World War One Roll of Honour



Private Harrison Raymond Allen
December 2, 1916
16th Battalion C.E.F. (later the Canadian Scottish)
Service Number 429512. Originally enlisted with the 47th Battalion, C.E.F.
Villers Station Cemetery, Villers-Au-Bois, France. Age 25
Son of Robert James and Margaret Jane Allen, Atchelitz, B.C.

H.R. Allen was born in Bay City, Michigan, United States, January 14, 1891 and was a member of Chilliwack's militia company of the 104th Regiment.


Private Charles Arnold
May 6, 1916
7th Battalion C.E.F. (1st B.C. Regiment)
Serial Number 428511. Original member of the 47th Battalion C.E.F.
Chester Farm Cemetery, Belgium. Age 25
Son of Lewis and Mary Arnold, Chilliwack, British Columbia

Lewis and Mary Arnold were the parents of two sons killed during the First World War. Charles, who was born in Kent, Ontario, October 21, 1891 was the second son killed and served with the 104th Regiment since its inception in Chilliwack. For several months, he served on home guard duty in Nanaimo. Charles Arnold originally joined the 47th (New Westminster) Battalion C.E.F. Subsequently he joined the 7th Battalion and his introduction to the trenches was reported in the Chilliwack Progress as strenuous, as upon arrival his unit was heavily bombarded for three days out of five.


Private Russell Kerby Arnold
April 24, 1915
7th Battalion C.E.F. (The 1st B.C. Regiment)
Service Number 17195. Original member of the 7th Battalion C.E.F.
Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial, Belgium. Age 18
Son of Lewis F. and Mary Arnold, Bole Avenue, Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Russell Arnold was one of two Chilliwack brothers killed during the First World War. He was born at Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan December 16, 1895 and at the time of his enlistment was a Fireman. Previously he served with the local company of the 104th Regiment. Actions of April 23-25 claimed the lives of many Canadian soldiers who endured the first gas attack of the war.


Private Warren Addison Ash
November 21, 1914,
7th Battalion C.E.F. (1st B.C. Regiment)
Service Number 17094. Original member of the 7th Battalion C.E.F.
Oswestry General Cemetery, Shropshire, England. Age 29
Son of Son of Addison and Annie Elizabeth Ash, Manchester, England

Born in England February 8, 1885, Ash was an electrical engineer prior to joining the forces and served for two years with the British Territorial Army and with the 7th Battalion C.E.F. he served in "H" Company. His mother lived in Vancouver and she sent notice of her son's death to Canon Hinchcliffe of Chilliwack. Ash had worked at the sub-station and was the secretary for the Chilliwack Tennis Club. Apart from tennis, he was active in football and associated with the work of St. Thomas Anglican Church. He died of meningitis on Salisbury Plains. Another Chilliwack casualty, Malcolm MacLeod wrote, prior to his own death in April 1915, of Warren Ash that was published in the Chilliwack Progress, "That young fellow Ash, I was telling you about being sick, from our Company, is not expected to live now. He has spinal meningitis. I feel it pretty hard as I liked him fine. He joined at Chilliwack and slept beside me in camp here until he took sick. I met his mother in Vancouver before we left. He is in a hospital fourteen miles away."


Private James Morton Atkinson
November 11, 1916
47th Battalion C.E.F. (New Westminster)
Service Number 628581. Original member of the 47th Battalion C.E.F.
Courcelette British Cemetery, France. Age 27
W. Atkinson, R.R. #8, St. Mary’s, Ontario

Atkinson, a native of St. Mary’s Ontario was born October 19, 1889 and was a brakeman prior to the war. He served prior to the war with the 102nd Rocky Mountain Rangers and was also a former Chilliwack militia member of the 104th Regiment.


Private Harry Ayres
November 11, 1916
47th Battalion C.E.F. (New Westminster)
Service Number 628113. Original member of the 47th Battalion C.E.F.
Vimy Memorial, France. Age 38
Son of the late Harry Ayres, Reading, England
Husband of Carrie E. M. Ayres, Chilliwack, British Columbia.

Harry Ayres was born in Reading, England, January 16, 1880 and was a resident of Chilliwack district for eighteen years. He served, prior to joining the C.E.F., with the 104th Regiment and was the husband of Carrie E.M. Ayres (nee Mellard, the daughter of Chilliwack postmaster Sam Mellard) and the family lived on a small farm in the South Sumas area. They had one daughter who was nine at the time of her father's death. A letter received by his wife shortly before his death included the following lines of prose.

"A blazier fire at twilight,
A thousand stars ashine,
A searchlight sweeping Heaven.
About the firing line.
The rifle bullet whistles,
The message that it brings,
Of death and desolation
To common folks and Kings.
A sentry at his station,
Upon the trenches rim
Has thoughts that draw souls nearer
And you are there with him"


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