Friday, February 26, 2010

J. G. Gauld

According to his attestation papers dated November 20, 1915 at Toronto, John Gordon Gauld, Mimico, Ontario was born on August 2, 1893 in Mimico.  He listed his mother Janet ? Rose Gauld, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a student and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had brown eyes and hair and a fair complexion.  He was Presbyterian.

He was the cousin of Gordon and William Gauld.



The following entry appears in the University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918:

Gauld, John Gordon; b.a. University Coll. 1916, Knox.

5th Univ. Coy., p.p.c.l.i., Pte., Nov. 1915; L-Cpl., Cpl., Sergt., c.s.M.; 58th Bn.,Lieut., Nov. 1916; France, Dec. 1916; Capt.; Vimy, Hill 70, Passchendaele; Wounded, Avion, June 26, 1917, and Passchendaele, Oct. 28, 1917; Siberian Ex. F.,Gen. Base, Capt. and Adjt., Sept. 1918; Siberia; m.c. Avion, June 26, 1917.

Interestingly, he appears to have been involved in the Canadian intervention in the Russian Civil War serving in Siberia.

S. Gauld


According to his attestation papers dated February 9 , 1915 at Toronto, Gordon Smith Mellis Gauld was born on May 22, 1893 in Formosa, Japan.  He listed his father Rev. William Gauld, Formosa, Japan as his next of kin.  He was a student and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years old and 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had hazel eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He had a slight scar on his nose and left arm.  He was Presbyterian.

His brother William also enlisted.  Both were born in Formosa (Taiwan) as their father Rev William Gauld was a missionary there (he was buried in the Tamsui Foreign Cemetery when he died in 1923).  Their family's important role in the missionary work in Taiwan is documented in The island beautiful : the story of fifty years in North Formosa, published in 1923. Both he and his brother were nephews of George R. Gauld of Mimico.

He ended up as a Lieutenant in the Royal Field Artillery.  Later he was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps and after earning his wings became an instructor.  While flying with a student the plane crashed and he was killed on March 25, 1918.  He is buried in Grantham Cemetery, Lincolnshire, England.








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W. H. Gauld

According to his attestation papers dated March 8, 1915 at Toronto, William Harvey Gaud was born on June 3, 1895 in Formosa, Japan.  He listed his father William Gauld, Formosa, Japan as his next of kin.  He was a student and had 3 months training at the O.T.C., Toronto.  He was 19 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He had a mole on the right side of his chin; a scar on the left side of his neck and a traverse scar on top of his head. 

His brother Gordon also enlisted.  Both were born in Formosa (Taiwan) as their father Rev William Gauld was a missionary there (he was buried in the Tamsui Foreign Cemetery when he died in 1923).  Their family's important role in the missionary work in Taiwan is documented in The island beautiful : the story of fifty years in North Formosa, published in 1923. Both he and his brother were nephews of George R. Gauld of Mimico.

According to his brother's obituary William was with the Cyclist Corps.  He was the nephew of George R. Gauld of Mimico.

The following entry appears in the University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918:

Gauld, William Harvey; Medicine 1919 (1921), Knox.

2nd Can. Div. Cyclists, Pte., Mar. 1915; France, Sept. 1915, Can. Cps. Cyclists; Ypres, Somme, etc.; Invalided Jan. 1917; R.F.c, Cadet, Feb. 1918; Can. Cps. Cyclists, Pte., Apl. 1918; Returned to complete course Oct. 1918.

G. Gibb

M. Giles

According to his attestation papers dated January 29, 1916 at Toronto, Matthew Herbert Giles, Mimico, was born on October 7, 1896 in Mimico, Ontario.  He listed his sister Lucy Devens, 164 Fairview Avenue, Toronto, as his next of kin.  He was a timekeeper and had no previous military experience.  He was 19 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes and fair hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was an electrician living in the home of Arthur Littleton on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico. 

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he was living in the home of Bernard J. Devins on the north side of Stanley Avenue.

C. E. Gillman

This must be Charles Gillman of Humber Bay and not "S' as noted in the Mimico Honour Roll.

According to his attestation papers dated January 31, 1916 at Mimico, Charles Edward Gillman, Humber Bay, Ontario was born on July 1, 1895 in Etobicoke, Ontario.  He listed his father George Gillman, Humber Bay, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 20 years and 7 months of age and stood 6 feet 1 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a Baptist. 

B. A. Gordon

According to his Officer's Declaration Papers dated November 30, 1915 at Toronto, Beaumont Andrew Gordon was born on August 13, 1885 in Cooksville, Ontario.  He listed his wife Lorraine Cockburn Gordon, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He had 6 years previous military experience with the G. G. B. G. as a Reserve Officer. 

He started as a Lieutenant in the 124th Battalion but ended the war as a Major.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he was listed as a "mfr" living in the home of Julia Behan (widow George) on the west side of Buckingham Street, Mimico.

R. Gordon

According to his attestation papers dated February 14, 1916 at Mimico, Ralph Gordon, Victoria Industrial School, Mimico was born on November 14, 1874 in Torquay, Devon, England.   He listed his wife, Mrs. Annie Gordon, Victoria Industrial School, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a chef and a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 41 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

He was a Sergeant.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a Relief Officer, Victoria Industrial School, Mimico.

C. L. Greene

Private J. Greenhalgh - 766384

According to his attestation papers dated December 7, 1915 at Toronto, John Greenhalgh, Manchester Street, Mimico was born on January 15, 1894 in Blackburn, Lancs, England.  He listed his mother Isabella Greenhalgh, 70 Kemp (?) Street, Blackburn, Lancs, England as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

He was a Private in the 20th Battalion Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on May 11, 1917.  He died of his wounds at the No. 6 Casualty Clearing Station.  He is buried in Barlin Communal Cemetery Extension, Pas de Calais, France.

