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Quinn, John Patrick:
Born Croyden. Farmed near Enterprise. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058408
Born Paisley, Scotland. Came to Canada when eleven years old. Lived at Bath. Received some military training before the war with the militia (4th Hussars). Enlisted in 1916, in Arden, where he was working on a farm. Trained with 146th Battalion and went overseas. Taken on strength with the [12th Canadian York Regiment]. Was at Vimy Ridge and both the first and second Cambrai battles. #835109
Rankin, James Ryerson:
Born Picton. Later lived in Napanee. Occupation before enlisting, bank clerk. Enlisted very early in the war in Ottawa, 19th September, 1914. Deployed to Army Service Corps, where he worked as a driver. Saw action in France and Belgium. On the night of May 3rd, 1917, he was finished driving for the day and was in camp when an enemy airship dropped a bomb on their base. Rankin was severly injured and died the following day. Buried Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension. #30118
Born Tweed. Family moved to Flinton. Occupation before enlisting, lineman and electrician. Signed up in January, 1916 with the 119th Battalion. #754777
Born in Denbigh. Shortly before the war he went to Toronto looking for work and in 1915 was working there as a bartender. Enlisted November, 1915 in the 146th Battalion. Saw combat. Was wounded and lost one leg. #348315
Ready, Robert Lorne:
Born in Denbigh where he was working on the farm when the war began. Enlisted June, 1916 with the 146th Battalion. [Taken on strength with 288th Battalion.] #1006752
Read - see Reid.
Redfern, Robert Andrew:
Born London, England, May 18, 1899. Was a "home child". Came to Toronto with Bernardo orphans in 1907, age eight. Was fostered by George D. Anderson of Bath, with whom he lived for the next eight years. Enlisted with the 4th Pioneers. Trained in New Brunswick. While accompanying an officer on patrol duty along the St. Lawrence River, he was shot by a man attempting to desert. He was hospitalized for some time. In 1916, he went overseas with his Battalion, but on arrival in England had to be hospitalized again. After recovery, he was taken on strength with the 1st Battalion and served with them in France. During an action on November 7th, 1917, he did not answer role call, and later was declared missing in action. His name appears on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate). #814984
Reid, Albert Alexander:
Born at Selby but lived a long time in Napanee. Occupation before enlisting, labourer. Signed up with 146th Battalion in 1916. #835744
Reid, Harry Edward:
Born Fonthill, Ontario, son of Joseph Reid. Family moved to Camden township. Occupation, carpenter. Enlisted January, 1917 with 256th Railway Construction Battalion. #1099113
Reid, Joseph Francis:
Born near Flinton. During the First World War, he went out to Saskatchewan to work on the farms as help was needed to keep the grain coming. Conscripted June, 1918. Trained with 1st Depot Battalion. #3353750
Born Amherst Island. Farmed near Stella. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058466
Of Flinton. According to Wilson (1922) enlisted with 87th Battalion, but no record found. Spelling of name may be a difficulty.
A.k.a. Remo or Renno. Born Flinton. Occupation, farmer. Enlisted January, 1916 and served with the 146th Battalion. #835364
Reynolds, Everton George:
Of Odessa. Conscripted Barriefield, May 16, 1918. Trained with 1st Depot Battalion. #3059849
According to Wilson (1922), this person from Odessa served in the Canadian Engineers, but no Attestation by this spelling or a soundex equivalent has as yet been found.
Richardson, R. S.:
Born Napanee. Occupation, engineer. In 1914, moved to what was then Fort William to work on government railway lines [now Canadian National]. Enlisted 1917 and was sent overseas. Served in France and Belgium for two years operating railways in support of the 6th, 8th and 30th Battalions. During operations in Belgium was wounded in the leg. "We were known in France as the 13th Canadian Light Railway Operating Company. Our duties were to keep ammunition and rations, supplies to guns, and men [moving] to front lines. Our work was mostly at night as we were a mark for the Germans when daylight came."
