Thursday, March 4, 2010

Pte. L. Andrews - 201725

According to his attestation papers dated November 8, 1915 at Toronto, Lewis Harold Andrews, Lake Shore Road, Mimico was born on September 21, 1897 at Wolverton, Buckinghamshire, England.  He listed his grandfather, David Andrews, Deanshanger, Stony Stafford, Buckinghamshire, England as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 5 1/2 inches high.  He had brown eyes, fair hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a small mole under his right arm and on the right side of his face near his ear.  He was a Methodist.

Spr. H. F. Archer - 728426

According to his attestation papers dated January 18, 1916 at Mimico, Hyla Frederick Archer of Mimico, was born on June 4, 1882 at Walsall, Staffordshire, England.  He listed his wife Mrs. Margaret Archer, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was an emery wheel maker and was an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 33 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 3/4 inches tall.  He had brown eyes and dark hair and 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 west side of Albert Avenue, Mimico.

Cpt. R. Atkey

According to his attestation papers dated February 11, 1915 at Toronto, Richmond Henry Atkey was born on December 15, 1885 in Ventnor, England.  He listed Maude M Atkey (Atkey crossed out and Mitchell written in) as his next of kin.  He was a dental student and indicated that he was a member of the Officers Training Corps.   He was 29 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had dark brown eyes and hair and a dark complexion.  He had two scars on the outside of his left thigh and two scars on the left side of his back.  He was a Presbyterian.

According to the Torontonensia University Monthly, Volume XV 1914-1915 (April 1915), University of Toronto Press, Atkey was awarded his Doctor of Dental Surgery degree by the University of Toronto on February 25, 1915.  This was a special Convocation for "those leaving for the front".

According to the Canadian Medical Association Journal (1915?) Atkey was assigned to the unit known as No. 2 General Hospital, which was mobilized at the old General Hospital on Gerrard Street, and made ready to leave for the front.

By 1918 he was a member of the Dental Corps and was reported ill in the August 19, 1918 edition of the Toronto World.   Whatever the illness was it appears to have resulted in him being invalided in March 1918 according to the entry below in the University of Toronto Roll of Service.


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

Atkey, Richmond Henry; D.D.S. 1915; C.O.T.C
C.A.M.C. No. 2 C.C.S., Pte., Feb. 1915; Cpl.; O/S. Apl. 1915; C.A.D.C, Sergt., Lieut., Capt.; France, Feb. 19 16, att. No. 8 Can. Fd. Amb.; Ypres, Somme, Arras, Vimy, Hill 70, Passchendaele, Vimy sec; Invalided Mar. 1918.

Pte. G. E. Bailey - 778514

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, George Ernest Bailey of Symons Street, Mimico was born on August 12, 1883 in Toronto.  He listed his wife, Katherine May Bailey, Symons Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had no previous military experience.  He was 32 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had brown hair, dark hair and complexion.  He was a Methodist.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a carpenter boarding in the home of Robert Barlow on the north side of Mimico Avenue.

F. Banks

Pte. J. D. Banks - 778516

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, James Derbyshire Banks of Mimico was born on January 10, 1873 in Lancashire, England.  He listed his wife Mrs. Mary Banks, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 43 years of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was a Methodist. 

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was a labourer living on the west side of Burlington Street, Mimico.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Pte. Sam Barclay - 778849

According to his attestation papers dated February 23, 1916 at New Toronto, Samuel Priest Barclay, 6th Street, New Toronto, was born on June 7, 1880 in Midlothian, Scotland.  He listed his wife Elizabeth Barclay, 6th Street, New Toronto has his next of kin.  He was a labourer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 35 years and 8 months of age and was 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was Presbyterian.

Private C. Barlow - 135098

Carl Barlow (left) and his brother Robert Barlow (right) circa 1916
courtesy of Andy McClure

According to his attestation papers dated July 29, 1915 at Toronto, Carl Barlow was born on February 4, 1897 in Humber Bay, Ontario.  He listed his father Robert Barlow, Mimico Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a tinsmith and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 inches in height.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a Methodist.  According to the 1911 census he was actually born in Feb 1898 and so was only 17 years old at the time of his enlistment.

Carl was originally part of the 74th Canadian Overseas Battalion.  He embarked on the Empress of Britain from Halifax on March 29, 1916 and arrived in Liverpool, England on April 9, 1916.  In June 1916 he was transferred to the 2nd Canadian Mounted Rifle Battalion in France.  He was killed on October 10, 1916 in the Courcelette sector at the Battle of the Somme.  His remains were never found as he is listed on the Vimy Memorial in France.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was 18 years old and the son of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Barlow of 104 Mimico Avenue, Mimico, Ontario.

His brothers Samuel, William and Robert also enlisted but survived the war.






Images courtesy of Andy McClure

R. Barlow C-4382

Robert Barlow (right) with his brother Carl Barlow (left) circa 1916
courtesy of Andy McClure

Robert Barlow joined the British forces circa 1915 when he enlisted in the Kings Royal Rifle Corps.  As he enlisted directly in the British forces he has no Canadian attestation papers.

His brothers Carl, William and Samuel also enlisted.

Pte. S. Barlow - 2499567





Samuel Barlow
courtesy of Andy McClure

According to his attestation papers dated December 7, 1917 at Toronto Samuel Barlow of Mimico Avenue, Mimico was born on March 18, 1899 in Mimico.  He listed his father Robert Barlow, Mimico Avenue as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.   He was 18 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 1/2 inches high.  He had grey eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.  He had a birthmark on his left hip.  He was a Methodist.