M. T. Griffiths

According to his attestation papers dated February 2, 1916 at Mimico, Moses Thomas Griffiths, Manchester Street, Mimico was born on August 9, 1879 in Carnarvenshire, Wales.  He listed his wife Mrs. Annie Griffiths, Manchester Street, Mimico (crossed out and replaced with 171 St. Helens Avenue, Toronto at a later date) as his next of kin.  He was a carpenter and had 7 years previous military experience with the 2nd Battalion Royal Welsh Fusilliers.  He was 36 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 inches high.  He was Methodist.

E. Hack

According to his attestation papers dated January 20, 1918 at Mimico, Edwin Hack, Mimico, was born on February 20, 1882 in Surrey England.  He listed his mother Mrs. Emma Hack, Castle Street, Farnham, Surrey, England as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 33 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

W. Hacken

There are no attestation papers with this last name.

B. Hadley

I have not been able to find his attestation papers but Pte. B. Hadley of Albert Avenue, Mimico, was treated at the Dominon Orthopaedic Hospital on Christie Street.

A. E. Harlock

According to his attestation papers dated August 31, 1915 at Toronto, Albert Edward Harlock, was born on September 5, 1891 in Toronto. He listed his wife Leaj Mand Harlock, Vanevery Street, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a "chauffer" and had no previous military experience. He was 23 years and 1 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion. He had a scar on his left knee and "abdoman". He was a Methodist.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a yardman living on the south side of Vanevery Street, Mimico.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a trainman GTR living in the same location.

According to the 1911 census he was the son of Jim (James?) and Mary Harlock.

His brothers Walter and Norman also enlisted

N. Harlock

According to his attestation papers dated November 10, 1914 at Toronto, Norman Harlock was born on June 16, 1896 in Toronto. He listed his mother Mary Harlock, Mimico as his next of kin. He was a lithographer and had no previous military experience. He was 18 years and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall. He had blue eyes, medium dark hair and a fair complexion. He had a scar on his right arm just above the wrist and another scar over the left sacrum?  He was a Methodist.

According to the 1911 census he was the son of Jim (James?) and Mary Harlock.

His brothers Walter and Albert also enlisted

W. Harlock

According to his attestation papers dated January 14, 1916 at Toronto, Walter Harlock, Mimico, Ontario was born on July 2, 1893 in Toronto.  He listed his mother Mary Harlock, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a plumber and had 1 year and 2 months experience as a Private in the 36th Peel Regiment.  He was 22 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and a fair complexion.  He had a mole on his lower chest and a scar on the third and forth fingers of his right hand.  He was a Methodist.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk living on the west side of Queens Avenue, Mimico.

According to the 1911 census he was the son of Jim (James?) and Mary Harlock.

His brothers Norman and Albert also enlisted.

W. T. Harper

According to his attestation papers dated January 26, 1916 at Mimico, Walter Thomas Harper, Vanevery Street, Mimico, was born on October 9, 1879 in Lickey, Worstershire, England.  He listed his wife, Mrs. Evelyn Rosslyn Harper, Van Every Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a locomotive engineer and had no previous military experience.  He was 37 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had blue eyes and dark hair and complexion.  He was a Baptist.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as an engineer living on the north side of Vanevery Street, Mimico.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory his is living on the east side of Superior Avenue, Mimico.

J. E. Harrison

According to his attestation papers dated January 14, 1916 at Mimico, James Edwin Harrison, Mimico, was born in Yorkshire, England on June 10, 1882.  He listed his mother Mrs. Annie Harrison, Kipling and Evans Avenue, Mimico (later crossed out and "1 Thoughton Avenue, West Toronto" written in) as his next of kin.  He was a Teamster and a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 34 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had blue eyes and fair hair and complexion.  He was Methodist.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

J. R. Harrison

According to his attestation papers dated January 10, 1916 at Toronto, John Robert Harrison, Mimico was born on January 22, 1898 in Dixie, Peel County (present day City of Mississauga).  He listed his father George Harrison, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 18 years of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches in height.  He had blue eyes and fair complexion and hair.  He was a Methodist. 

W. H. Hawkes

Srgt. Major C. Heather

Captain Charles Leslie Heather was the brother-in-law of Sergeant Robert Hendry.  According to Hendry's obituary from 1918 Captain C. L. Heather was in a prisoner of war camp in Germany for about 1 year.

He was awarded the Distinguished Combat Medal in 1916.

His attestation papers seem to be missing.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory, Charles is listed as the brother of Wilton working with his father in their plumbing firm on the south side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico. 


In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a roofer living on the west side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.

W. Heather

According to his attestation papers dated April 13, 1917 at Toronto, Wilton Emery Heather was born on December 15, 1898 in Mimico, Ontario.  He listed his mother Hariet Heather, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.  He had a mole on his right breast.  He was a Methodist.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory his is listed as a clerk living with his father Herbert Heather on the west side of Station Road, Mimico.  Herbert Heather was the owner of H. Heather & Son, plumbers on the south side the Lakeshore Road, Mimico. 

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as living with Hariet Heather (widow Herbert) on the south side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.

A. Henderson

Sergeant R. Hendry - 775075

According to his attestation papers dated December 27, 1915 at Toronto Robert Stanley Hendry was born on September 5, 1890 in Clarkson, Ontario (present day City of Mississauga).  He listed his mother, Mrs. Lavinia Hendry, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a gardener and had no previous military experience.  He was 25 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had gray eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a Protestant.

He was a Sergeant in the 38th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on October 30, 1918.  According to the CEF death register "whilst in support positions, just South West of Valenciennes, he was hit by shrapnel in the stomach and breast, and almost instantaneously killed".  He is buried in the Denain Communal Cemetery, France.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that he was the son of Francis and Lavinia Frances Hendry, of Mimico, Ontario, Canada.




Hendry Family Gravestone, Mount Pleasant Cemetery Toronto

All articles and photo courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

His brother William also enlisted but survived the war.

Cpl. W. Hendry

According to his attestation papers dated August 14, 1915 at Toronto, William Norman Hendry was born on December 11, 1893 in Mimico, Ontario.  He listed Frances Hendry of Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a fruit grower and was a member of the 36th Peel for 1 month.  He was 22 years of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was Methodist.

His brother Robert also enlisted but was killed in the war.

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was living with his brother Ralph Hendry on the north side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.

