Profile of a World War 1 Soldier: Charlie Silvester

Kathryn Ryans Cullen’s story of a personal connection to WW1

Thinking of the 100th anniversary of World War 1 as we approach Remembrance Day, I discovered that my grandmother Ethel Rose Pemberton (Silvester) Ryans had a brother named Charlie who was in...

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Sisters by Birth, Sisters in Service: Winnifred & Claire MacLeod

“This is a story about some members of the family of my paternal grandmother and their involvement in The Great War …
Both women enlisted with the Canadian Army Medical Corps as Nursing Sisters, during 1915. The stories of Claire and Winnifred...

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Fairlawn’s Contribution to WW1, a 100-year perspective

Researching Soldiers of the Great War as part of the 100th anniversary of WW1

Memories from Fairlawn Families

Click the photos below to read stories of relatives of people at Fairlawn who served in The Great War

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Personal Stories of the Great War: Lt-Col William Cowan

Personal Stories of WW1 from John Cowan

My Grandfather, William Cowan, was an entrepreneur/businessman who played an active role in preparing Canada’s army at the beginning of the Great War … Plans had been made with Britain that if war was...

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Memories of George Cowan Fleming, WW1

WW1 Memories from Al Fleming for Remembrance Day My father, George Fleming volunteered to serve in the 48th Highlanders of Canada, a Toronto Regiment that still exists today.  During the war, he was a scout ( or reconnaissance person).  As such he never carried...
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Soldiers of WW1: Lt. Joseph Arnold Rowbottom

Lt. Joseph Arnold Rowbottom, 2/6th Manchester Regiment,
Killed September 24, 1917.

Amanda Hancox’s story:

When I was a child I spent a lot of time with my grandmother who was a terrific story teller. I especially loved the...

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Infant and Toddler Room Volunteers needed

Volunteers are needed to support the important ministries of staffing the nursery’s infant and toddler rooms on Sunday mornings, providing hospitality and care for our church’s youngest members and their families.

Support and training are provided and...

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WW1 story of Pte. Beaton McGillivray

Laurie Kimmel’s Story of a Soldier: Pte. Beaton McGillivray

My Great Uncle, William ‘Beaton’ McGillivray was born and raised near Nashville in Vaughan Township.  He was eldest of four, brother to my Grandfather Gordon and Great Aunts Margaret and Jenny....

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