Sam originally enlisted with the York and Simcoe Foresters at Toronto on December 7, 1917 but was later transferred to the 9th Draft Railway Construction Troops Military District No. 2.  He arrived in England on February 16, 1918 and was posted to the 11th Canadian Railway Troops in France in March 1918.  In December 1918 he was posted back to England as part of the 4th Reserve Battalion.  In January 1919 he proceeded to Kimmel Park in Wales and sailed back to Canada in February 1919.  He was discharged and demobilized on March 4, 1919 upon arrival in Canada.  

According to the 1911 census, Samuel Barlow son of Robert Barlow of Mimico was actually born on May 1900 and so he was actually 17 years old when he enlisted. 

His brothers Carl, William and Robert also enlisted.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is living with his father Robert on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.

Pte. W. Barlow - 472900


William Barlow
courtesy of Andy McClure

According to his attestation papers dated December 31, 1915 at Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, William Barlow of Borden, Sask., was born on January 14, 1893 in Toronto.  He listed his father, Robert Barlow, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a Methodist.

Bill was originally part of the 65th Overseas Battlion.  At the time of his enlistment he was living as a farmer in Borden Sask.  He arrived in England on June 29, 1916.  On June 30, 1916 he was transferred to the 46th Overseas Battalion Medical Section.  He proceeded to France on August 10, 1916 as part of the Canadian Army Medical Corps.  In January 1917 he was sick with "Trench Fever" and related lung and heart conditions.  He was released from hospital in February 1917 and transferred to the 22nd Field Hospital.  In July 1917 he suffered from "Trench Fever" for a second time.  By September 1917 he condition worsened and he was sent to the Canadian Military Hospital in Bramshott, England.  In October 1917 he was released from hospital and sent to work in the Canadian Army Medical Corps Depot in Bramshott.  However he never fully recovered from his illnesses and was sent back to Canada on January 31, 1918.  He was discharged on March 11, 1918 in Toronto, physically unfit for service thought it was noted on his records that his conduct and character while in service was "very good".

According to the 1911 census William Barlow, son of Robert of Mimico was actually born in January 1890 so he would have been almost 26 years of age.

His brothers Carl, Samuel, and Robert also enlisted. 

Cpl. A. T. Barton - 778323

According to his attestation papers dated January 10, 1916 at Mimico, Arthur Thomas Barton of Mimico, Ontario was born on October 20, 1895 in Mimico.  He listed his father Thomas Barton, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 20 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 fee 11 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He had a "compound fracture of a rib below right hip" ?  He was a member of the Church of England.

C. Batstone

There do not appear to be any attestation papers with this initial for Canada.

Harold Batstone - 541021

According to his attestation papers dated February 4, 1916 at Toronto, William Howard Batstone was born on February 27, 1895 in Hyderabad, India.  He listed is mother Alice Batstone as his next of kin.  He indicated that he had previously served in the military in the 15th Battalion for three months.  He was 20 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, black hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a scar on his forehead and a mole on his right wrist.  He was a Methodist.  His military file is here.  His father William Batstone was the minister of the Mimico Baptist Church.  This probably explains why he used his middle name of Howard instead of William.  The family seem to have arrived in Mimico after 1911 and departed by 1921.

Cpl. L. Beaton - 778519

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico Lachlan Beaton of Mimico was born on March 27, 1882 in Renfrew, Scotland.  He listed his wife Mrs. Bertha Beaton, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a stationary engineer and had no previous military experience.  He was 33 years and 10 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and complexion.  The little toe on his right foot was deflected.  He was a Presbyterian.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as living on the south side of Vanevery Street, Mimico.

Cpl. G. Beatty - 157536

According to his attestation papers dated September 20, 1915 at Toronto, George Alfred Beatty was born on May 22, 1897 in Allandale, Ontario.  He listed his father Benjamin Beatty, Church Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a plumber and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/4 inches tall.  He had light blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a one inch scar on his thigh.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory Benjamin Beatty is listed as a yardman living on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.

Lt. F. P. Behan

According to his attestation papers dated September 22, 1914 at Valcartier, Quebec, P. Felton Behan was born on December 30, 1876 in Toronto.  He listed his mother Mrs. J. B. Behan, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a farmer and had no previous military experience.  He was 28 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a dark complexion.  He had a scar on his right side, a mole on his left shoulder, and a scar on his left forearm.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

In both the 1914 and 1921 Toronto City directories there is a Julia Behan (widow George H.) living on the west side of Buckingham Street, Mimico.

Pte. F. Bickmore - 136452

According to his attestation papers dated November 8, 1915 at Toronto, Frederick George Bickmore of Warden Street, Mimico was born on June 17, 1895 in Toronto.  He listed his mother Eliza Bickmore, Warden Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 20 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He had a scar from a hernia operation, and scars on below his left knee, on his right elbow and over his right eye.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was a machinist living on the north side of Warden Street, Mimico.

Pte. D. Birrell - 405530

According to his attestation papers dated April 5, 1915 at Toronto, David Wishart Birrell was born on September 16, 1891 in Friecham, Scotland.  He listed his mother Mrs. Birrell, Nivingston, Cleish, Kinross, Scotland as his next of kin.  He was a carpenter and had no previous military experience.  He was 23 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a mole on his left shoulder.  He was a Presbyterian. 

He was a Private in the 4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed in action on October 20, 1918 near Marchiennes.  He was buried in Hasnon Churchyard in France.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that he was the son of David and Christina Birrell, of Carsegour, Kinross, Scotland.

His brother William also enlisted and was killed.

Pte. W. Birrell - 405529

According to his attestation papers dated May 12, 1915 at Toronto, William Renton Birrell was born on October 28, 1889 in Frechein (?), Forfarshire, Scotland.  He listed his father Mr. David Birrell, Kevingstone (?), Kenoshire (?) Scotland as his next of kin.  He was a florist and had no previous military experience.  He was 25 years of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall. 

