Looking for 3rd Battalion CEF Descendants

One of the friends of the museum WO (Ret) Bruce Walter CD, sent us a great photo of the HQ Lewis Gun section of the 3rd Canadian Battalion, Toronto Regiment taken on January 1st, 1919 “on the Rhine, Germany”. The photo includes his wife’s grandfather – James Herbert Smith.

Bruce recently wrote to us with an update and a request:

"It's been almost a year since I sent those pictures and I've even met a descendant of one of the guys who served with Leanne's grandfather!   The guy on the far left of the 2nd row is Frank Adderley (mis-spelled on the back).  He sits beside Leanne's grandfather, Herb Smith (2nd from left in the 2nd row).  Maureen Adderley is the granddaughter of Frank and we met her (finally) this past Remembrance Day.  

I'd like to initiate a search to find present day descendants of these men.  I'll be using the information from the back of the picture and also information taken from their Attestation papers.  From there I hope to "reach out" to localities and newspapers.  I was wondering if you could initiate an item on the QOR web page in case there are any descendants still contact with the QOR (or possibly still serving)!"  

So we’re doing just that. Below is the information from the back of the photograph about the soldiers.

If you have any information that you think might be able to help Bruce, you can contact him directly via email by clicking here.

Service # Name Initials Address Town
138005 BESSO J.W. 30 Murial or 30 ½ Hebet Ave Toronto
1096162 CHURNSIDE F. 464 Euclid Ave Toronto
916307 WILKES T.E. Lovering, Ont
757560 ISHERWOOD S. 34 Primrose Ave Hamilton
800109 BRIGGS J. Box 17 Holland Landing
202004 WINDLE F.W. 2 Fermenaugh Ave Toronto
201523 ADDERLEY F.d.S. 19 Lyall Ave Toronto
785103 SMITH J.H. 443 Wilson St Hamilton
A4197 SHARLAND T.S. 2185 Gerrard St. E. Toronto
139211 WIGGINS W.R. 1032 Ossington Ave Toronto
757162 PAGE T.W. Bronte, Ont
784781 LEWIS C. 172 East 23rd St Mt Hamilton
238196 HOUCHEN E.V. c/o W.J.H. Miller RR2 No. 8 St Thomas
669487 KERBY W.D. Copleston, Ont

4 thoughts on “Looking for 3rd Battalion CEF Descendants”

  1. John, My wife Gail’s great-grandfather served in the QOR prior too and during the 1866 Fenian Raids at Ridgeway….I know Regiment or Museum had or used to have photos from that time,

    His name was James Bedley. My wife’s brother has James’s 1866 Fenian Raid Medal so, we know that he was there for sure.

    Any info you can provide would be great….or…if you could point me in the right direction, that would also be good. This is especially desirabel considering next year is the 150th Anniversary. I remember participating at Ridgeway when we celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Ridgeway.

    Thanks, Harry

    Major (Ret’d) Harry McCabe RSM QOR 1980 – 1985

    On Fri, Nov 20, 2015 at 7:14 PM, The Queen’s Own Rifles of Canada


    1. I would love to know if you ever found any pictures, or have any family photos of James Bedley, as he was my great great grandfather. His son, also James, was my great grandfather and died just a few months after my grandmother was born. I’ve never seen a picture of anyone on that side. There’s a fairly crazy story that goes along with the younger James, if you’d like to hear it don’t hesitate to contact me. Thanks, Andy


  2. Bruce should enter this information on the CEF Study Group Forum. They have the experts at tfracing soldiers and families http://cefresearch.ca/phpBB3/index.php?sid=902b312f31ff331aeb03f72f0ad8a9a4

    For instance one of our members, Dan Mowat, just wrote a detailed book on the 123rd Battalion (one of the reinforcement battalions to the 3rd Battalion) it is loaded with personal quotes and details. Several of the service numbers listed came from the 129th (Wentworth) Battalion which is turn sent a draft to the 123rd Battalion (784781, 785103 etc.) Shouldn’t be too hard to find some if not not, of the relatives. I have done it with my grandfather’s photos.



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