville Regiment. He disembarked in Boulogne on 16 September 1915 and was appointed as a replacement cook, during which duty he scalded his right foot. Back in the field, he was promoted to the rank of sergeant on 10 March 1916. He was killed on 13 May 1917, north of Willerval. From the 18th (Western Ontario) Canadian Battalion War Diary for the night of 12th/13th: "During the night, Brigade called for two parties to carry wire to the front line, Lieut.'s G.E. Lucas and W.R. Wright being detailed to take charge of these parties. Lieut. G.E. Lucas completed his task with the loss of 4 O.R.'s 'Wounded'. Lieut. W.R. Wright and party on returning were heavily shelled in Mt. Foret Road, scattering the party. Lieut. W.R. Wright and Sgt. T. Clark being 'Killed' and 6 O.R.'s 'Wounded'.He was buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery, near Arras, France, at the age of 25.
No photograph submitted Vincent Bernard Collett There were no submissions as there were no family members in the area to respond to the local newspaper's request.

Vincent, son of Henry Walter and Sarah (McAvan), was born in Market Drayton, Shropshire, England, on 13 January 1888. His mother died in 1893, and in April 1904, at the age of 16, he emigrated with a group of children, led by Annie Macpherson, to the Marchmont Home in Belleville.On 30 July 1910 in Port Hope, Vincent married Mary Ann Doherty and had two children: Helen Elizabeth (1911) and James Vincent (1912). Mary died on 27 June 1916 at the age of 28, her death registration stating that, while she had suffered with tuberculosis for three months, the immediate cause of death was "shock from death of husband". The 1921 Sidney Township census returns show Helen and James as 'orphans' living with Dr. Charles Coughlin and his wife, Hannah. Helen passed away in 2008, having never married. James went on to serve with the US Navy in WW2.Following his February 1915 enlistment, Vincent arrived in England on 03 July 1915. He was killed in action on 13 June 1916 in Armagh Wood, France. There is no record of a burial, his name being inscribed on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 30 Jun 1916
No photograph submitted Frank Cunningham Nothing was submitted to the Committee. Nothing has been found to connect him locally. Yet his name is in the Book of Remembrance and on the Cenotaph. Perhaps a Home Boy, which could explain the absence of local records? A search of the Library & Archives Canada records reveals a 16-year-old Frank Cunningham, one of 130 Quarrier Boys who arrived in Brockville in 1892. While not a positive identification, we believe there is sufficient evidence to claim that his is the name on the Port Hope Cenotaph.
Francis Docherty Cunningham, son of John and Sarah (Docherty), was born on 13 June 1875 in Glasgow. His mother was left a widow with four children by 1891. For whatever reason, Frank arrived in Brockville in 1892. He married Elizabeth Jane Blackler on 21 March 1903 in Newcastle, and, by the time of his 1916 Toronto enlistment, had six children. At that time, he reported that both parents were dead. His war efforts were short-lived. He arrived in England in September 1916 and entered hospital a month later with nephritis. He was discharged to a Convalescent Home in Toronto on 29 January 1917 for treatment for nephritis and a recurring eye infection. His discharge paper of 30 September 1917 states that he had been "invalided to Canada by authority of Medical Board". His Medical History of an Invalid form, dated 06 March 1918, decribes in detail his condition and treatment and concludes with the decision that his disabilities "arose on duty" and were "aggravated on duty". Frank passed away at his Oshawa home on 27 July 1920, the cause of death being nephritis and heart failure. He is buried in Oshawa's Union Cemetery. While not a battlefield casualty, he is listed in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission records, hence his inclusion in the Book of Remembrance and on the Cenotaph. Elizabeth married widower John Fenton in 1923, passed away of heart problems in 1930, and was buried with Frank.
Frank Cunningham
Frank on right
Image courtesy of Anne Sanderson

Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 28 Sep 1918
Alger Currie Alger Roy Currie Roy’s name has appeared in a variety of forms: Roy Currie (birth registration), Albert Roy Currie (military file) and Alger Roy Currie (Cenotaph).
Son of Donald and Minnie (Belfry), Roy was born in Bolsover, Ontario, on 16 March 1896. Shown as a baker on his attestation papers with the 136th Battalion, he claimed one year’s prior service with the 14th Field Battery.He arrived in England on 06 October 1916. By December he was in France, where he lost his life at Vimy Ridge. From the Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War: “Went ‘over the top’ with his company in the attack and capture of Vimy Ridge and was killed, but no details relative to the actual circumstances of his death are available”.He is buried, one of 378 Canadians from the battle, with his comrades in Canadian Cemetery No. 2, Pas de Calais, France.
Vernon Dickinson Vernon Samuel Dickinson was born in Port Hope 03 July 1897. He attended the common school, private schools and Trinity College School, but his attention could not be kept on the books with the exception of writing and drawing. He was a natural mechanic and could make anything, constructing a wireless telegraphic outfit at his home from which messages could be plainly heard from Toronto. He was compelled to take the outfit down when war was declared. He was generous to a fault and would give his last penny to a friend. He was very anxious to enlist and coaxed his mother for months to get her consent. He signed up with the R.C.H.A. Kingston in February 1916 and sailed for England on the S.S. Olymphic. In a very short time, he was sent to France where, in the fall of 1916, he, as a signaller in the 12th Battery, was wounded at Passchendaele. He was sent to the hospital at Etaples and on his recovery was returned to the lines. He was again wounded and admitted to the hospital at Etaples 09 April, where he died 27 April 1918. Full particulars could not be obtained owing to hostile aircraft bombing the hospital and destroying the records. His place of burial is presumed to be in the cemetery adjoining Etaples, France.
