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The Great War: World War I (1914–19)


The men of the 184th Battalion, taken in front of the CPR station before the train pulled out.
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The Morden Cenotaph

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Morden Cenotaph
After almost 100 years, three forgotten soldiers from World War I were remembered in 2014, thanks to research by Morden Collegiate history teacher Darryl Toews. His students are now helping to identify others who may have been left off the memorial when it was first dedicated in 1921.

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The memorial also includes those who served in World War II and Korea.

The Morden Cenotaph is located in Confederation Park at Stephen Street and 9th Avenue. (photo credit: "We Will Remember" War Monuments of Canada).

Students at Morden Collegiate have prepared a slideshow of Morden's contributions to WWI.

Below are the names of Morden area residents who served in World War I, compiled by Darryl Toews. Names in red represent those recently added to the memorial.

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Bailey, Arthur Reginald
(May 3, 1891–November 24, 1921)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874526
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in England, "Reg" Bailey came to Canada for health reasons around 1909 /1910 and farmed outside of Morden prior to enlisting on December 16, 1915. Bailey's health problems returned after arriving in England with the 184th Battalion in 1916 and he was eventually discharged in August 1917 for health reasons. He returned to Manitoba and spent time in Ninette before he and his wife moved to Banff. They were visiting California to help with his health when he died on November 24, 1921, of a pulmonary haemorrhage that was attributed to his military service. His body was returned to Morden and he was buried with full military honours at Hillside Cemetery.

Bell, Gavin (March 1880– August 27, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 875359 and 441246
Attestation Paper 875359 (Library and Archives Canada)
Attestation Paper 441246 (Library and Archives Canada)

A native of Newcastle, England, Gavin Bell first enlisted in Winnipeg on September 22, 1915, with the 53rd Battalion but was discharged in January 1916 being deemed "unlikely to become efficient". Bell lists Morden as his residence when he completed his second enlistment papers in Winnipeg on April 3, 1916. Serving with the 27th Battalion, Bell was killed in action on August 27, 1918, near Wancourt, France, by enemy machine gun fire during the Battle of Arras. He is buried at Wancourt British Cemetery near Arras.

Borthwick, David Scott (January 28, 1891–June 2, 1916)
Rank: Lieutenant
Officers' Declaration Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Morden, Lieutenant Borthwick was a law student prior to enlisting on November 15, 1915. A few days after he enlisted, he married Nora Finn, daughter of Captain Theo Finn. He arrived in in England with the 45th Battalion in January 1916 before transferring to the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles on May 30 that year. He was reported missing at Sanctuary Wood during the Battle of Mount Sorrel and his death is listed as June 2, 1916. His wife Nora had travelled to England to meet him only to find upon her arrival that he was missing. Lieutenant Borthwick has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

Brown, Emerson Kruspe (February 17, 1893–April 2, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 14439
Attestation Paper
(Library and Archives Canada)

Private Ernest BrownIncorrectly listed on Morden's Cenotaph as Ernest Brown, Emerson Brown came to Morden from Elmira, Ontario at some point prior to 1914. He worked as a barber at Nathan Swallow’s barber shop and was a member of “C” Squadron 18th Mounted Rifles militia unit. He was among the first group from Morden to enlist in September 1914. Serving with Lord Strathcona's Horse, Brown took part in numerous battles until his death on April 4, 1918, of a gunshot wound to the abdomen suffered during a German offensive at Moreuil Wood near Amiens, France. He is buried at Namps-au-Val British Cemetery near Amiens.

Bunnett, Herbert Edgar (March 26, 1882–November 6, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: A24265 (424265)
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Herbert Bunnett's exact connection to Morden is unclear but his service record shows that his assigned pay was directed to Richard Alleyn via the Union Bank of Canada branch in Morden. A May 1913 passenger record for the Manchester Commerce lists Bunnett as a passenger with his destination listed as Morden. Born in Tottington, England, Bunnett was a farmer when he enlisted with the 45th Battalion in Portage la Prairie on February 10, 1915. He transferred to and served with the 28th Battalion until he was reported missing and presumed dead on November 6, 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele. Bunnett has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

Card, Reginald (February 25, 1890–September 15, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 425530
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Reginald Card came to Thornhill from Somerset, England, in 1911. Working as a labourer, Card enlisted in Morden on September 14, 1915, with the 45th Battalion. He transferred to the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles upon his arrival in France on June 6, 1916. Card was killed in action at Mouquet Farm on September 15, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. He has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Vimy Memorial in France.

