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Enlisted Personnel, World War One - W through Z

Wagar, Clare Leslie:
Of Moscow, Ontario was born in Colebrook in 1899, the son of Rufus Wagar, a farmer. He enlisted in the 146th Battalion in February, 1816. #835586

Wagar, Duane:
Of Enterprise was born in Camden township in 1898, son of James and Alena Wager. He gave his occupation as labourer when he enlisted (volunteered) with his father and brother, Lorne, in January of 1917. His name is sometimes spelt Wager. #1093258

Wagar, Ernest:
Born in Napanee in 1896, the son of Dr. Nelson Wagar. Occupation before enlisting, school teacher. He had considered taking further education and had begun courses in 1914. Signed up in 1915 and left Canada October 10th. Arrived in France November 15th, 1915. Was there, in the thick of it, for three and a half years. Was at Sanctuary Wood, the Somme, Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Amiens, Cambrai and Mons. Awarded 1914/1915 Star. On discharge, registered at Queen's University to continue his studies. #300521

Wagar, Frederick E.:
Born, Napanee in 1880. As a young man, went west to Winnipeg where he began to establish himself as a market gardener. Enlisted 1918. While training in England, Wagar injured his shoulder and was forced to transfer from the infantry to a signals corp. At one time, he was an instructor in signals. He served in the army of occupation and travelled through France, Belgium and Germany. He returned to Canada in May of 1919 and after discharge in Kingston, went back to Winnipeg where he was hired as a postal clerk. # 2173321

Wagar, Frances:
Daughter of Dr. Nelson Wagar of Napanee, and sister of Ernest Wagar. An employee of the munitions factory in Napanee, Miss Wagar was promoted to inspector of the shells being produced by the factory.

Wagar, James Overton:
Born at Enterprise in 1878. Occupation, labourer. Enlisted in the 254th Battalion with his sons Duane and Lorne in January of 1917. #1093259

Wagar, Lorne:
Born Enterprise, 1898. Occupation before conscription, clerk. Enlisted (volunteered) with his father and brother, Duane, in January,1917. Trained in 254th Battalion at Barriefield and then was attached to special forces in Kingston. The war ended before he had left Canada. #1093260

Wagar, Perry Egbert:
Born in Napanee in 1873. Occupation, carpenter. Age 42. 80th Battalion, Barriefield. Discharged because he only had sight in one eye. #219735

Wagar, Sydney Damon:
Born Odessa but later moved to Enterprise. Occupation, post master. Enlisted July 4th, 1916 at Sharbot Lake. Received commission as Lieutenant due to prior experience with 47th. Went overseas September, 1916 and served in England until June, 1917. Taken on strength with 48th Highlanders of Canada and went to France in June of 1917. Spent most of his time on the front lines, on sentry duty. Although he did not participate in any famous battles, he was continually in danger, and after six months he lost most of his hearing due to concussion from large shells. He was sent back to England for light duty. While in England, he was promoted to rank of Captain and subsequently sent back to Canada in charge of a group of Canadian soldiers going home. He served in Canada until December, 1919, following which he returned to Enterprise.

Wakelin, Sidney Samuel:
Born in Peterborough, England in 1897. Emigrated with family to Napanee. Occupation, farmer. Enlisted February, 1916. #835628

Walker, Albert Edwin:
Born at Napanee in 1893, son of Frank Walker. When he enlisted, he said that he was born in 1892. Served in 39th Battalion. # 412166