He was a Private in the 4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he died of wounds in Charing Cross War Hospital, Agar Street, London on October 2, 1916.  He is buried in the Leuchars Cemetery, UK.

His brother David also enlisted and was killed.

Pte. E. D. Blair - 778599

According to his attestation papers dated Janauary 31, 1916 at Mimico, Edward Doig Blair of Burlington Street, Mimico was born on December 10, 1881 in Carnoustie, Scotland.  He listed his wife Mrs. Alexandrina Blair, Burlington Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a plasterer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 34 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches high.  He had brown eyes, black hair and a dark complexion.  He was a Presbyterian.

He enlisted the same day as his brother James.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a plasterer living on the north side of Victoria Street, Mimico. 

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he has the same occupation living on the east side of Burlington Street, Mimico.

Pte. J. H. Blair - 778598

According to his attestation papers January 31, 1916 at Mimico, James Hardie Blair of 49 Victoria Street, Mimico was born on June 17, 1885 at Carnoustie, Scotland.  He listed his wife, Mrs. Joan Blair, 29 Victoria Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a lineman and was an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 30 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a Presbyterian.

He enlisted the same day as his brother Edward. 

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a machinist living on the north side of Victoria Street, Mimico.

Private C. H. Blake - 285443

According to his attestation papers dated June 15, 1916 at Toronto, Charles Herbert Blake of Melrose Street, Mimico was born on April 27, 1897 on the Isle of Wight, England.  He listed his mother, Mrs. Paulina Blake, Melrose Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a plumber and had 2 months previous military experience with 126th O.S. Battalion and 2 months with the 84th Battalion.  He was also an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 19 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches in height.  He had grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar on his right knee.  He was a member of the Church of England.

His brother Leonard also enlisted.

He was a Private in "A" Company, 75th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on September 2, 1918.  According to the CEF death register "this soldier was killed during the attack and capture of the ridge and sunken road at the storming of Drocourt-Queant Switch Line, between the town of Dury and the Arras Cambrai Road".  He was buried at Dury Mill British Cemetery in France.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of Herbert and Pauline Blake, of 33 Norval Avenue, West Toronto. Born at Carisbrooke, Isle of Wight, England.

Article courtesy of the Virtual Canadian War Memorial

Ss. L. Blake - 163543

According to his attestation papers dated August 5, 1915 at Toronto, Leonard Alfred Blake was born on January 11, 1896 at Newfort GBW (?), England.  He listed his father Herbert Blake, Melrose Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a journalist and had no previous military experience.  He was 19 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a dark complexion.  He was a member of the church of England.

His brother Charles also enlisted but was killed.  According to Charles obituary Leonard was with the Records Department in London.

T. Boulton

Lcp. F. Bozzard - 769977

According to his attestation papers dated January 10, 1916 at Toronto, Frederick Bozzard of Heman Street, Mimico was born on May 22, 1897 in Birminghan, England.  He listed his mother Alice Bozzard, Heman Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a steamfitter and had no previous military experience.   He was 18 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had light brown eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.  He had a mole on his left abdomen and left armpit and scars on his lower lip and left eye.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory his father William Bozzard is listed as a shipper living on the north side of Murrie Avenue, Mimico.

Sgt. G. A. Brandow - 769105

According to his attestation papers dated December 24, 1915 at Toronto, George Alexander Brandow of 3rd Street, New Toronto was born on October 12, 1894 at St. Williams, Ontario.  He listed his sister Mrs. Mabel Dyer, 6th Street, New Toronto as his next of kin.  He was a plumber and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a mole on his left wrist and a scar on the back of his left hand.  He was a Presbyterian.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk boarding at the home of A. W. Boulter on the north side of Mimico Avenue, Mimico.

Spr. J. E. Breakspear - 778492

According to his attestation papers dated January 22, 1916 at Mimico, Jesse Edward Breakspear of Mimico, Ontario was born on November 6, 1888 in Oxford, England.  He listed his father, William Breakspear, Northleigh, Oxford, England as his next of kin.  He was a bricklayer and was an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 27 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had blue eyes and dark hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.  

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a bricklayer living on the north side of Symons Street, Mimico.

Pte. J. Brennan - 778422

According to his attestation papers dated January 17, 1916 at Mimico, Joseph Brennan of Mimico, Ontario was born on March 1, 1885 in Lancashire, England.  He listed his wife, Mrs. Nellie Brennan, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 30 years and 10 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was Roman Catholic.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a car repairer living on the west side of Station Road, Mimico.

R. Bridges

A. Brown

Pte. E. Brown - 140621

According to his attestation papers dated November 15, 1915 at Toronto, Ernest Brown of Robert Street, Mimico was born on November 14, 1897 at Peterboro, Ontario.  He listed his mother Christiana Brown, Robert Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a driver and had no previous military experience. He was 18 years of age and stood 5 feet 5 3/4 inches tall.  He had blue hair, fair hair and complexion.  He had a three inch scar on his left knee; a mole on his left collar bone and a small mole on his left cheek.  He was a Methodist.

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory Christiana Brown was the widow of William living on the west side of Robert Street, Mimico.

Pte. P. Brown - 2498052

According to his attestation papers dated July 26, 1917 at Toronto, Percy Brown of Robert Street, Mimico was born on August 30, 1892 in Kingston, Ontario.  He listed his wife Betha Alice Brown, Robert Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a motorman and had no previous military experience.   He was 24 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 3/4 inches tall.   He had blue eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar on both legs.  He was a Methodist.

