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  • Kenora’s David George Sinclair and his wife Eliza Ann Bock had four sons that served in WW1 – Leslie Foster John (born 1887), Levi Wilmot (born 1893), Roy Frederick (born 1895) and Benjamin Elton (born 1899).  The family arrived in Rat Portage (Kenora) in 1903 and settled north of town in the rural area of Jaffray Melick.  Three daughters – Cyrella (born 1885), May (born 1889) and Maude (born 1891) completed the make-up of the family.  They had come from the Manitoulin area of Ontario where they were listed as Mennonites in the 1901 Canadian Census.

    Youngest son, Benjamin, was born on 07 September 1899. He received his education in Rat Portage (Kenora). In 1915 he started working for the CPR.

    Benjamin enlisted with the 141st Bull Moose Battalion in Kenora on 11 January 1917.  After training in Port Arthur for several months the battalion left for the east and embarked for overseas from Halifax on 29 April 1917 aboard the S.S. Olympic. Once in England Benjamin was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion.  He was only 17 at the time, so he served in England until returning to Canada in June 1919. He received his official discharge on 25 June 1919 in Fort William.

    Benjamin was working as a fire ranger in Sioux Lookout when he married Hilda Florence Stevenson on 26 August 1926. They returned to Kenora and had four children – William, Robert, Richard, and Virginia.  He worked for the CPR for 49 years, retiring in 1964.

    He was active in his community being a charter member of the Lakewood Credit Union, the secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and also St. Alban’s Cathedral.

    Benjamin died on 11 July 1991 in Kenora and is buried in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.  He was predeceased by his wife in 1976.

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  • Regimental Number:
  • 821098
  • Service Record:
  • Link to Service Record
  • Survived War:
  • Yes
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Branch:
  • Canadian Infantry
  • Battalion:
  • 141st Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Manitoulin Island, Ontario
  • Country:
  • Canada
  • Next of Kin:
  • Eliza Ann Sinclair (Mother), Box 358, Kenora, Ontario
  • Address at Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • September 7, 1898
  • Trade or Calling:
  • Teamster
  • Marital Status:
  • Single
  • Place of Enlistment:
  • Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Enlistment:
  • January 11, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 18
  • Religion:
  • Methodist
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Great Britain
  • Date of Death:
  • July 11, 1991
  • Age at Death:
  • 92
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 47E-28-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
  • Kenora’s David George Sinclair and his wife Eliza Ann Bock had four sons that served in WW1 – Leslie Foster John (born 1887), Levi Wilmot (born 1893), Roy Frederick (born 1895) and Benjamin Elton (born 1899).  The family arrived in Rat Portage (Kenora) in 1903 and settled north of town in the rural area of Jaffray Melick.  Three daughters – Cyrella (born 1885), May (born 1889) and Maude (born 1891) completed the make-up of the family.  They had come from the Manitoulin area of Ontario where they were listed as Mennonites in the 1901 Canadian Census.

    Youngest son, Benjamin, was born on 07 September 1899. He received his education in Rat Portage (Kenora). In 1915 he started working for the CPR.

    Benjamin enlisted with the 141st Bull Moose Battalion in Kenora on 11 January 1917.  After training in Port Arthur for several months the battalion left for the east and embarked for overseas from Halifax on 29 April 1917 aboard the S.S. Olympic. Once in England Benjamin was transferred to the 18th Reserve Battalion.  He was only 17 at the time, so he served in England until returning to Canada in June 1919. He received his official discharge on 25 June 1919 in Fort William.

    Benjamin was working as a fire ranger in Sioux Lookout when he married Hilda Florence Stevenson on 26 August 1926. They returned to Kenora and had four children – William, Robert, Richard, and Virginia.  He worked for the CPR for 49 years, retiring in 1964.

    He was active in his community being a charter member of the Lakewood Credit Union, the secretary-treasurer of the Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, a member of the Royal Canadian Legion and also St. Alban’s Cathedral.

    Benjamin died on 11 July 1991 in Kenora and is buried in the Lake of the Woods Cemetery.  He was predeceased by his wife in 1976.

    Sinclair-Benjamin-Elton-10 Sinclair-Benjamin-Elton-11Sinclair-Benjamin-Elton-11b Sinclair-Benjamin-Elton-12 Sinclair-Benjamin-Elton-13

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  • Sinclair, Benjamin Elton Image
  • Regimental Number:
  • 821098
  • Force:
  • Canadian Expeditionary Force
  • Battalion:
  • 141st Battalion
  • Place of Birth:
  • Manitoulin Island, Ontario
  • Next of Kin:
  • Eliza Ann Sinclair (Mother), Box 358, Kenora, Ontario
  • Date of Birth:
  • September 7, 1898
  • 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:
  • January 11, 1917
  • Age at Enlistment:
  • 18
  • Religion:
  • Methodist
  • Enlisted or Conscripted:
  • Enlisted
  • Saw Service In:
  • Great Britain
  • Date of Death:
  • July 11, 1991
  • Age at Death:
  • 92
  • Buried at:
  • Lake of the Woods Cemetery, Kenora, Ontario
  • Plot:
  • 47E-28-4
  • Prisoner of War:
  • No
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