Walker, Donald Henry Anderson:
Born at Enterprise, 1896. He attended Shaw's Business College in Toronto. Enlisted at Toronto, January 1916 as a "Bandsman" in the 166th Battalion (The Queen's Own Rifles). Trained at Camp Borden. Sailed for England in October and after further training was sent to France in the spring of 1917. Upon reaching France, the Band was broken up and Walker was put in the 124th Battalion (Pioneer Battalion of the Governor General's Body Guard), then he was moved to the 12th Battalion (the Engineers). He saw action. On one occasion, he lost his hat on the battlefield. The hat was retrieved, and as there was a photograph of his girlfriend in Toronto inside as well as a letter, it was assumed that he had been killed, and the photograph and letter were mailed back to his friend. Correspondence home quickly established that he was still alive. On another occasion he was gassed, leaving him with damaged lungs. However, he was not invalided out but kept on as a stretcher-bearer. The Spanish influenza epidemic swept through the lines. Walker succumbed to the disease quickly, probably because of the damage to his lungs. He was taken to Charleroy Hospital in Belgium, barely conscious, and died the next day, February 17th, 1919. He is buried in Charleroy Communal Cemetery. His commanding officer, Captain R.C. Berkinshaw, wrote: "He was a splendid lad and a very capable soldier... We have some jobs when the stretcher bearers' work was of a most unenviable character, but it never seemed to worry him and he went ahead with his work with a coolness and skill which was quite remarkable." As Donald Walker wrote faithfully to his mother every week, she received three letters from him after his death. He is buried in Belgium, in the Charleroi Cemetery. #669507

Walker, Elmer:
Born 1894, son of Henry Walker of Yarker. Said to have enlisted. Attestation Papers could not be found.

Walker, Ford [Bartram?]:
Of Camden East. Serial number might be #697.

Walker, Frederick A.:
Born at Napanee. Was a student at Napanee Collegiate at time of enlistment, 1915. Once overseas, was assigned to the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles and fought in the Battle of Ypres. Was killed in action at Sanctuary Wood, June 2nd, 1916. His comrades said that they were resting under some shelter when he removed his helmet to wipe his forehead, was shot through the head by a sniper and killed instantly. The Germans held the position for several days. The chaplain of the unit said that he had been buried, but when his brothers returned to find the location no grave could be found. The cemeteries in the Wood had been blown apart by shells. The cemeteries were re-established by the allies following the war, and his name is recorded at what we now know as Sanctuary Wood Cemetery, Belgium, as having been interred somewhere there. #113613

Walker, George Harold:
Born Napanee, 1897, son of Frank Walker. Occupation before enlisting, electrician, Napanee. signed up in August, 1915 with 77th Battalion. Taken on strength with the 87th (the Grenadier Guards). Fought in Belgium and France. In thirteen months he experienced Ypres, Regina Trench (the Somme), Vimy Ridge, Lens, Hill 70. He was wounded at Regina Trench and again at Hill 70. # 144681

Walker, Harold Guy:
Born at Harrowsmith, Frontenac county, but lived 17 years at Yarker. Occupation, automobile mechanic. Volunteered in 1917. Spent six months in the Canadian Army Service Corps, mostly at Camp Borden. Promoted to Corporal. #2003619

Walker, John Earle:
Born at Napanee, 1894, son of Frank Walker. Occupation before enlisting, electrician. Signed up with 39th Battalion in 1915. Taken on strength with 24th Battalion (the Victoria Rifles) who were mostly men from Montreal. Served with them in France and Belgium, seeing action at Kemmel, Hooge, St. Eloi and Ypres. He was promoted from private to signaller. At Ypres, he received gunshot wounds to the head and neck. Invalided home in March, 1917 and resumed his career in the electronics trade. #A 12167

Walker, Keith:
Born Yarker. During the early part of the war, he was a student in Belleville. Conscripted to the 235th Battalion but was transferred to the 146th Battalion. He served in England from May, 1917 until December, 1918. On this return, he was hired by the T. Eaton Company in Toronto. #1027624

Walker, Parker George:
Born in Buffalo, New York. Later lived and farmed at Wilton. Enlisted May, 1916. Nothing further known. #835956

Walker, Vincent Almer [sic]:
Was born in Harrowsmith, Frontenac county in 1894 but spent his childhood in Yarker. Went out to Manitoba to try his hand at ranching. Enlisted in Winnipeg with the Fort Garry Horse in 1914. Went overseas with the First Contingent, 3rd October, 1914. Was promoted from gunner to corporal. In 1915, he was in France. While moving large guns into action, he was kicked by a horse, fracturing his leg in several places. Several surgeries were required. He was invalided home and when recovered, he enlisted again, but was discharged as unfit for duty due to the condition of the leg. He began a new career as a mining assayer in northern Ontario. # 40725 Re-enlistment #514254

