Roche Percee War Memorial

Roche Percee, Saskatchewan, Canada

In Memoriam WWI & WWII

The Red Ensign, they fought under this Flag

For God and Country, These Gave Their Lives, Lest We Forget

They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.

1914 - 1918

Died in the Service of his Country
John David Dunbar
b- Sept 3, 1897 in SK
d- July 25, 1918, age 20
buried in Girvan (Doune) Cemetery, Ayrshire, UK, Grave Ref- M. 7
Scottish ancestry, Presbyterian religion
2nd Lieutenant, Royal Air Force, No 1 Fighting School
Father- Alexander (Alex) Dunbar, born Dec 14, 1866 (1867?) in NS, d- 1925
Mother- Hannah C. Hopkins, b- Nov 23, 1876, in ON d- 1959
Married in 1897,They had 10 children
lived at SE 1/4 12-1-6- W2 in 1911
I found a J.D. Dunbar in the first class at ECI in Estevan
same fellow? I'm thinking it was.

Honour Roll

Harry Gilbert Forsythe
Reg #1250320
b- Jan 26, 1895 in White Rock, (Maryland?), USA
next of kin his sister, Annie Forsythe, living in Roche Percee
Harry was living in Roche Percee when he enlisted
in Winnipeg MB, Apr 19, 1917
Occupation- the retail trade, Single, Presbyterian.

Ernest Hanson
More Info I couldn't locate, too many similar choices

Elmer Emile Hoehne
Reg # 260992
b- Sept 11, 1897 in Morgan, Minnesota, USA
d- Oct 16, 1918
reported killed in action, Oct 25, 1918
Bramshott (St. Mary) Churchyard
Grave Ref III. B. 2.
Lutheran, Single, Occupation Farmer
Living at Roche Percee when he enlisted in Regina, May 16, 1918
Private- Canadian Infantry, Saskatchewan Regiment, 15th Reserve Batt.
Next of Kin, Henry and Mary Hoehne, living at Roche Percee

William James Knight
Reg #1250321
Rank- LCP
b- Sept 15, 1898 in Roche Percee
next of kin- Mother, Mrs A. E. McKersie in RP
Enlisted in Winnipeg MB, Apr 19, 1917
Occupation- Teamster, Single, Presbyterian
enlisted in WWII also, see below

Jacob (Jake) Koehn
Reg # 252115
b- Feb 1, 1893 in Valley City, ND, USA
Living in Shaunavon SK,
where he enlisted, Jan 3, 1916,
next of kin first was his mother, Mary Koehn at RP
changed to his wife, Marion Koehn, at Shaunavon SK
Occupation- farmer, Roman Catholic

Julius Langen
Reg # 3353263
b- Sept 18, 1891 in McIntosh, Polk County,
Lessor Township, Minnesota, USA
d- July 6, 1957
Buried in Bienfait Cemetery
Living in Taylorton Post Office area
when he enlisted in Regina, June 24, 1918
Single, Farmer, Lutheran
Next of Kin, Father- Jens Ole Langen, Roche Percee PO, SK,
b- Sept 1856 in Norway, d- Nov 30, 1926
(1900 US census says b- Sept 1854)
Immigrated to US in 1883
Mother- Maria (Mariah?) Langen,
b- Nov 1862 in Sweden, d- Oct 18, 1922
Immigrated to US in 1885
1911 family living in Township 2, Range 7, W2 at Roche Percee
1911 census says Julius was born in Norway immigrating in 1902
Attestation form says USA
1900 US census says he was born in Minnesota, which I believe is correct
family were living in Lessor Township, Polk County, Minnesota, in June 1900
Jens shown as a farmer

Frederick (Fred) Cecil Wynne-Jones
Reg # 426302
b- Oct 6, 1877, d- Apr 24, 1941, buried in Estevan Cemetery
Possibly immigrated from England in 1900
Welsh nationality
last name also spelled Wynn-Jones

