April 1915

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Name Obituary
(FWDTJ)
Obituary
(PADN)
Attestation Papers Burial Records
Currie, James (Pte) Record Link
Hampshire, T. (Pte) Record Link
Howlett, H.B. (Pte) Record Link
Lafontaine (Pte) April 17 1915 April 16 1915 Record Link
Matheson, John (Cpl) April 10 1915 Record Link Record Link
Weeks, Ernest Samuel (Pte) Record Link

The above index contains published death notices from the Fort William Daily Times Journal (FWDTJ) and the Port Arthur Daily News (PADN), along with links to available attestation papers (through Library and Archives Canada) and Burial Records (through the Commonwealth War Graves Commission) for local individuals who were killed during or as a result of the First World War. The index is updated monthly to coincide with the centennial of these events and commemorate the sacrifice of those individuals and their families. If you know of someone who should be included here, please contact us at tbpl%23ca|ww1project.

 

Providing street railway tickets for enlisted men was an ongoing issue through April 1915. It seemed like an obvious and straightforward way to support the war effort. However, by the end of the year, the street railway would be in considerable deficit. Providing free tickets to a large number of riders was not a trivial decision to make.

April 6: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes

T.F. Milne was appointed in 1912 to be Port Arthur’s City Clerk, Secretary of the Utilities Commission, Secretary of the Local Board of Health, Secretary of the Board of Park Commissioners and Secretary of the Board of Police Commissioners. In these roles he was involved in nearly every decision Council would make.

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April 13: Fort William:

Fort William City Council Minutes

The Trades and Labour Council weighs in on the City’s plans for relief work – providing work for those who don’t otherwise have employment. The Fort William Trades and Labour Council was established in 1907, and later merged in 1955 with the Port Arthur Trades and Labour Council, to form the Lakehead and District Trades and Labour Council. Unfortunately no copy of this letter was kept with the minutes.

 

April 23: Fort William:

Fort William City Council Minutes

Captain H.B. Dawson of the 96th Lake Superior Regiment requests that the same street car privileges be given to members of the 96th who were not part of the 52nd Battalion. At this time, there were men of the 96th Lake Superior Regiment in active service protecting local facilities at the Lakehead. This request was granted as well. 

 

April 27: Fort William:

Fort William City Council Minutes

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The Army Service Corps was responsible for transporting materials and supplies. In this letter, Lieut. Col. J.R. Benson of the Army Service Corps requests the same street railway ticket privileges for them as for other enlisted men, and the request is granted.

 

Ypres Omar Lafontaine

Kapuskasing Internment Camp

 

 

Soldiers' Letters

The Fort William Daily Times Journal and the Port Arthur Daily News respectfully solicited letters from soldiers at the front - or extracts therefrom - during the First World War. Any reader who had a letter from a relative or friend with the British, French or Russian forces was invited to submit said letter for publication to the community.

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