Walsh, John Leo:
Born at Erinsville in 1896, son of Anthony Walsh. During the war, went out to Manitoba. Conscripted May, 1918 and served in First Depot Battalion. #2130101

Walsh, Harry Malcolm:
Born in Sheffield township in 1896, son of William J. Walsh. He became a cheesemaker, and during the war was working in Fredericksburgh township (R.R.3, Napanee). He was conscripted in June of 1918, crossed to England, and was training there were the armistice was signed. #3060340

Walsh, Michael James:
Born in Liverpool, England, 1878. Emigrated from England to Canada at age seven. Walsh was a veteran of the Boer War, in which he served with the Mounted Rifles. Since the end of that war, he had been farming at Enterprise. He re-enlisted in Kingston but was not sent overseas due to his age. Instead, he was appointed a Training Officer located in Lennox and Addington County. #1093140

Walsh, William Edmund:
Of Enterprise and Swan River, Manitoba. Enlisted in 1916 with the 226th Battalion. On arrival in England, transferred to the 43rd. While in training in England, he was severely injured in both legs and unable to proceed to the front. After six months in hospital, he was assigned to the Forestry Corps, where he served for the duration of the war. #1000899

Ward, Horace Herring:
Born at Napanee. Enlist at age of sixteen in June, 1916. He was held at Barriefield until 1917 when he was sent to England with the 72nd Battery. He trained in Ashford in Kent on account of his age, where he spent long hours on guard duty. Here he completed courses and became a Signaller. He was sent to France in March of 1917 with the Royal Canadian Horse Artillary and remained in action until the armistice was signed the following year.

Warner, Clarance M.:
Born at Wilton Ontario. Lived at Wilton and in Napanee. During the War, he was working in Boston, Massachusetts as a stock broker. He joined the American Red Cross as a Field Director, Second Naval District, when the United States entered the War. He was used as an organizer on war loan campaigns and then was sent to work for the Red Cross at Newport, Rhode Island for the duration of the conflict. Warner asked that his name not be included in "The War Work of Lennox and Addington" as: "While I have devoted about two years to the war without any pay, I was not a soldier and think it is presumptuous to pose as one."

Wartman, Alvin E.:
Born at Newburgh. Occupation: student at Queen's University at Kingston. He began in Civil Engineering but transferred to Medicine. Enlisted in 4th Field Ambulance. Was assigned to the Canadian Army Medical Corps and went overseas in 1915. Rank, Sergeant. Saw action in France and Belgium for 13 or 14 months. Was wounded at Courcelettes on the Somme during the battle which took place September 14-17, 1916. His single-minded devotion to duty during the terrible battle earned him the Distinguished Conduct Medal. He was trying to save another soldier and a piece of shrapnel hit him, entering his lung. He was removed to 2nd Casualty Clearing Station. Over the next month, he struggled to survive but infection finally claimed him and he died on October 16, 1916. He is buried in Puchevillers British Cemetery (plot 5, row C, grave 46). His D.C.M. was presented posthumously to his parents by General Flemming. His superior officer said of him, "I have depended on him often as much as my graduated medical officers." # 1783

Wartman, Clarence Calvin:
Born Napanee, 1892, son of Cortland Wartman. Was a dental student at Queen's when he first enlisted in 1915 in Canadian Army Medical Corps. After training a month in Canada and two months in England, he may have been transferred to the British Army Medical Corps. He was sent to Egypt for eight months and to France for five months. He returned home with an honourable discharge, but re-enlisted almost immediately, in January 1917, to a Depot Battalion, afterwards transferred to the 72nd Battery. #888

Wartman, Murray Franklin:
Born Newburgh, 1897, son of Coleman Wartman. Occupation, farmer. Conscripted in May of 1918 and served in First Depot Battalion. #3058682