H. Herod

According to his attestation papers dated March 1, 1916 at Petawawa Camp (there is note that he originally enlisted on March 1, 1916 but these papers were lost), Herbert Herod of Mimico, Ontario was born on April 5, 1893 at Humber Bay, Ontario.  He listed his mother Martha Herod, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a butcher and had no previous military experience.  He was 23 years of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches.  He had brown eyes, dark hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a mole on his left side.  He was Presbyterian. 

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a butcher living with his father Robert Herod on the west side of Queens Avenue, Mimico. 

In the 1921 Toronto city directory he is still listed as a butcher with Herod Brothers living at home on Queens Avenue.  Herod Brothers (with his brother Archibald) was located on the south side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.

His brother William also enlisted but was killed near Vimy.

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

J. Herod

According to his attestation papers dated November 15, 1915 at Toronto, James Herod, Mimico, Ontario was born on July 3, 1882 in Haldimand County, Ontario.  He listed his wife, Winnifred Herod, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had no previous military experience.  He was 33 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet  2 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a medium complexion.  He had a scar from an operation for varicocele.  He was a Presbyterian.


According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was a "pdir" living on the west side of Queens Avenue, Mimico.

Wm. Herod

Photo of William Samuel Herod from "From Brock to Currie: the military development and exploits of Canadians in general and of the men of Peel in particular, 1791 to 1930." Toronto, 1935 by William Perkins Bull - Canadian Virtual War Memorial

According to his attestation papers dated April 7, 1916 at West Toronto, William Samuel Herod of Dixie, Ontario (present day City of Mississauga) was born on March 26, 1890 in Mimico, Ontario.  He listed his mother Mrs. Martha Herod, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and indicated that he had 3 years previous military experience with the 9th Field Battery and was currently a member of the 12th York Rangers.  He was 26 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a slight scar over his heart.  He was Presbyterian. 

He was a Private in the 1st Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps when he was killed on September 3, 1918.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed by shrapnel and concussion on the night of September 3, 1918 whilst acting as driver on an ammunition convoy in the vicinity of Cagnicourt.  His body was left by the side of the Arras-Cambrai Road.


It appears that his remains were never found as he is listed on the Vimy Memorial.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son  of Robert Murray Herod and Martha Jane Herod, of 182 Queens Avenue, Mimico Beach, Ontario.

His brother Herbert also enlisted but survived the war.

F. Hickey

According to his attestation papers dated March 30, 1917 at Toronto Francis Joseph Hickey of Sixth Street, New Toronto was born on March 22, 1900 (January 3, 1899 crossed out).  He listed his mother Isabella Hickey, 643 Markham Street, Toronto as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as Emery Worker and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 17 years old (18 years old crossed out) and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey blue eyes, fair hair and a medium complexion.  He had a mole on his left forearm, a birthmark on his stomach and two moles on his back.  He was Roman Catholic. 

Lance Corporal J. Higgins - 405295

According to his attestation papers dated August 20, 1915 at Toronto, William John Higgins was born on June 5, 1894 in Wimbleton, Surrey, England.  He listed his wife Florence May Higgins, Louisa Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was an engineer and had no previous military experience.  He was 31 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 1/4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was missing half of a finger on one hand.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a fireman living on the east side of Louisa Street, Mimico.

He was a Corporal in the 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) when he was killed in action on April 9, 1917 at Vimy Ridge.  He is buried in the Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Thelus, France.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of John Higgins and the husband of Florence M. Higgins, of Teeswater, Ontario.

Obituary of W. J. Higgins, courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

S. Hines

According to his attestation papers dated January 18, 1916 at Mimico, Sydney Hines, Mimico, Ontario was born on December 4, 1885 in Hertfordshire, England.  He listed his wife Mrs. Mary Hines, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a labourer at a Brass Works and was an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 30 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a brickmaker living on the east side of Station Road, Mimico.

A. Hockney

I believe that this is a duplicate entry for Arthur Hockney.

Lance Corporal Arthur Hockney - 410774

According to his attestation papers dated May 7, 1915 at Lindsay, Arthur Hockney was born on February 2, 1892 at Walthampton, Essex, England.  He listed his mother Jane Hockney, Symons Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a fitter and had no previous military experience.  He was 23 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 inches.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a small fibroma on his left foot.  We was Methodist. 

He was a Lance Corporal with the 38th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) when he was killed in the trenches at Avion on June 26, 1917.  He was buried at the La Chaudiere Military Cemetery near Vimy in France.  According to information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website his mother Jane Hockney, was living on Symons Street, Mimico.

Wm. C. Hockney

According to his attestation papers dated February 8, 1916 at Mimico William Charles Hockney, Heman Street, Mimico was born on February 2, 1885 in London, England.  He listed his wife Louisa May Hockney, Heman Street Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a carpenter and had previous military experience with the 4th V.B. Essex Regiment.  He was also a current member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 31 years old and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he was boarding at the home of Joseph Holloway on the north side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he was living on the south side of Heman Street, Mimico.

Sgt. Major A. Hogg

Arthur Hogg

Private E. Hogg - 157599

According to his attestation papers dated September 15, 1915 at Toronto, Ernest Hogg was born on August 1, 1897 at Hull, Yorkshire, England.  He listed his father Thomas Hogg, Mimico Beach, as his next of kin.  He was a machinist and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

He was a Private in the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles Battalion when he was killed on July 16, 1916.  According to the CEF burial register he was hit in the head and instantly killed by a bullet from an enemy rifle on the night of July 16, 1916, while proceeding with a party across country north east of Zillebeke Lake, Ypres.  There is a note that he was buried in Sanctuary Wood.  His remains were never found as he is listed on the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).


According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of Thomas and Carrie Louisa Hogg, of 190 Queen's Avenue, Mimico Beach, Ontario.  

Spr. G. C. Holdenby - 2006494

According to his attestation papers dated August 7, 1917 at Toronto Christopher Holdenby, Mimico, Ontario was born on November 5, 1890 at Islington, Ontario.  He listed his mother, Mary Ann Holdenby, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a plasterer and had no previous military experience.  He was 26 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had brown eyes and hair and a medium complexion.  He had an enlarged left ankle.  He was Presbyterian.

