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  • According to his attestation papers, Russell Emerson Lough was born on 12 February 1895 in Buckingham, Quebec. His parents John Robert and Helen (Nellie) (née Storey) Lough had married on 27 November 1889 in Buckingham although neither were of French Canadian descent. It appears that their first child, George Garfield, born in 1891, died less than two months later. Other children born to the family were Pearlena Myrtle (1892), Lyla May (1896), Charles Leslie (1899), and two infants that died within days after birth, Oswald Manley (1900), and Nellie Margaret (1906). By the 1901 Canada census the family had relocated to Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. For a number of years John worked at the local mines in the area before finding employment at the Keewatin Lumber Company.

    With occupation given as teamster and his mother Nellie as next of kin, Russell signed his attestation papers in Kenora on 25 November 1915. With headquarters in Port Arthur, Ontario, recruiting for the 94th Battalion had begun earlier that month although the battalion was not officially authorized until late in December. After training locally for a number of months, in May of 1916 men from C and D Companies from Kenora and Fort Frances were moved to Port Arthur; a large crowd gathered at the Kenora station to say goodbye and wish the men well. In early June the battalion left for Valcartier Camp in Quebec and embarked from Halifax aboard the SS Olympic on the 28th. On board was Private Russell Lough.

    Once in England Russell was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion and then on to the 85th Battalion where he was promoted to Corporal. As reported in the Brandon, Manitoba and Kenora newspapers, in late June of 1917 Russell was admitted to the No 35 General Hospital in Calais suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg, foot, and back. Other details of his service are not known. Russell arrived back in Kenora in June of 1919.

    After the war Russell farmed for a short time in the Machin area of northwestern Ontario where he likely met his bride to be, Edith Fanny Bennett who was living in nearby Minnitaki. The daughter of Albert and Florence (Baker) Bennett, Edith was born in Bristol, England. Along with her mother and siblings, Edith was found on the passenger list of the Empress of Britain that arrived in Quebec in May of 1909. At the time the family was headed to Winnipeg to join Albert where he was working as a railroad labourer. Russell and Edith married on 17 May 1922 in Kenora. The couple settled in Kenora and gave birth to at least three children, John Henry (Jack), James Russell (Jim), and a daughter, Florence. During the 1950’s Russell married Alice Burchall, widow of Douglas Burchall who also went overseas with the 94th Battalion. Later transferred to the 28th Battalion, Douglas died of his wounds on 12 May 1918. Over the years Russell worked as a bartender in Kenora and as a steward/manager in Red Lake, Ontario.

    Predeceased by his father John in 1922, his sister Lyla Bennett in 1934, his brother Charles in 1957, his mother Nellie in 1960, and his wife Alice in 1970, Russell died on 16 September 1981 in the Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora. At the time he was survived by his sons Jack of Kenora, Jim of Port Alberni in British Columbia, and daughter Florence Duncan of Brandon, Manitoba as well as his sister Myrtle Patterson of St Catharines, Ontario and ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Russell is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Russell’s brother Charles served during the war in Canada, signing his recruitment papers in Regina, Saskatchewan with the 1st Depot Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment on 23 August 1918. With the end of the war in sight, he did not go overseas. Russell’s son Jack joined the army in 1940, serving with the Winnipeg Grenadiers, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, and the Royal Winnipeg Rifles infantry divisions. He served overseas in France, Holland, and Germany, and remained with the army of occupation as Court Reporter for the Canadian Maple Leaf at the Nurenburg Trials. He returned home in 1946. Russell’s son Jim, much decorated, served during the Korean War.

    by Judy Stockham

    Newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News

    KMN 27 November 1915

    KMN 27 November 1915

    KMN 27 May 1916

    KMN 27 May 1916

    KMN 4 July 1917

    KMN 4 July 1917

    KMN 21 June 1919

    KMN 21 June 1919

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion record

    Canadian Legion record

    Canadian Legion record

    Canadian Legion record

    KMN 16 September 1981

    KMN 16 September 1981

     

  • Regimental Number:
  • 198314
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 85th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Buckingham, Quebec
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs Nellie Lough, mother, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 12, 1895
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Teamster
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • November 25, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • September 16, 1981
  • Age at Death:
  • 86
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 59E-15-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • According to his attestation papers, Russell Emerson Lough was born on 12 February 1895 in Buckingham, Quebec. His parents John Robert and Helen (Nellie) (née Storey) Lough had married on 27 November 1889 in Buckingham although neither were of French Canadian descent. It appears that their first child, George Garfield, born in 1891, died less than two months later. Other children born to the family were Pearlena Myrtle (1892), Lyla May (1896), Charles Leslie (1899), and two infants that died within days after birth, Oswald Manley (1900), and Nellie Margaret (1906). By the 1901 Canada census the family had relocated to Rat Portage (later renamed Kenora) in northwestern Ontario. For a number of years John worked at the local mines in the area before finding employment at the Keewatin Lumber Company.

