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  • Land, Moses

  • According to his attestation papers, Moses Land was born on 15 April 1896 in White Dog, Ontario. Presently called Wabaseemong, White Dog was an Ojibwa reserve located 120 km northwest of Kenora, Ontario. His parents were Andrew and Nancy Land.

    The 1891 Canada census found the family listed in the district of Algoma, Keewatin North. Household members were father Andrew, age 29, mother Nancy, age 28, and children Elizabeth, age 8, Jane, age 5, and Nancy, age 2. Andrew’s occupation was given as hunter and trapper. For the 1901 Canada census, the family was listed in the District of Algoma, Subdistrict of Rat Portage and Savanne (Agency) and members of the Islington Band. Andrew’s age was given as 45, Nancy’s as 35, and the only children with the family were Jane, age 14, and Moses, age 4. By the 1911 Canada census the family was found in the District of Thunder Bay and Rainy River, Subdistrict of Wabigoon, Reserve. It appears that Moses’ mother Nancy had died as household members were father Andrew (hunter), Moses (hunter), Osneckanen, age 13 (hunter), daughter Wawenpanaiceck, age 12, and Mary age 7.

    Moses Land enlisted in Kenora, Ontario on 17 June 1916, address given as Grassy Narrows, another reserve located about 80 km northeast of Kenora. Standing 5 feet, 11 inches, he was a big lad for the usual size of the day. His occupation was given as trapper and hunter.

    According to a Miner and News article dated 2 August 1916, Moses had left Kenora with the 141st Bull Moose Battalion for the headquarters of the battalion in Port Arthur by train the previous day. Training into the following spring, the 141st left Port Arthur for the east on 20 April 1917. Aboard the SS Olympic, the battalion left Halifax for overseas on 29 April.

    Upon arriving in England, Private Moses Land was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion. On 8 September 1917 he was taken on strength with the 44th Battalion (New Brunswick) in the field.

    Just short of two months later, Private Moses Land was admitted to the 44 Casualty Clearing Station with shrapnel wounds to the abdomen on 23 October 1917. He later died on 3 November 1917.
    From the CEF burial register for Moses: “Died of Wounds” While proceeding to the front line trenches at Passchendaele, he was severely wounded in the abdomen by splinters from an enemy shell. His wounds were dressed and he was taken to No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station where he died.

    Private Moses Land is interred in the Nine Elms British Cemetery in Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. The cemetery was begun and used by the 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Station starting in September 1917. It contains 1 556 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. Two other members of his battalion died the same day and are buried in the cemetery: Private Percy Joseph Knight and Private Walter Johnson, the latter also with the 141st when it left Port Arthur.

    Moses Land is commemorated on page 271 of the First World War Book of Remembrance in Ottawa, on the Kenora Cenotaph, on the Kenora Legion War Memorial, on the Anishinaabe WW1&2 plaque housed in the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre, Kenora, and on the Aboriginal Veterans Tribute Honour List.

    by Judy Stockham

    newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News
    photograph of grave marker: International Wargraves Photography Project as found on findagrave.com

    David Kejick (standing) and Moses Land, Kenora Miner and News

    David Kejick (standing) and Moses Land, Kenora Miner and News

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 1

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 1

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 2

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 2

    KMN 21 April 1917

    KMN 21 April 1917

    KMN 7 November 1917

    KMN 7 November 1917

    Nine Elms Cemetery, Belgium

    Nine Elms Cemetery, Belgium

    Anishinaabe Commemoration plaque

    Anishinaabe Commemoration plaque

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

  • Regimental Number:
  • 820826
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • No
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 44th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • White Dog, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Andrew Land, father, Grassy Narrows, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Grassy Narrows, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • April 15, 1896
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Trapper and Hunter
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • June 17, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • November 3, 1917
  • Age at Death:
  • 21
  • Buried at:
  • Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium
  • Plot:
  • VII. C. 7.
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • According to his attestation papers, Moses Land was born on 15 April 1896 in White Dog, Ontario. Presently called Wabaseemong, White Dog was an Ojibwa reserve located 120 km northwest of Kenora, Ontario. His parents were Andrew and Nancy Land.