He was a Sapper in the Canadian Enginees, Railway Depot when he was died on February 25, 1919 from influenza in the 2nd Scottish General Hospital in Edinburgh.  He is buried in the Edinburgh (Comely Bank) Cemetery, Scotland.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that he was the son of George W. and Mary A. Holdenby, of Mimico, Ontario.

W. Holland

W. T. Hosking

According to his attestation papers dated January 20, 1916 at Mimico, William Thomas Hosking, Elmer Street, Mimico was born on September 27, 1885 at Plymouth, England.  He listed his wife, Mrs. Mary Helen Hosking, Elmer Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was an electrician and had 6 years previous military experience with the RNR as a 1st class seaman.  He was 30 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had brown eyes and dark hair and complexion.  He was Presbyterian.  

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a car repr. living on the north side of Macdonald Avenue, Mimico. 

Wm. Howland

C. Hughes

According to his attestation papers dated February 7, 1916 at Toronto, Chester Arthur Hughes, Mimico Beach, was born on September 20, 1895 in Toronto.  He listed his father Chester M. Hughes, Mimico Beach as his next of kin.  He was a student at S.P.S. and had 2 years military experience with the C.O.T.C. (Canadian Officers’ Training Corps).  He was 20 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 11 inches in height.  He had blue eyes, auburn hair and fresh complexion.  He had a scar on his left shin.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

According to the 1911 census he was actually born in August 1892 and so was older than he indicated. 

In the 1921 Toronto City directory his father Chester M. Hughes is listed as living on the south side of the Lakeshore Road, Mimico.

The following entry appears in the University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918:

Hughes, Chester Arthur; Applied Science 1917, (b.a.sc. 1920); c.o.t.c.

47th Bty., C.F.A., Gnr., Feb. 1916; Bdr.; 80th Bty.; 54th Bty.; France, Mar. 1917, nth Bty.; Sergt.; Viniy, Passchendaele; Wounded, Passchendaele, Oct. 26, 19 17; C.C.D., Bramshott; Can. School of Gunnery, Witley, Instr.; Northern European Ex. F., c.F., Sergt., Sept. 1918; Mil. Medal, Archangel, gaz. Sept. 1919.

Interestingly, he appears to have been involved in the Russian Civil War between the Reds and the Whites.

T. Hunt

According to his attestation papers dated April 12, 1915 at Toronto, Thomas Hunt was born on July 24, 1891 at Manchester, England.  He listed his brother, John Hunt, Macdonald Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a machinist and had previous military experience of 3 years with the 1st Battery, Manchester Regiment and 9 months with the 9th M. H. Toronto.  He was 23 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 3/4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory John Hunt his brother was also a machinist living on the north side of Macdonald Avenue, Mimico.  His brother is living in the same location in 1921 but is listed as a fitter.

J. Hunter

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, Joseph Hunter of Mimico, Ontario was born on November 5, 1877 at Lancs. England.  He listed his wife, Mrs. Elizabeth Hunter, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 38 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was Methodist. 

According to the 1911 census he was actually born in November 1876.  In 1911 he and his wife Elizabeth had a son Joseph born in March 1903.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he his listed as a labourer living on the north side of Southampton Street, Mimico. 

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a machinist living in the same location (though the street had been renamed Cavell Avenue)

W. Hutchins

According to his attestation papers dated May 1, 1917 at Toronto, William Wood Hutchins, Mimico Beach, Ontario was born on January 28, 1899 in Toronto.  He listed his mother Vera Hutchins, Mimico Beach as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a mole on his stomach and left shoulder blade.  And a scar in the centre of his back.  He was Methodist.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

H. Jackson

According to his attestation papers dated April 14, 1915 at Hamilton, Harry Jackson as born on November 18, 1892 at Blackburn, England.  He listed his mother M. Jackson, Manchester Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and an active member of the 36th Peel Regiment.  He was 22 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was Methodist.

His brother John also enlisted.

According to the 1911 census he was the son of Charles and Mary Jackson.

J. Jackson

John Jackson

According to his attestation papers dated May 15, 1916 at Toronto, John Jackson of Manchester Street, Mimico was born on July 31, 1896 at Blackburn, Lancashire, England.  He listed his mother Mary Jackson, Manchester Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 19 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, auburn hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar on his left thigh and a mole on the right side of his nose.

His brother Harry also enlisted.


According to the 1911 census he was the son of Charles and Mary Jackson.


According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was a labourer living on the south side of Symons Street.

A. James

According to his attestation papers dated February 15, 1916 at Mimico, Alfred James of Algoma Road, Mimico was born on May 13, 1881 at Oldbury, Worchestshire, England.  He listed his wife Mrs. Nancy James, Algoma Road, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a bricklayer and had no previous military experience.  He was 34 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was Methodist. 

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a brickmaker living on the south side of Algoma Street, Mimico.

He is living in the same location with the same occupation in the 1921 Toronto City directory.

F. Jarvis

Fred Jarvis Sr. is not included in the Mimico Honour Roll but I am including him as his two sons fought and one was killed.  His exclusion must have been an oversight most likely due to his son having the same name.

According to his attestation papers dated March 8, 1916 at Toronto, Fred Jarvis of 11 Northcote Avenue, Toronto was born on September 20, 1871 in Yorkshire, England.  He listed his wife Annie Jarvis, 11 Northcote Avenue (later crossed out and 119 Bristol Avenue written in) as his next of kin.  He was a fitter by trade and had no previous military experience.  He was 44 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, grey hair and a sallow complexion.  He had a scar on his left knee and both shins, and moles on his right chest, right and left cheeks. He was a member of the Church of England.

According to the 1911 census he was actually born in September 1866 and so was actually 49 years of age when he enlisted in March 1916.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a machinst living on the west side of Albert Avenue, Mimico.

F. Jarvis

According to his attestation papers dated July 30, 1915 at Toronto Fred Henry Jarvis was born on March 6, 1894 in Hull, England.  He listed his mother Annie Jarvis, 11 Northcote Avenue, Toronto (Burlington Street, Mimico crossed out) as his next of kin.  He was a grocers clerk and belonged to an active militia for 9 months.  He was 21 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion. 

