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World War One Roll of Honour

 

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Private Reginald Thornton Macken
May 27, 1918
29th Battalion C.E.F. (Tobin's Tigers)
Service Number 75538. Original member of the 29th Battalion C.E.F.
Bellacourt Military Cemetery, Riviere, France. Age 32
Son of Joseph William and Jean Kay Macken, 1975 - 15th Avenue West, Vancouver, B.C.

A member of "B" Company of the 29th, Private Macken was born in Forest, Ontario. He enlisted in Chilliwack and was the brother of Messers. W.L. and J.H. Macken. He originally joined the 104th militia and subsequently transferred to the 29th. With the 29th he was a member of Major Thomas Edward Caskey's company, who is also recorded on the Chilliwack War Memorial. Macken was wounded earlier in April 1916.

 

Private Chester Hebden U. Maddaugh
November 1, 1917
72nd Battalion C.E.F. (Seaforth Highlanders of Canada)
Service Number 688055. Originally enlisted with the 172nd Battalion C.E.F.
Passchendaele New British Cemetery, Belgium. Age 25
Husband of Mrs. Irene Elizabeth Maddaugh, Yarrow, B.C

Hebden Maddaugh joined the 172nd Battalion (Rocky Mountain Rangers) C.E.F. and then served with the 72nd Battalion C.E.F.

 

Private Luke Charles Mahone
October 31, 1916
47th Battalion C.E.F. (New Westminster)
Service Number 628591. Original member of the 47th Battalion C.E.F.
Contay British Cemetery, France. Age 21
Son of Alfred and Emma Mahone, Nitinat, Vancouver Island, B.C.
Husband of Ethel Mahone, Coqualeetza Industrial Institute, Sardis, B.C.

Born in the United States, Luke Mahone was a member of the local militia, the 104th Regiment. A memorial service for several former Sardis residents, including Mahone, who were lost in action overseas, was held at Carman Church, October 21, 1917. Mahone was First Nations being Nucc-chah-nulth from Nitinat (Pitadaht), B.C. located on the west coast of Vancouver Island. He was a former student of Coqualeetza Industrial Institute. His name is recorded on their Roll of Honour published in October 1924.

 

Lieutenant Sydney Marple
June 28, 1917
52nd Battalion C.E.F.
Service Number 438735. Original member of the 52nd Battalion C.E.F.
Bruay Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Age 28
Son of Arthur and Louie Marple, Chilliwack, B.C.
Hsband of Jane Marple, 6 Crown St., Port Arthur, Ontario.

At the time of her son's death, Mrs. Marple was with the City Dairy. Her son worked prior to the war as a locomotive engineer.

 

Gunner Albert Leslie Martin
August 28, 1918
51st Battery, 13th Brigade, Canadian Field Artillery, C.E.F.
Service Number 319899. Original member of the 51st Battery, Canadian Field Artillery
Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Age 22
Son of Albert and Annie Martin, Rosedale, B.C.

Albert Leslie Martin was the second of ten children. A portion of Martin’s letter written about the good work of the Y.M.C.A. was published in the Chilliwack Progress in October 1918. His unit, the 51st Battery, C.F.A. was mobilized in Ottawa, Ontario.

 

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Private William George Moore
August 9, 1916
29th Battalion C.E.F. (Tobin's Tigers)
Service Number 628958. Originally enlisted in the 47th Battalion C.E.F.
Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Belgium. Age 23
Next of Kin recorded as John Moore, Isle of Man.

Born in England, William George Moore served with the pre-war 104th Regiment and during the First World War joined the 47th Battalion C.E.F. at Vernon. He later joined the 29th Battalion, and was killed in August 1916. A relative, John Moore, was recorded as his next of kin and was living in Walberry on the Isle of Man. William Moore died one day before his 24th birthday.

 

Private Colin Muir
November 10, 1917
7th Battalion C.E.F. (1st B.C. Regiment)
Service number 790858. Originally enlisted with the 131st Battalion C.E.F.
Tyne Cot Cemetery, Passchendaele, Belgium. Age 20
Son of Colin and Elizabeth Frame Muir, Chilliwack, B.C.

The 104th Regiment was popular with local residents and like Colin Muir many joined its ranks. With the creation of the C.E.F., Colin Muir joined the 131st Battalion C.E.F., and embarked with them for the United Kingdom. At the time of his death Colin Muir served at the front for eight months. In Chilliwack, he was employed on the staff of the Merchants Bank. The Muir family resided in Chilliwack since 1911 and came to Canada from Scotland.

 

Captain Daniel Ellesworth Munn
April 18, 1917
Royal Canadian Regiment
Barlin Community Cemetery Extension, France. Age 29
Son of Angus and Sarah Agnes Munn, New Westminster, B.C.

The son of Angus, a customs inspector, and Sarah Agnes Munn of New Westminster, was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Captain Munn was born in New Westminster and played lacrosse for the Senior Amateurs. He was in charge of the Chilliwack Branch of the F.J. Hart Company and later transferred to their Vancouver office. At the outbreak of war he went overseas in command of the second draft of the 47th (New Westminster) Battalion C.E.F. He served in the pre-war militia with both the 6th Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles, Vancouver, B.C. and the 104th Westminster Fusiliers of Canada from New Westminster, B.C.

 

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Private Frank Munro
October 26, 1917
47th Battalion C.E.F. (New Westminster)
Service Number 790506. Originally enlisted with the 131st Battalion C.E.F.
Ypres, (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Age 20
Son of Mr. and Mrs. James Munro, Rosedale, B.C.