Cowan, Erwin Franklin (April 3, 1896–November 9, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 907529
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Thornhill, Frank Cowan was a student in Regina when he enlisted there on March 27, 1916. He left for England on October 4, 1916, with the 175th Battalion before transferring to the 4th Canadian Machine Gun Corps on November 16, 1916. After training in England, Cowan arrived in France on March 13, 1917. He was killed in action on November 9, 1917, during the Battle of Passchendaele. Card has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

Cram, Douglas Arthur (April 28, 1896–November 8, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number 420275
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Douglas Cram, born in Morden, worked as a chauffeur and was a student at Success Business College at the time of his enlistment on January 9, 1915. He arrived in England with the 43rd Battalion on June 10, 1915 but suffered from health issues for a number of months afterwards. He reached the trenches in France on April 5, 1916 where he was attached to a number of different units until rejoining the 43rd Battalion in September that year. He died of gunshot wounds on November 8, 1916 near Abbeville, France. Cram is buried at the Abbeville Communal Cemetery.

Cram, William Howard (April 17, 1888–February 26, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number:701178
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

William Cram was born in Morden and had been living in Winnipeg for more than six years when he enlisted on February 21, 1916. He arrived in France in November 1916 with the 16th Battalion. Cram was killed in action near Maison Blanche, France, on February 26, 1917. He is buried in the Fosse 10 Communal Cemetery Extension near Noeux-les-Mines.

 

Dickinson, Elmer John (June 20, 1887–February 4, 1924)
Rank: Captain
Officers' Declaration Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Huntington, Quebec, Elmer Dickinson resided in Morden and worked as a physician in Roland when he enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps on May 5, 1916. After serving in a number of military hospitals in Canada, he reached France on June 22, 1918 where he served in front line aid stations. Dickinson was decorated for bravery by both the French and Canadian armies receiving the Croix de Guerre from France and the Military Cross from Canada for his efforts to help wounded soldiers while under enemy fire. After the war, he remained in London at a military hospital before returning to Winnipeg to join the medical staff at Tuxedo hospital. Sources suggest that the continued effects of his exposure to wartime poison gas resulted in a move for health reasons to Natal, South Africa, with his wife and son. He worked there as a doctor before his death in Pietermaritzburg, Natal, on February 4, 1924. He is buried at the Church of England in Pietermartizburg.

Dudgeon, James (May 28, 1896–May 3, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874493
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

James Dudgeon was born south of Morden in Shadeland. When he enlisted with the 184th Battalion in Morden on March 4, 1916, he was living and farming in the Darlingford area. After his arrival at the front near the end of 1916, Dudgeon was transferred to the 27th Battalion. He was wounded during military operations near Fresnoy, France, and was killed by an enemy shell on his way to the Regimental Aid Post. Dudgeon has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Vimy Memorial in France.

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Forster, James Herbert (February 20, 1882–October 15, 1916)
Rank: Captain
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Nelsonville, "Bert" Forster was the manager of the Morden electric light plant for many years and was a member of the local band and orchestra. He had, along with his older brother Fred, served during the Boer War in South Africa. In Morden, he was a member of "C" Squadron 18th Mounted Rifles when war was declared and he enlisted on September 25, 1914. His brothers Marshall (killed in action), Gordon (wounded) and Russell (underage) also enlisted. Forster was sent to England with the first contingent but returned to Canada in early 1915 to take command of reinforcements. He was again stationed in England as a training officer for a number of months but in June 1916 joined the 1st Canadian Mounted Rifles in France. Forster died of a gunshot wound to the leg on October 15, 1916, during the Battle of the Somme. He is buried at St. Sever Cemetery in Rouen, France.