Watson, James:
Born in 1896, was a young immigrant from Kirkaldy in Scotland. He lived for a while at Conway in South Fredericksburgh, but by 1915 was living in Napanee and working as a labourer. He enlisted in January of 1916 in the 146th Battalion and is said to have served outside of Canada. Nothing further known. #835476

Weagent, Clarence S.:
Born in California, U.S.A. but came to Canada with his family and attended Newburgh High School and Napanee Collegiate. Occupation at time of enlistment, accountant. Enlisted with the 39th Battlion in 1915. Was later taken on strength with the 15th Battalion and became a machine gunner. By the summer of 1916, he was in France. He was at Ypres, the Somme and received two promotions, to Sergeant and then Lieutenant. Although not directly wounded, he suffered concussion from the shells and was later hit by a car which caused him to be hospitalized and ended his battlefield experience. #412924

Webb, Frederick:
Born at Blackheath (London), England. Came to Canada when 19 years old. Occupation at time of enlistment, baker. (Family lived at Sharp's Corners.) Signed on in 1916 with the 146th Battalion. Went overseas and in February of 1917, to France, where he was at Hill 70, Passchendaele and Vimy Ridge. At Passchendaele he was wounded in the head by shrapnel. On April 2nd, 1918, while going into action, he was struck again by shrapnel and killed. A friend, Ambrose Switzer #835533, was with him at the time. He is buried in Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. #835918

Websdale, James F.:
Enlisted with 13th Canadian Mounted Rifles at Medicine Hat. When the regiment went overseas, he was attached to the Lord Strathcona Horse and later was taken on strength with the 27th Battalion, which was made up mostly of men from Winnipeg. While serving in France, he was hospitalized with a chest infection in the winter of 1915-16. He returned to duty and at Vimy Ridge was wounded in the face and hospitalized in Bologne. He again returned to duty and was working as a clerk in the Orderly Room for several months and also helped with the transportation of wounded at Passchendaele. Returning for a third time to active duty, he was recommended for promotion to Lieutentant. While leading a group of soldiers he was severely wounded by a hand-grenade and died in the ambulance on the way to hospital on September 27, 1918. He is buried in Ecoust-St. Mein British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. #228241

Weinthrop, I.:
Wilson says, "Of Napanee, was in the Third Depot Battalion". No record of this man has been found.

Weist, A.:
Wilson says, "Of Newburgh, joined Second Depot Battalion." No record has been found under this spelling or related spellings, including the "Weese" group. This might be 'Bert' Weiss, who later owned the shoe store in Napanee. His proper name was not Albert but Egbert Barker Weiss.

Wellard, George Nelson: See as Willard.

Wemp, Duncan:
Born Amherst Island. By 1918, was farming near Viking, Alberta. Drafted Calgary in May 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. # 3211561

Wemp, Ernest:
Born Emerald, Amherst Island. Before enlisting was working on a farm near Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. Enlisted 1916, 128th Battalion. Sailed from Halifax with the 184th Battalion, November 1st, 1916. Sent to France in December, 1916 and taken on strength with the 78th Battalion. He took part in the Vimy Ridge offensive, April 9th, 1917, was at Passchendaele and other engagements. On July 21st on the Arras Front, he was gassed, and this caused him to be invalided to England. After convaslescence, he returned to Canada. #182281

Wemp, Oswald:
Near Stella, Amherst Island. Occupation before enlisting, farmer. In autumn, 1915 was working on farm in Alberta. Enlisted Calgary, January 1916 in the 89th Battalion. Taken on strength with 31st Battlion and sent to France in September, 1916. Was engaged in active warfare for seven months and survived Vimy Ridge and the Somme. He was promoted to the rank of Lance-Corporal. On May 2nd, 1917, during the offensive at Le Fresnoy, he was struck by machine gun fire and [died the following day]. He was nineteen years old. His name appears on the Vimy Memorial. #184119

Whalen, B.:
Of Camden township. Name appears in War Work of Lennox and Addington but actual identity of this soldier has not been ascertained.

