Russell Lloyd McClintock was born on November 11, 1887 in Streetsville, the son of George McClintock, a painter, and his wife, Elizabeth Dandie. George was a painter and decorator and his son, Russell, followed in his footsteps.
Lloyd, as he was known, probably worked along with his father. He did not enlist in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, so was drafted under the terms of the Military Service Act of 1917 on November 5, 1917 in Toronto where he had his medical examination. He made his declaration as a recruit in Hamilton on February 18, 1918. He gave his mother, Mrs. Lizzie McClintock, as his next of kin. He was then thirty years old and described on his form as 5 feet 7½ inches in height, with a dark complexion, blue gray eyes and dark brown hair. It was further noted that he had chronic pharyngitis. He was given regimental number 3107540 and assigned to the 1st Depot Battalion, 2nd Central Ontario Regiment.
Lloyd went overseas with the 1st Depot Battalion in 1918 and was stationed at Witley Camp, Surrey. Witley Camp was a temporary Army camp set up on Witley Common, about 7 miles from Bramshott.
While stationed there Lloyd was able to travel in England and also to Ireland to meet with his mother’s relatives in Mohill, County Leitrim. He wrote a lengthy letter to his mother, which was published in the Streetsville Review of November 7, 1918. Here is an excerpt from the letter, describing his time in London and a visit to Westminster Abbey. His comments about the River Thames, which he compares to the Credit River, are quite amusing.
In the same issue of the Streetsville Review there is a mention that Lloyd had been gassed in the war. As there is no date on his letter home it is difficult to tell whether this happened before or after his trip to England.
Lloyd returned to Canada on March 20, 1919 on board the SS Baltic, disembarking at Halifax. He returned to Streetsville and is shown in the 1945 Voters’ List for the village. His occupation was given as painter.