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Tuesday, 5 April 2016

Guysborough County CEF Enlistments - April 5, 1916

Four Guysborough County natives and one resident attested for service with CEF units on April 5, 1916:

Archibald, Blair Fraser:

Born January 30, 1891 at Stillwater, son of William A. & Sarah Archibald.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough. Struck off strength on October 9, 1916 as “medically unfit” (heart condition).

Post-war: No information available.

Hudson, George Manford:

Born October 8, 1897 at Country Harbour, son of George & Georgina “Jean” (McPherson) Hudson.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Stellarton, NS. No additional service information available.

Post-war: Relocated to central Canada, where he found work as a miner. Died of tuberculosis on October 13, 1931 at Timmons, ON. Married at time of death - spouse’s name unknown.

Kennedy, Leo Joseph:

Born November 15, 1900 at Mulgrave, son of John & Annie (O’Neil) Kennedy and brother of James Aloysius Kennedy, who enlisted on April 4, 1916.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough. Year of birth recorded as 1898 on attestation papers. Served in England until identified as “being underage.” Mother supposedly wrote a letter to King George V, informing him that her son was underage. Returned to Canada and discharged on November 1, 1917.

Post-war: Worked as a welder in Halifax shipyards. Never married. Passed away at Charlottetown, PEI on August 18, 1952, the result of a workplace accident. Laid to rest in St. Lawrence Roman Catholic Cemetery, Mulgrave, NS.

McLane, Frank Burton “Burt”:

Born November 29, 1897 at Stillwater, NS, son of Henry A. & Martha A. (McDaniel) McLane.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough. Transferred to 42nd Battalion on December 5, 1916. Re-assigned to 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company on January 1, 1917. Re-assigned to 11th Battalion Canadian Engineers on July 6, 1918 when tunnelling companies disbanded. Departed England for Canada on May 31, 1919 and discharged at Halifax on June 15, 1919.

Post-war: Married widow Annie Laurie (Newington) Bixby at Antigonish on February 12, 1925. Second marriage to Ella Marian Hines on June 30, 1943, more than a decade after his first wife’s passing. Both marriages were childless. Afflicted with Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS) in later life, Burt passed away at Springville, Pictou County on August 5, 1947 and was laid to rest in Riverside Cemetery, Sherbrooke.

Click here to read a detailed description of Burt’s war service.

Ross, George William:

Born January 11, 1876 at Halifax, NS, son of William Graham & Grace Belle (McDonald) Ross. Family relocated to Sherbrooke, Guysborough County sometime before 1911.

Enlistment: 193rd Battalion at Guysborough. Married to Lena Harriet Marshall, with three children (two boys and a girl) at enlistment. No further service information available.

Post-war: Returned to Sherbrooke, where he was employed as a Magistrate Clerk. Passed away at South Maitland, Hants Co. on March 24, 1946 and laid to rest at Sherbrooke, NS.

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