Gilbert Edwards Gilbert Edwards was born at Zion, Hope Township, 29 August 1888. In early life he was an agriculturalist and later a very successful drover. For a short time he conducted a butcher shop in Port Hope. He was a member of the Methodist Church and a devoted and staunch supporter of the Sunday School and Temperance work. He was a member of the S.O.E.; B.S.; L.O.L.; and A.F. & A.M. In 1908 he entered Hope Township Council where he served as councillor for four years. In 1912 he was elected Deputy-Reeve and was a representative at the County Council. As this was a critical time, owing to the building of two railroads, his keen intellect and business qualifications won for him the gratitude and respect of his supporters. Higher honors were in store for him but he enlisted early in the war as a lieutenant. As he was not qualified, he attended military school in Peterborough where he won the rank of captain. He enlisted with the 39th Battalion on 26 December 1914, spending some months in Port Hope as recruiting officer until removal of the battalion to Belleville. He took a course in the Canadian School of Musketry at Ottawa. On 24 June 1915, Captain Edwards sailed for England, arriving 03 July. He was stationed at West Sandling, Folkestone and Seaford. When the 39th was divided and sent to other units, he was detained in England and kept on the training staff. During this period he visited the instruction camps at the base, France, taking back useful information to the training camps in England. His military ability was recognized in England where he was gazetted Captain, and recommended for Major in the B.E.F. Notwithstanding the honors conferred on him in England, he seized the first opportunity of going on active service in France by reverting to Lieutenant and sailed 15 June 1917. In August he won the Military Cross for bravery, driving the Germans out of a trench and holding same. On 11 September, he was out at Lens with a party of men when they were heavily shelled and gassed by Germans. Captain Edwards was instantly killed by the concussion of the German shell. On 12 September he was buried at Nouex-les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension, near Bethune, France, with military honors. Gilbert Edwards' letter
The first page of Gilbert's letter of sympathy, written in the trenches, to Miss Fox on the death of her brother, Charles. Gilbert was killed at Lens some two weeks later.
Letter courtesy of Ron Good
George Eldridge Samuel George W. Eldridge was born in London, England, on 19 November 1878, one of four children of Cornelius Josephus and Clara Eliza (Clark). He married Clara Wells in London on 19 April 1897 and emigrated to Canada around 1908. The 1911 Port Hope census returns show them with six children.Following George's Port Hope enlistment, he arrived overseas on 03 July 1915 and was killed in action in the trenches at Mont Foret Quarries on 05 May 1917. His name is inscribed on the Vimy Memorial.
No photograph submitted John Fairhurst, Sr. was born on 13 June 1873 in Manchester, England. His marriage to Emma Yates would produce five children, of whom four emigrated with the family to Canada in 1912. A machinist by trade, he enlisted in Cobourg in November 1914. After a bout of influenza in March 1915, he embarked on the S.S. Caledonia on 15 June for England; thence to France on 16 September.A gunner with the 2nd Canadian Heavy Battery & Ammunition Column, he was killed in the field in the vicinity of Ypres on 31 May 1916 and was buried in Belgium.He left behind his wife and son, John Jr., who had enlisted in Oshawa in August 1915, and survived the War to become "...the sole support after the death of his father in the C.E.F." of his mother and two younger brothers, Leslie and Stanley. John Fairhurst, Sr.
Photograph, taken in Cobourg, courtesy of The Canadian Virtual War Memorial
Harold Fogarty Harold Cecil Fogarty enlisted as a signaller in the 201st Battalion 10 April 1916. After training for some time at Camp Borden, his battalion, having reached only a little over six hundred strong, was broken up and divided among two others which were also below strength, the half to which he belonged going to the 198th Battalion, Canadian Buffs. After training at Camp Whitley, England, until early in 1918, he felt, as he himself expressed it in one of his letters home, that he had gone overseas for more important work and more effective service than training-camp routine, so he asked permission to join a draft that was going to the Front. Arriving in France, he was attached to the19th Battalion that was in many actions and which suffered severely. He was wounded about 16 April 1918 during a trench raid in the vicinity of Lens, a section where his brother, Will, had also been wounded some months before. While in hospital, the Germans bombed it from the air and a portion of it was wrecked, with nurses and wounded soldiers killed and wounded. Harold rejoined his battalion shortly before the Allies' great offensive began, marking the beginning of the end of the war. He was with the reinforcements that followed up the memorable battle of Amiens 08 August and took part in the activities that followed until the battle of Arras. On the morning of the second day of this battle, which ended in the breaking of the famous Hindenburg Line, the enemy opened heavy machine gun and shell fire on the advancing Canadians. Harold was instantly killed by bursting shrapnel. His body is buried in Windmill Cemetery, a recognized British burial ground in northern France.