Born Tamworth. Occupation before enlisting, miller. Signed up for the 146th Battalion in 1916. Once overseas, was taken on strength with the 95th and then the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles. Served in France, and was at Vimy Ridge, where he was wounded in the hand by shrapnel. Unable to fire a weapon, he was invalided home. #835526
Richardson, William Edward:
Born in Ipswich, Suffolk, England. Immigrated to Canada at the age of 36. Settled in Napanee. Richardson had a great deal of prior military experience. He served in the Royal Army Medical Corps during the Boer War and was awarded the Queen Victoria and the King Edward medals for his time in service. In Napanee he was working as a packer when the First World War was declared. He enlisted 24th October, 1914, and (no surprize) was sent to the Canadian Army Medical Corps where he was elevated to the rank of Sergeant. He served in France at Number 2 Canadian General Hospital for over four years. #50092
Richmond, Homer Roy:
A farmer from Roblin, Drafted, Barriefield, May, 1918. Second Depot Battalion. [Attestation says First Depot Battalion.] Was training in England when the War ended. #3059906
Richmond, Rae Talmage:
Born near Marlbank, Ontario [in Richmond township?]. Farmed near Napanee. Conscripted Barriefield, May, 1918. Trained in 1st Depot Battalion. 3059847
Riddell, John Alexander:
[On 1911 census in Camden, Colebrook village, as John A. Riddle, born 1894. We have been unable to find his Attestation.]
A.k.a. Ridgewell, Redgewell. Born Walthamstow, England. Came to Canada at age twelve. Family settled in [Richmond township, then Deseronto]. Went to Saskatchewan to help with harvest. Enlisted 1915 in Saskatoon with 53rd Regiment. Went overseas. Taken on strength with the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifles. Fought in France and Belgium. Was at Arras, Vimy Ridge, Hill 70 and Paschendaele, where he was wounded and died from loss of blood. Buried Nine Elms British Cemetery. #440095
Ridgwell, Sidney George:
A.k.a. Ridgewell, Redgewell. Born Walthamstow, England. Came to Canada at age ten. Family settled in [Richmond township, then Deseronto]. Younger brother of Benjamin. Before enlisting, was working on a farm near Gretna, Fredericksburgh township. Enlisted with 22nd Battery, C.E.F. October 20, 1914. Went overseas in 1915. Was in France, Belgium. Took part in the battles of Neuve-Chapelle, Eglise, the Somme, Peronne , Hill 70, Cambrai. Was gassed and caught trench fever. #85420
Rikely, John Harry:
Born in Selby. During the war, he went west to help with the harvest and found work there as a teamster. Conscripted in Alberta, January 1918. Served in 1st Depot Battalion. #3206557
Rikely, Harvey Elisha:
Born Selby. Occupation, school teacher. Enlisted in May of 1915. Military trade, sapper. Went overseas and while stationed in England, married an English girl. #412067
Rikely, Walter Wm.:
Born somewhere in the county of Lennox and Addington in 1890. Grew up in Bath. Occupation, baker. Enlisted January 1916. Served in the 146th Battalion. #835477
Riley, Charles Wilson:
Born Camden East and lived there all his life until he graduated from high school. His family sent him for post-secondary education and he was studying in Guelph [Ontario Agricultural College?] when he enlisted in March of 1916. Served in the 56th Battery, the 14th Howitzer Brigade. #324885
Robertson, Andrew Ramsley:
Born Camden East 1899 but family moved to Odessa before 1901. Had two years militia training with 4th Hussars. At time of enlistment (1915), was working on a farm. Enlisted with brother, James. Wilson (1922) says he was taken into the 3rd Depot Battalion. # 113520 Note: This family on 1901 census erroneously as "Robinson".
Robertson, Clarence Archie:
Born Tamworth. Farmed for grandmother. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058430
Robertson, David Alexander:
Born Camden East 1891 but family moved to Odessa before 1901. Occupation before enlisting, horse trainer. Enlisted 1915. In 1st Reserve Battalion, then Army Service Corps. #49150. Note: This family on 1901 census erroneously as "Robinson".
Born Camden East 1893 but family moved to Odessa before 1901. Had two years militia training with 4th Hussars. At time of enlistment (1915), was working on a farm. Enlisted with brother, James. Wilson (1922) says that he served in the Canadian Mounted Rifles. # 113521 Note: This family on 1901 census erroneously as "Robinson".
