December 1916

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NameObituary
(FWDTJ)
Obituary
(PADN)
Attestation PapersBurial Record
Fleming, C. W. (Pte) Dec 19 1916

 

Fleming Service Record Fleming Burial Record
Gibson, George (Pte) Dec 16 1916

 

Gibson Service Record Gibson Burial Record
Hesson, Percy Gordon (Pte) Dec 15 1916 Dec 15 1916 Hesson Service Record Hesson Burial Record
Johnson, Peter Dec 11 1916 Johnson Service Record Johnson Burial Record
Mann, Alexander (Pte) Dec 9 1916 Mann Service Record Mann Burial Record
Marshall, Robert (Pte) Dec 8 1916 Dec 9 1916 Marshall Service Record Marshall Burial Record
McGinnis, Joseph (Pte) Dec 8 1916 Dec 9 1916
Nelson, W. H. (Pte)

Dec 2 1916

Dec 5 1916

Dec 2 1916 Nelson Service Record Nelson Burial Record
Pearce, Fred (Pte) Dec 1 1916 Pearce Service Record Pearce Burial Record
Sutherland, Blake (Pte) Dec 1 1916 Sutherland Service Record Sutherland Burial Record
Warren, A. L. (Pte) Dec 15 1916 Dec 15 1916 Warren Service Record Warren Burial Record
Whittaker, Herman (Pte) Dec 29 1916 Dec 29 1916 Whittaker Service Record Whittaker Burial Record

 

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.

 

Recruitment

52nd Battalion Daily Times Journal

 

Fort William City Council met several times in December but did not discuss the war or war effort.

 

December 4: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes
Letter re accommodation of training for 141st Battalion (967)

Port Arthur City Council receives additional correspondence from Major Stetham regarding training accommodations for the 141th Battalion.

 

December 4: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes
Here, Port Arthur City Council authorizes a reception for Col. McKenzie at the Lyceum. Col. McKenzie, also a doctor and former mayor of Fort Frances, was in charge of the 141st Battalion.  

December 4: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes

As arrangements for the 141st Battalion continue to be made, the Special Committee to the Battalion is authorized to meet with the Sailors Institute regarding use of the Institute’s hall.

 

December 11: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes
A letter from W.B. Evans of the 52nd Canadian Infantry Branch regarding the capture of machine guns by the 52nd to be presented to the City of Port Arthur.

December 11: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes
Port Arthur City Council authorizes Christmas gifts to be sent to former Aldermen Cain and Wilson, now serving “Somewhere in France”.

 

December 18: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council MinutesPort Arthur City Council Minutes
Telephone and electric light services was frequently provided free of charge for military purposes. Here, Port Arthur City Council authorizes a request made by Col. McKenzie for the installation of a telephone in his office at the Armoury.

December 18: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes
Port Arthur City Council receives a letter from J. J. Carrick regarding the use of the Customs Building as training quarters for the 141st Battalion.

 

December 29: Port Arthur:

Port Arthur City Council Minutes
Here Council authorizes the Special Committee in charge of accommodations for the 141st Battalion to purchase a stove and pipes for the Immigration Hall.

 

The end of the year marked an upcoming municipal election.  The Fort William City Council saw some changes in 1917. Eight of twelve councillors returned with Mayor Harry Murphy returning to the position. Joining council in 1917 were Councillors John George Macdonald, John J. Flanagan, John King and Sidney M. Barabe.

In Port Arthur, seven of twelve councillors returned with Mayor Donald James Cowan returning to the position. Joining council in 1917 were Councillors William Marrigan, James Smith McNulty, Bert Tourtellot, William Alexander Wright and Arthur Melville.

 

Port Arthur Municipal ElectionFort William Municipal Election

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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