Book of Remembrance
Lost Soldiers of the Great War

While many of the area citizens who gave their lives in the Great War were memorialized by their families with a biography and/or photograph, several of the names appearing on the Cenotaph were not included in the 1919 Book of Remembrance. Others' names were listed, but no biographies or photographs were submitted by the families.
The first pages of the book list those who went overseas, most of whom returned, but again, in spite of the efforts by the committee headed by Rev. Elliott, some were missed.
If you have a photograph of one of those "lost soldiers", let us honour him or her on this page.

Poppy  Lest we forget...


No photograph available John Guy Cluxton Ambrose (2341377) was born on 11 June 1880, son of Thomas and Ada (Cluxton) of Port Hope. A musician, he enlisted in Montreal on 14 May 1917.
A gunner with the Canadian Garrison Unit, 4th Siege Battery, 2nd Brigade, he died of pneumonia at the 46th Canadian Hospital, France, on 25 February 1919 and is buried in Halle Communal Cemetery, Belgium.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

No photograph available Leonard Reginald Barham (805175) was born on 1 February 1897 in London, England. He arrived, a Barnardo boy, in Portland, Maine, on 5 March 1907.
A Port Hope farmer, he joined the 136th Battalion, disembarking in Le Havre, France, on 15 November 1916, and was killed on 1 January 1917. He is buried in Ecoivres Military Cemetery.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

Harry Baxter Harry Baxter (348398), the son of James and Grace Caroline (Harris), was born on 10 March 1893 in Paris, Ontario.
A file cutter living in Port Hope with his mother, he was conscripted in Kingston on 15 November 1915 and saw service overseas with the "C" Battery, Royal Canadian Horse Artillery (a specific regiment of artillery inside the Royal Canadian Artillery).
He disembarked in France on 7 July 1916, and it was at the battle of Vimy Ridge that his hearing problems originated. His medical report reads: "Man was in Gun Pit in front of Vimy on 9-4-17 when he bacame deaf in left ear feeling a sharp pain in ear". He had suffered a ruptured eardrum, which caused an infection.
The condition continued, with Harry being classified "B.1 - Deafness and Otitis Media" on 21 October 1918. He was discharged on 10 February 1919 in Kingston, with the rank of Sergeant.
Back in Port Hope, Harry married Jennie Rutherford Robson on 19 November 1919, and had four children: Horace, Betty, Arnold, and Joyce.
On 5 January 1933, at the age of 33, Harry died of pneumonia and pleurisy, and is buried in Port Hope Union Cemetery.
While his brother, James, was mentioned in the Book of Remembrance, Harry was not.
James and Gladys Baxter James Baxter (3056818), the son of James and Grace Caroline (Harris), was born on 14 January 1884 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England.
A machinist living in Port Hope with his mother, he was conscripted in Kingston on 22 February 1918 and saw service overseas in Belgium, France, and Germany with the 5th Battery, CFA.
James married his war-bride, Gladys Davis, on 3 April 1919 in England, returned to Canada shortly after, and had three children - Irene, Arthur, and Lorne.
At the time of his death in 1936, he was employed at Nicholson File in Port Hope and is buried in Union Cemetery with his wife and two sons.
James is not remembered in the Book of Remembrance.

Top photo: James and Gladys (Davis) Baxter
Bottom photo: James, on the right, and a fellow soldier. (Both photographs courtesy of James' daughter)
James Baxter

Charles Bell Charles William Henry Bell (192444) was born on 26 March 1893 at Salford Lanes in Lancashire, England.
He enlisted in Toronto (5'4"; 106 pounds!) with the 92nd Highlanders on 18 August 1915. He arrived in France on 28 August 1916, was reported missing in action on 20 October, and confirmed killed on 11 November at Rouen, France. He is buried in Courcelette British Cemetery.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

George Bell's Will George William Bell (412546) was born on 9 August 1896 in Sunderland, England, arriving with a Barnardo party at Quebec City on 21 October 1906. He was a farmer prior to his 27 February 1915 enlistment in Port Hope.
He met his death in action on 17 February 1917 and is buried at Ecoivres Military Cemetery, France.