Rank=A Sgt
Wynne-Jones, F.C.
shown reason for returning, Unit Demobilized, returning to Halifax NS from Liverpool England, Mar 24, 1919, on SS Cretic
Military Number= A26032
Unit= No 1, Det,
Regiment= CAPC (Canadian Army Pay Corps)
M.D.= 12
SG= 4
OG= 19
Next of Kin= Wife- North Portal

Haven't been able to trace much about Fred Wynne-Jones family tree, possible relations below:
Lieutenant Morys Wynne-Jones, RE
Born May 13, 1887, the son of the Rev J W Wynne-Jones, Vicar of Carnarvon
and Hon. Jessie F Wynne-Jones, daughter of Lord Aberdare.
Educated at Fonthill, Charterhouse (1901 to 1905)
and Trinity College, Cambridge (BA, 1905)
Member of the Institure of Civil Engineers
On the staff of Mexican Eagle Oil Co. at Tampico and later Engineer , Cardiff Railway
Joined the Special Reserve, RE as a 2nd Lieut. in June 1912
Promoted Lieutenant, RE in Sept 14
KIA near Zandvoorde on 29 Oct 14
Sources: The Bond of Sacrifice, Vol. 1; Charterhouse Register, 1872-1931;
The War List of the University of Cambridge, 1914-1919.

there is an Archie Wynne-Jones listed in North Portal history book, as well as Clem Wynne-Jones, both in Britannia area, ca 1894-1912

Clement A. Wynne-Jones and his wife Ethel M. Henderson
had a daughter Margaret Louise Wynne-Jones,
b-July 1, 1906, in Sheho SK
village between Foam Lake and Man/SK border.

2 buried in Bienfait Cemetery:
D. Archie Wynne Jones,
b- Oct 6, 1877, d- Apr 24, 1941
his wife Gertrude Emma Wynne-Jones, nee Lackey,
b- ? , d- Aug 18, 1933, age 55

D. Archie Wynne-Jones was JP for Bienfait, involved in 1931 riot trial, member of the Masons in Estevan, holding chair of Worshipful Master there.
He was Secretary of the Coalfields #4 Municipality, 1923-41

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Wynne-Jones were involved in the production of the Roche Percee history book

1901 Canada census shows Fred Wynne-Jones as a farmers labourer,
shown b- Aug 29, 1881, in Wales here.
working on farm for Sam and Mary Frayne.
shown immigrating in 1900, Episcopal religion
next entry, head of family, shown as Clement Wynne-Jones,
b- Aug 2, 1879 in Wales, farmer. immigrating in 1897
both shown as single.
obviously brothers.

1906 Canada census shows, Clement age 26, born in Wales,
wife Ethel, age 19, born in Manitoba,
daughter M. L. born July in Sask.
with them Clifford Henderson, brother-in-law, age 12, born in Manitoba
living in Mackenzie dist 14, Sask, sub dist 18,
Townships 29, 30, 31 in ranges 9, 10 west of the 2nd M) Page 3
C. Wynne-Jones was enumerator
no sign of Fred.

Can't find any in 1911 census, where did they go?

found a Hazel Louise Wynne-Jones
b- Sept 5, 1909, in SK
d- Apr 9, 1953 in Victoria BC, Single
father- Clement, Mother- Ethel

Margaret Violet Wynne-Jones
b- July 1, 1907, in Manitoba
d- July 26, 1982 in Victoria BC, age 75
married a Mr. McLean, widowed.
father- Clement Abiel Wynne-Jones
mother- Ethel May Henderson
another daughter, and full names known now.

then Clem's wife, Ethel May Henderson
b- Feb 26, 1887, Fort Ellice, Manitoba
d- Oct 18, 1980, Victoria BC, age 93
father- Acnes William Henderson
mother- Matilda Louise Robertson

then I found Frederick Cecil Wynne-Jones widow
Mary Johanna Wynne-Jones
b- Apr 19, 1888, in ON Canada
d- July 13, 1972, in Victoria BC, age 84
her father John Buckingham Adams
mother- Jane Down
John B. Adams family is listed in my Lignite mine page

