June 1917

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Name Obituary
Attestation Papers Burial Record
Barclay, Lindsay Traill (Lieut) June 14 1917 Barclay Service Record Barclay Burial Record
Barrons, George (Pte) June 15 1917 Barrons Service Record Barrons Burial Record
Beaton, Alex (Pte) June 13 1917 Beaton Service Record Beaton Burial Record
Belanger, Augustin (Pte) June 7 1917 June 7 1917 Belanger Service Record Belanger Burial Record
Brooks, Albert (Pte) June 8 1917 June 8 1917 Brooks Service Record Brooks Burial Record
Coles, William Oliver (Pte) June 12 1917 Coles Service Record Coles Burial Record
Deacon, James Donald (Pte) June 11 1917 Deacon Service Record Deacon Burial Record
Dick, George Macdonald (Lieut) June 8 1917 Dick Service Record Dick Burial Record
Haywood, Robert June 14 1917 Haywood Service Record Haywood Burial Record
Hoover, Levi Wideman (Pte) June 8 1917 Hoover Service Record Covington Burial Record
Lee, Harry (Pte) June 6 1917 Lee Service Record Lee Burial Record
Marshall, Robert (Pte) June 11 1917 Marshall Service Record Marshall Burial Record
McDaid, David (Pte) June 2 1917 McDaid Service Record McDaid Burial Record
McIntosh, Alex (Sgt) June 14 1917 June 14 1917 McIntosh Service Record McIntosh Burial Record
Poulin, Robert (Pte) June 6 1917 Poulin Service Record Poulin Burial Record
Ransom, Reginald (Pte) June 8 1917 June 8 1917 Ransom Service Record Ransom Burial Record
Stewart, Alex A. (Gunner) June 7 1917 June 9 1917 Stewart Burial Record
Taylor, Raymond (Pte) June 25 1917 Taylor Service Record Taylor Burial Record
Yates, A. H. (Pte) June 11 1917 June 11 1917 Yates Service Record Yates 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.







June 4: Port Arthur


As battalions stationed for training in the Lakehead went overseas, they could not bring everything with them.  Here the Port Arthur City Council receives a letter from Lieut. D. C. McKenzie, O. C. 141st Battalion, The “Bull Moose” Battalion, asking Council to accept their moose head mascot for the Council Chambers, as they could not bring it with them overseas and they wanted to thank the City for their help.

June 4: Port Arthur


Both City Councils continue to be asked for assistance from the military battalions stationed in the Lakehead, but here, Port Arthur City Council received a letter from Lieut. Col. W. B. Evans, O. C. 52nd Battalion C. E. F requesting a further grant, which Council referred to the Financial department.  The 52nd Battalion was already overseas in France. 

June 4: Port Arthur


As we saw in May 1917, Port Arthur ordered many seed potatoes for the Garden Club to distribute to gardeners across the city as part of the war effort.  Here the City is paying the invoices for the potatoes and the freight, as most of them were purchased from the Dorion area and were sent to Port Arthur on the train. 

June 12: Fort William


As you can see from the above advertisement in the newspaper, the Prisoner’s Aid Society was planning a fundraising Carnival to celebrate Dominion Day.  Here they are requesting the use of the Market Building.

June 12: Fort William


As we saw on June 4th (see above), battalions stationed and formerly stationed locally were asking for grants of money.  Here, Fort William City Council receives a letter from Lieut. Bennett asking for a grant for recruiting for the Divisional Signalling Company.  They also receive a Letter from Lieut-Col Evans, O.C. of the 52nd Battalion, asking for a grant even though they were already overseas in France.  It appears the Dominion Government did not provide sufficient funds for their armed forces.

June 12: Fort William


Lieut. Col. Francis owned piano stores in Port Arthur and Fort William with his brother.  He started the War as a Captain in the 96th Lake Superior Regiment and was promoted in France until he was a Lieutenant Colonel and the commander of the 47th Battalion.  Here he is writing to the Fort William City Council to send them a souvenir from the Front, a trench mortar captured from the Germans.  He suggests they put it on display in front of City Hall.  Fort William City Council writes back to convey their “hearty appreciation for the continued interest he bears for this city, which is marked by his securing a trench mortar for display as a mark of remembrance of the great part this community has taken in the world wide conflict now raging in Europe, and trust that he and those engaged with him may be spared to again be in our midst.”

June 18: Fort William


The Secretary of the Great War Veterans Association (G.W.V.A) asks the Fort William City Council to pass a resolution prohibiting anti-conscription meetings in Fort William.  Many people were against conscription, especially some ethnic and religious minorities, but this was a not a sentiment that those returning from the Front would have wanted encouraged.

June 26: Fort William


The City of Fort William had promised some money to go towards the local Great War Veterans Association to pay the salary of a secretary.  Here the G.W.V.A. recommends the appointment of William Petrie as secretary and asks for the promised funds.  The City Council approves and instructs the City Treasurer to issue them the promised $1000 in twelve equal monthly payments.


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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