Local Heroes

We Will Remember Them
An Extraordinary Sacrifice of a Generation
WWI   1914-1918

By: Arlene Colman, Poppy & Remembrance Chairman

From 2014 through 2018 we mark the 100th anniversary of the battles of  WWI. This war  reached out and touched almost everyone’s life in some way. We were not immune here Fenelon Falls and neighbouring communities, 57 of our men were killed in action.  Parents lost sons, wives lost husbands, children lost their father, brothers and sisters lost a brother and the fallen lost a life full of potential and promise. Most of their names are carved in stone on our cenotaph.

Those who go to war at the request of their Nation do not know the fate that awaits them. WWI was a war of such overwhelming sound, fury and unremitting horror. They went off to battle in the summer and were to be home by Christmas.  Instead, the misery went on for years. WWI was described as the war to end all wars.  As history shows it did not.

The names of these young men of our community, listed on the Roll of Honour below, answered the call when needed and served with courage and valour. The majority of them were farmers under the age of 25. They sacrificed the comforts, love and safety of home in order to defend the rights and freedoms of others. All paid with their lives.

Over time, will we introduce you to each of these native sons with a short biography of each man. As their bio is added to this site, their names will be highlighted by a link – click on their names to access more info. By getting to know them and their families you will be better able to understand the depth of the loss, the gratitude we owe them and the need to remember them.

Name DoB-Death Age
AKISTER, George Wilbert 1888-1916 28
ALDOUS, Thomas Grenville 1895-1917 21
BARRATT, Fred
BEECROFT, Harvey 1892-1916 24
BROOKER, Stephen Walter 1897-1917 20
BUDD, James John 1877-1917 40
CAMPBELL, Alexander "Shy" 1886-1918 31
CAREW, Robert 1896-1917 21
CHAMBERS, Allistar 1895-1918 23
COSBY, Walter 1897-1917 19
COULTER, Douglas Johnstone 1896-1918 22
COTEY, Earle 1894-1917 23
CRAGG, Russell Alexander 1889-1916 26
CUNDAL, William Johnston 1884-1916 31
DONALDSON, Robert John 1894-1917 23
FARROW, George
FINLEY, Norman 1878-1917 39
FISKE, Frederick 1897-1918 21
GORDON, John "Jack" 1879-1916 37
GORDON, Joseph 1886-1915 29
GROVES, Robert 1888-1917 29
HADLEY, Herbert Hilton 1878-1917 40
HALLIDAY, Adam Sydney 1895-1919 23
HATHAWAY, Harold 1891-1917 26
HALL, George Carlton 1898-1917 19
HUGHES, Wesley 1885-1917 32
HUTCHINS, Horace 1868-1917 49
JOHNSTON, Martin 1890-1918 28
JUNKIN,Irvine 1897-1918 21
JUNKIN, Percy John Clayton 1890-1916 26
KIRTON, Albert Edward 1892-1918 26
KIRTON, William 1890-1918 28
LORD, Lawrence MacLean 1899-1918 18
LYLE, Wilbert Merril 1897-1917 20
MacDOUGALL, Russell Hugh 1897-1916 19
MARK, Robert Henry 1883-1917 33
MARTIN, Malcolm 1897-1917 20
McNEIL, Sherman 1887-1917 30
METCALFE, Charles Norman 1886-1918 32
MORRIS, Richard Leece 1897-1918 21
MORRISON, William James 1876-1917 40
MOSS, Albert Edward 1886-1917 32
NAYLOR, John Denby 1896-1917 21
PATTON, Neil Smith 1895-1918 23
QUIGG, Leslie B. 1889-1916 26
SANDILAND, James R. Thomas 1892-1916 24
SHANKLAND, John Wilfred 1897-1917 19
STILLWELL, Arthur James 1890-1919 29
STINSON, Charles Howard 1897-1917 19
TAGGART, Gordon 1897-1917 20
TAMLIN, Edgar Melville 1897-1918 21
WARWICK, William 1894-1918 24
WHITNEY, Joseph William 1888-1918 30
WILKINSON, Harry 1887-1917 30
WILSON, Norman 1891-1918 27
WRIGHT, William Albert 1898-1917 19
YORK, Frank 1888-1918 30