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  • Michael Mathew Ackabee was born on 03 April 1892 at Sandy Lake, north of Dinorwic, and spent his whole life in the district except for his time with the CEF during WW1. His parents were Andrew Ackabee and Mary Gilbert (Clear Sky Skaychommskook). He had at least four siblings – Elizabeth, William, Nancy and Joseph. Michael was a Treaty Indian with the Wabigoon Band.

    Michael was at Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods in early 1916 when he decided to enlist. His brother, Joseph had signed attestation papers on 30 December 1915 and Michael followed him. He walked into Kenora and joined the local unit of the 94th battalion on 26 January 1916. A few months later, on 27 May both brothers left for Port Arthur with the 94th Battalion. On 28 June 1916 they embarked from Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympic. Michael was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion upon his arrival in England. He then joined the 28th Battalion in France. He received a shrapnel wound to his right hand on 26 September 1916 and was in hospital until 14 October. Michael sprained his left knee during recreational training in February 1917 and was again hospitalized until 9th of May. A third injury occurred on 9th October 1918 when Michael sustained a gun shot wound to the head. He was sent to England for treatment, was attached to the 15th Reserve Battalion and was in the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital until 25th October. Michael received 21 days detention for being absent without leave and for losing his military clothing and equipment in November 1918. He was struck off strength on 15 March 1919 and returned to Canada on 24 March 1919 aboard the Royal George.

    Michael came back to the Dryden area and was known as a good athlete who enjoyed playing baseball. He was the pitcher on a Dryden team. He had a son, Raymond, who was attending the Kenora Roman Catholic Indian Residential School in 1938.

    Michael, a resident of Eagle River, died of pneumonia in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kenora on 31 August 1938. He is buried in the Roman Catholic section of Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 198850
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 28th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Dinorwic, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs. Mary Ackabee, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • April 3, 1892
  • Trade or Calling:
  • labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 26, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 23
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 31, 1938
  • Age at Death:
  • 46
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • B-11-2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Honouring all who served, remembering those who died.
  • Michael Mathew Ackabee was born on 03 April 1892 at Sandy Lake, north of Dinorwic, and spent his whole life in the district except for his time with the CEF during WW1. His parents were Andrew Ackabee and Mary Gilbert (Clear Sky Skaychommskook). He had at least four siblings – Elizabeth, William, Nancy and Joseph. Michael was a Treaty Indian with the Wabigoon Band.

    Michael was at Northwest Angle on Lake of the Woods in early 1916 when he decided to enlist. His brother, Joseph had signed attestation papers on 30 December 1915 and Michael followed him. He walked into Kenora and joined the local unit of the 94th battalion on 26 January 1916. A few months later, on 27 May both brothers left for Port Arthur with the 94th Battalion. On 28 June 1916 they embarked from Halifax aboard the S.S. Olympic. Michael was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion upon his arrival in England. He then joined the 28th Battalion in France. He received a shrapnel wound to his right hand on 26 September 1916 and was in hospital until 14 October. Michael sprained his left knee during recreational training in February 1917 and was again hospitalized until 9th of May. A third injury occurred on 9th October 1918 when Michael sustained a gun shot wound to the head. He was sent to England for treatment, was attached to the 15th Reserve Battalion and was in the Princess Patricia Canadian Red Cross Hospital until 25th October. Michael received 21 days detention for being absent without leave and for losing his military clothing and equipment in November 1918. He was struck off strength on 15 March 1919 and returned to Canada on 24 March 1919 aboard the Royal George.

    Michael came back to the Dryden area and was known as a good athlete who enjoyed playing baseball. He was the pitcher on a Dryden team. He had a son, Raymond, who was attending the Kenora Roman Catholic Indian Residential School in 1938.

    Michael, a resident of Eagle River, died of pneumonia in St. Joseph’s Hospital, Kenora on 31 August 1938. He is buried in the Roman Catholic section of Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

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  • Ackabee, Michael Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 198850
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 28th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Dinorwic, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs. Mary Ackabee, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • April 3, 1892
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • labourer
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 26, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 23
  • Religion:
  • Roman Catholic
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • August 31, 1938
  • Age at Death:
  • 46
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • B-11-2
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Ackabee, Michael

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