    With occupation given as teamster and his mother Nellie as next of kin, Russell signed his attestation papers in Kenora on 25 November 1915. With headquarters in Port Arthur, Ontario, recruiting for the 94th Battalion had begun earlier that month although the battalion was not officially authorized until late in December. After training locally for a number of months, in May of 1916 men from C and D Companies from Kenora and Fort Frances were moved to Port Arthur; a large crowd gathered at the Kenora station to say goodbye and wish the men well. In early June the battalion left for Valcartier Camp in Quebec and embarked from Halifax aboard the SS Olympic on the 28th. On board was Private Russell Lough.

    Once in England Russell was transferred to the 17th Reserve Battalion and then on to the 85th Battalion where he was promoted to Corporal. As reported in the Brandon, Manitoba and Kenora newspapers, in late June of 1917 Russell was admitted to the No 35 General Hospital in Calais suffering from gunshot wounds to the leg, foot, and back. Other details of his service are not known. Russell arrived back in Kenora in June of 1919.

    After the war Russell farmed for a short time in the Machin area of northwestern Ontario where he likely met his bride to be, Edith Fanny Bennett who was living in nearby Minnitaki. The daughter of Albert and Florence (Baker) Bennett, Edith was born in Bristol, England. Along with her mother and siblings, Edith was found on the passenger list of the Empress of Britain that arrived in Quebec in May of 1909. At the time the family was headed to Winnipeg to join Albert where he was working as a railroad labourer. Russell and Edith married on 17 May 1922 in Kenora. The couple settled in Kenora and gave birth to at least three children, John Henry (Jack), James Russell (Jim), and a daughter, Florence. During the 1950’s Russell married Alice Burchall, widow of Douglas Burchall who also went overseas with the 94th Battalion. Later transferred to the 28th Battalion, Douglas died of his wounds on 12 May 1918. Over the years Russell worked as a bartender in Kenora and as a steward/manager in Red Lake, Ontario.

    Predeceased by his father John in 1922, his sister Lyla Bennett in 1934, his brother Charles in 1957, his mother Nellie in 1960, and his wife Alice in 1970, Russell died on 16 September 1981 in the Pinecrest Home for the Aged in Kenora. At the time he was survived by his sons Jack of Kenora, Jim of Port Alberni in British Columbia, and daughter Florence Duncan of Brandon, Manitoba as well as his sister Myrtle Patterson of St Catharines, Ontario and ten grandchildren and eleven great grandchildren. Russell is interred in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora.

    Russell’s brother Charles served during the war in Canada, signing his recruitment papers in Regina, Saskatchewan with the 1st Depot Battalion Saskatchewan Regiment on 23 August 1918. With the end of the war in sight, he did not go overseas. Russell’s son Jack joined the army in 1940, serving with the Winnipeg Grenadiers, the Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders, and the Royal Winnipeg Rifles infantry divisions. He served overseas in France, Holland, and Germany, and remained with the army of occupation as Court Reporter for the Canadian Maple Leaf at the Nurenburg Trials. He returned home in 1946. Russell’s son Jim, much decorated, served during the Korean War.

    by Judy Stockham

    Newspaper clippings: Kenora Miner and News

    KMN 27 November 1915

    KMN 27 November 1915

    KMN 27 May 1916

    KMN 27 May 1916

    KMN 4 July 1917

    KMN 4 July 1917

    KMN 21 June 1919

    KMN 21 June 1919

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion application

    Canadian Legion record

    Canadian Legion record

    Canadian Legion record

    Canadian Legion record

    KMN 16 September 1981

    KMN 16 September 1981

     

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  • Lough, Russell Emerson Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 198314
  • Force:
  • Army
  • Battalion:
  • 85th Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Buckingham, Quebec
  • Next of Kin:
  • Mrs Nellie Lough, mother, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • February 12, 1895
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Teamster
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • November 25, 1915
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 20
  • Religion:
  • Presbyterian
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Europe
  • Date of Death:
  • September 16, 1981
  • Age at Death:
  • 86
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 59E-15-3
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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