James Campbell'sWill James Donnachie Campbell (814135), the son of James and Mary, was born on 17 February 1898 in Deagles, Ayrshire, Scotland. The family emigrated to Cobourg in 1910.
A sectionmaster for the Grand Trunk Railway, he enlisted at Cobourg in the 139th Overseas Battalion on 1 January 1916. He was killed in action in France on 27 August 1918.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

No photograph available Thomas Clarke is inscribed on the Cenotaph and there is a Thomas Clarke listed in the Book of Remembrance, but no military records have been found about him.

No photograph available Robert Charles Cooke (3056208), the son of Edward Charles and Emily (Bales), was born on 28 December 1897 in Hoxton, Hackney, England. A farmer, he was conscripted in Estevan, Saskatchewan, on 7 November 1917, arrived in England on 4 March 1918, and was posted to the 21st Overseas Battalion.
Shortly after joining his unit in France, he was killed in action on 19 September 1918. The War Graves Registers read: "Was on duty at his Company's Headquarters, doing sentry, and during hostile artillery retaliation, shell burst immediately in front of him, killing him instantly." He is buried in Dominion British Cemetery at Nord Pas de Calais.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph (as Cook), he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

No photographs available Gibson -
As only the surname was listed in the Book of Remembrance, he could be one of the following two likely brothers or cousins (as Frank is Harry's next-of-kin) born in Port Hope in the mid-1860s.

Francis Lewis Gibson (126302), the son of John and Matilda (Sloan), was born in Port Hope on 29 November 1860 (according to the informant on his death registration, son-in-law C.D. Smith of Oshawa).
The birth date on his attestation papers is 13 June 1892, yet Frank stated that he had previously served in the York Rangers in the Riel Rebellion of 1885. A medical report in his military file reads: "He went to France on 08 June 1916 as a Pte. which duty he carried out in England from 16 April 1916. After leaving Base his O.C. put him in the transport lines where he did duty until 28 June 1916. He never was on sick parade since he enlisted. Says he told recruiting officer he was not sure of his age so that officer put it down and he is not sure what it was. He admits he might be 50 yrs. He was in the 1885 Rebellion (NW)".
He was living in St. Mary's, Ontario, when he enlisted on 13 September 1915. His next-of-kin was his wife, Cordelia Jane Richards, whom he married on 20 July 1890 in Port Hope.
Frank served in France for six weeks with the 42nd Battalion before being discharged due to age in Quebec on 15 January 1917. "This man is too old. He looks his age and feels it. No other evidence of disability. All systems normal."
Frank passed away from tuberculosis on 28 April 1935 and is buried in Port Hope's St. John's Anglican Cemetery.

Harry Gibson (219828) was born in Port Hope on 26 May 1870. A sailor claiming previous service with the 46th Regiment (Boer War?), he enlisted on 25 September 1915 at Port Hope. He was transferred to the 80th Battalion on 01 October and discharged at Kingston as "medically unft" on 05 October 1915.
Death date and burial site are unknown.

Alexander Jenkins Alexander Jenkins (454796), the son of William Thomas and Mary Ann (Lee), was born on 7 June 1887 in Port Hope. On 10 December 1910, he married Alice Barton McDonald in Toronto.
A sheet metal worker, he enlisted on 22 May 1915 in Lindsay and sailed from Halifax on 4 January 1916.
He died in action with the 5th Canadian Mounted Rifles on 26 August 1918 and is buried in Orange Hill Cemetery, Nord Pas de Calais, France.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

Thomas Kerr
Courtesy of the Evening Guide
Thomas Kerr (805092), the son of Thomas and Margaret Ann (Craig), was born on 26 September 1870 in Port Hope. At 29, he and a group of friends joined D battery, Royal Canadian Field Artillery, in Ottawa on 5 January 1900 as it was about to leave for South Africa. He returned home in 1902.
He was one of the first to enlist with the 136th Overseas Battalion on 27 December 1915 in Port Hope.
His military record has little to offer, save an investigation into his death by self-administered carbolic acid poisoning at his home on 26 May 1916. He is buried in Union Cemetery.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