Forster, Marshal Bidwell
(July 1, 1890–June 14, 1916)
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 422006
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

A civil engineer by profession, Marshall Forster was born in Morden. He was living in Calgary when he enlisted there on November 16, 1914. His brothers "Bert" (killed in action), Gordon (wounded) and Russell (underage) also enlisted. Forster arrived in France with the 8th Battalion on September 7, 1915. He was killed in action on June 14, 1916, during the Battle of Mount Sorrel. Foster has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Menin Gate Memorial in Ypres, Belgium.

Fraser, James McConnell (January 22, 1891–October 10, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 286
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

James Fraser was living in Toronto and employed as a fireman when he enlisted on March 5, 1915. He initially served with the Canadian Railway Construction Corps but was courtmartialed in December 1915 and again in June 1916 for absenting himself without leave. Fraser was imprisoned in each case for short periods. He was courtmartialed for desertion again in June 1917 and sentenced to a year's detention. By August 1918 he had been transferred to the 20th Battalion and was with that battalion on October 10, 1918, when he was instantly killed at the Scheldt Canal by an enemy shell that landed directly in front of him. Fraser has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Vimy Memorial in France.

Godfrey, Edward Baker (June 14, 1875–July 27, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874537
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Edward Godfrey, who lived and farmed in the Rosebank area, was in his early forties when he enlisted on January 21, 1916. He was married with four children. Originally from Redbourne, England, he left Canada with the 184th Battalion in October 1916 and was transferred to the 8th Battalion after arriving in England. He suffered a gunshot wound to the hand in April 1917 and was killed in action a few months later during an attack at Les Brebis on July 27, 1917. Godfrey has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Vimy Memorial in France.

Hamilton, John William (October 31, 1894–September 30, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 14949
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

A stenographer by trade, William Hamilton was born in Morden but was living near Miami when he enlisted on September 24, 1914. He was a member of "C" Squadron 18th Mounted Rifles. Hamilton was serving with the Canadian Corps Cavalry Regiment when he died of wounds at No. 35 Field Ambulance in France. He is buried at Pozieres British Cemetery in France.

Helgason, Elis (January 26, 1895–September 27, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2379041
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Gardar, North Dakota, Helgason's family moved to the Morden area in 1900 and farmed near North Star. He was conscripted under the Military Service Act on November 8, 1917, and arrived in France in early September 1918 with the 43rd Battalion before being transferred to the 8th Battalion on September 11, 1918. Nearly two weeks later Helgason was reported missing and killed in action during an advance at Bourlon Wood on the Cambrai front. Helgason is buried in the Sancourt British Cemetery southeast of Douai, France.

Hewitt, John Melville (April 9, 1898–June 14, 1919)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 460531
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Originally from Stony Mountain, Manitoba, Mel Hewitt was the son of Morden's mayor Robert Thomas Hewitt. His older brother Scott also served and was awarded a Military Medal for gallantry in 1918. Enlisting in June 1915, Hewitt arrived in France in August 1916 with the 44th Battalion. Hewitt suffered a gunshot wound to the face near Bologne in November 1916 but survived the war and was discharged on March 15, 1918, for medical reasons. He returned to Morden where died on June 14, 1919, of tuberculosis. He is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden.

Holo, Oliver Benjamin (February 9, 1871–September 15, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 267814
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Oliver Holo was born in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, and was farming near Theodore, Saskatchewan, when he enlisted on April 13, 1916. His father and family were living in the Brown Post Office district south of Morden at the time. He reached France with the 5th Battalion on August 7, 1917, and died of shrapnel wounds and a fractured skull five weeks later at the No. 7 Casualty Clearing Station. He is buried at Noeux-Les-Mines Communal Cemetery Extension south of Bethune, France.