Arthur Fox Arthur Fox
Little has come to light about him, partly due to confusion about his real surname. On his attestation papers, he claimed he was born in London, England, on 12 Feb 1886, and that he was unmarried. Following his death, the Separation Allowance in his military record states that his real name was Arthur Porter, his wife was Elsie Porter, and to “Make all cheques as follows: Mrs. E. Porter, wife of A. Porter”. Mentioned elsewhere: the next-of-kin was his mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Porter, of Worthington, Ontario.The Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War state that Arthur was killed in action on 14 July 1916: “During military operations in the vicinity of Poperinghe, he received severe shell wounds in the head and spine. He was immediately evacuated to No. 17 Casualty Clearing Station where he succumbed later”. He is buried in Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery in Belgium.
Arthur Fox's Will
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Charles Fox Charles Thomas Fox was born at Port Hope 01 November 1891 and was educated at Bailieboro Public School and Port Hope High School. He farmed until 1911 when he went west to work in the Western Saw Mill Yards as checker for a year before returning home. He enlisted In December 1914 and in June 1915 was sent to England to attend the School of Instruction where he was promoted to Sergeant Instructor in physical training and bayonet fighting. In May 1917 he went to France and on 18 August 1917 was killed instantly at Hill 70. He is buried in the 11th Canadian Brigade Cemetery in France.
Harold Garbutt Harold Arthur Garbutt was a member of the Boys O.P.X. Club, Port Hope, and St. John's Athletic Club. A graduate of the Port Hope Public and High Schools, he was attending the Normal School at Peterboro when he offered his services to his country 15 February 1916, enlisting with the Medical Staff of the 80th Battalion, Belleville. He sailed for England 10 May, spending his 19th birthday on the ocean. He was sent to France in July and took part in several battles, and while bravely attending the wounded was struck by a shell and instantly killed 25 February 1917. He showed gifts of unusual power as a public speaker and was a writer of exceptional promise for so young a lad. He was a boy of clean life and wholesome influence and his letters from the front were full of keen observation and delicate humor. The announcement of Harold's death made a deep impression on the citizens of his home town. His body lies in the cemetery at Villiers-Au-Bois in France.
Wilbert Gibbs Wilbert Samuel Gibbs was born on 11 July 1883 in Hope Township, the son of George and Jane (Hales). He married Amy Louise Hornbeck on 05 October 1904 in Cobourg. According to the 1911 Port Hope census returns, they had four children.While in France, he was hospitalized for trench foot in April 1917: "Vimy Ridge. Came out of trenches a week ago. Feet were numb before this. Small superficial gangrenous area right [illegible]”. He was pronounced fit for duty a month later.Wilbert was killed in action on 30 September 1918. The Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War state: “He was killed during an attack north of Cambrai. No details are available regarding the actual circumstances under which he met his death”. He is buried in Cantimpre Canadian Cemetery. Wilbert Gibbs's Will
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No photograph submittedGordon Cranford Gifford, when war broke out, was in British Columbia. He hastened east to his home in Port Hope and enlisted with the 21st Battalion in November 1915. When the 39th Battalion was mobilizing, he transferred to that unit and went overseas in June 1915 with the rank of corporal. In England he was promoted to sergeant and earned a "Distinguished Certificate" as a machine gun instructor. In March 1916, he proceeded to France to the 29th Battalion, 2nd Division, and was posted to the Lewis Gun Section. He took part in the conflict at St. Eloi, Sanctuary Wood and at Hooge, with other Lewis gunners, he helped materially in holding up the German advance. He was badly used up in this engagement and was sent back to England. Recovering from his wounds and shock, in August 1917 he proceeded again to France to the 2nd Battalion. With this unit, he went through Passchendaele in November 1917 and when the Canadian Corps was put in to hold the line in front of Arras during the second battle of the Somme, he was instantly killed by a bursting shell 29 March 1918. His body lies in the Canadian Cemetery at Arras.
Albert Gloyne Albert Norman Gloyne, born at Castel Farm, Stowford, Devon, 20 September 1888, was a resident of Port Hope for several years, employed by the Standard Ideal Company Limited. He enlisted at Kingston with the original 21st Battalion, which later became one of the most famous fighting units of the Canadian Corps in France. Gloyne was attached to the headquarters staff and was on military police duty at the time of his death. He was on service in the village of - - - - which was being shelled by the enemy, directing troops as to the best course to take to avoid danger, when a shell burst near him and he was mortally wounded. He was carried to the casualty clearing station where he died some hours later. He was a good soldier and a good citizen, and won the sad distinction of being the very first citizen soldier from Port Hope to give his life in the Great War. His body lies in Bailleul Communal Cemetery, France.
Leonard Godwin Leonard Thomas Godwin, son of James and Elizabeth, was born 21 October 1886 in Portsmouth, England. According to the 1911 Port Hope census returns, the family emigrated to Canada in 1896, where Leonard married Etta May Hoare. Son Charles Albert was born in 1912.Following his 1916 Port Hope enlistment, he arrived in England on 06 October 1916. In France he suffered a fatal gunshot wound to the abdomen, and succumbed several hours later at the No. 22 Casualty Clearing Station near Vimy, around midnight on 17/18 April 1917. He is buried in Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.Etta passed away of lung cancer on 10 October 1920 at the age of 35 and is buried in Salem Cemetery, Cramahe Township.