Robinson, Gabriel A.:
Born at Syracuse, New York. Came to Canada at age seven. Lived at Camden East. Occupation at time of enlistment, student teacher. Signed up 1916 for 50th (Queen's University) Battalion. Served with 52nd overseas in France and Belgium. Saw action at Ypres, Lens, Arras front, Hill 70, Passchendaele, the Somme (1918, [Mouchy], Cambrai, Valenciennes. Received a concussion in July of 1918, but continued in action. Was a dispatch rider for the 13th Brigade Foward H.Q. of the Canadian Field Artillery through most of the action, until he was wounded in the hip in November of 1918. #318865
Wilson (1922) lists a man of this name from Tamworth. The only James Wilson in Sheffield township was born in 1899 and should have been too young for overseas service. The name is a common one, and as he may have lied about his age to enlist, we could not find his attestation papers.
Robinson, James A.:
Born in Ernestown township. Family later moved to Selby. At the outset of the war he was in Humboldt, Saskatchewan, working on a farm. Enlisted 1916 in 188th Battalion. Went overseas and served in France. Was at the Battle of Mons, went over the top at Vimy Ridge. Was wounded several times. The first time a bomb exploded and buried him so that only one foot could be seen. Of eight soldiers buried, he was the only one to survive. The second time he was hit by shrapnel. Then he was shot in the hand by a German sniper. After these two injuries, he was invalided home. While on the frontline, Robinson was deployed throwing grenades at the enemy. He is said to have carried a wounded comrade to safety under fire. #887729
Wilson (1922) lists a man of this name from Napanee, conscripted to the 3rd Depot Battalion. We were unable to find a match as either Robinson or Robertson.
Robinson, Joseph W. G.:
Born Camden East. Occupation before enlisting, salesman. Enlisted with rank of Lieutenant. Taken on strength with 60th Battalion in France. Fought in France and Belgium. Was at Hill 60 and the Somme. On September 16th, 1916, while leading his men to their position prior to an attack, he was shot through the heart by a sniper and killed instantly. His commanding officer, Lt-Col. Gascoigne, wrote to his mother: "Your son was a splendid soldier as well as a splendid man, always attentive and assiduous in his duty, well-liked by officers and men." His name is on the Vimy Memorial.
Robinson,Webb Gabriel Wilton:
A.k.a. "W.G." Born Camden East. Occupation before enlisting, salesman. Had prior training with 47th, and enlisted as a Lieutenant. Served in a number of reserve Battalions stationed at Shoreham and Bramshott and other places in England. Was sent to France but came down with enteric fever after only two months and had to be evacuated.
Roblin, Reade Mallory:
Drafted Barriefield, May 7,1918. 1st Depot Battalion, 1918. #3058442
Rogers, Christopher Warner:
Born Camden township. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058459
Rogers, Clancy Lawson:
Born Denbigh. Occupation at time of enlistment, cheesemaker, Odessa. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058443
Rogers, Glen William:
Born in Tweed, the son of W.H. Rogers. Glen Rogers came to Napanee during the war and was employed here making shells. When he enlisted in 1916, he said that he had prior training with the Canadian Army Service Corps. 3rd Depot Battalion. #2774105
According to Wilson (1922), a man of this name living in Odessa enlisted. We have been unable to find his attestation papers under either "Roland" or "Rowland".
According to Wilson (1922), Raymond Rook of Strathcona, who was born in 1895, enlisted. We have been unable to find his attestation papers under "Rook" or "Rooks".