Howell, James Henry (1889–April 8, 1920)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 15379
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Morden, Jim Howell farmed in the Morden area and was a member of "C" Squadron 18th Mounted Rifles when he enlisted on September 24, 1914. He left Canada with the 6th Battalion and shortly after his arrival in France, Howell was transferred to Lord Strathcona's Horse in June 1915. He appears to have made it through the war without significant physical injury but suffered from trench foot and chronic bronchitis during his time at the front. He was granted permission to marry his wife Alice, who was living in Kent, England, in October 1917 and was demobilized on January 31, 1919. They returned to Morden but Howell continued to suffer health problems and died at St. Boniface Hospital of bronchial pneumonia on April 8, 1920. He is buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden.

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Jonason, Sveinn (April 1881–March 30, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874545
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in the town of Ridgvick, Iceland, Sveinn Jonason was a farmer in the Brown P.O. district south of Morden at the time of his enlistment in Morden on December 22, 1915. He left Canada with the 184th Battalion and arrived in England in November 1916. Jonason was transferred to the 78th Battalion in January 1917 and reached the trenches in April 1917. Jonason was reported wounded in action on October 30, 1917, but remained on duty. On March 30, 1918, Jonason was killed in action in the trenches near Lens, France. He is buried at Villers Station Military Cemetery in France.

Keir, Lawrence Edward (August 2, 1896–March 24, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 461188
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Morden, Lawrence Keir was an electrician when he enlisted in Morden on October 5, 1915. He reached England with the 61st Battalion on April 12, 1916 and was transferred to the Royal Canadian Regiment in June 1916. Keir suffered a gunshot wound to the chest in July 1916 at Ypres, Belgium, and spent the next year in hospital in England. He returned to France in September 1917 where he was assigned to the 1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade, Borden Motor Machine Gun Battery, in November that year. Keir was killed in action on March 24, 1918, during an enemy attack at Clery, France. The Borden Motor Machine Gun Battery suffered 93% casualties in its effort to block the enemy attack. Keir has no known grave and his name is engraved on the Vimy Memorial in France.

Langtry, Orval Forrest (March 7, 1898 - August 21, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874533
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Orval Langtry was born in Morden and was farming with his father, George Langtry, when he enlisted in Morden on February 19, 1916, with the 184th Battalion. Langtry arrived in England in November 1916 and trained there until late April 1917 when he was sent to France with the 78th Battalion. A few months later, on August 10, 1917, Langtry was reported "dangerously wounded" after suffering shrapnel wounds to the abdomen. Langtry died of those wounds on August 21, 1917, at the Royal Army Medical Corps #23 Casualty Clearing Station located at Lozinghem, France. He is buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery near Bethune, France.

Longney, Victor John (February 8, 1892–August 21, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 693201
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

A farmer from Thornhill, near Morden, he joined the 43rd Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported killed in the Manitoba Free Press, September 3, 1918.

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Masson, Charles Coutts
(May 18, 1897–September 28, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 830274
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Charles Masson was a farmer from Darlingford near Morden who enlisted in the 44th Battalion. He was reported wounded in the Winnipeg Tribune, April 27, 1917, but no other information about his death was found.

McClain, Ervine Whitby (December 12, 1895–September 28, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 2129331
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Morden, Ervine McClain worked as a clerk until he joined the 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported killed in action in the Manitoba Free Press, October 22, 1918.

McGirr, Robert (February 13, 1894– August 23, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 871706
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Robert McGirr served in the 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported to have died of wounds in the Manitoba Free Press, August 31, 1917. He was born in Emerson, but the article refers to him as previously living in Morden before moving to Winnipeg. He worked as a drug clerk.



McKone, Manuel Lawrence Sydney (September 6, 1897–December 3, 1993)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874252
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Manuel McKone was born in Morden but moved to Winnipeg before the war. A clerk in civilian life, he served in the 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported wounded in the Winnipeg Tribune, May 1, 1917 and the Winnipeg Tribune, May 5, 1917 in an article about 20 wounded Winnipeg soldiers, but in the article he was mistakenly reported to have been killed in August 1916 (a JMA McKone was killed in August, 1916). Sydney McKone died in 1993 (his obituary is in the Winnipeg Free Press, December 6, 1993). According to the Brandon Sun, April 9, 1987 and the Winnipeg Free Press, April 9, 1987, he returned to visit the Vimy battlefield.