No photograph submittedJames Lincoln Green, before his enlistment, was an employee of the Nicholson File Company, Port Hope. He devoted much of his time to sports in which he was greatly interested. He was well-liked by his fellow men and all who knew him. He had a very affectionate disposition and always had a kind word to say about everyone and was always ready to do a kind deed. While he was a soldier, he was a true one, always ready to obey his commanding officers, and was well spoken of by them. The Commanding Officer of the 75th Battalion, to which he was attached when wounded, spoke of him in these words, "I cannot speak too highly of the courage and soldierly bearing of this hero and I assure you that his loss is distinctly felt throughout the Battalion and at the divisional sports". His life was gentle and the elements so mixed in him that nature might stand up and say to all the world, "This was a man." Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 08 Sep 1917
James Halliday James Thomas Wainwright Halliday was brought up as a boy in the neighbourhood of Port Hope, Ontario, receiving but an elementary school education at one of the country schools. At the age of fourteen, he was engaged as a helper in the Nicholson File Factory where he remained until his enlistment in the C.E.F. in 1915. He tried to enlist when the first call for troops was made in the summer of 1914 when war broke out but was dissuaded from doing so by his parents because of his youth. When a company of the 21st Battalion was mobilized in Port Hope, he again desired to enlist but was again dissuaded. On the mobilization of the 39th, he became more insistent and was permitted to offer himself although he had not yet reached his 17th birthday. In England he was drafted to the 21st Battalion that distinguished itself in France. With this unit he served until his death. On the morning of 15 September 1916, an attack was made in the neighbourhood of Courcelette, when an exploding shell killed two comrades beside him and fatally wounded him. He made his way to an old German trench where he could not be reached for two days. When help came he was beyond all need of care as he died on the 16th. His age at death was eighteen years and five months. Unposted postcards for his family were found on his person and a testament that he valued in his breast pocket. He was buried by the "Sunken Road" between Ouvillers and Courcelette where a cross with his id and regiment marks his grave. His was the spirit of the noble men of Canada that command the esteem of all the world.
Chester Ham Chester Joseph Ham was born in Port Hope 04 August 1890. He graduated through the Public School and attended the High School for three years. He then entered the plumbing and tinsmithing business and worked at this trade in Port Hope until March 1911 when he went west to Saskatoon to engage in the same business. After working there for four years, he returned home in March 1915 and enlisted in the 39th Battalion. In a very short time after signing up, he was transferred to Belleville to Headquarters, where after three months training, he, with his battalion, left Canada on the SS Missinabie for final training in England. He was in England for five months and then left with the first draft of his battalion for France where he was attached to the 4th Battalion. While there he was under active service until the time of his death in June 1916. Once he was buried alive by shell fire for over six hours before being rescued. He was killed while on sentry duty and was buried in a cemetery one-quarter of a mile northeast of the town of Zillebeke in Belgium.
William Haw William James Haw, born in Port Hope on 18 February 1878, was the son of Lawrence and Zella Margaret (Hill).Following his 1916 Winnipeg enlistment, he arrived in England on 29 April 1917 and France on 17 June. On 14 August 1917, William was treated for a self-inflicted wound when he “…was on a water carrying party during the night and while crossing [the] light railway stumbled and fell into [a] shell hole cutting his hand” which subsequently became infected.He was killed during an attack near Passchendaele on 06 November 1917. His name is inscribed on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium.
George Heron George Thomas Heron was born in Edinburgh, Scotland and as a boy came to Canada. He first settled near Trenton, Ontario, came to Port Hope in 1902 and engaged in work at the Standard Ideal Factory, from which he enlisted in the 39th Battalion in March 1915. He was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Battalion after going overseas in June 1915 and fought with his unit in the fierce battles of Ypres, Somme and others. He was engaged on a work party setting up wire entanglements when a mine explosion set off by the enemy caused his death on 25 July 1916. He was first reported officially, as missing, but a few days later was reported killed. His companions speak of "Scotty" Heron as the life of every party with which he associated. When things looked darkest Scotty was most cheerful. He was a valued member of the Port Hope Band and he carried his flute into action and played it with effect when men around him were feeling despondent. On one occasion, having lost his flute, he amused his comrades by quaint imitations on a tin whistle. His death was deeply felt by all who knew him.
David Hinton David John Charles Hinton, the second son of David George (deceased 1909) and Elizabeth Ella (Goheen), was born on 16 September 1897 in Port Hope.Following his 1916 Port Hope enlistment, he arrived in England on 06 October, then to France, where he was attached to the 182nd Tunnelling Company on 15 February 1917. He took ill on 11 March 1917, and, on 22 April 1917, at the age of 19, he died, according to the Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War, of “Pneumonia and Pleurisy at No. 7 Canadian General Hospital, Etaples”. He is buried in Etaples Military Cemetery.He left a widowed mother and two teen siblings. Norman, John’ eldest brother, had died in 1914 of tuberculosis. Ella never remarried, passing away in 1948 at the age of 70.