Born Richmond township. Attended school in Napanee. Occupation before enlistment, "window trimmer and salesman". Enlisted with 74th Battery. Taken on strength with 35th Howitzer Battery as Gunner. Fought in France. Was at Vimy Ridge and Hill 70, where he was terribly wounded by shrapnel. Received medical discharge in Decmeber of 1917. #344838
Rorke, J. Arthur:
Born in West Huntington, Hastings County. Later lived at Tamworth. Occupation, teacher in Muskoka at time of enlistment. Served with Canadian Forestry Corps in England, Scotland. #763188
Rose, Arthur S.:
Born in Prince Edward County. Parents moved to Strathcona when he was a child. At beginning of the war was studying divinity at Albert College. Drafted in January of 1918. Sent with reinforcements to 21st Battalion which was fighting in France. On 17 September, 1918, near Cambrai, he was going up to the front as part of the operations on the Drocourt- Queant Line when he was shot and killed. He is buried in the Dominion Cemetery, Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, Pas de Calais, France. #3055971
Rose, George Percy Fraser:
Born in Prince Edward County. Parents moved to Strathcona when he was a child. During the war was working on family farm. Conscripted to 1st Depot Battalion in June of 1918, but was still in training when war ended. #3060328
Born Denbigh. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058487
Born Denbigh. Farm labourer. Enlisted in 146th Battalion in 1916, but ended up with 20th Battalion in France. He was wounded slightly in August of 1917 but continued with his unit. Was at the Battle of Amiens. He was wounded more seriously August 26, 1918, which caused him to be invalided home. A year later, he was still lame in the left leg. #835665
Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Came to Canada when 12 years old and lived on a farm near Violet in Ernestown township. Enlisted with the 4th Field Ambulance (Queen's) in 1916 and served in France, Belgium and Germany. He was at Cambrai, Valenciennes, Mons and other skirmishes. After the war, he did not return to Lennox and Addington, but went out to Saskatoon. #536135
Born Glasgow, Scotland, 1895. Came to Canada just before the war and was working on a farm near Enterprise when war began. Enlisted 1916 and went overseas. #835920
Of Enterprise. 2nd Depot Battalion. Nothing further known.
Russell, John H.:
Born in Glasgow, Scotland. Came to Canada at age of 8 years as an orphan. Lived with the P.E.R. Miller family near Switzerville and helped on their farm. They supported his ambition to study engineering and he was doing so in 1916 when he enlisted with the Royal Navy, Canadian Voluneer Reserve. He trained at Halifax and then Bermuda. From there he was sent to the Azores where his vessel, a submarine chaser, was on patrol. After some time, he was transferred to a destroyer which was on Mediterranean duty. While on the destroyer, he participated in dangerous convoy escort work. Luckily, they faced only one engagement. One night off Gibralter they were guarding the Straits when they came in contact with a pack of German submarines, trying to make their way through into the Mediterranean. Using the new "depth bombs" later known as depth charges, they were able to sink three of the submarines.
Ruttan, Evalene Taylor:
"Formerly of Napanee, wife of Major Franklin Ruttan, went overseas in May, 1916 and for some time performed canteen work. She joined the V.A.D.'s and worked in various hospitals including St. Dunstan's where she was in charge of the diningroom of the bungalow annex, which accommodated two hundred and fifty blind soldiers. She was chosen as one of the women war workers to present an address to their Majesties at Buckingham Palace on the occasion of their silver wedding." (Rev. A.J. Wilson, 1922) Evalene or "Eve" Taylor was the daughter of James Taylor of Napanee. She married William F. Tobey of the Napanee Tobeys. He died in 1893. She then married Dr. Franklin Ruttan. Eve's brother was W.J. Taylor, the publisher and an interest in letters ran in her family. Eve is said to have published herself, under the pseudonym of "Dorothy Dale". She died in 1924. (J.Bunting)
Ruttan, Franklin Sheldon:
Great-grandson of Peter Ruttan of Adolphustown, Franklin Ruttan was a medical doctor who practised for a while in Yarker. By 1910, he was living and practising in Oxford county. Although over forty years of age, he volunteered almost immediately that war was declared and went overseas with the first contingent. He was stationed in France. Perhaps his most important service was at Number One Canadian General Hospital, which was destroyed by enemy bombs in June of 1918. At his discharge, Ruttan held the rank of Major.
Ryan, John Francis:
Born Camden East. Occupation at time of enlistment, student. Joined the Canadian Army Medical Corps and later served in France with the Royal Army Medical Corps. Was promoted three times in the field. Returned to Canada in June of 1917 and re-enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps, serving in Kingston until the spring of 1919. Following the war he practised medicine in Rochester, New York.
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