Timeline & Local Obituaries

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November 1917

Name Obituary
(FWDTJ)
Obituary
(PADN)
Attestation Papers Burial Record
Barkley, Walter Livitt (Pte) November 29 1917 November 29 1917 Service Record Burial Record
Bland, Percival Charles November 8 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Brigham, William Henry (Pte) November 30 1917 November 29 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Carey, Ben H. (Lance Corp) November 5
1917
 Service Record Burial Record
Charlebois, Denis Oliver (Pte) November 19 1917 November 19 1917 Charlebois Service Record Burial Record
Clavet, Bernard (Lance Corp) November 17 1917 November 17 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Collins, Patrick (Cpt) November 29 1917
Cory, William (Pte) November 5
1917
 Service Record Burial Record
Cosgrave, A. (Lance Corp) November 24 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Dixon, John Thomas (Pte)

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November 13 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Drummond, John Hardy
(Company Sgt Mjr)
November 29 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Evans, Percy (Pte) November 24 1917 November 24 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Gibson, Frederick William (Pte) November 24 1917 November 26 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Graham, Albert Thomas (Pte) November 22 1917 November 21 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Hart, Walter (Sgt) November 19 1917
Haywood, John Robert (Pte) November 13 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Hurdle, Kenneth David (Pte) November 29 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Johnson, James A. (Pte) November 13 1917
Johnson, Walter (Pte) November 14 1917
Jones, Charles E. (Pte) November 5 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Kennedy, James Thomas (Pte) November 29 1917  Service Record Burial Record
MacRae, James Donald (Pte) November 30 1917 November 29 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Mann, John (Pte) November 15 1917
Masterson, James (Corp) November 23 1917 November 22 1917  Service Record Burial Record
McCormick, Ralph Dwyer (Pte) November 13 1917 November 12 1917  Service Record Burial Record
McIlwain, Samuel (Pte) November 23 1917  Service Record Burial Record
McKay, David (Pte) November 5
1917
 Service Record Burial Record
McKenzie, Donald (Pte) November 23 1917  Service Record Burial Record
McLean, Alexander Rees
(Lance Corp)
November 19 1917  Service Record Burial Record
McRae, Norman (Pte) November 12 1917 November 12 1917
Playford, Percy (Pte) November 21 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Reed, Stanley (Pte) November 5
1917
 Service Record Burial Record
Rutledge, Stanley A. (Lieut) November 16 1917 November 19 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Samuel, John (Pte) November 15 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Saskowich, John (Pte) November 19 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Saunders, H. E. (Pte) November 19 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Skelhorn, Archie (Pte) November 28 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Spooner, Michael H. (Pte) November 24 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Stamis, Louis (Pte) November 8 1917  Service Record
Stevenson, James Arthur (Sgt) November 12 1917 November 14 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Stone, Victor A. (Lieut) November 29 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Sturney, Alfred (Pte) November 12 1917 November 12 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Thomas, Frank Edward (Pte) November 30 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Turner, Wilfred Kendall
(Lance Corp)
November 27 1917 November 29 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Verrall, Charles (Sgt) November 23 1917  Service Record Burial Record
Youson, H. November 21 1917

 

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.

Gateway to Northwestern Ontario History

November 12, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council MinutesCity Council Minutes

Many of Port Arthur and Fort Williams’ local organizations were ready and willing to make donations to their chosen groups. The West Algoma Local Council of Women wished to donate $5.00, which is equivalent to $81.56 today, to the British Red Cross. The Port Arthur City Council acknowledged this gift and passed on the funds in their name.

November 12, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

The Great War Veterans Association (G.W.V.A.) requested many items from the Port Arthur City Council. In this case they sent a letter inviting the Port Arthur City Officials to participate in a meeting. The letter was filed.

November 12, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

In October the British Red Cross made an appeal to Port Arthur City Council requesting $1000 instead of $500, to which they agreed. The British Red Cross sent correspondence to thank the City Council for their funding.

November 12, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council MinutesPANC April 15 1916Port Arthur News Chronicle April 15, 1916

PANC November 6 1917

Port Arthur News Chronicle, November 6, 1917.

The Militia and Defense Department sent a letter dated October 29, 1917 to Port Arthur City Council regarding Samuel J. Saull’s honourable discharge from his military services on the front lines. Corp. Saull’s story had been in the news because, while he was away fighting, his wife had become seriously ill and had to be sent to an institution, leaving their four children in the care of the Port Arthur children’s shelter.  Saull had been injured on the front lines three times, one of such injuries was mentioned in the April 15, 1916 Port Arthur Chronicle News.  Saull had gotten leave to return home to deal with this family crisis.  Col. J.J. Carrick asked the war office to grant Corp. Saull an honourable discharge so that he could look after his family.  The honourable discharge was granted.  