Private T. W. Burn - 778517

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, Thomas William Burn of Mimico was born on June 2, 1887 in Hexham, England.  He listed his wife Mrs. Eva Burn, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a shoemaker and had no previous military experience.  He was 28 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.  

He was a Sergeant in the 1st Battalion, Canadian Railway Troops when he died of pneumonia at the Military Hospital in Ripon on February 2, 1919.  He was buried in the Hexam Cemetery in England.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website notes that he was the husband of Eva Burn, of Macdonald St., Mimico, Ontario.

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

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Cpl. F. A. Bush - 778982

According to his attestation papers dated March 10, 1916 at Mimico, Frederick Albert Bush of Mimico was born on December 31, 1891 in Bristol, England.  He listed his father, Albert Bush, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers. He was 24 years old and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had grey eyes and dark hair and complexion.  He was Roman Catholic.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a labourer boarding at the home of Michael Byrne on the west side of Louisa Street, Mimico.

Pte. S. Butler - 778823

According to his attestation papers dated February 21, 1916 at New Toronto, Sidney William Butler of Grand Avenue, Mimico was born on February 19, 1888 in Birmingham, England.  He listed his wife, Florence Butler, Grand Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a carpenter and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 28 years old and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was Roman Catholic.

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

Pte. A. Campbell - 192920

This must be Alexander Campbell, son of Duncan Campbell who are both listed in the 1914 Toronto City directory living on the north side of Heman Street, Mimico.

According to his attestation papers dated August 23, 1915 at Toronto, Alexander Campbell was born on March 8, 1893 in Glasgow, Lanarkshire, Scotland.  He listed his father Duncan Campbell, Caledonian Buildings, Mount Vernon, Glasgow, Scotland as his next of kin.  He was a locomotive fireman and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a two inch scar on his left leg.  He was a Presbyterian. 

His father is listed as living on Heman Street in the 1921 Toronto City directory.

F. Campbell

Sister Sarah Cannon

courtesy of British Journal of Nursing - June 10 1916

According to her Officers Declaration Paper, dated July 5, 1917, Sarah Ann Cannon of Church Street, Mimico, Ontario was born on October 15, 1879 in Toronto.  She listed her father Thomas E. Cannon, Church Street, Mimico as her next of kin.  She was a trained nurse and had spent one year with the French Flag Nursing Corps.

Prior to enlisting in the Canadian Services, Sarah Cannon joined the French Flag Nursing Corps.  In May 1916 Sarah Cannon led a contingent of nurses to France to work in French Military Hospitals.



The following was in the May 13, 1916 issue of The British Journal of Nursing:

The second Canadian Unit, selected by the War Committee of the Canadian National Association of Trained Nurses, sailed from Montreal on May 9th, and The Committee of the F.F.N.C. greatly appreciates the public spirit of the National Association of Canadian Nurses, and the generosity of the Canadian public in financing the units. As each nurse costs the War Committee 350.00 dollars (travelling expenses to and fro to London being provided) and sixteen nurses having now been sent, it will be realised how handsome a sum has been contributed through the National Association towards the relief of suffering in French Military Hospitals through the F.F.N.C.

The following is the list of nurses of the 2nd Unit :- (I) Miss Sadie Jackson, (2) Miss Ruth Craig, (3) Miss Ferne Crysler, and (4) Miss Annie Gardiner, all graduates of the Western Hospital, Toronto; (5) Miss Florence Irwin, graduate Rochester General Hospital, New York; and (6) Miss Sarah Cannon, graduate St. Luke’s Hospital, New York.

The following was in the May 27, 1916 issue of The British Journal of Nursing:

The Corinthian from Montreal came to dock at Tilbury on Monday evening and thus brought safely to London the Second Canadian Unit of six highly trained nurses for service with the French Flag Nursing Corps in France. Miss Sarah Cannon, Graduate of St. Luke's Hospital, New York, was in charge of the little party, and is the only one of them who has been in England before. Miss Ferne Crysler, Miss Florence Irwin, Miss Ruth M. Craig, Miss Anna E. Gardiner, and Miss Sadie Jackson, are all from the Province of Ontario. Mrs. Kerr-Lawson is kindly entertaining three of the unit at Queen Mary’s Hostel, where strangers are made SO much at home, and if all the formalities, in connection with passports, certificates, and uniform can be arranged, it is hoped the Sisters will go over to France next Tuesday. Miss Gladys K. S. Robson, cert. St. Bartholomew’s Hospital, who has been elected a member of the Corps, will travel at the same time.

Spr. A. Carr - 778710

According to his attestation papers dated February 10, 1916 at Mimico, Arthur Carr of Mimico was born on June 24, 1886 in Branton, Cantley Parish, England.  He listed his mother, Mrs. Sarah Carr, Branton, Cantley Parish, England as his next of kin.  He was a fireman and an active member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 29 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 10 inches high.  He had green eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

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

Lt. G. M. Chisholm

According to his attestation papers dated November 1, 1916 at Toronto, Manley Garfield Chisholm was born on July 18, 1895 at St. Thomas, Elgin County, Ontario.  He listed his father James W. Chisholm, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a stenographer and had served in G.G.B.G. (?).  He was 21 years of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown hair, fair hair and complexion.  He had a scar on his left knee cap.  He was a Methodist. 

He was a Lieutenant in the Corps of Military Staff Clerks.

W. Clarke

Pte. R. Cleeton - 769695

According to his attestation papers dated January 5, 1916 at Toronto Robert Albert Cleeton of Heman Street, Mimico was born on August 7, 1884 in Birmingham, England.  He listed his father Robert Cleeton, c/o Mrs. E. Thornboro, Heman Street Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 31 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a birthmark on his left forearm and a mole on his right leg.   He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a machinist living on the south side of Elma Street, Mimico.