He was the brother of John Lewis Jarvis and son of Fred Jarvis who also enlisted.  According to the 1911 census he was actually born in March 1895 so he was a year younger than indicated on his attestation papers. 

He was killed on August 9, 1918 while a Private in "A" Company, 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment).  According to the CEF burial register he took part with his battalion in the attack and capture of Le Quesnel, and when near the village of Beaucourt, he was hit in several places with pieces of high explosive shell and killed.


According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of Fred and Annie Jarvis, of 62, Victoria St., Mimico, Ontario. Native of Hull, England.  He is buried in Beaucourt British Cemetery in France. 

Courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

L. Jarvis

According to his first set of attestation papers dated February 18, 1916 at Lindsay, John Lewis Jarvis was born on May 13, 1897 at Hull, England.  He listed his mother Anne Jarvis (Fred crossed out), 11 Northcote Avenue, Toronto as his next of kin.  He indicated he was a plumber and that he had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 3/4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar under his chin.  He was a member of the Church of England.

According to his second set of attestation papers dated January 13, 1919 at Toronto, he was born on May 13, 1899 and was a driver.  He indicated that he had 2 years and 1 month previous military experience with the 208th Battalion and that he had been discharged for rheumatism.  He listed his mother's address as 41 O'Hara Avenue, Toronto.  His age is listed as 19 years, 8 months.

According to the 1911 census he was actually born in May 1901 so he was actually only 14 years old when he enlisted in February 1916.

He was the son of Fred Jarvis and brother of Fred Jarvis who was killed in 1918.

J. Jepson

According to his first attestation papers dated August 4, 1915 at Toronto, John Jepson, was born on April 12, 1871 at Blackburn, Lancashire.  He listed his wife, Ada Jepson, Symonds (Symons) Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had 13 years experience with the 40 South Lancashire Regt.  He was 44 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and a dark complexion. 

According to his second set of attestation papers dated January 22, 1916 at Toronto he was a member of the 83rd Battalion for 6 months as well as a 11 years with the Imp. S. L.  He had a tatoo of a heart, cross and anchor on his right forearm.

His son William also enlisted.

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory there was a John Jepson, carman with the Grand Trunk Railway living on the south side of Symons Street.

W. Jepson

According to his attestation papers dated May 15, 1916 at Toronto, William Jepson of Symons Street, Mimico, Ontario was born on March 30, 1899 at Blackburn, England.  He listed his mother Ada Jepson, Symons Street, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a carpet weaver and had no previous military experience.  He was 17 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 10 3/4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

His father John also enlisted.

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory there was a John Jepson, carman with the Grand Trunk Railway living on the south side of Symons Street. 

Cecil Johnson

According to the 1911 census Cecil was the brother of Charles but I can't find his attestation papers.

Chas. Johnson

According to his attestation papers dated March 1, 1916 at Toronto, Charles Daniel Johnson of Mimico, Ontario was born on February 15, 1891 at Mimico, Ontario.  He listed his mother, Elizabeth Johnson, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and had no previous military experience.  He was 25 years of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He was a Methodist.

According to the 1911 census records he was the son of Alexander and Elizabeth Johnson.  The 1914 Toronto City directory lists an Alex Johnson, occupation dairy, living on the east side of of Elizabeth Street. 

His brother Cecil also enlisted.

S. S. Johnson

D. Johnston

D. W. Johnston
Toronto Star February 1, 1915

According to his attestation papers dated November 10, 1914 at Toronto, David William Johnston was born on August 18, 1895 at Ormiston, Haddington, Scotland.  He listed his mother Margt Johnston, at Bakery, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a baker by trade and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 19 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was Presbyterian. 

He was a Lance Corporal in the 19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he died on December 31, 1918.  He is listed as the son of John Edward and Margaret Johnston, of Station St., Mimico, Ont.  He is buried in the Park Lawn Cemetery in Toronto.

He died on the way home to Mimico from Montreal in a railway accident.  A public reception had been planned for the return of the Mimico men but was cancelled due to the tragedy.

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory John Johnston lived on the west side of Station Road, Mimico.  He was in the same location in the 1921 Toronto City directory.

Private G. Johnston - 192799

According to his attestation papers dated August 21, 1915 at Toronto, Charles Gordon Johnston on August 29, 1896 in Lothian, Scotland.  He listed his father John Johnston, Station Road, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was single, a lithographer, and was a member of the 36th Peel for 6 months and the 48th Highlanders for 4 months.  He was 18 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 3/4 inches high.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had two long scars on his right forearm, a scar on his right arm and a mole on his chin.  He was a Presbyterian.


He was a member of the 16th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Manitoba Regiment), when he was killed on April 30, 1916.  According to the CEF burial register he was killed in action at Bedford House south of Ypres.  He was the son of John Edward and Margaret Johnston, of Mimico, Ontario.


His brother David Johnston also enlisted but survived the war only to die in an accident on the way home.


courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Photo courtesy of Wilf Schofield, England
Canadian Virtual War Memorial

W. Johnston

Cpl. Warden Johnston - 171913 and 766232

According to his first set of attestation papers are dated August 2, 1915, at Toronto, Warden Johnston, was born October 19, 1880 in Tyrone, Ireland.  He listed his wife, Helen Johnston, Church Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was an engineer by training and indicated that he had no previous military training.  He was 34 years old and stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

According to his second set of attestation papers, dated November 29, 1915 at Toronto, he was living on Church Street, Mimico.  He was 35 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He had a scar on the first finger of his left hand and his left shoulder and had chicken pox scars all over his body.  He would later obtain the rank of Corporal.

According to his family both he and his son William Johnston, participated in the battle of Vimy Ridge and were wounded.

According to the 1911 census he and his family emigrated to Canada in 1905.  Warden was originally from Ireland but moved to Scotland where I think he married his wife (she was from Scotland) and had their children.  He was the station master at Mimico for the railroad.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as an engineer living on the east side of Church Street, Mimico.