Frank Munro was one of four sons who served with the C.E.F. The four brothers, Frank, Roy, Stanley and Asaph "Zeph" joined the 131st Battalion C.E.F. and all were former members of the local militia. Frank Munro was wounded June 30, 1917 and upon recovery returned to the trenches only to be killed later that day. On February 10, 1918, a memorial service for Frank Munro and Secord Stevenson was held at the Union Church in Rosedale.

 

Lieutenant Angus John Bayne MacNicol
April 18, 1917
50th Battery, Royal Field Artillery
Aubigny Communal Cemetery Extension, France. Age 24
Son of Angus and Elizabeth Diana MacNicol, Piazza Boreys, Dora S., Arsenale, Turin

Lieutenant MacNicol's Chilliwack relatives were two sisters who married William H. Beldam and M. Blacker of Chilliwack. MacNicol first served at the front as a Second Lieutenant with the Seaforth Highlanders of the British Army. In March 1916 the village of Aubigny was held by British Troops through to the armistice. During this time period the cemetery extension became a large British cemetery with nearly 3,000 burials.

 

Private Malcolm Chadesy MacLeod
April 24th, 1915
7th Battalion C.E.F. (The 1st B.C. Regiment)
Service Number 17148. Original member of the 7th Battalion C.E.F.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Age Unknown
Son of Reeve John A. and Clara Jane MacLeod, Atcheltiz, B.C.

Malcolm MacLeod was the son of Reeve J.A. MacLeod of South Sumas and Malcolm wrote of a furlough that took him to Glasgow, Edinburgh and London that was reported upon in the Chilliwack Progress, December 17, 1914. The letter includes his fascination with the British Museum, "they have everything imaginable; ancient Egyptian mummies, pottery statues, jewellery, etc. I read letters written by kings, queens and noblemen centuries ago. The original copy of Magna Charta (sic) signed by King John is on exhibition. I also read Capt. Scott's (of Antarctic Exploration fame) dairy, including his last note." London, in particular, seems to have fascinated Malcolm as he visited the National Gallery, Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace and was the only Canadian in uniform to witness the opening of Parliament by the King. "It was a great sight to see the King's carriage, the Life Guards, the band, the Lord Mayor's carriage…" Malcolm became one of six Chilliwack soldiers that lost their lives on April 24th, 1915. He was a member of Excelsior Lode, Independent Order of Odd Fellows No. 7, and the Foresters' Lodge, Chilliwack. News of Malcolm's death was received by his father, from Geoffrey Hornby, another Chilliwack soldier who was lost in action on May 24th, 1915. A memorial service, for Malcolm MacLeod, was provided by the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Cooke's Presbyterian Church and together with James Maurice Keith an Imperial Order Daughters of the Empire Chapter was commemorated in their names. Malcolm's brother, William Ray MacLeod, was seriously wounded during the war and their brother Earl served with the Royal Flying Corps and during the Second World War was a Royal Canadian Air Force Air Commodore. A fourth brother, Virgil, tried to join the C.E.F. but was not able to meet the medical requirements. Malcolm’s nephew Alexander Harvey MacLeod was killed during the Second World War while serving with the R.C.A.F.

 

Private Colin McDonald true name Colin Albert Fairbairn
September 26, 1915
29th Battalion C.E.F. (Tobin's Tigers)
Service Number 75370. Original member of the 29th Battalion C.E.F.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Age 23
Brother of T.H. McDonald (true name Thomas Hedley Simpson Fairbairn), Chilliwack, B.C.

Colin McDonald, who worked with his brother, Thomas, on the Charles Henry Evansí farm, was born at Highcliffe Peninsula, Dunedin, New Zealand and attended Otago Boys School in 1905-1906. Prior to the Great War he served with the New Zealand Mounted Rifles and a unit of the Canadian Mounted Rifles. He was killed while serving in the trenches to the south east of Kemmel and is recorded in the 29th Battalionís War Diary as the unitís first casualty. In a Chilliwack Progress article, October 21, 1915, reporting the loss of Colin McDonald, it records the loss of a brother identified as Hunter McDonald. Recently the true family surname has been identified, thanks to a researcher in New Zealand, as Fairbairn. Colin Albert Fairbairnís brother, Private Hunter Fairbairn of the Otago Regiment, died of wounds May 3, 1915 and is commemorated on the Lone Pine Memorial, Gallipoli, Turkey. No indication as to why the change of family name occurred. McDonald is not the maiden name of their mother which is given as Rough. However, it has been suggested that as Colin had two encounters with the New Zealand court system, for delinquent behavior, that the new surname may have provided he and his brother with a new start in a new country.

 

Private Allen McDonell
August 21, 1917
47th Battalion C.E.F. (New Westminster)
Service Number 826619. Originally enlisted with the 143rd Battalion C.E.F.
Vimy Memorial, France. Age 36
Husband of Mrs. Katherine McDonell

Born in Alexandria, Ontario, Allen McDonell came to Chilliwack in 1913 and operated the local bowling alley. His wife was Mrs. Katherine McDonnell of Chilliwack and they had three children. Originally, Private McDonell enlisted in the 143rd Battalion C.E.F. as a cook but subsequently became, a reinforcement to the 47th Battalion A requiem service for Private McDonell was held at St. Mary's Church September 16, 1917.

 

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