Harold Palmer Thompson
Reg #926049
b- Aug 4, 1897, in Kennard, Nebraska, USA
Living in Estevan when he enlisted,
at Camp Hughes, Sept 21, 1916
Occupation- Teacher, Single, Presbyterian
next of kin, Father- William H. Thompson, living in RP
Dec 1, 1917 Wounded in Action

1939 - 1945

Killed in Action

Robert Arthur Thompson
Private, South Saskatchewan Regiment, R.C.I.C.
Died July 20, 1944, Age 27,
Service # L/103040
Buried plot IV.E. 7,
Canadian War Cemetery, Calvados, France

William James (Bill) Knight
b- Sept 15,1898 in Roche Percee,
d- Aug 19, 1942, age 43

Enlisted Apr 19,1917, age 18 1/2 yrs old
Reg #1250321
Rank- Lance Corporal
but was not sent overseas.

Enlisted in May 1940, Went overseas, Dec 1940.
Svc #L13131
Died during the Dieppe Raid
Lance Corporal, Army, SSR, R.C.I.C.
Son of Mathew and Frances Knight of Roche Percee
2nd of 8 children;
husband of Daisy Mae Knight, (nee Mathieson) of Estevan
Commemorated on Page 87
of the WWII Book of Remembrance

Dieppe Canadian War Cemetery (Hautot-Sur-Mer)
Seine-Maritime, France -Grave Ref: B. 44.
Geo Memorial- Knight Lake- Lat 55°39' Long 104°07'


Stanley Long
born Mar 11, 1920-
died- Dec 29, 1991
(Buried in Bienfait Cemetery)


Russel S. Earl b- Oct 28, 1923 on a farm near Roche Percee SK
d- December 27, 2011 in Estevan SK, age 88
Flying Officer in the Bomber Command # 6 Group, 424 Tiger Squadron.
As a pilot he flew 35 missions
and received the Distinguished Flying Cross.
Following his service to the RCAF
He worked as an Immigration Officer
in North Portal for 25 years, retiring on December 28, 1980.

Overseas Service

George H. Brinkworth
Jas. Blondeau
Frazer Dunbar
Allan Duncan
Matthew Duncan
Clifford Earl
Kenneth Earl
Lawrence C. Earl
Russell Spencer Earl
Alvin Jahn
Arthur Jahn
Theodore Jahn
Albert Ed Knight
William J. Knight
Cecil Koehn
Raymond Leonard
Albert E. Long
Stanley Long
James MacQuarrie
Lester Mann (L. Cpl. L. M. Mann, reported wounded, Feb 8, 1945)
William Mann
Charles Murray
Stephen O'Stepchuk
Merle Pearson
Hugh Robinson
A. Samenook
Elmer Scholapkhol (Schlapkohl?)
Arnold Scholapkhol (Schlapkohl?)
Donald Sears
Gordon Sears
John Sears (Pte. J. D. Sears reported Prisoner of War, Oct 13, 1944)
Richard Sears
Stanley Smith
Robert A. Thompson
Harold Winstanley
William Winstanley
George Wood
Richard Wrigley

Services in Canada

Walter Battersby
John Bonchal
David Dunbar
Allan Edwardson
Magnus Gunderson
Ernest Hanson
Irvin Hanson
Elna MacQuarrie
Alfred McDonald
Ernest Morine
Kenneth Morine
Ray Morine
Kenneth Olson
Alex O'Stepchuk
William Pearson
Arthur Robinson
Arnold Scholapkhol
Walter Sears

List above transcribed from a 1980 Roche Percee Historic Edition Newspaper which my mother saved


Errors or Omissions, contact me please


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