    The 1891 Canada census found the family listed in the district of Algoma, Keewatin North. Household members were father Andrew, age 29, mother Nancy, age 28, and children Elizabeth, age 8, Jane, age 5, and Nancy, age 2. Andrew’s occupation was given as hunter and trapper. For the 1901 Canada census, the family was listed in the District of Algoma, Subdistrict of Rat Portage and Savanne (Agency) and members of the Islington Band. Andrew’s age was given as 45, Nancy’s as 35, and the only children with the family were Jane, age 14, and Moses, age 4. By the 1911 Canada census the family was found in the District of Thunder Bay and Rainy River, Subdistrict of Wabigoon, Reserve. It appears that Moses’ mother Nancy had died as household members were father Andrew (hunter), Moses (hunter), Osneckanen, age 13 (hunter), daughter Wawenpanaiceck, age 12, and Mary age 7.

    Moses Land enlisted in Kenora, Ontario on 17 June 1916, address given as Grassy Narrows, another reserve located about 80 km northeast of Kenora. Standing 5 feet, 11 inches, he was a big lad for the usual size of the day. His occupation was given as trapper and hunter.

    According to a Miner and News article dated 2 August 1916, Moses had left Kenora with the 141st Bull Moose Battalion for the headquarters of the battalion in Port Arthur by train the previous day. Training into the following spring, the 141st left Port Arthur for the east on 20 April 1917. Aboard the SS Olympic, the battalion left Halifax for overseas on 29 April.

    Upon arriving in England, Private Moses Land was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion. On 8 September 1917 he was taken on strength with the 44th Battalion (New Brunswick) in the field.

    Just short of two months later, Private Moses Land was admitted to the 44 Casualty Clearing Station with shrapnel wounds to the abdomen on 23 October 1917. He later died on 3 November 1917.
    From the CEF burial register for Moses: “Died of Wounds” While proceeding to the front line trenches at Passchendaele, he was severely wounded in the abdomen by splinters from an enemy shell. His wounds were dressed and he was taken to No. 44 Casualty Clearing Station where he died.

    Private Moses Land is interred in the Nine Elms British Cemetery in Poperinge, West-Vlaanderen, Belgium. The cemetery was begun and used by the 3rd Australian and 44th Casualty Clearing Station starting in September 1917. It contains 1 556 Commonwealth burials of the First World War. Two other members of his battalion died the same day and are buried in the cemetery: Private Percy Joseph Knight and Private Walter Johnson, the latter also with the 141st when it left Port Arthur.

    Moses Land is commemorated on page 271 of the First World War Book of Remembrance in Ottawa, on the Kenora Cenotaph, on the Kenora Legion War Memorial, on the Anishinaabe WW1&2 plaque housed in the Ne-Chee Friendship Centre, Kenora, and on the Aboriginal Veterans Tribute Honour List.

    by Judy Stockham

    newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News
    photograph of grave marker: International Wargraves Photography Project as found on findagrave.com

    David Kejick (standing) and Moses Land, Kenora Miner and News

    David Kejick (standing) and Moses Land, Kenora Miner and News

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 1

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 1

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 2

    KMN 2 August 1916 part 2

    KMN 21 April 1917

    KMN 21 April 1917

    KMN 7 November 1917

    KMN 7 November 1917

    Nine Elms Cemetery, Belgium

    Nine Elms Cemetery, Belgium

    Anishinaabe Commemoration plaque

    Anishinaabe Commemoration plaque

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Cenotaph

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

    Kenora Legion War Memorial

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  • Land, Moses Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 820826
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 44th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • White Dog, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Andrew Land, father, Grassy Narrows, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • April 15, 1896
  • Survived War:
  • No
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Grassy Narrows, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Trapper and Hunter
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • June 17, 1916
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Church of England
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • November 3, 1917
  • Age at Death:
  • 21
  • Buried at:
  • Nine Elms British Cemetery, Belgium
  • Plot:
  • VII. C. 7.
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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