McNaughton, Donald Robert (October 8, 1892–June 19, 1917)
Rank: Quartermaster Sergeant
Service Number: 19468

Donald McNaughton was a commercial traveler in civilian life, but served as an Artificer Quarter Master Sergeant (responsible for repair and maintenance of equipment) in the 26th Battalion, Royal Fusiliers, British Army. He was born in Underwood, Minnesota and immigrated to Canada in 1903, living on 10th Street in Morden. He later lived and married in the United Kingdom, where he enlisted in the British Army. A census document for 1916 shows him overseas in France on military service.

McRae, John Allan (January 3, 1873–August 2, 1926)
Rank: Sergeant
Service Number: 874557
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

He was a civil engineer before joining the 184th Battalion, CEF. He died in 1926 in Selkirk of causes related to his service. According to his attestation papers, he lived in Morden, but is buried at the Clandeboye United Churchyard. The location of his name on the cenotaph suggests it was added after 1921.

 

Nicklin, Joseph (November 29, 1894–April 9, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 875245
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Joseph Nicklin worked as a labourer in Brown, south of Morden, then joined the 78th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported killed in action in the Vancouver Daily World, May 8, 1917.

 

 

O'Brien, Walter Burritt (February 23, 1896–May 25, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 460588
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Morden and adopted by James and Julia O’Brien of Morden, he worked as a clerk before joining the 61st Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He died of mastoids (an inner ear infection) at Winnipeg General Hospital on May 25, 1916, and is buried at Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg. His Military Service was in Canada only.

 

Osborne, Joseph (July 31, 1879–June 6, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 425172
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Joseph Osborne was a blacksmith in Morden before he joined the 31st Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported killed in action in the Winnipeg Tribune, June 23, 1916.

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Palmer, George Joshua (September 9, 1891–April 29, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874561
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

George Palmer worked as a teamster in Morden and served in the 8th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported to have died of wounds in by the Vancouver Daily World, May 14, 1917.

Parker, Hugh Daniel (June 26, 1895–September 15, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 623078
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Morden, he was a student before joining the 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported wounded in the Winnipeg Tribune, December 2, 1916 and reported missing in the Winnipeg Tribune, December 12, 1916 (the article indicates he was previously reported to be wounded).

Parry, John Leopold (November 14, 1889–June 6, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 424205
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

John Parry was a farmer before enlisting in the 5th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Service number 424205 (his regimental number is listed as A24205 but 424205 should be used for a national archives search). He lived in Dunston near Morden.

Pigott, Henry Alexander Doyne (June 25, 1897–November 14, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 874254
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

A student, he joined the 12th Company, Canadian Machine Gun Corps. He was reported killed in action in the Manitoba Free Press, December 4, 1917.

 

 


Robb, John
(September 27, 1888–October 8, 1916) 
Rank: Private
Service Number: 622433
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

John Robb was born in Scotland and records indicate his family came to the Morden area in 1913. His brother Alexander Robb farmed near Morden. Robb enlisted in Portage la Prairie in April 1915 and served in the 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. Robb was hit by shrapnel and died almost immediately in the front trenches at St. Eloi during an enemy bombardment. He is buried at Ridge Wood Military Cemetery in Belgium.

Simmons, George Arthur (February 29, 1896–July 26, 1915)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 15430
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

George Simmons was born in Morden and was a member of the 18th Mounted Rifles militia when he enlisted in August 1914. He arrived in Europe with the Fort Garry Horse the following spring and by late May, 1915, he had been transferred to the Lord Strathcona’s Horse. In July, Simmons died at the #3 Canadian Field Hospital of wounds suffered from an artillery attack near Messines, France. Simmons was the first of Morden’s volunteers to die in the war. He is buried at Trois Arbres cemetery in France.

