Private Wesley Ennis

Four of the eight sons of the Ennis family of Ayr, Ontario enlisted and served overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force during World War 1. Wesley Ennis was born on August 31, 1898. By the time he enlisted in 1916 , his brother Orwell had already died for `king and empire', and his brother Irwin was fighting in the front lines . Another brother, Cecil also enlisted in 1916. Pages dedicated to Cecil, Irwin and Orwell can also be found in The Archive.

Wesley was not yet eighteen years old when he joined the 111 Battalion (raised in Ontario) in 1916. While surviving two years of active duty, he was injured while advancing after the retreating Germans in November of 1918. Family history recounts that while Wesley was shot in the chest, the bullet struck his tunic pocket were he kept a metal mirror and snapshots. The mirror deflected the bullet and saved him from a fatal injury -- he suffered a shoulder wound. Wesley sent the snapshot to his sister Lillian, containing an image of her and her husband Ira, with the bullet hole in the centre. To view this photo please click here.

This information was provided by the Ennis' nephew Vic Gillette.

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