First World War Cenotaph Updates

Captain Robert James Aitken
1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)
Born January 24, 1874, Guelph
Killed in Action June 13, 1916 at 42 years old
Buried at Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
An electrician by trade, Captain Aitken served in the Boer War prior to enlisting for service during the First World War at the age of 41.

Private Edward Clarence Ball
4th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Born August 27, 1873, Guelph
Killed in Action October 8, 1916 at 43 years old
Buried at Adanac Military Cemetery, Somme, France
Private Ball served with the Royal Northwest Mounted Police at the time of his enlistment in June 1915. He was initially reported wounded and missing before it was declared he was killed in action.

Private Melville Bonus
4th Battalion, Canadian Machine Gun Corps
Born September 29, 1898
Died August 10, 1918
Buried at Crouy British Cemetery, Crouy-Sur-Somme, Somme, France
Private Bonus, son of James and Matilda Bonus of Devonshire Street in Guelph, was 18 years old when he enlisted at Milton, Ontario

Private Alfred Howitt Calvert
49th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Alberta Regiment)
Born April 6, 1895
Killed in Action August 13, 1918 at 23 years old
Buried at Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Private Howitt was a farmer prior to serving with the military. He was survived by his wife, Laura Calvert of Liverpool Street, Guelph.

Gunner Anthony Leonard Christie
8th Army Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery
Born January 17, 1898, Guelph
Killed in Action March 28, 1918 at 20 years old
Buried at La Targette British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Gunner Christie, son of W.A. and Cecilia M. Christie, was a student when he enlisted at Toronto.

Private Jedidiah E. Cooper
18th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)
Born December 28, 1878
Killed in Action August 27, 1918 at 39 years old
Buried at Wancourt British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Private Cooper enlisted at Guelph in July 1916 at the age of 37. He had previously served three years with the 20th Halton Rifle.

Private Richard Edward Cromwell
1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)
Born February 22, 1894
Killed in Action April 10, 1917 at 23 years old
Buried at Lapugnoy Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Months prior to being killed, Private Cromwell had survived and recovered from shots to the face, leg, neck and chest.

Private John Alex Ferguson
5th Canadian Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment)
Born September 1, 1894
Killed in Action October 30, 1917 at 23 years old
Buried at Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
Working as a labourer at the time of enlistment, Private Ferguson had previously served with the 24th Regiment in Berlin, Ontario.

Private William Clarence Fleming
1st Canadian Motor Machine Gun Brigade
Born August 19, 1896
Killed in Action September 2, 1918 at 23 years old
Buried at Vis-en-Artois British Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Private Fleming, son of Alfred and Emily Fleming, was a druggist prior to entering military service.

Driver Henry Goodwin
4th Canadian Division Train, Canadian Army Service Corps
Born December 12, 1894
Died January 21, 1921 at 27 years old
Buried at Woodlawn Cemetery, Guelph, Ontario
Initially reported as medically unfit when entering the service, Driver Goodwin was allowed to serve but spent time in multiple hospitals. He developed trench fever in 1918 and was discharged in 1919 as medically unfit due to inflammation of the kidneys and a lazy eye. He died of nephritis (inflammation of the kidneys) and cardiac failure.

Private John Cleland Graham
2nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Eastern Ontario Regiment)
Killed in Action April 26, 1916 at 21 years old
Buried at Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres, Belgium
At the time of his enlistment in Guelph in January 1915, Private Graham had spent one year with infantry.

Lieutenant Hubert Clinton Herder
1st Battalion, Royal Newfoundland Regiment
Born 1891
Killed in Action July 1, 1916 at 25 years old
Buried at Y Ravine Cemetery, Somme, France
A student at the Ontario Agriculture College from 1911 to 1914, Lt. Herder was a well-known football and hockey player for the school.

Sergeant Alexander Kinloch
2nd Canadian Divisional Headquarters, Royal Canadian Regiment
Born December 16, 1878
Died February 26, 1918 at 40 years old
Buried at Brookwood Military Cemetery, Surrey, United Kingdom
Sergeant Kinloch died at the First London General Hospital of disease contracted during his service overseas. He was survived by his wife Maggie (Margaret) Archibald Kinloch of Arthur Street, Guelph, and his parents Alexander and Barbara Kinloch.

Private Norman Ashton Pentecost
1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment)
Born December 4, 1884
Killed in Action April 9, 1917, 32 years old
Buried at Nine Elms Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Private Pentecost, a civil engineer by trade, was wounded and died at Vimy Ridge. While taking part in the attack southeast of Thelus, he was hit by several pieces of shrapnel in the heart and killed instantly.

Lieutenant Edwin Alfred Trendell
19th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Central Ontario Regiment)
Born April 13, 1896
Killed in Action November 4, 1917 at 21 years old
Buried at Ypres Reservoir Cemetery, Ypres, Belgium
Lt. Trendell received a Military Cross for “conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty. Although twice wounded, he continued on and established a report centre. It was due to his determination and courage that much early and valuable information was sent back.” (London Gazette)

Gunner Gilbert Walsh
1st Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery
Born October 24, 1877 in Guelph
Killed in Action January 2, 1919 at 42 years old
Buried at Etaples Military Cemetery, Pas de Calais, France
Son of Patrick and Mary Walsh, Gunner Walsh worked as a tailor at Kelleher and Hendley Company on Wyndham Street. He was one of a few soldiers who served the entire duration of the war, from 1914 to 1919. He fought at Ypres, Vimy Ridge, Mont Sorrell and Passchendaele. He was hospitalized for gas exposure, and eventually died from pleurisy.

Private Frederic Willis
54th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (British Columbia Regiment)
Born February 14, 1895
Killed in Action November 18, 1916 at 21 years old
Buried at Vimy Memorial, Pas de Calais, France
Private Willis, a ward of the Human and Children’s Aid Society of Guelph, is thought to have been an orphan at the time of his enlistment.

Posted by Sarah Ball on November 8, 2017