He lived in Mimico all his life and died on February 26, 1968.

Will Johnston

William Johnston - 171914

According to his attestation papers dated August 4, 1915 at Toronto, William Johnston, Church Street, Mimico was born on July 27, 1897 at Ruthenglen (?), Scotland.  He listed his mother, Mrs. Warden Johnston as his next of kin.  He father also enlisted the same day just before him.  He was a machinst by trade and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, a fair complexion and brown hair.  

According to his family both he and his father Warden Johnston, participated in the battle of Vimy Ridge and were wounded.

Wm. Jones

Monday, February 22, 2010

R. Kirkham

T. Kirkham

According to his attestation papers dated May 15, 1915 at Toronto, Thomas Kirkham was born on October 15, 1889 at Blackburn, Lancashire, England.  He listed his mother Mary Ann Kirkham, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as labourer and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 25 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes and dark hair and complexion.  He was a Presbyterian. 

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was a steam fitter living with his mother Mrs. Mary Kirkham on Mimico Avenue, Mimico.

His brother William also enlisted.

Wm. Kirkham

According to his attestation papers dated January 17, 1916 at Mimico, William Kirkham of Mimico, Ontario was born on October 9, 1883 in Lancashire, England.  He listed his mother Mrs. Mary Ann Kirkham, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as labourer and indicated that he was a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 32 years and 2 months of age and stood 6 feet tall.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He had a repaired cleft palate with a slight speech defect.  He was a Presbyterian.

His brother Thomas also enlisted.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a "cond" living on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.

E. Knox

According to his attestation papers dated January 31, 1916 at Burlington, Ernest Knox of Mimico Avenue, Mimico was born on November 4, 1895 in East Toronto, York County.  He listed his mother Mabel Knox, Mimico Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as painter and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 20 years and 3 months of age and 5 feet 10 inches in height.  He had brown eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a Presbyterian. 

I wonder if Hugh Knox was his brother?  Hugh listed his father as his next of kin but they all lived on Mimico Avenue.

Harold Knox

I wonder if this is a duplicate entry for J. H. Knox as I cannot find another Harold Knox who lived in Mimico or nearby.

Hugh Knox

According to his draft papers dated February 20, 1918 at Hamilton, Hugh Knox of Mimico, Ontario was born on July 22, 1892.  He listed his father, George Knox, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was 25 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, light brown hair and medium complexion. 

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was a fireman living with his father George Knox on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.

J. H. Knox

According to his attestation papers dated April 15, 1916 at Toronto, James Harold Knox of Mimico, Ontario was born on March 29, 1898 in East Toronto, York County.  He listed his mother, Mabel Knox, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as labourer and indicated the he was a member of the 12th Regt, York Rangers.  He was 18 years of age and stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had hazel eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was Presbyterian. 

H. Lambert

According to his attestation papers dated March 21, 1916 at Toronto, Harold Lambert of Algoma Street, Mimico was born on May 9, 1895 at Brighton, England.  He listed his mother Jemima Lambert, Algoma Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as brass caster and indicated that he was a member fo the 12th Regiment.  He was 20 years and 10 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, light hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

He was a Sapper.

He enlisted on the same day with his brother Wallace who was also a Sapper.

W. Lambert

According to his attestation papers dated March 21, 1916 at Toronto, Wallace Lambert of Algoma Street, Mimico was born on Apri 22, 1887 in Brighton, England.  He listed his mother Jemima Lambert , Algoma Street Mimico as his next of kin.  He indicated that he was a brass caster and that he was a member of the 13th Regiment.  He was 28 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

He was a Sapper.

He enlisted on the same day with his brother Harold who was also a Sapper.



In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a labourer living on the south side of Melrose Avenue, Mimico.

H. Lanchbury

According to his attestation papers dated September 20, 1915 at Toronto, Horace Lanchbury was born on April 3, 1877 in Oxford, England.  He listed his wife Lillian Lanchbury, Mimico as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as a printer and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 38 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches.  He had brown eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He had a burn scar below his right breast.  He was a Baptist.

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was a painter living on the north side of Dean Street, Mimico.  In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is living on the south side of Symons Street, Mimico.

P. Lanchbury

According to his attestation papers dated October 15, 1915 at Toronto, Percy Alfred Lanchbury of MacDonald Street, Mimico, was born on June 26, 1879  in Oxford, England.  He listed his wife Mary Lanchbury, MacDonald Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a locomotive fitter and indicated that he had 8 years previous military training as a corporal in a Rifle Brigade, England and was also a signalling instructor.  He was 36 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.  He had hazel eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He had a small mole on the his left side, a "second toe on his left foot" and "hoop chape".  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a fitter living on the south side of MacDonald Street, Mimico.  In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed in the same location as an machinist Grand Trunk Railway.

E. Lee

According to his attestation papers dated August 17, 1916 at Toronto Edward Lee was born August 1, 1898 in Mimico, Ontario.  He listed his father James Thomas Lee, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He indicated that he was a baker by trade and that he was a current member of the 12th York Rangers.  He was 18 years of age and stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He was Presbyterian. 

There is a note on his papers which states:  "Actual age claimed June 10, 1918.  Statutory Declaration (Rcd Record Office 8-6-18) shows date of Birth Aug 1, 1900".

The 1911 census indicates that he was born in August 1899.  He was therefore probably only 17 years old when he enlisted.  If the notation on his attestation papers is correct then he was only 16 years old.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory I see his father James T Lee listed as a railway inspector living on the north side of MacDonald Street, Mimico

J. T. Lee

According to his attestation papers dated March 22, 1916 at Toronto, John Thomas Lee of Louisa Street, Mimico Beach, was born on November 7, 1886 in Mostyn Flints, England.  He listed his wife, Maude Lee, Louisa Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a clerk a indicated that he had three and a half years previous military experience with the QOR and was a current member of the 12th York Rangers.  He was 29 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he was listed as a salesman living on the north side of Victoria Street, Mimico.  In the 1921 Toronto City directory he was listed as a clerk living on east side of Alexander Street, Mimico.