Whalen, Charles:
Of Newburgh worked for one of the railways as a fireman (stoker). He enlisted in Sarnia in August of 1915 and was sent to the 29th Battalion. His trade was "driver", and he was with the 29th for two years. During that period (we don't know when or how) he suffered an accident which resulted in a very severe compound fracture of his left arm. He was invalided back to Kingston and given an honourable discharge with the rank of Lance-Corporal. As soon as he felt better, he re-enlisted, on April 10th, 1917, and was pronounced fit by the medical officer. However, he was kept for special duties as the recruiting officer worried that his arm had suffered very severe damage. #90983

Wienecke, Albert Charlie:
Born Denbigh. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058476

Willard, Fred:
Born Amherst Island. Occupation, farmer. He enlisted in Picton in 1915 in the 80th Battalion. He spent the winter in Belleville but his health deteriorated. The 80th went overseas, but he stayed behind and died in Belleville on May 18th, 1916. Commonwealth War Graves lists him as buried in "Greenwood Cemetery", on Amherst Island. #299159

Willard, George Nelson:
Born on Amherst Island, son of Heman [sic] Willard. George's parents spelt their surname name "Wellard". Occupation, fisherman. Enlisted Kingston, November 1916 in 253rd Queen's University Highlanders. Served in France with Canadian Railroad Corps. Rank, sapper. #1090008

Willard, Hiram Roger:
Born on Amherst Island in 1899. Occupation, sailor. He wanted to enlist with his brother, John, in March, 1917, so he told the recruiting officer that he was born in 1898. He was accepted, and sent to the 230th Forestry Battalion and served in England and France for a total of two years. His name is mispelled in his service records as "Williard". # 2157469

Willard, John Francis:
Born on Amherst Island in 1896. Occupation, sailor. Enlisted in March of 1917 and was sent to the 230th Forestry Battalion and served in England and France. #2157453

Williams, Alfred:
Wilson says that Alfred Williams of Stella, Amherst Island, served with the 146th Battalion, but no match was made between the name and the attestation papers.

Williams, F. J.:
Wilson says that a man of this name from Centreville served with the 2nd Depot Battalion, but the soldier could not be identified.

Williams, George Leonard:
Born Tamworth. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058403

Williams, John:
Born London, England, 1895. Attended school in Leighton Buzzard, Bedfordshire. May have been sent from England to Canada when twelve years old. Father had died, and mother had remarried to a man named Parker. John Williams lived at Coaticook, Quebec and at Violet, Ontario. Occupation, weaver. Received military training before the war from Stanstead Dragoons. Enlisted June 5th, 1915 in 5th Battalion. Served in France and Belgium. Was awarded the Mons Medal, for service in France before December, 1915. Took part in the Third Battle of Ypres. Was wounded in the right ankle in June, 1916 and was shell-shocked in August of the same year. He was mentioned in the dispatches. A wounded comrade was lying in "no man's land". Williams risked his life to bring him back to the Allied trenches. For this he was given leave on Sundays. He was sent home to Canada in September of 1917, and later given an honourable discharge. When last heard from he was training for a civil service career. #110580

Willis, H. W.:
Of Northbrook, is said to have served in the C.F.A. (Artillery).

Wilson, Charles E.:
Born in Napanee, Ontario, in 1878. Occupation, medical doctor. Had spent five years in the militia, 47th Regiment, at Napanee and was a Captain in the Canadian Army Medical Corps. Enlisted in 93rd Battalion C.E.F. in 1916 and served in Canada and in England for four months, when ill-health forced him to come home. He offered his residence in Napanee [Robert Street?] to be used as a soldiers' club. Following the war, he practised in Toronto.