John Holden John Holden came to Canada in the year 1908, settling first in Toronto and then Port Hope the same year. John was choirmaster at St. John's Church, Port Hope, and a valued member of the Port Hope Band. He was employed until enlistment at the Standard Ideal Company as a molder. Having seen service in the Boer War, where he won the Queen Victoria Silver Medal and the St. John's Ambulance Bronze Medal, he enlisted with the 21st Battalion, C.E.F., as a private and on arriving overseas was immediately transferred to the Army Medical Corps. Afterwards he joined his own regiment, taking charge of the stretcher bearers and medical supplies. He was employed as a field dresser at the advance dressing station. It was while dressing wounds during the advance at Marcelcave on the Amiens front that Corporal Holden met his death. The deed of merit for which he won the Military Medal is thus officially stated in the Military Gazette of London, England, dated 19 November 1917:- "On August 15-18, 1917. For conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty. On four different occasions this N.C.O. went out and carried in wounded on his back. Later on, being alone and unable to get the wounded in, he organized a party of the enemy, and under his direction they were enabled to evacuate the wounded. All of this work was under heavy shell fire and at a time when every available man had been taken to drive off a counterattack. This N.C.O.'s work throughout the operation, lasting four days, was characterized by cheerfulness, sympathy and a total disregard of self." His body lies at Marcelcave, France.
Edgar Irwin Edgar Edward Irwin was born in Port Hope 13 August 1896 and educated at the Port Hope Public School. He was a bright and promising young man, much respected by all who knew him. He enlisted with the 136th Battalion and went to England and later to France with the 21st Battalion where, three weeks later, he made the supreme sacrifice for his King, his Country and for Freedom. His death occurred while on duty with a clearing-up party, removing the dead and wounded from the field. He and some comrades had taken shelter in a captured "pill box" of the enemy while under fire. A direct hit caused the death of several men, including Edgar. He was buried near Ypres, Belgium. Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 23 Nov 1917
James Johnston James Johnston, [aka James Shane] was born in Belfast, Ireland on 30 June 1879. For many years he was an ocean sailor, but in 1910 came to Port Hope where he held a position in the Standard Ideal factory. He was of a quiet, obliging disposition, making friends wherever he went. He was a true British subject and offered his services for the third time before he passed his final examination and was accepted. Johnston enlisted with the 136th Battalion in December, 1915, and accompanied his unit through Barriefield and Valcartier Camps and went overseas in September, 1916. He was transferred to the 87th Battalion in France, fought at Vimy Ridge and was killed at Lens on the 15th of August, 1917. His place of burial is not known. [James is buried in Loos British Cemetery, Pas-de-Calais, France.] Newspaper death notice

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George Keating George Keating, son of Elizabeth, was born on 15 March 1897 in Manchester, England. According to the 1911 Manvers Township census returns, he had emigrated the previous year and was employed as a labourer at the farm of John Wesley and Sarah Jane (Buckley) Glenney.
Following his 1916 enlistment in Orono, he arrived in England on 06 October and France on 07 November 1917. George died on 30 March 1918, per the
Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War, of “(Shrapnel Wound Abdomen) at No. 8 Casualty Clearing Station” received the previous day. He is buried in Duisans British Cemetery, near Arras, France.
Alva Kerman Alva Kerman, born in Port Hope in 1894, was educated in the Public and High Schools. He entered the Bank of Toronto where he worked as junior for one year before being transferred to the branch on Spadina and Queen Streets, Toronto, where he remained for four years. From there he worked in the offices of the Harris Abattoir Company until the time of his enlistment 03 January 1918. He was taken on the strength of the 12th Canadian Reserve and left Toronto for overseas that same month, but was quarantined in Fredericton, New Brunswick, until the following June. He finally left England with the 20th Battalion for France and was then transferred to the 4th Battalion in which he met his death under circumstances particularly sad for a soldier. He was not privileged to engage in any battle. On his first arrival in the lines of the battle area, he was instantly killed by a stray machine gun bullet and is buried at Hasnox Cemetery near Denain, France.
George Kerr George Kerr enlisted with the 80th Battalion, C.E.F., 01 September 1915. He had passed the military age and therefore might have remained at home without reproach to himself from within or without. He reasoned that those who had no dependents ought to lead the way and by so doing could do something to save others. From September 1915 to May 1916 he trained in Belleville, Ontario, from whence he went overseas. He reached France in September 1916 and engaged in the famous battles of the Somme, where the Canadians took an important part. He was presumed to have been killed in action near Courcelette and was so officially reported. The attack was made in a blinding snowstorm and Private Kerr's platoon overran its objective and was caught by the machine gun fire of the enemy.
William Lightle William George Lightle was the only son of David Lightle of Port Hope, and at the time of his enlistment with the 80th Battalion in Belleville in March 1916 was a seventeen-year-old student at Port Hope High School. Young Lightle was a member of the St. John's Athletic Club when he enlisted, every member of which joined the army. After a few months training, he went to England and France having been transferred to the 54th Battalion with which he fought until his death which occurred at Albert on 18 November 1916. His opportunity for service in His Majesty's Canadian Army was brief but his spirit was high and his patriotism full of the enthusiasm of youth. His body rests with many distinguished Canadians at Courcelette, France.