A. W. Leed

According to his attestation papers dated January 22, 1916 at Mimico, Archibald William Leed of Mimico, Ontario was born on November 25, 1888 in London, England.  He listed his wife Mrs. Martha Leed, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as Fireman and indicated that he had previous military experience with the 48th Highlanders, and was currently a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 27 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He had a defect in the little toe on his left foot and was a member of the Church of England.

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was listed as a fireman living on the east side of Distant Avenue, Mimico.

A. Lewis

Most likely the Albert E Lewis, living on the east side of Burlington Street Mimico in the 1914 Toronto City directory.  However I can't seem to find his attestation papers.

C. Lewis

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, Charles Lewis of Symons Street, Mimico was born on May 29, 1877 in Newport Mon, Wales.  He listed his wife Elizabeth Lewis, Symons Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He indicated that he was a labourer and a member of the 12th Regiment York Rangers.  He was 38 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He was Anglican. 

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was listed as a machinst living on the north side of Symons Street, Mimico. 

E.M. Link

According to his attestation papers dated February 23, 1916 at New Toronto, Ernest Mortimer Link was born on March 15, 1885 in Shropshire, England.  He listed his current address as Harold Street, Mimico.  He listed his mother Julia Link, 132 Leesam Street, Brimingham, England as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as locomotive fireman and indicated that he was a member of the 12th York Rangers Regiment.  He was 31 years of age and stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had grey eyes and fair hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

C. Lomas

According to his attestation papers dated April 16, 1915 at Hamilton, Charles Lomas was born on July 27, 1896 in Derbyshire, England.  He listed his mother L. Lomas, Stop 13, Lakeshore Road, Mimico as his next of kin.  He indicated that he was a butcher by trade and that he was a member of the 36th Peel Regiment.  He was 19 years and 6 months of age and 5 feet 11 inches tall.  He had a scar on his left breast and a birthmark on the left side of his neck.  There is a note that his teeth were to be fixed?   He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as living with his mother Louisa J Lomas on the east side of the Lakeshore Road.  His occupation is listed as a teamster.  Next to his mother's name is listed the "Mimico Battery & Tire Co."  Perhaps this was a business that she ran on the Lakeshore Road?

G. Lomas

According to his attestation papers dated November 27, 1914 at Toronto, George Wilfred Lomas was born on June 13, 1895 at Church Gresley, Derbyshire, England.  He listed Wilfred Lomas, Mimico Beach, as he next of kin.  He was a farmer by trade and indicated that he belonged to an active militia and had previous military experience.  He was 19 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had blue eyes and fair hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

J. Lomas

L.J. Lomas

According to his attestation papers dated August 9, 1915 at Niagara on the Lake, Lewis James Lomas was born on January 17, 1893 at Burton-on-Trent, England. He listed his mother, Fanny Lomas, Mimico Beach, Mimico as his next of kin. He listed his occupation as a telegraph operator and indicated that he had no previous military experience. He was 22 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 1/2 inches in height. He had blue eyes, light hair and a light complexion. He had a scar on each forearm.  He was Roman Catholic.

E. Lovring

J. Lubbock

This is most likely Harold Joshua Lubbock, Regimental # 341369.  His attestation papers do not seem to have survived. 

In the 1914 Toronto city directory he is listed as a plumber living with his father Wm. E. Lubbock, paper trimmer, on the west side of Victor Avenue, Mimico.  He is listed as living at the same location in 1921.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Ft-Lt. G. C. Mackay - 490805

Ft-Lt G. C. Mackay
courtesy of 213 Squadron Association

According to his attestation papers dated May 22, 1916 at Toronto, George Chisholm MacKay of Mimico was born on May 17, 1898 in Sunderland, Ontario.  He listed his mother Evelyn MacKay, 11 Victor Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a student and an active member (5 months) of the G.G.B.G.  He was 18 years old and stood 5 feet 8 3/4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a scar on his upper left lip, and a mole on his right shoulder.  He was a Presbyterian.

He was assigned to the 213 Squadron.  The squadron was originally with the Royal Navy Air Service but was later made part of the Royal Air Force.

According to newpaper articles he was the son of the Rev. G.J. MacKay of Mimico and became an officer in the Royal Flying Corps where he racked up 18 victories.  In 1918 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross.  In late 1918 he was honoured by the King of Belgium.  He returned to Mimico in May 1919 a decorated flying ace. 





The following information is courtesy of the http://www.airforce.ca/:

MacKAY, Captain George Chisholm - Distinguished Flying Cross - awarded as per London Gazette dated 3 June 1918. Born in Sunderland, Ontario, 17 May 1898; home in Mimico Beach (Toronto) where he was a student. Appointed Probationary Flight Sub-Lieutenant, Ottawa, 14 March 1917; to Crystal Palace, 19 April 1917; to Eastbourne, 30 April 1917; to Cranwell, 7 July 1917; to Freiston, 17 September 1917; to Manstone, 29 September 1917; to No.13 (N) Squadron (first operational posting), 22 October 1917 with which he served until 15 September 1918 (wounded); invalided to England, 28 September 1918; to No.5 Group for No.213 Squadron, 29 October 1918; to unemployed list, 20 May 1919. No citation, but reported to have taken part in naval raids on Ostende and Zeebruge, "and has brought down ten German machines."


MacKAY, Captain George Chisholm - Croix de Guerre with Palme (France) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 February 1919. No citation other than "for valuable services rendered in connection with the war".


MacKAY, Captain George Chisholm - Chevalier, Order of Leopold (Belgium) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 February 1919. Public Record Office Air 1/107/15/9/297 has citation as published in General Order 580, Armee francais de Belgique (date not shown on copy received from London); unit identified as No.213 Squadron:


Commandant d'unité de grand valour, ayant déjà personnellement abattu sept appareils ennemies et coopéré à la destruction de sept autres. Au cours de l'offensive allié dans les Flandres, a conduit avec une rare énérgie et un rare talent, son unité, qui a abattu deux avions ennemis, et un troisième hors de controle.


MacKAY, Captain George Chisholm - Chevalier, Legion of Honour (France) - awarded as per London Gazette dated 8 February 1919.