Wilson, F. Cameron (1881-1962):
Born in Picton, but as an infant he moved with his family to Napanee. Occupation, medical doctor. Enlisted in Canadian Army Medical Corps with rank of Lieutenant. He was attached to the 16th Brigade, Canadian Forces Artillery, and served at the Canadian Military Hospital, Taplow and No. 9 Canadian General Hospital, and received a promotion to Captain. In 1917, he caught a viral infection which brought on pneumonia. He was invalided back to Canada after serving just over two years. He is buried in Riverside Cemetery, Napanee.

Wilson, Grace:
Nursing sister, born Napanee in 1897, daughter of Edward Wilson. She trained for three years at Wellesley Hospital in Toronto. Nurse Wilson served for one year and seven months in military hospitals in Canada. Following the war (in 1819) she married Philip Harrison and the couple moved to Winnipeg.

Wilson, John Coleland:
Born near Venacchar where the family had a farm. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058486

Wilson, John Hubert:
Born Enterprise. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058420

Wilson, Kenneth P.:
Born at Napanee, but family later moved out to Alberta. Enlisted in the 63rd Battalion but also served in the 7th. Went overseas in 1916. Served in France and Belgium on the front line. Was at the Somme and Vimy. Received a slight wound at the Somme and a much more serious wound at Vimy. Nevertheless, he was not sent home until February of 1919, a total of three years and eight months in the service, and "darned glad to get out", he said. #466348

Wilson, Robert:
Attended public school at Conway. Occupation, farmer. Enlisted 1916 in 146th Battalion, but taken on strength with the ill-fated 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles, which had been decimated in recent battles. He was at the front for twenty-two months, and fought at Passchendaele, Vimy Ridge, Amiens and twice at Arras. He was promoted in the field to Lance Corporal. During one of the actions, he was shot in the arm. While assisting as a stretcher bearer, his coolness under fire was noticed by one of the officers. He was nominated for the Distinguished Conduct Medal and this was presented to him by the Prince of Wales. Because of his wound, he was sent home shortly after the armistice, in December, 1918. #835313

Wilson, R. W.:
Of Yarker, was in the 80th Battalion. Nothing further known.

Wilson, Wifred de S.:
Born in Napanee and lived there until he began post-secondary education. Graduate of Cornell University and McGill. Occupation, chemical engineer. Enlisted 1915 as a Lieutenant in the Canadian Army Service Corps. After training at Valcartier, he was posted to Toronto, as Officer commanding the Overseas Training Depot there. In 1918, he was sent to England, to Shorncliffe, where he was Assistant Adjutant, and from there to France to be part of the army of occupation. From June until August,1919, he served as Quartermaster for the Canadian War Graves Detachment Company. After discharge he was hired by Standard Chemical in Montreal.

Wilson, W. L.:
Of Vennachar, served in 3rd Depot Battalion.

Wilson, William:
Of Yarker. Said to have served. Nothing further known.

Wilson, William Liford:
Born at Vennachar, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Andrew Wilson. Occupation, farmer. Enlisted December 24,1915, in the 146th Battalion. Left Canada in August, 1915. Was sent to the front, and participated in Vimy Ridge, Passchendaele, Mons and Ypres. He was wounded on two occasions, and gassed once. #835372

Wiskin, Delbert:
Born in Napanee, but moved to Peterborough when a young man. For many years, he was a mate on the old steamer, Reindeer and was well-known in Napanee. Prior to enlistment, his occupation was pattern maker [die maker?]. Enlisted 1916 in 93rd Battalion but later taken on strength with the 18th Battalion, Machine Gun Section. Went overseas and served in France and Belgium for eight months. Took part in the battles at Vimy Ridge, and Passchendaele. Killed during the action at Le Fresnoy, May 9th, 1917. #195971

Wood, Alfred:
Of Flinton. Enlisted January 1916 in 146th. Nothing further known. #835353

Wood, C. E.:
Born at Flinton in 1896, youngest son of William and Cynthia Wood. Enlisted at Flinton with the 146th Battalion in March of 1916. He was eager to go overseas, but instead was posted to various duties in Canada, mostly in Lindsay, Ontario.

Wood, Charles:
Of Tamworth. Served in Canadian Army. Nothing further known.