William Lownie William Nicholson Lownie enlisted with the 136th Battalion at Port Hope early in the winter of 1915-16. His preliminary training was received at the point of mobilization at Port Hope and subsequently he "carried on" at Barriefield and Valcartier. He left for overseas with his unit in September 1916 and completed his training in the 39th Depot Battalion in England. He was transferred to the 87th Battalion in France and went through the famous Vimy Ridge battle in April 1917 and the subsequent engagements in which the Canadians took an active part. In the great March offensive of the enemy in 1918, he was mortally wounded. He fell on the 27th of that month suffering from wounds which necessitated the amputation of both legs in No. 6 Clearing Station. He was unable to stand the shock and loss of blood and died in the early morning of 30 March 1918. An officer writing home to his wife spoke most appreciatively of his fighting qualities as a soldier, his cleverness and daring. He left a wife and one child, born after his enlistment. His body is buried at Houchin British Cemetery at Nouex-les-Mines, France.
Owens McCabe Thomas Owen Carroll McCabe Documentation not being as precise as it is today, Thomas has been found as Carl McCabe, Owen Carrol McCabe, and, on his attestation papers, Thomas Owen Carrol.
Son of Patrick and Ellen (Carey), Thomas was born in Lindsay on 29 August 1889. At the time of his enlistment, he was employed as a hoisting engineer in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He left Canada for England on 21 February and was sent to France on 20 August 1918.The Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War state that "During the attack on Marcoing Line, in front of Cambrai on the morning of 30 September 1918, he was instantly killed by a machine gun bullet through the heart." He is one of 556 soldiers interred in Anneux British Cemetery.
No photograph submitted Leo Joseph McDermott There is some confusion about his age, as his draft papers state a birth year of 1888, whereas his father, Andrew, passed away in 1875 at the age of 37.
Leo, son of Susannah (McCormick) McDermott, was born in Port Hope on 01 March 1884. He was drafted as a sapper in the Engineers Department on 02 July 1918 in Regina. That was the extent of his military career, as he was admitted to Regina's Manitoba Military Hospital on 15 October 1918 suffering from influenza. Treatment consisted of "Dover's Powder, aspirin, stimulants, whiskey, strychnine, digitalin, oxygen, champagne, and fluids". Over five days, Leo's condition showed no improvement and he passed away at 12:45 AM on the 22nd, aged 34. He is buried with his family in Port Hope's St. Mary's Roman Catholic Cemetery.
Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 22 Oct 1918
Harold McElroy Harold McElroy received his first military training with the 48th Battalion, Highlanders, of Toronto and at Niagara Camp. He joined the R.C.H.A. and after a year's training, went to England with draft, where he trained for six months before going to France. He was there for ten months when on 08 August 1918, in the great Canadian offensive at Amiens, he was instantly killed by a German shell. He is buried at Hangard, France.
Norm McMahon Norman McMahon was born in Port Hope on 21 May 1896, the elder of two sons of Teddy John and Elizabeth (Quinn).Following his 1917 Cobourg enlistment, Norman disembarked at Liverpool on 22 April and was sent to Boulogne on 18 October. He died on 15 November 1918, per the Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War, of “Influenza at No. 1 Casualty Clearing Station”. He is buried in Auberchicourt British Cemetery, near Denain, France.
No photograph submitted William Mercer, born on 13 March 1882, was the fifth of twelve children born to John and Catherine (Hays) of Port Hope.Following his Niagara Falls enlistment of June 1915, William sailed from Montreal on 17 August. In France, he was hospitalized for three weeks in February/March 1916 for tonsilitis and mild pleurisy.He was killed in the trenches at Hill 60 near Zillebeke on 26 April 1916, and is buried in Woods Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium.
Robert Micks Robert Alonzo Micks was born in Port Hope and educated in the Port Hope Public School. He was working in Peterborough when he enlisted with the 93rd Battalion, C.E.F. in October, 1915. He trained in Peterborough and at Barriefield, going overseas in July 1916. In England, he was drafted to the 5th C.M.R.'s and was engaged in the battles of Vimy Ridge, Somme, Hill 70 and Passchendaele. He was orderly to Lieut. A.W. Logie, and in the attack on Source Farm was partially buried by a nearby exploding shell. He pressed forward and was one of five men to finally gain the objective and capture Source Farm. He was somewhat dazed by the shock of the explosion referred to and his officer sent him to the rear with some prisoners. He was never heard of after. His officer believes he was killed by a shell on his way to headquarters and no trace of him was ever found. Lieut. Logie wrote of him to his sister in these words, "I feel honoured in having known him and you should feel proud of having such a brother." His place of burial is not known.
Edward Milne Edward Charles Milne was born 04 May 1892 and educated at the Port Hope Public School. He worked at the File cutting and later entered the printing trade. On 01 September 1915, he enlisted in Hamilton with the 42nd Battalion C.F.A. and served in France until 29 March 1917. He was attached to the Ammunition Column which work is always described as very dangerous. At Vimy Ridge he was thrown from his horse by a German shell bursting near him and received injuries which proved fatal. Four days later, 02 April 1917, he died at 26th General Hospital, Etaples. His body now lies in Etaples Military Cemetery, France.