Pte. W. Clements - 510949

According to his attestation papers dated May 15, 1916 at Toronto, William Clements of Simpson Avenue, Mimico was born on January 5, 1884 in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England.   He listed his mother Eliza Clements of 3 St. John Street, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England as his next of kin.  He was a locomotive fireman and had no previous military experience.  He was 32 years and 4 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had two moles near his navel.  Three scars on his left hip and two moles on his neck.  He was a member of the Church of England.

Pte. J. Cochrane - 406266

According to his attestation papers dated April 16, 1915 at Hamilton, James Edward Cochrane was born on August 10, 1885 at Thamesford, Ontario.  He listed his wife S.E. Cochrane, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a machine operator and was an active member of the 36th Peel Regiment.  He was 30 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He had a maple leaf tatoo on his right forearm.  He was a Methodist.

According to the 1911 census he was living on Heman Street with his wife Sarah, daughter Ethel and son James.

His brothers William and Samuel also enlisted.

Pte. S. Cochrane - 261119

According to his attestation papers dated April 8, 1916 at Winnipeg, Samuel Hugh Cochrane of Sceptre, Sask, was born on February 14, 1891 in Hamilton, Ontario.  He listed his mother Mrs. Eliza Cochrane, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 25 years old and stood 5 feet 7 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was a Methodist.

 According to the 1911 census he lived with his parents James and Eliza (and their large family) on Heman Street, Mimico.

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was living with his father James Cochrane on the north side of Heman Street, Mimico.

His brothers James and William also enlisted.

Gnr. W. Cochrane - 3035826

According to his draft papers dated April 29, 1918 at Toronto, William Albert Cochrane of Mimico was born on August 24, 1897 in Mimico.  He listed his mother Eliza Cochrane, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was 20 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 1/4 inches in height.  He had brown eyes, light brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a small scar on the front of his left ear.  He was a Methodist.

According to the 1911 census he lived with his parents James and Eliza (and their large family) on Heman Street, Mimico. 

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was living with his father James Cochrane on the north side of Heman Street, Mimico.

His brothers Samuel and James also enlisted.

Pte. H. B. Cooke - 139245

According to his attestation papers dated November 25, 1915 at Toronto, Herbert Bryant Cooke of Church Street, Mimico, was born on November 16, 1880 at Cirencester, Gloucestershire, England.  He listed his wife, Augusta Cooke, Church Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a butcher and had 3 years previous military experience with the Somerset Light Infantry.  He was 35 years of age and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, red hair and a fair complexion.  He had two scars on his right knee and right wrist; scar under his chin, left eyebrown and left arm, left ear, the back of his right hand and first and third finger of his left hand.  He was a Methodist.

Pte. F. Cooper - 754228

I think this is be Frederick Cooper son of Seth E. Cooper who is listed in the 1911 census living on Symons Street in Mimico.

According to his attestation papers dated March 6, 1916 in Blind River, Frederick Cooper of Blind River, Ontario was born on January 27, 1891 in Collingwood, Ontario.  He listed his father Seth E. Cooper, Deau Lake, Ontario as his next of kin.  He listed his occupation as machine hand.  He had no previous military experience.  He was 25 years old and stood 5 feet 2 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, black hair and a fair complexion.  He was a Methodist.

Private J. Coulton - 192198

According to his attestation papers dated August 17, 1915 at Toronto, Jowett Coulton was born on October 13, 1895 in Yorkshire, England.  He listed his mother Lily Coulton, 681 Woodbine Avenue, Toronto as his next of kin.  He was a grocer and had no previous military experience.  He was 19 years and 10 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, light hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

He was a Private with the 28th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Saskatchewan Regiment) when he was killed in action on September 25, 1916 in the Courcelette area.  His remains were never found as he is listed on the Vimy Memorial in France.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of Mrs. Lily Coulton, of 108 Robert St., Mimico, Ontario. (Robert Street is present day Wheatfield Street)

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory Lily Coulton (widow Arthur) was living on the west side of Robert Street (present day Wheatfield Avenue).

J. Coulton Jr.

I believe this is a duplicate for Jowett Coulton as there is only one listed in the attestation papers for the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF).

There is a Jowett Coulton listed in the 1921 Toronto City directory who was Percy's father but I cannot find any attestation papers for him in the CEF.

Pte. P.V. Coulton - 273276

According to his attestation papers dated March 22, 1916 at Toronto, Percy Victor Coulton of Stanley Avenue, Mimico was born on August 1, 1901 in Mimico.  He listed his mother Elizabeth Jane Coulton, Stanley Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a student and had no previous military experience.  He was 17 years of age and stood 5 feet 2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, light hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

His brother Jowett also enlisted but was killed. 

According to the 1911 census he was the son of Jowett and Elizabeth Jane Coulton.  His parents has emigrated to Canada from England in 1900.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk living with his father Jowett Coulton above their General Store on the north side of the Lake Shore Road, Mimico.

Chas. Courte

Pte. E. Coxhead - 136460

According to his attestation papers dated November 3, 1915 at Toronto, Ernest Galt Coxhead, Mimico Beach, was born on October 30, 1897 in Mimico Beach.  He listed his mother Eliza Coxhead, Mimico Beach as his next of kin.  He was a grocery clerk and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years old and stood 5 feet 8 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark brown hair and a medium complexion.  He had a small scar below his left eye and one on his left knee.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a builder living with his father Caesar Coxhead on the corner of Stanley and Superior Avenues, Mimico.