Wood, E. J.:
Of Flinton, served in Second Depot Battalion.

Wood, Ernest:
Born Loughborough township. Lived Tamworth. Labourer. Enlisted January 1916 in 146th Battalion. Had previous military training with 47th Regiment. # 835208

Wood, Gordon Wilson:
Born Northbrook. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058472

Wood, Herbert Roy:
Born May 24, 1889 at Flinton, son of William and Cynthia Wood. Occupation, barber and harness-maker. Enlisted at Flinton in the 146th Battalion in April of 1916. Trained at Barriefield. Crossed the Atlantic on the Southland in 1917 and was sent to France almost immediately where he joined the ill-fated 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles and was among the many members of that Battalion killed in the battle for Vimy Ridge. He died on August 23rd, 1917. He was 28 years old. He is buried in Loos British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France. # 835897

Wood, J. A.:
Born at Flinton in 1895, son of William and Cynthia Wood. Enlisted December 16, 1914 in the 21st Battalion. Sent overseas with the 21st in 1915 and was wounded on September 18th at the Somme. He was invalided back to England. It took a year to fully recover, and for part of that time he served as an instructor at one of the bases. He then rejoined the Battalion and continued at the front until the armistice.

Wood, Roy:
Of Camden, served in the Canadian Army. Nothing further. A Roy Wood (born in March, 1890) shows on the 1911 census in Camden township as a lodger. A Joseph Roy Wood, born in March, 1890, enlisted in the Canadian Engineers (serial #2710767) but whether this is the same man is not known.

Wood, Sanford Stephen:
Born Plevna, son of Ira Wood. Later lived in Napanee. Occupation, labourer. Enlisted January, 1917, in the 254th Battalion. # 1093206

Wood, Walter Anderson:
Born Odessa. Labourer. Enlisted Kingston December, 1915. # 835804

Wood, W. P.:
Born at Flinton in 1892, son of William and Cynthia Wood. Enlisted in June of 1915 in Belleville, Ontario, joining the 26th Battalion. Crossed to England on the Olympia and there was transferred to the 49th Battalion. At the Battle of the Somme, on September 29th he was severely wounded. He was taken back to England, where he remained for a year. He was then sent back to France and was wounded again. This second wound kept him in hospital until after the armistice was signed.

Woodcock, Amos Britton:
Born Kennebec. Lived before the war at Centreville. Occupation, farmer. Enlisted June, 1915. Amos Britton Woodcock was a farmer who lived for a number of years at Kennebec in Frontenac county. Sometime before 1912, he moved to Centreville in Camden East township. Woodcock enlisted in June, 1915. In August, he married his sweetheart, Ruth Switzer. He was just twenty-two years of age, she eighteen. Woodcock was stationed at Barriefield over that winter. In March of 1916, his unit crossed the Atlantic to England. Shortly after arriving in the United Kingdom, he was deployed as a despatch rider and sent to the Front. There, he had to be available day or night to run papers and messages between points on the lines. He told his family of many narrow escapes and harrowing adventures. Ironically, according to the records, Britton was barely able to read and write. As the number of fit fighting men diminished, many despatch riders including Woodcock were re-deployed to active infantry units. While fighting in the trenches, Woodcock was mentioned in the despatches for forcing a group of Germans out of a shell hole. After over two years of almost continual exposure to danger, his luck ran out and he was killed in action on the 26th of August, 1918. His name appears on the Vimy Memorial, but apparently there is no known grave. #454720

Woodcock, Erven Delbert:
Born Northbrook and lived there right up until he enlisted in January of 1916. A farmer. He had prior experience with the militia (the 47th Regiment). #835404

Woodcock, George:
Of Camden. Was in the Canadian Army. Nothing further known.

Woodcock, H.:
Of Tamworth. Was in the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles.

