Cecil Ernest Carawford signature

Cecil Earnest Crawford enlisted on this day in 1916 in Bancroft. He was born on July 20th, 1891 in Tyendinaga, the son of John Crawford, a Mohawk, and Elizabeth (née Sager). Cecil Earnest married Hattie Matilda Hennessy on December 23rd, 1914 in Bancroft. They had a daughter in 1915.

Crawford joined the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636686. He had a fair complexion, brown eyes and dark brown hair. His service record shows that he arrived in England on October 28th, 1916 and was transferred to the 21st Battalion.

On the first day of the Battle of Vimy Ridge (April 9th, 1917) Crawford was badly injured by a shell. He was in hospital in England for two months while he recovered, but was not able to resume active service. He left England for Canada on November 6th, 1917 and was discharged from the army on February 20th, 1918 as being unfit for further service. In May 1918 he was admitted to Queen’s Military Hospital in Kingston for an operation on an abscess which had formed on his injured right hip.

In 1921 Cecil and Hattie were living in Tyendinaga. By then they had a second daughter, born in 1920. Cecil died in Detlor, Ontario in 1975.

Wallace Brooker signature

On this day in 1916, Wallace Brooker, a warehouseman, enlisted in Toronto. He was born in Deseronto on June 23rd, 1897, the son of Robert Booker and Maggie (née Eden).

Brooker joined the 127th Battalion of the Canadian Expeditionary Force, with the regimental number 778653. He was five feet seven and a half inches tall, with a fresh complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record shows that he arrived in England on August 30th, 1916 on board the RMS Olympic. Just nine days later he was admitted to hospital suffering from chronic nephritis (a complication of the scarlet fever he had as a child), brought on by “sleeping in wet clothing on first night in England”. He spent most of the following year in hospitals in England and was eventually invalided back to Canada in October 1917 on the hospital ship Araguaya. A medical board held at Whitby Military Hospital on April 23rd, 1918 recommended that Brooker be discharged from the army as medically unfit. He was discharged on May 4th.

In 1921 Wallace was back in Toronto with his parents, living at 98 Earlscourt Avenue and working as a packer. He died at the age of 41 of a coronary thrombosis on June 27th, 1938 in Toronto and was buried in Prospect Cemetery.

Jonas Green signature

On this day in 1916, Jonas Green signed up in Marlbank, Ontario. He was born in around 1873 in Tyendinaga, the son of Isaac Green, a Mohawk, and Elizabeth (née Pearson). He married Jane Boumhower in Napanee on May 3rd, 1912. His younger brother Sampson had enlisted on January 25th, 1916.

Like his brother, Jonas joined the 155th Battalion initially, with a regimental number of 636576. He was five feet six and a quarter inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. He had the initials ‘J.G.’ tattooed on his right forearm.

In October 1916 his service file shows that he was transferred to No. 3 Special Service Company, based at Fort Henry in Kingston. In March 1918 Green was discharged from the army for being overage and because he was suffering from kidney disease.

Jonas Green died on August 30th, 1921 of typhoid fever in Belleville General Hospital.

Harry Corby signature

On this day in 1916, Harry Corby signed up in Deseronto. He was born in Deseronto on March 18th, 1898, the son of Louis Corby (a Mohawk born in Kahnewake) and Elizabeth (née Green), who was a Mohawk of the Bay of Quinte.

Corby joined the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636584. He was five feet seven inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record notes that he arrived in England on October 28th, 1916 on the SS Northland. He joined the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles in France on December 6th of that year.

On May 24th, 1917 Harry was sentenced to one day of Field Punishment Number One and had a two-day pay stoppage for “losing by neglect his forage cap” on May 17th:

Harry Corby forage cap loss

Harry returned to England on January 28th, 1919 and left for Canada on March  19th. He was demobilized in Montreal on March 29th, 1919 and was back in Deseronto in 1921, living with his mother in Fourth Street. He married Jemima Brant in Northport, Prince Edward County on August 25th, 1923.

James Nelson Barnhardt signature

James Nelson Barnhardt joined up in Midland, Ontario on this day in 1916. He was born in Tyendinaga on June 16th, 1887, the son of Robert James Barnhardt and Catherine (née Maracle), who were both Mohawks. The family were living in Deseronto in 1901 and had moved to Midland by the time of the 1911 census. James’s father, Robert, died there in 1913.

James Barnhardt joined the 157th Battalion with the regimental number 644735. He was five feet two inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair. His service record shows that he arrived in England on October 28th, 1916 and joined the 1st Battalion in France on December 2nd.

James Adamson Wright signature

On this day in 1916 James Adamson Wright signed up in Midland, Ontario. He was born on January 9th, 1894 in Deseronto, the son of Richard Wright and Effie (née Sager).

James joined the 157th Battalion with the regimental number 644538. He was five feet three inches tall, with a fair complexion, grey eyes and light brown hair.

Wright married Hazel Elizabeth Peacock (who was born in Michigan) in Barrie on February 21st, 1917. They left Canada, heading for Saginaw, Michigan, in March 1920. James died there on June 16th, 1975.

Thomas Sager signature

On this day in 1916 Tom Sager signed up in Shannonville. He was born on June 7th, 1890 in Ameliasburgh, Prince Edward County, the son of Alonzo Sager and Ida (née Johnson). The family were living in Deseronto at the time of the 1891 and 1901 censuses.

Sager enlisted in the 155th Battalion with the regimental number 636548. He was five feet four and a half inches tall, with a dark complexion, brown eyes and black hair.

Tom survived the war and was back in Shannonville, living with his uncle, Oscar Sager, at the time of the 1921 census.

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