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26 January 1917 Pte John Hughes Roberts died on this day

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700707 Pte John Hughes Roberts, 16th Bn Canadian Expeditionary Force Born at Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada on 28 March 1895, John was employed as a farmer prior to his enlistment into the CEF at Winnipeg on 10 January 1916. After arrival in France – via the UK – later in the year, John took part in the latter stages of the Battle of the Somme and the…


3 May 1917 Lieutenant Robert Grierson Combe VC

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Robert was born in Aberdeen on 5 August 1880, the youngest of six children of Presbyterian parents James and Elizabeth Combe. On 24 April 1906, Robert emigrated to Canada via Liverpool, destination Montreal. He arrived 1 May.  A pharmacist from Moosomin, Saskatchewan, on 1st April 1915 he enlisted at Sewell Camp into the Canadian Expeditionary Fo…


18 August 1917 : Sgt Frederick John Hobson VC

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Frederick was born 23 September 1873 in Norwood, London the son of John Hobson (a stone mason) and Sarah Hobson (nee Wallace) then living at 14 Wood St, Pancras.  With the death of his father and mother when still young, leaving only one surviving sister, Frederick joined the British Army and served during the Boer War. After a few years back in E…


19 August 1917 : Acting Major Okill Massey Learmonth

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Okill was born in Quebec City, Canada 20 February 1894 to Scottish and English parents William and Martha Learnmonth. At the time of the 1901 Census we learn that he had an older sister Constance, and at the time 50 year old Catherine Stapleton, a servant from Indiana, lived with them.  By the 1911 Census, Okill is living with his parents and worki…


018: Winter 1986

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Author Richard Pyves: Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal

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COBWFA welcomes author, historian and genealogist Rick Pyves for a presentation on his highly acclaimed publication, Courage, Sacrifice and Betrayal, the story of the Victoria Rifles of Canada, 60th Battalion, in the First World War.The book provides a detailed account of the day-to-day operations of the 60th Battalion and the lives of its 2,813 so…


10 August 1918 : 916855 Corporal Harry Cecil Ellis

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Born 6 September 1891 in Westbury on Trym, Gloucestershire, their fifth child, the son of George and Zenobia Ellis of Parnell Road, Clevedon, Somerset.  At the April 1911 Census, the 18 year old Harry, now a grocer, lived at the imposing 18 Hill Road, Clevedon with 9 others, most of whom, including the Head of the House were drapers and milliners.…


20 January 1917: Pte Raymond William Combs

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Son of Jonathan B. and Anna Sparks Combs. Living in Zionsville, Boone County, Ind., when Raymond enlisted in U.S. Regular Army December 23, 1915, Jefferson Barracks, Mo before being sent to Ft Ward, Washington. He then enlisted into the Canadian Army on 18 April 1916 (claiming no prior military service other than service in the Canadian Militia!).…