Woodcock, Murney Franklin:
Born Sheffield township. Before enlisting, working as a labourer in Arden. Signed up with 146th Battalion in December, 1915. #835191

Woodcock, Herbert Francis Dealtry, Rev.:
Born at New Hamburg but spent childhood in Camden township, where he attended Newburgh school and then Napanee Collegiate. Occupation, clergyman. He enlisted with the rank of Hon. Captain and served with a number of units, including a cavalry unit and the 5th Battalion. Was at the front in France for about seven months. In the spring of 1918, the Germans decided to launch a large offensive to gain ground before the Americans entered the war. Rev. Woodcock was there at the beginning of the offensive, and was wounded in a skirmish on March 31st, 1918, near Arras. He was sent back to Canada in June of 1918 and took up an appointment at a church in Oakville.

Woodcock, I. E.:
Of Tamworth. Was in the 254th Battalion.

Woodcock, Thomas Milton:
Born at Kennebec, Frontenac county, but lived for a time at Northbrook. Enlistged 1916 in the 146th Battalion. Went overseas and served in France for about six months. Was killed in action, Passchendaele, November 10, 1917. A Frontenac county buddy, J.E. Hughes, was with him at the time. The army gave the family no details. # 835108

Woodcox, Charles Burgie:
Born Elzevir, Ontario. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058488

Woods, Volney:
Born in Richmond township, and was working at Roblin as a machinist during the war. "I was drafted and had to report at Kingston to the 1st Depot Battalion. I then asked for a transfer to the Royal Air Force, and after six weeks which was the 19th of June, I got same." He reported to Royal Air Force #43 School of Aeronautics, Toronto, where he spent the duration of the war. Cadet # 173425

Wright, B.:
Was in the 1st Eastern Ontario Battalion.

Wright, Frederick Bert:
Born Bath, Ontario. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058461

Wright, Harold:
Of South Fredericksburgh, enlisted in the Royal Flying Corps and was overseas for two years.

Yeomans, Okel:
Born at Newburgh and lived there all his life. Occupation, teacher. Conscripted 1917 to 119th Battalion. Later transferred to 5th Canadian Railway unit with rank of Trooper. Sent to France in March 1918 and served their for eight months. Returned to Canada in April 1919 and admitted as a patient to the Mowat Sanatorium, Kingston. #226894

York, Fred:
Born in Sheffield township and later lived in Napanee. Occupation at time of enlistment, locomotive fireman. Had military training with 47th Regiment. Enlisted in 21st Battalion in May of 1915. Gave his date of birth as 1891, but may have been older. Went overseas and was in heavy fighting in France and Belgium for over two years. Participated in St. Eloi, the Somme, Messines. Was promoted in the field to Corporal and was wounded twice, in the knee by shrapnel and by a rifle bullet throught the wrist. Returned to Canaada in January 1919 and found work as a barber in Kingston. #412172

York, Marshall Herbert:
Of Napanee enlisted in the 80th Battalion in March of 1916. #220499

Young, Gordon Lester:
Born Bath. Farmer. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058455

Young, John Wesley:
Born September 4, 1894, son of Henry and Lena Young of Richmond township. Died June 8, 1964 and is buried Napanee Riverview Cemetery. In 1978, his headstone read: "John W. Young, Pte., 2nd Battalion, C.E.F., V.G. of Canada." (V.G. usually stands for Veterans' Guard.) A careful search of the Attestation Papers has not discovered his enlistment.

Young, William George:
Born Sheffield township. Farmed near Tamworth. Drafted Barriefield, May 7, 1918. 1st Depot Battalion. #3058406

Zenoli, Bernard:
Born London, England. Came to Canada at age of eight and lived at Sillsville. Attended school at Hayburn and Dorland. Occupation, farmer. Enlisted 1916 with 146th Battalion. Later transferred to 10th Battery, 3rd Battalion C.F.A. Served on the battlefields of France and Belgium for fifteen months. Saw action at Vimy Ridge, Hill 70, Passchendaele and Cambrai. Was wounded by shrapnel and also gassed. Returned to Canada in January, 1919 and took advantage of government training courses to apprentice as a motor mechanic in Toronto. #345908

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