Harry Mason Henry Denver Mason (Lieutenant), the son of William E. and Agnes Jane (Finnie) of Canton, was born on 22 June 1892 in Denver, Colorado. A banker, he enlisted with the 80th Battalion on 6 Sep 1915 in Barriefield, becoming a Lieutenant on 1 November.
In France, he was attached to the Royal Flying Corps as an observer on 2 April 1917. He was killed in action on 28 April 1917 and is buried in Bruay Communal Cemetery.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

No photograph available Thomas William Mouser (3059882), one of seven children of George and Eliza (Earl), was born in Bristol, England, on 16 June 1896. By 1901, he was living in the Aston Union Cottage Homes in Erdington, a complex for orphaned and destitute children.
He emigrated with a Barnardo party in 1907. At the time he was called up, on 16 May 1918, to the 1st Depot Battalion (Eastern Ontario) Canadian Infantry, he was working on the Hope Township farm of Richard Uglow.
Enroute to England on the SS Thongwa, he died of double lobar pneumonia on 18 July 1918 and was buried at sea. With no family, he left his wordly goods to Richard Uglow. His name is inscribed on the Halifax Memorial.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

Lewis Peverelle Lewis Shambourg Peverelle (59796), the son of Lewis and Julia, was born in Toronto on 26 April 1893. A member of the 21st Battalion, Canadian Infantry, he enlisted on 6 November 1914 in Kingston, arriving in England on 15 May 1915.
His unit disembarked in Boulogne, France, on 14 September 1915. He was killed in action on 24 June 1916 and is buried in Bedford House Cemetery, Belgium.

No photograph available William Ernest Pomfret (412625) was born in Preston, England, on 25 June 1886, the son of James and Mary (Bunning). He and his wife, Mary Sandham, emigrated to America in 1913.
William enlisted at Port Hope on 13 February 1915 - his military record contains a signed note from his wife: "I herewith give my consent for my husband to join the 3rd Contingent for Overseas Service" - and sailed to England on 24 June 1915. A medical examination dated 15 June 1916 at Shorncliffe, England, notes: "Has been doing Orderly Room work. Soft and Flabby - needs training". He weighed 135 pounds!
His unit was demobilized on 8 April 1919 in Kingston.
He died from tuberculosis on 1 March 1923 at the Mowat Sanitarium in Portsmouth, Ontario. His military record states: "Death due to service". He is buried in Port Hope's Union Cemetery.

No photograph available Alfred Thomas Prout (455143), the son of John and Harriet (Proctor), was born on 16 November 1893 at Ivybridge, Devon. The family emigrated to Canada in 1911.
Alfred enlisted first in 1915 and then rejoined in 1919. During his first enlistment, he married Edith Maude Bennett on 18 September 1915 in England. He served in Canada, England, and France.
Alfred died on 20 September 1919 in Sydenham Military Hospital of "general septicaemia, influenza type". He is buried in Cobourg Cemetery.

Arthur Raby Arthur George William Raby (426177) was born in Kettering, England, the son of George William Smith Raby and Kate Lumber.
Prior to enlisting at Valcartier, Quebec, on 21 September 1914, he had spent three years with the Royal Canadian Rifles.
On 29 April 1915, while attached to the 14th Battalion, he suffered numerous gunshot wounds to his legs. On the 3 June 1916, he was reported missing in action, then later reported to have been killed at Rouen on 3 June 1916.
His military file reads: "He was killed whilst taking part in an attack at mount Sorrel". Arthur's name is inscribed on the Menin Gate, Ypres.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

No photograph available Alfred Rosser (412630) was born on 29 September 1876 in Bedminster, Bristol, England.
Prior to his enlistment on 23 February 1915 at Port Hope, he was a labourer married to Lydia Beatrice Daniels of Port Hope. He enlisted on 23 February 1915 in Port Hope and was shipped overseas on 24 June 1915. He was promoted to sergeant in the field on 21 April 1917.
Alfred was transferred to England on 5 August 1918 as "being over 50 years of age and considered not fully capable of carrying on with duties in the field - posted to Canadian General Depot at Shorncliffe". He was discharged on 27 December 1918 in Toronto, "having been found medically unfit".
He died of tuberculosis in Toronto on 25 September 1925 and is buried in St. John's Anglican Cemetery, Port Hope.