Dvr. W. G. Darby - 778374

According to his attestation papers dated January 13, 1916 at Mimico, William George Darby of the "Ind. Sct." (Victoria Industrial School?), Mimico was born on August 26, 1897 in Toronto.  He listed his father George Darby, 67 Holinsdale Road, Toronto as his next of kin.  He was a shoemaker and a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 18 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a Baptist.

Lt. B. Davidson - 285025

Bryce Thomas Davidson
Courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

According to his attestation papers dated March 18, 1916 at Toronto, Bryce Thomas Davidson of Stop 16, Lake Shore Road, Mimico was born on January 29, 1893 in Toronto.  He listed his mother Mary Augusta Davidson, Stop 16, Lake Shore Road, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a student at law and had previous military experience with the Signalling Corps G.G.B.G.  He was 23 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was Presbyterian. 

He was a Lieutenant in the 20th Squadron of the Royal Air Force when he was killed on July 2, 1918 while on a bombing run over Germany.  He was buried in the Menin Road South Military Cemetery in Belgium.  Information on the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that he was the only son of Douglas and Mary A. E. Davidson, of Mimico Beach, Ontario; husband of M. W. Davidson, of 59 Parkway Avenue, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. A Law Student.




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The following entry is part of the Osgoode Hall Roll of Honour:

Lt. Bryce T. Davidson. Lieutenant Bryce Thomas Davidson. Son of Douglas Davidson, Secretary, of Mimico, Ontario. Graduated from high school in 1911. Admitted as a law student in 1911 at age 18. Mechanical Transport Driver, 220th Battalion in March 1916. Killed in action. Never called to the bar.

His name appears on the Osgoode Hall Memorial.

Pte. C. Derbyshire - 300706

According to his attestation papers dated July 17, 1916 at Berryfield (?), Christopher Derbyshire was born on August 11, 1895 in Blackburn, England.  He listed his mother Harriett Derbyshire, 30 Bennington Street, Blackburn, England as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.   He was 20 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 1 inch tall.  He had blue eyes, medium hair and complexion.   He had a scar from a burn on his right shoulder.  He was a member of the Church of England.

Christopher appears in the 1911 census for Mimico living with is parents James and Harriett. He was working at a brickyard.  His family had emigrated to Canada from England in 1910.  However his attestation papers make it clear that his parents had moved back to England by 1916.

Pte. A. Donaldson - 778522

According to his attestation papers dated January 24, 1916 at Mimico, Archibald Donaldson of Mimico, Ontario was born on June 30, 1871 in Perthshire, Scotland.  He listed his wife Mrs. Elizabeth Donaldson, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a road foreman and had previous military experience with the Argyle and Sutherland Highlanders.  He was 44 years and 7 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was a Presbyterian. 

According to the 1911 census Archibald and his wife Bessie are living on the Lake Shore Road, Mimico.  They emigrated to Canada from Scotland in 1910.

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

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as living on the north side of Victoria Street, Mimico.

Pte. J. Donnelly - 3037333

According to his draf papers dated May 11, 1918 at Toronto, John Charles Donnelly of Mimico was born on August 22, 1896 in Etobicoke township.  He listed his sister, Miss Geraldine Donnelly, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was a RR trainman and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 4 inches in height.  He had blue eyes, dark hair and a fresh complexion. 

According to the 1921 Toronto City directory he was a brakeman and living on the north side of Main Street, Mimico.

Lcp. L. Donville - 135466

According to his attestation papers dated July 26, 1915 at Toronto, Louis Thomas Donville was born on April 5, 1894 at Toronto.  He listed his father Walter Donville, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a pianist and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/4 inches high.  He had grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar on his forehead.  He was Roman Catholic. 

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a musician and living on the west side of Milton Street, Mimico.

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Private Ed. Dougherty - 140061

According to his attestation papers dated July 28, 1915 at Toronto, Edward Dougherty was born on October 14, 1893 in Darwen, Lancashire, England.  He listed his father Hugh Dougherty, Burlington Road, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had 1 year previous military experience with the 33rd East Lancashire Regiment, and was an active member of the 9th M.H. (Mississauga Horse?).  He was 21 years and 9 months of age and stood 5 feet 5 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 Private in the 3rd Battalion, "A" Company, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on October 8, 1916 during an attack on enemy trenches in Courcelette.  He was buried in the Adanac Military Cemetery in Miraumont, France.  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of of Hugh and Ann Dougherty, 110 Lake Shore Rd., Mimico Beach, Ontario.

Courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

H. Dougherty

J. Dougherty

T. Dougherty

T. Dougherty

S. Douglas

C. Durnan

Sister Gertrude Edgar

According to her Officer Declaration Papers, dated March 4, 1917 at Base Hospital, Toronto, Gertrude Louise Edgar of Mimico Beach was born on January 17, 1888 in Toronto.  She listed her mother Letitia Edgar, Mimico Beach, as her next of kin.  She was a Graduate Nurse and a member of the Church of England. 

She was the sister of Gordon Edgar who also enlisted.

She was a member of Canada's Nursing Sisters

Pte. G. Edgar - 192064

According to his attestation papers dated August 31, 1915 at Toronto, Gordon Henning Edgar was born on August 28, 1886 in Toronto.  He listed his father Jas. Edgar, Mimico Beach, as his next of kin.  He was a book binder and had 6 months of previous military experience.  He was 20 years old and stood 5 feet 4 1/2 inches tall.  He had brown eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as working at the Mimico Beach Hardware Co. and living on the north side of the Lake Shore Road, Mimico.

Cpl. R. Elliott - 57625

According to his attestation papers dated November 12, 1914 at Toronto, Roy Jordon Elliott was born on December 19, 1896 at Toronto.  He listed his father, George Elliott, Vanevery Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a factory hand and had both previous military experience and was a member of an active militia.  He was 17 years and 11 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 1/2 inches in height.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as an emery worker living on the north side of Main Street, Mimico.

