Edward Canniff

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jan 15, 1889

Born to John and Mary Ann (nee McQuillan) Canniff in Madoc, Ontario.


Oct 21, 1915

Shown on the payroll of the 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles.


Oct 23, 1915

Attested into the 80th Battalion at Belleville, Ontario 

Ø      Number 220087

Ø      Next of kin given as John A. Canniff, brother, Madoc RFD (Royal Free Delivery) #3, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist


Oct 26, 1915

Payroll card transferred to the 80th Battalion.


May 8, 1916

Transferred to the 155th Battalion in Kingston, Ontario.


Aug 1, 1916

Admitted to the Ongwanada Hospital, Kingston, diagnosed with Tonsillitis.


Aug 5, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital.


Oct 18, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Bramshott.


Nov 29, 1916

Medical Board at Bramshott finds that he suffers from a moderate degree of flat feet, but declares him fit for full service.


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion.


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Dec 7, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion.


Dec 8, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay.


May 9, 1917

After surviving the attack on Vimy Ridge, Private Canniff was killed during a German artillery barrage and counter attack in the trenches east of Vimy Ridge.  His body was never recovered from the battlefield and he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, John A. Canniff, RR #3, Madoc, Ontario. 

There is no record of a Memorial Cross being issued.

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