Michael Kaley

Apr 24, 1888

Born in Esquesing Township, Ontario


Jan 10, 1916

Attested into the 164th Battalion CEF in Acton, Ontario 

Ø      Number 663276

Ø      Next of kin given as Margaret Kaley, sister, Acton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Roman Catholic


Jun 5, 1916

The entire battalion was gathered in Orangeville in tents in the Fair Grounds there to conduct battalion level training


Jul 6, 1916

The battalion moved to Camp Borden, near Barrie, Ontario to continue training


Oct 16, 1916

The battalion began the march to Hamilton, Ontario to conduct winter training


Nov 2, 1916

The battalion arrived in Hamilton and moved into the Westinghouse Barracks for the winter


Jan 3, 1917

Sentenced to 1 day detention for being AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Apr 5, 1917

The battalion boarded a train in Hamilton destined for Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1917

Upon arrival in Halifax, the battalion embarked the SS Carpathia


Apr 22, 1917

The battalion disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Otterpool Camp, West of Hythe in Kent and placed in Quarantine to ensure the health of the battalion members

Transferred to the 2nd Reserve Battalion


May 10, 1917

Transferred to the CMGD (Canadian Machine Gun Depot) in Crowborough


Jun 11, 1917

Transferred to the 164th Battalion in Witley


Mar 8, 1918

Attached to the 119th Battalion for duty


Mar 19, 1918

Attached to the 125th Battalion for duty


Mar 28, 1918

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 164th Battalion


Mar 29, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Mar 30, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 1,498 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Apr 3, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart as part of a draft of 98 reinforcements destined to join the 21st Battalion


Apr 8, 1918

Private Kaley left the reinforcement camp and joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Wailly, France as part of a draft of 44 reinforcements to replace those lost in battle


Oct 11, 1918

While the battalion was advancing on the Marcoing Line near Avesnes-le-Sec, France, Private Kaley was killed in action.  He was buried in the Niagara British Cemetery in Iwuy, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his sister, Mrs. F.J. McMillan, Box 251 Acton, Ontario

There was no Memorial Cross issued


Michael Kaley is remembered on the Acton, Ontario War Memorial

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