Sig. S. Elliott - 341382

According to his draft papers dated November 26, 1917 at Toronto, George Sidney Elliott of Vanevery Street, Mimico was born on May 11, 1893 at Toronto.  He listed his mother, Hannah M. Elliott, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a locomotive fireman.  He was 24 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, light hair and a fair complexion.  He had scars on his right leg, right hand and left ear.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a fireman living with his father George Elliott on the north side of Vanevery Street, Mimico.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a coal foreman, GTR, living on the south side of Macdonald Avenue, Mimico.

Gnr. G. S. Farquharson - 322891

According to his attestation papers dated January 31, 1916 at Toronto, George Stewart Farquharson, Robert Street, Mimico, was born on November 5, 1880 at Manchester, England.  He listed his wife Amelia Farquharson, Robert Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a mechanical engineer and had 3 years previous military experience as a Private in the Territorials.  He was 36 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, dark brown hair and a fresh complexion.  He had a burn on his left thigh.  He was a Presbyterian. 

According to the 1914 Toronto City directory he was an engineer living on the west side of Albert Avenue, Mimico.

Gnr. E. Farrington - 2591067

Accordingto his attestation papers dated October 9, 1917 at Toronto, Ernest Farrington of Mimico, Ontario was born on June 20, 1899.  He listed his mother Mary Farrington, Mimico, as his next of kin.  He was a brass worker and had no previous military experience.   He was 18 years and 5 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 3/4 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, brown hair and a medium complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1911 census his birth date is listed as June 1900 so he was most likely only 17 years old when he enlisted.

His brother James also enlisted.

Ss. J. Farrington - 763347

According to his attestation papers dated March 15, 1916 at Huntsville, James Farrington of Mimico, Ontario was born on March 10, 1894 at Wigan, Lancashire, England.  He listed his mother Mary Farrington, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had 1 1/2 years previous military experience with the 36th Peel Regiment.  He was 22 years old and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had light brown eyes, light hair and a fair complexion.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

According to the 1911 census his father was Ernest Farrington.  According to the 1914 Toronto City directory Ernest Farrington was listed as a paper maker living on the south side of Symons Street, Mimico.  In the 1921 Toronto City directory Ernest Farrington is listed as a "moto" (motorman?) living on the north side of Symons Street, Mimico.

His brother Ernest also enlisted.

Pte. G. H. Ferrie - 1051458

This must be Douglas Ferrie as there is no other entry for a G. H. Ferrie.

According to his attestation papers dated December 18, 1916 at Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Douglas Ferrie of Toronto, was born on November 18, 1895 in Churchgrislay, Derbyshire Co., England.  He listed his father James Ferrie, Southampton Street, Mimico as his next of kin.   He was a farmer and had no previous military experience.  He was 21 years old and stood 5 feet 11 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a Methodist.

His brother Lionel also enlisted.

Pte. L. J. Ferrie - 778470

According to his attestation papers dated January 12, 1916 at Mimico, Lionel James Ferrie, Mimico Beach, was born on July 18, 1896 at York, Yorkshire, England.  He listed his father James Ferrie, Mimico Beach as his next of kin.  He was an insurance clerk and was a member of the 12th Regiment, York Rangers.  He was 19 years old and stood 6 feet tall.  He had blue eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He was a Methodist.

His brother Douglas also enlisted.

Private V. Ferrier - 475433


According to his attestation papers dated October 6, 1915 at Toronto, Victor Archibald Ferrier was born on August 19, 1893 in Toronto.  He listed his father Chester Ferrier, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a clerk and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 1 month of age and stood 5 feet 9 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes and fair hair and complexion.  He had a small mole 3 inches below and to the outer side of his left nipple.  He was a Methodist.

His father Chester Ferrier was the Superintendant of the Victoria Industrial School.  In the 1914 Toronto City directory Chester and his family lived at the school on the north side of Main Street, west of Howland Avenue. 

He was a Private in the 3rd University Company, Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment) when he was killed on June 4, 1916.  It appears that his remains were never found as he is listed on Panel 10 of the Ypres Memorial (Menin Gate).  The CEF burial register states that he was "previously reported wounded and missing now for official purposes presumed to have Died".  According to the Commonwealth War Graves Commission website he was the son of Chester and Lillian Ferrier, of Main St., Mimico, Ontario. Under-Graduate, Toronto University.

According to the Canadian Virtual War Memorial the Menin Gate Memorial is situated at the eastern side of the town of Ypres (now Ieper) in the Province of West Flanders, on the road to Menin and Courtrai. It bears the names of 55,000 men who were lost without trace during the defence of the Ypres Salient in the First World War.


Photo and Roll of Service entry courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

Pte. J. Flowers - 138199

According to his attestation papers dated August 18, 1915 at Toronto, John Flowers was born on June 30, 1876 in Northhamptonshire, England.  He listed his wife Lydia Hanna Flowers, Manchester Street, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a boot repairer and was an active member of the 9 M.H. (Mississauga Horse?).  He was 39 years and 2 months of age and stood 5 feet 3 1/2 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, brown hair and a fair complexion.  He had marks on his abdomen and left wrist.  He was a member of the Church of England.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a driver living on the east side of Elizabeth Street. 

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

Wm. J. Free - 778561

According to his attestation papers dated January 29, 1916 at Toronto, William James Free, Mimico, York Co, was born on May 26, 1891 at Toronto.  He listed his mother Zoe Free, Mimico, York Co. as his next of kin.  He was a musician and had 10 years previous military experience with the Grenadiers.  He was 24 years and 8 months of age and stood 5 feet 6 inches in height.  He had hazel eyes, dark hair and a medium complexion.  He had a scar on the inner part of his right thigh.  He was a member of the Church of England.


