World War I Project – April

The West Hants Historical Society is saluting our local soldiers who died in World War 1. One hundred years ago this month, the following men were killed in action:

Gibson, Alexander

Regimental No. 488159

Pte Alexander Gibson was born in Newport Station on October 10, 1895. He was working as a Farmer and had some military training with the 81st Militia Regiment. He volunteered for service in Halifax on November 1, 1915 and was assigned to the Composite Battalion (for Reinforcements) and transferred to the 17th Battalion and then to the 2nd Canadian Pioneers. He was killed in action in Belgium on April 17, 1916. His next of kin was his Mother, Mrs. Jessie Gibson residing in Newport Station. He is buried in Voormezeele Cemetery.

Bradbury, John William

Regimental No. 67898

Pte John William Bradbury was born in London England on November 29, 1894. He had 3 months of military training and was living in Nine Mile River. He volunteered for service in Halifax on November 28, 1914 and was assigned to the 25th Battalion. He was killed in action in Belgium on April 27, 1916. His next of kin was his Sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Everton, residing in Birmingham England. He is buried in Voormezeele Cemetery.

Mackenzie, Melvin

Regimental No. 414132

Pte. Melvin Mackenzie was born in Selma on October 18, 1891. He was working as a Laborer. He volunteered for service in Halifax on April 16, 1915. He was assigned to the 40th Battalion and later transferred to the 35th Battalion. He was killed in action in France on April 30, 1916. His next of kin was his Mother, Mrs. Robert Mackenzie, residing in Upper Selma. He is buried in Etaples Cemetery.

If you have any old photos, post cards, letters, or diaries from these soldiers (or others); please share them with us at the West Hants Museum in Windsor. We are open every Wednesday.

In May there were no casualties. The next article in this series will be in June.

Hants Journal photo, publication date unknown (probably June 1916). Original caption: Troops file through the turn from Water St. To Gerrish St. during a First World War parade in Windsor. Sights like this were common during those years as the barracks in Windsor served as a major staging area for Canadian troops heading overseas. The row of buildings in the background have since disappeared from the Windsor skyline.
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