The Tarrington family
James Tarrington (59951), the son of James and Jane (Burrows), was born in Taunton, Devonshire, on 30 August 1876 (his attestation papers state 1881). He married Lily Lizzette Lake on 6 August 1900 in Somerset. In 1907, James, Lily, and their three children emigrated to Canada.
He was working as a bricklayer when he was attested into the 21st Battalion on 9 November 1914 in Kingston. sailing from Montreal on 6 May 1915. He disembarked in Boulogne, France, on 15 September 1915, proceeding to St. Omer.
During his time in France - where his military file indicates his conduct and character as "very good" - he seems to have developed a series of ailments, being treated from 4 December 1915-21 March 1916 for sciatica, bronchitis, lumbago, myalgia, and rheumatism.
As theses were not previous complaints, they were attributed to the trench conditions: "Patient was at the front since September, in the trenches a good deal of that time. Trenches full of water and patient was drenched to knees most of time".
James returned to Kingston for his 20 October 1916 discharge from the 21st Battalion as "medically unfit".
He died, age 42, of pneumonia at Toronto's Grace Hospital on 20 April 1918, leaving Lily with eight children. On 4 September 1919, Lily died of an embolism. Both are buried in Toronto's Prospect Cemetery.
The Tarrington children were reported to have been separated and raised by various family members and friends.

Roland's Will
Roland Turner (195329) was born on 25 May 1895 in Greater London, England, and at some time prior to 1907 was placed into the Fegan Home. In May of that year, he emigrated as part of a group of boys to the Distributing Centre in Toronto, where eventually he would find himself a foster child of William and Annie (Kirkpatrick) McMillan of Elizabethville, Ontario.
Described as a 132 pound, five foot five and a half inch farm laborer with a dark complexion and blue-brown eyes, he enlisted on 22 November 1915 in Peterborough, where he was assigned to the 5th Mounted Rifles (Quebec Regiment).
He left Halifax on the Empress of Britain on 15 July 1916, arriving in Liverpool on 25 July. He was sent to France on 8 August with the B Company, 93rd Battalion and on 30/31 October 1917 was killed in action. There was a memorial service held in Elizabethville in November of that year. As there is no known burial spot for him, his name is inscribed on the Menin Gate, Ypres.
While his name appears on the Port Hope Cenotaph, he was not mentioned in the Book of Remembrance.

Elmo Wesley Watt
Courtesy of Jonathan Vance
Elmo Wesley Watt (805161), the son of John Wesley and Mary Josephine (Philp), was born on 12 January 1897 in Bethesda, Ontario. John died in 1900, five years after their marriage, leaving Josephine to raise their only child alone.
A railroad telegrapher, Elmo enlisted with the 136th Battalion in Port Hope on 27 October 1915, going overseas on 14 November 1916, a sergeant with the 75th Battalion.
At the beginning of the battle of Vimy Ridge, he was captured and sent to a prisoner of war camp at Dulman, Germany. He was released on 12 June 1918 and arrived in Halifax on the Empress of Britain on 21 January 1919.
On 1 April 1920, he married Pearl Tremaine Welch in Toronto. They celebrated their 64th anniversary in 1984.
Elmo passed away at the Port Hope Community Nursing Home on 6 November 1984. His burial place is unknown.

No photograph available William Wilson is inscribed on the Cenotaph, but nothing has been located about him. He is not listed in the Book of Remembrance.

Lawrence Yates' Will William Lawrence Yates (805317) was born in Perrytown, Ontario, the son of Rowland Charles and Alvina Jane (Hearns), on 17 July 1894. On 7 February 1916, he enlisted with the 136th Battalion in Port Hope. He sailed to England on 25 September. An acting Corporal, he requested he be made a private so that he could be sent to France.
On 16 June 1917, he arrived at Etaples, joining the 21st Battalion. A day after moving into the front lines at Passchendaele, he took shrapnel wounds to his abdomen and died at the No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station on 4 November 1917. He is buried in Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium.


Peter and Barbara Bolton - Port Hope, Ontario
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