Smith, John McPherson (February 1, 1886–June 13, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 155041
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

John Smith left his job as a mechanist to join the 1st Pioneer Battalion, Canadian Pioneers. He was reported killed in action in the Winnipeg Tribune, June 22, 1916. His Circumstances of Death card lists his next of kin as living in Morden.

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Tate, George Frederick (May 18, 1889–November 21, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 700229
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

George Tate was a farmer before enlisting in the 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported to have died of wounds in the Manitoba Free Press, December 4, 1917. His attestation papers list Dunston, near Morden, as his home town.

 


Thorington, Sydney Robert (May 23, 1878–May 3, 1917)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 875148
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Sydney Thorington was a farmer before joining the 26th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported killed in action in the Manitoba Free Press, January 4, 1918. The article refers to him being from Morden, as do his attestation papers.

 


Uhrich, Charles Philip
(August 22, 1893–June 24, 1918)
Rank: Lieutenant

A native of Winkler, Charles Uhrich studied law at the University of Manitoba. While a student, he worked with the law firm Macdonald, Craig, Tarr and Ross and was an active member of the Winnipeg Canoe Club and the University Drama Society. Charles Uhrich completed his law degree at the University of Manitoba after joining the Royal Flying Corps in the summer of 1917. He spent time training in Toronto and Texas and graduated from the School of Aerial Gunnery in December 1917 before joining the 28th Squadron, 14th Wing, Royal Air Force. His death in Italy was the result of an “aero accident”. He is buried at Montecchio Precalcino Communal Cemetery Extension in the province of Vicenza, Italy.

Walkof, Daniel (May 4, 1893–September 29, 1916)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 71544
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Born in Gretna and a carpenter in civilian life, he became a Corporal in the 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was reported to have died of wounds in the Winnipeg Tribune, October 7, 1916. A 1901 Census document shows the family living in Lisgar, Stanley Municipality under the name Wolkloff. Next of kin on his attestation papers is his brother Alfred, which is confirmed by census information.

Weir, Clifford H.E. (December 7, 1894–December 13, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 880865

Born in Morden, Clifford Weir left Morden around 1913 and was living in the United States when that country joined the war in 1917. He enlisted with the US Army in July, 1917, and served with the Spruce Squadron in Washington. He died of bronchial pneumonia in December, 1918, at Camp Lewis, Washington. Weir’s body was returned to Morden and he was buried at Hillside Cemetery in Morden on  December 21, 1918.

Wilson, Thomas Henry (September 17, 1890–October 8, 1918)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 3347995
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Thomas Wilson was born in Morden and was living and farming near Thornhill when he was conscripted under the Military Service Act on July 9, 1918. He was training in Quebec when he fell victim to the Spanish Flu. Wilson died at the Royal Victoria Hospital in Montreal and his body was returned to Morden where he was buried at Hillside Cemetery on October 15, 1918.


Wilton, Walter Barron
(March 26, 1877–August 21, 1917)
Rank: Lieutenant

A commission merchant in civilian life, he became a Lieutenant in the 27th Battalion, Canadian Infantry, Service number 425498. He was reported killed in action in the Manitoba Free Press, September 4, 1917. He was born in High Bluff.

 


Wisdom, Thomas Veitch
(January 24, 1888–May 26, 1920)
Rank: Private
Service Number: 875248
Attestation Paper (Library and Archives Canada)

Wisdom lived in Manitou, near Morden, and joined the 184th Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He enlisted at Morden and his widow is listed as living in Morden on his Circumstances of Death card. The Death card indicates he had syphilis and was thus not eligible for treatment as a War Grave. He is buried at Brookside Cemetery in Winnipeg.



Relatives and friends say goodbye to soldiers leaving for overseas duty with the First Canadian Overseas Contingent. Part of the Fort Garry Horse, and under the command of Lieutenant Colonel A. C. D. Pigott, these men volunteered for active overseas service when the Great War began and had been members of the 18th Mounted Rifles militia based in Morden (photo taken August 22, 1914).

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