You may notice above that Corp. Saull is referred to by the names “Samuel James” and “L.J.” or “Leonard James”.  We have looked into their records and believe that these are the same person, as the military service number for Samuel in the April 15th article very closely matches the military service number for Leonard in his attestation papers, there are attestation papers for only one person with the last name “Saull” and both people are listed as living at the same address.

November 12, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

There was a letter sent to the Port Arthur City Council from the Organization of Resources Committee regarding the War Bonds. This letter has been filed.

November 12, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

The Port Arthur City Council approves that the Property and Fire Committee should instruct the Fire Chief to ask for an exemption from Military Service for the men in his department as their skills were required in Port Arthur for the safety of the citizens.

November 13, 1917 – Fort William

City Council Minutes

The Fort William City Council received a letter from the City Auditor regarding the suggestion that the Patriotic Society Books be audited. The City Council referred it to the Finance Committee.

November 13, 1917 – Fort William

City Council Minutes

The Great War Veterans Association (G.W.V.A.) wrote a letter requesting the approval from Fort William City Council to hold Sunday evening concerts in the winter after the regular church service. The G.W.V.A. was given the permission to hold these concerts.

November 13, 1917 – Fort William

City Council Minutes

Port Arthur City Council sent a letter to the Fort William City Council asking for their support in the establishment of a Military Hospital and Vocational Training School for Returning Soldiers in “the Head of the Lakes”.  They voted to support this effort and “urge upon the Government the necessity of establishing in Fort William a military hospital and vocational training school for returned soldiers.” They struck a committee consisting of Mayor Murphy and Alderman MacDonald and Matthews to meet with the Great War Veterans Association (G.W.V.A.) of the City and their MPP, Mr. C.W. Jarvis.

Conscription

November 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council MinutesCity Council Minutes

H.B. Dawson and J. W. Hawker both had written letters requesting that the Port Arthur City Council construct a Miniature Rifle Range for soldiers to practice and train on.  The Council instructs Mr. Dawson to determine a suitable location and bring it back to Council.  The suggest he examine the basements of the Customs Building and the Orpheum Theatre as well as the second story of the old Chronicle Building.

November 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council MinutesCity Council Minutes

Brantford sent a letter regarding the resolutions that made regarding the Canadian Victory Loan for their city. The letter was passed on to the Finance Committee for considerations and approval.

November 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

The Treasurer issued a cheque to the Women’s Canadian Club for $500 and that is how much money they were still allotted for this year’s patriotic tax levy.

November 19, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

The City of Port Arthur bought many War Bonds through the years. In this case they decided to contribute $100,000 in the Victory Loan Bonds. This amount is equal to $2,175,000 in today’s Canadian dollars. The amount was to come from the General Strike Fund and the Railway Award Trust Fund. 

Victory Loan CampaignVictory Loan Campaign

November 26, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

The Board of Trade is advised that another meeting be held regarding the Vocational Training School for Returned Soldiers Committee. Port Arthur had sent a letter to the Fort William City Council that was discussed on November 13 requesting their presence at a meeting regarding the establishment of a Vocational Training School for Returning Soldiers. 

November 26, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council Minutes

After finally making a decision on October 1 for a gift of $250 from the City of Port Arthur to the 52nd Battalion, they wrote back to thank the City for the funding and support in the war effort.

November 26, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council MinutesCity Council Minutes

There were a couple of taxes already established to contribute to the War effort including the Income Tax and the Patriotic Fund which were being levied through municipal taxes and some fundraising efforts. The City of Guelph were protesting a further proposed Provincial War Tax. The City of Port Arthur did not think that there would be anything to gain by protesting the tax and that they believed it to be “perfectly legal” so they did not support the City of Guelph’s protest.   For more information on the Patriotic Fund, see Fundraising Efforts.

November 26, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council MinutesCity Council Minutes

W.H. Sara requested newspapers and periodicals for the Great War Veterans Association’s (G.W.V.A.) Club Rooms for the reading pleasure of those utilizing the space. The request was granted right away. The Port Arthur Council lists the papers that they would be acquiring for the room as The Graphic, Illustrated London News, Toronto Saturday Night, The Saturday Evening Post, The Chicago Tribune, and the Toronto Globe.

November 26, 1917 – Port Arthur

City Council MinutesCity Council Minutes

The Garden Club has been very active in Port Arthur since May of 1917. There was a report written to the Port Arthur City Council regarding the Garden Club. This report had been dated, received and adopted by the City Council.

Military Units

November 27, 1917 – Fort William

City Council Minutes

The Provincial Board of Health sent a letter to the Fort William City Council regarding returning soldiers. The Board stated that they were to be given a course to prepare them for jobs as sanitary inspectors.  City Council referred the letter to the Fort William Board of Health.

November 27, 1917 – Fort William

City Council Minutes

Like Port Arthur, Fort William was contributing to the Victory Loan Bonds. They also decided on the same amount of $100,000 with a date of 1937. They were taking the money from the Sinking Fund to purchase the Victory Loan Bonds.

 

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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