Woodrow and Redding would return home to Kenora in March 1916 when their enlistments ended. Woodrow, who been kept in England due to rheumatism, immediately enlisted in the 94th CEF infantry battalion being raised in the district, and went overseas with them. His name appears again in the paper on June 3, 1918 in a report on wounded men.
A few weeks back I wrote about a local committee working on a Great War centennial project the creation of a museum display honourng all those from what were then the separate towns of Kenora, Keewatin and the townships of Jaffray and Melick who died in the war or from injuries sustained. The information will also be available at the Kenora Library.
The list of those who served and returned now tops 1,000 and is expected to reach 1,400 or so.
That column brought forward a number of people who offered to help with research, and more importantly offered to share family artifacts and memorabilia from relatives who taken part in the war. Everything from medals to photos and dairies and letters have come forth and Nike Lebron 14 Christmas
The local list of names of the fallen on various memorials in the community had numbered about 180, by the time the committee finishes its work it will be nearer 200.
An Aug. 19 article reported Ben Woodrow, a local tailor, A. Freeman, whose wife and children had only come from England three weeks earlier to join him in Canada, and Jack Redding, a CPR brakeman had boarded an eastbound train, headed home to their regiments.
Then there is the article about Father Ernest Crosier, OMI, age 37, who died tending to soldiers on the front in November of 1915.
To help with the project I been flipping through the pages of the old Kenora Miner and News from the war years it was published twice a week back then, Wednesdays and Fridays. From August of 1914 through to the end of 1918, not an issue went by without a war story, sometimes two or three on the front page. While the committee had already done that as part of its research, I wanted to see for myself just how the war was covered in the local press. Keewatin had its own newspaper the time, the Keewatin Enterprise, if anyone knows of any copies from the era, let the committee know. I sure its pages, like the Kenora paper are filled with local details of the war.
every solider who enlisted was mentioned at some point on the front page of the Kenora Miner and News. Stories Nike Metcon Red Lava ranged from lists of enlistees, to those of casualties. From simple letters home to reports about several local men who won awards for gallantry.
the committee is hoping more will come its way over the next year.
service and how he survived and returned to Kenora to rejoin his family and resume work at the lumber mill.
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The stories that appeared in the newspaper gave me a better understanding of just what the committee is going to accomplish with their work. Rather than a simple listing of last names and initials as now exists, this project will bring these men back to life in a way. 4.
He was reported killed in action in October of 1916, but researchers found an obituary that ran in April of 1947 that mentioned his war Nike Zoom Air Running Shoes 2015
Father Crosier had been a curate (assistant priest) at Notre Dame du Portage church in 1903/1904, he then moved on to serve the church in Fort Frances and Cloquet and Duluth. The article noted that when war broke out he offered his services to minister to men at the front. The article said his Winnipeg mission reported he was the 10th member of the order to have been killed while ministering to troops under fire to that point in the war, four had been cited for heroism under fire. Because he was not officially enlisted with the army, his name isn on any local cenotaph.
Etienne Benoiton, age 47, is another story to be told. He came here from France about 1907 and worked at the CPR and the Rat Portage Lumber Mill. A French Army reservist, he answered the notice recalling him to duty in 1915, leaving his wife Milanie and two children, Bertha, 19, and Benoit, 10, in Kenora.
A few won be on the newest listing because closer research has found they didn die of war related wounds or illnesses, or hadn actually lived here, although family members may have. A number of names will be added, missed when the memorial lists were first compiled by the various groups sponsoring them.
Forgotten tales of heroism and duty given new life
These are just three of the many stories unfolding as the committee continues its research, there are many more and I write about some them in the months to come.
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