In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk living with his father James Free of the Mimico Planing Mill, on the east side of Burlington Street, Mimico.

In the 1921 Toronto City directory he is listed as a carpenter living with his father James Free on the east side of Victor Avenue, Mimico.

J. Fuller - 249987

According to his attestation papers dated November 24, 1916 at Toronto, Jesse Fuller, Mimico, was born on August 11, 1894 in Surrey, England.  He listed his mother, Mary Fuller, King's Land, Near Dorking, Surrey, England as his next of kin.  He was a labourer and had no previous military experience.  He was 22 years and 3 months of age and stood 5 feet 7 3/4 inches tall.  He had grey eyes, fair hair and complexion.  He had a mole on the back of his neck and on his right buttock and a birthmark on his left buttock.  He was a member of the Church of England.

Private Alexander Gair - 769636

Alexander Gair
Courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

According to his attestation papers dated January 4, 1916 at Toronto, Alexander Gair, Queens Avenue, Mimico was born on May 29, 1889 at Forfar, Scotland.  He listed his wife Annie Gair, Queens Avenue, Mimico as his next of kin.  He was a teamster and had no previous military experience.  He was 26 years and 6 months of age and stood 5 feet 8 1/4 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, black hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar on the little finger of his left hand and on the left shin.

He was a Private in the 87th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Quebec Regiment) when he was killed on June 9, 1917 in the trenches at La Coulotte.  It appears that his remains were never found as he is listed on the Vimy Memorial.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that he was the husband of of Annie Gair, of 25 Metcalfe St., Toronto, Ontario.
Alexander Gair's War Medals
Courtesy of the Canadian Virtual War Memorial

The following biographical information is posted on the Canadian Virtual War Memorial:

Alexander Gair was born on 29 May 1889, the seventh of ten children, on a farm near Tannadice, Angus, Scotland. While attending Kingsmuir Public School, he was considered an outstanding student and was awarded prizes for Good-fellowship and General Excellence. In 1909 and with the help of a family friend, he went to work on a sheep ranch in Wyoming, U.S.A. This arrangement did not pay very well so in 1910, he found his way to western Canada where he joined his older brother William.

With the emigration of his parents and several siblings to Canada in 1911 and 1912, Alec and William re-joined their family and settled in Mimico, then a small village outside of Toronto.

In 1913, Alec met and married Annie Hutcheon, a Scottish girl from Edinburgh; and in 1914, their daughter, Annie, was born.

In 1915, Alec enlisted in the 124th, Mississauga Horse Battalion and went overseas in September 1916. To be closer to her husband, Annie and his daughter returned to Scotland in October of the same year. Alec last saw his wife and daughter while on leave during Christmas of 1916 at his wife's home in Lasswade Scotland.

In the spring of 1917, he was transferred to the 87th Montreal Regiment, and was killed at Messines on 9 June 1917, at the age of 28.

Alec's daughter Annie subsequently married Harold A. Belfry and settled in central Ontario. Annie Greig Hutcheon Gair Belfry currently resides in Peterborough, Ontario.

His brother Archie also enlisted and was killed.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a driver living with his father Alex Gair, labourer on the east side of Albert Avenue, Mimico.

Arch. Gair - 1288547

According to his attestation papers dated January 14, 1916 at Mimico, Archie Gray Gair, Mimico, Ontario was born on October 20, 1897 in Forfarshire, Scotland.  He listed his father Alexander Gair, Mimico, Ontario as his next of kin.  He was a metal worker and had no previous military experience.  He was 18 years of age and stood 6 feet tall.  He had brown eyes, dark hair and complexion.  He was Presbyterian.

He was a Private in the 127th Battalion, Canadian Infantry when he died on January 21, 1916.  He was buried in Park Lawn Cemetery, Toronto.  The Commonwealth War Graves Commission website indicates that he was the son of Alexander and Mary Gair, of Mimico, Ont.

His brother Alexander also enlisted and was also killed.

In the 1914 Toronto City directory he is listed as a clerk living with his father Alex Gair, labourer on the east side of Albert Avenue, Mimico.

W. Gammage

According to his attestation papers dated December 15, 1915 at Toronto Silas William Gammage of Victoria Street, Mimico Beach (later crossed out and 13 McCauley Street, Toronto written in) was born on February 28, 1881 in County Durhan, Ontario.  He listed his wife Frances Anne Gammage, Victoria Street, Mimico Beach (later crossed out and 13 McCauley Street, Toronto written in) as his next of kin.  He was a carpenter contractor and had no previous military experience.  He was 34 years and 10 months of age and stood 5 feet 11 1/2 inches tall.  He had blue eyes, light hair and a fair complexion.  He had a scar on his right wrist.  He was a member of the Church of England. 

J. Garrett

G. Gauld

This must be George W. G. Gauld, son of George R. Gauld who served as a fighter pilot in the Royal Flying Corps as a Lieutenant.  He had a total of 5 victories flying an S.E.5 as part of the 74th "Tiger" Squadron.  He appears to have enlisted directly into the Royal Flying Corps and so does not have attestation paper in the Canadian forces. 

According to The Mimico Story he went on to study law at Osgoode Hall and in addition to practising law served as Mimico's town solicitor for 40 years.  He was married to Irene Davidson, daughter of Douglas Davidson the local Justice of the Peace.  Her brother Bryce Davidson was shot down over Germany on July 2, 1918 and killed. 

George W. G. Gauld died suddenly on October 28, 1964 at his home 2622 Lake Shore Blvd. West in Mimico and is buried in Parklawn Cemetery.