Percy Nixon Percy Howard Nixon was an enameler by trade and on 03 March of 1915, he enlisted at Port Hope with the 39th Battalion. On 25 March, he went to Belleville where he remained until the latter part of June when the whole battalion went overseas. He remained in England until April 1916 as a corporal and instructor in bayonet fighting but, discontented at staying in England, he reverted to the ranks and went to France where he again won three stripes. On 30 December he was forced to leave the lines, owing to a severe attack of pleurisy and was admitted to a French hospital for two weeks. He was then taken to Whalley, Lancashire, where he lay sick for seven months in Queen Mary's Military Hospital. He died 29 July 1917 and is buried in Whalley.
Samuel Oliver Samuel Oliver, as a mere lad when war broke out, made two unsuccessful attempts to enlist on account of his youth. He finally succeeded in being taken on the strength of the 80th Battalion mobilized at Kingston in 1915. After preliminary training in Canada and final training in England, he was transferred to the 72nd Battalion in France where he saw much fierce fighting from Vimy Ridge to Cambrai. He was wounded at the bloody and muddy battle of Passchendaele and after convalescence, returned to his unit. He met his death at the battle of Cambrai towards the end of the War on 27 September 1918. His body lies at Inchy, France.
William Petley William Richard Petley was born near Bowmanville of English parentage. He enlisted with the 136th Battalion at Port Hope in December 1915 and went through all the training of that unit at Port Hope, Barriefield and Valcartier before going overseas in September 1916 and receiving final training in the 39th Reserve Battalion in England. He was subsequently attached to the 75th Battalion in France and met his death at Vimy Ridge on 05 March 1916 before the famous position was captured by the Canadians. Petley was a young man of quiet demeanor and soldierly qualities. He was always noted for his tidy appearance both on and off parade and was a favourite with his comrades. His place of burial is not known.
Clarence Powers Clarence Ford Powers was born in Port Hope 26 October 1897. He attended the public school and afterwards joined the staff of F.J. Clarke & Son, where he remained until the firm changed hands and was owned by the Rowland Johnson Company. He remained with the new firm until his health failed, and after a lapse of eight months prior to his enlistment, was engaged in plumbing and tinsmithing. He enlisted with the 136th Battalion 15 March 1916 and left for England in September of the same year. He trained as a bomber and was attached to the 75th Battalion. After proceeding to France, he was fatally wounded before Vimy Ridge 13 March 1917 and died at the 6th Casualty Clearing Station. His place of burial is Barlin Communal Cemetery, France.
Arthur Reynolds Arthur Hector Reynolds was born and brought up in Port Hope, passing through the public and high schools. He was one of the first to offer his services in the Great War, being placed on the strength of the Cobourg Heavy Battery 11 August 1914 and leaving for Valcartier, the mobilization point of the famous First Division on the 20th of the same month. Reynolds was always the centre of a group of friends whom he entertained with his witty sallies and quaint humor. This quality he carried with him throughout his service with the army. Previous to his enlistment he worked as a mechanic for the Nicholson File Company. He was a boy beloved by everyone, had many friends and few enemies and was considered one of the best gunners in the Canadian Army. He was very fond of music and had been a valued member of the Port Hope Band. For more than two years, he fought with his battery without a scratch and his letters home and to the press were eagerly read because of his keen observation of interesting things in the country through which he passed. On 02 May, as he went up the line, he said to his companions that it was his last trip and shortly after his words were fulfilled. He was instantly killed by a shell and was buried at Arras.
No photograph submitted Frank Shipway, son of Elizabeth, was born on 28 February 1895 in Cleveland, Somerset, England. His emigration date is unknown, but at the time of his February 1915 enlistment, he was engaged to Molly Carruthers of Port Hope. He arrived at Canadian Base D in France on 02 November 1915 and joined his unit six days later. From the Circumstances of Death Registers, First World War: "About 9 a.m. on June 3rd, 1916, he was wounded in the breast and shoulder by a trench mortar shell which fell in the trench where he was on duty. He died about an hour later".He is buried in the Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Frank Shipways' Will
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Norman Sleeman Norman Blake Sleeman, born 1890 in Hope Township, was educated at Welcome Public School and Port Hope High School. His first employment away from home was with a lumber company in Alberta, with head offices in Edmonton. With this firm he worked until his enlistment with the 139th Infantry Battalion in March 1916. After receiving his preliminary training in the west, he left for overseas in October 1916, and seemed to have been sent on to France with the 49th Battalion almost immediately. His relations received their first letters from him after sailing, from France, thus showing that a quick transfer was made to the fighting front. Of his death which occurred 09 June 1917, really nothing is known. A comrade who survived wrote home that Sleeman went out with them on the morning of the 9th but never came back. He was officially reported missing and finally recorded as dead. He had a brother in the Artillery but they never met overseas.
Wainwright Smith Wainwright William Smith, born 08 March 1896 at Port Hope, was educated at the local public and high schools. Young Smith was a favorite among his school companions and possessed special gifts as an orator and actor. He played a leading role in many of the school entertainments of his day, with credit to himself and pleasure to his audience. After leaving school, he was then employed by the Rowland Johnson Company, and in 1915 removed with his family to Toronto where he was engaged as a salesman in the Sterling Lace and Novelty Company at the time of his 31 October 1917 enlistment with the 70th Battalion, Canadian Field Artillery. He was wounded at Cambrai and subsequently rejoined his battery, falling at Bourlon Wood, where the Canadians especially distinguished themselves in the final drive that brought victory to the Allied cause. He was buried at Inchy in Artois.
Charles Staples Charles Henry Staples, son of Joseph Henry and Annie Lucinda (Courier) and older brother of Stanley, was born on 28 July 1893 near Morrish Church, west of Port Hope. Following his 1916 Port Hope enlistment, Charles arrived in England on 06 October and France on 29 September 1917. He was killed in action on 26 July 1918, and is buried in Anzin-St. Aubin British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. Charles Staples' Will
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Stan Staples Stanley Joseph Staples, son of Joseph Henry and Annie Lucinda (Courier) and younger brother of Charles, was born on 16 June 1897 at Port Britain, west of Port Hope.Following his August 1915 Peterborough enlistment (in which his tattoo is described: Heart pierced by dagger under scroll with letters S.J.S. on back of left forearm), Stanley was sent to Camp Niagara Cyclist Depot Division, where a note of 30 September 1915 in his file states: Not likely to become an efficient soldier. He was promoted to Corporal in the field in France on 08 May 1917. Six months later, he was killed in action on 06 November. His name is inscribed on the Menin Gate, Ypres, Belgium. Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 26 Nov 1917
George Tutton George Henry Tutton was born in Port Hope 23 January 1899 and was educated in the Port Hope Public School.
Jack Tutton Jack Tutton was born in Port Hope 19 September 1897 and was educated in the Port Hope Public School.
Thomas Walsh Thomas Morrow Walsh, son of Alexander Walsh of Perrytown, was educated at Port Hope High School and Queen's University, Kingston, earning the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1912 and Master of Arts in 1913. In his academic career he won the Mowat Prize in Political Science and the Gold Medal in his finals in Honor History. On graduation he received an important appointment in the Department of the Dominion Archives at Ottawa. In the course of a year or so, he decided to study law. Going out west, he indentured himself to the law firm of Graham and Bowland, Yorkton, Saskatchewan. In the Spring of 1915, he enlisted as a private in the 53rd Battalion, C.E.F. During the following summer, he received his commission and was placed in charge of the Signalling Corps. Lieut. Walsh went overseas with his regiment in March 1916, trained in England until July when he crossed to France and was then attached to the Royal Canadian Regiment. His death occurred in the action on 08 October 1916. There are but meagre reports of the final events of his life. An officer has written that an advance was to be made on the morning of the 8th and passing along his lines, found Lieut. Walsh and his men ready. They went over at the time appointed but through defective artillery preparations, the men encountered barbed wire and many went down, among them this gallant officer. His body was not found and therefore he was officially reported dead after the usual delay.
Charles White Charles Herbert White, born 1897 the youngest son of Police Magistrate Henry White of Port Hope, was educated at the public and high schools of the town. On graduating, he was enrolled as a student of the Law School at Osgoode Hall, and at the time of his enlistment in the 136th Battalion under Col. Smart in January 1916 was studying his chosen profession in his father's office. He moved to England with that unit in October and shortly afterwards was transferred to active service in the field with the 20th Battalion. He was severely wounded in February 1917, but after three months' rest was again able to join his battalion with which he was serving at the time of his death in August, 1917.
Lionel Wilson Lionel Benjamin Wilson was born in Hope Township just outside of the town limits of Port Hope. He was educated in the public and high schools and was a retiring, studious boy. His first employment was with the Grand Trunk Railway as clerk and book-keeper in the freight office of the town where he worked for seven years. From there he transferred to the Port Hope Electric Power offices, where he was in constant touch with the public and gave much satisfaction to both his employers and the customers of his company. In May 1918, he enlisted with the 73rd Field Battery and spent the summer in the training camp at Pettawawa. From the Artillery he was transferred to a tank battalion and sailed overseas about 08 October. While on the voyage, an epidemic of Influenza broke out on board of the Troop Ship and five days out, Wilson succumbed to this dread disease. He was buried at sea, not having been able to participate in the duties for which he enlisted. The news of his death was much delayed and his fellow townsmen heard it with the deepest regret, for he was widely known and deeply respected.
Richard Wilson Richard Bloomfield Wilson enlisted with the 136th Battalion at the Port Hope 21 March 1916. He was beyond the military age and therefore his spirit was all the more commendable for undertaking a duty which did not necessarily fall upon him. He trained with his unit in Port Hope, Barriefield and Valcartier, going overseas in September 1916. Being a carpenter by trade, he was connected with the Pioneer section of his battalion. In England he was transferred to a Forestry Battalion where he did good work and was placed in charge of a Section. His health soon broke down and he was invalided home. He died in the Toronto General Hospital in March 1917 and was buried in Welcome Cemetery, Port Hope.
No photograph submittedThomas William Youden was a farm laborer before he enlisted with the overseas forces. He was forced to undergo a minor operation before he could be accepted. He showed great anxiety to take his place in the War and do his bit, and the spirit he manifested helped to attain his object. He enlisted with the 39th Battalion in Port Hope, afterwards training in Belleville and going overseas in June 1915. He was transferred to the 80th Battalion that saw much fighting and was in France for nearly two years when he was killed by a bomb 03 June 1917. He went through the fierce fighting of the Somme, receiving a wound in one of the engagements there and also participated in the Vimy Ridge drive. He left behind him in Canada a wife and two children. Newspaper death notice
Evening Guide: 08 Aug 1917

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