The following entry appears in the University of Toronto Roll of Service 1914-1918:

Mackay, George Chisholm; Medicine 1924, R. Coll. Dental Surg. 1924.

U. of T. O/S. Tr. Coy., Pte., May 1916; R.N.A.S., Lieut.; France, Sept. 1917; Capt., Aug. 1918; Nieuport-Ypres sec; Wounded Sept. 12, 1918; D.F.C; Belgian Ordre de Leopold; Croix de Guerre avec Palme; Despatches.

He died in his home, 42 Primrose Avenue, Mimico on May 12, 1965 and is buried in Park Lawn Cemetery.

W. M. Mackay

R. W. Maher

W. Mason

T. J. McAllister

According to his attestation papers dated September 25, 1915 at Toronto, Thomas James McAllister was born on July 7, 1879 at Corkstown, Tyrone, Ireland.  He listed his wife, Jane McAllister, Manchester Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as a butcher and indicated that he had 8 months of previous military experience with the militia.  He was 36 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches in height.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.  He was a member of the 2nd Canadian Pioneer Battalion.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a fruit dealer living on the south side of Hay Avenue, Mimico.

P. McGlynn

According to his attestation papers dated January 21, 1916 at Mimico, Peter McGlynn of Mimico was born on March 13, 1891 in Lancs, England.  He listed his father, Mr. John Thos. McGlynn of 26 Hillside Avenue, Darwen, Lancs, England as his next of kin.  He indicated that he was a brassworker and that he had no previous military experience.  He was 24 years and 10 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had brown eyes and hair and a dark complexion.  He was Roman Catholic. 

He was posted to the 127th York Rangers Overseas Battalion.

Corporal R. McGregor - 192291

I think this might be Robert McGregor.  According to his attestation papers dated August 13, 1915 at Toronto, Robert McGregor was born on September 19, 1892 at Campbeltown, Argyleshire, Scotland.  He listed his father Peter McGregor, Campbeltown, Argyleshire, Scotland as his next of kin.  He was single, a grocery clerk and had no previous military experience.  He as 23 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches in height.  He had brown eyes and hair and a ruddy complexion.  He was a Presbyterian. 


He was a member of the 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment), when he was killed on October 12, 1918.  According to the CEF burial register he died of wounds while with his platoon taking part in an advance north west of Iwuy.  He was wounded in the right leg and right side by enemy shrapnel.  He received immediate attention and was afterwards taken to No. 33 Casualty Clearing Station where he succumbed.  He is buried in the Bucquoy Road British Cemetery in France.  He is listed as the son of Peter and Isabella McGregor, of Mill St., Dalaruan, Campbeltown, Argyllshire.  



W. McKinnon

Private J. McKinstry - 767062


Photo of James George McKinstry
courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

According to his attestation papers dated December 11, 1915 at Toronto, James George McKinstry of Mimico, was born on December 4, 1884 in Bradford, Ontario.  He listed his wife, Marjory McKinstry of Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a tinsmith.  He indicated that he was a member of an active militia unit and that he had 8 years previous military experience with 10th R.G. Corps.  He was 31 years of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.  He had a scar on his left and right shins and his left hand. 

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he lived on the east side of Elizabeth Street, Mimico. 

He was a corporal in the Canadian Pioneers, 123rd Battalion when he was killed on October 21, 1917.  According to the CEF burial register he was "killed in action while with his Platoon passing through Ypres, and returning from duty with a working party in the front line trenches, he was stuck by an enemy high velocity shell and instantly killed".  He is buried in the Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Belgium.



Tombstone of James George McKinstry
courtesy of Gary Nelson as viewed on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Private C. McRae - 770235

According to his attestation papers dated January 31, 1916 at Toronto, Clifford Edward McRae of 45 Pembroke Street, Toronto, was born on May 5, 1893 in Detroit Michigan to "British Parents".  He listed his mother Bella McRae, Southampton Street (present day Cavell Avenue) , Mimico as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as colour mixer and indicated that he had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a Methodist.  He had a mole on his neck.

He was a member of the Central Ontario Regiment, 75th Battalion when he was killed on June 8, 1917 in an attack west of Avion.  He is buried in the Canadian Cemetery No 2, Neuville-St. Vaast, France.

J. McRae

C. W. Miller

J. Milne

F. Mitchell

According to his attestation papers dated March 7, 1916 at New Toronto, Frederick Mitchell of Church Street (present day Royal York Road), Mimico was born on November 12, 1893 in Toronto.  He listed his father, Harry D. Mitchell, 37 Mercer Street, Toronto as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as teamster.  He indicated that he was an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 22 years of age and stood 5 feet 10 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he was boarding at the home of Joseph Johnson on the west side of Louisa Street. 

W. Mitchell

Private E. C. Morgan - 109503


Courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial - source: The Varsity Magazine Supplement published by The Students Administrative Council, University of Toronto 1916.

This is Edward Clarence Morgan and the second "E" on the Mimico cenotaph is a mistake and should be a "C".  


According to his attestation papers dated May 26, 1915 at Niagara, Edward Clarence Morgan was born on December 11, 1894 in Cookstown, Canada.  He listed his father Rev. John W Morgan, Woodbridge, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was single and a student and had one year of C.O.T.C.   He was 20 years of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes and hair and a dark complexion.  He was a Methodist. 


He was a member of the 4th Canadian Mounted Rifles (2nd Central Ontario Regt.) when he was killed during an attack on Mount Sorrel, south east of Zillebeke on June 2, 1916.  He is listed as the son of Rev. John Morgan of Weston.  He is buried in the Sanctuary Wood Cemetery in Belgium.  The records in the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Register indicate that his father Rev. Morgan was living in Mimico.


His brother John Herbert Morgan also enlisted and survived the war but died in England from influenza on December 1, 1918.






"University of Toronto / Roll of Service 1914-1918", 1921.


Source: The Roll of Honour of the Ontario Teachers Who Served in the Great War 1914-1918 (The Ryerson Press: Toronto, 1922).


all courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial