Francis "Frank" William Keenlyside

Jan 4, 1892

Born in Stratford on Avon, England to Francis William and Mary “Minnie” (nee Bliss) Keenlyside


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 59534 (temporary number 774)

Ø  Next of kin given as James Keenlyside, brother, City View, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Assigned to “D” Company

o   He later served in the Transport Section

The battalion trained in the Kingston area through the winter with headquarters in the Kingston Armouries


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



Shown above left with a member of the Metagama crew in the boiler room

May 15, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe, Kent to continue training


As a member of the Transport Section, he is on the far right
in this photo

Jun 1, 1915

Fined $2.00 for Drunkeness and AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Aug 31, 1915

Declared to be AWL


Sep 3, 1915

Reported for duty and forfeited 4 days pay and had his pay restricted by ½ for 1 month for his absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Oct 4, 1915

Attached to the Mule Fatigue for duty


Oct 15, 1915

Rejoined the battalion from Mule Fatigue duty


May 14, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


May 30, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jan 9, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 25, 1918

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Dec 13, 1918

The 21st Battalion crossed the Bonn Bridge to enter Germany as part of the occupying force and proceeded to Seigburg

Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre


On arrival in England he was TOS (Taken On Strength) “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 18, 1919

Admitted to the ship’s infirmary with a diagnosis that reads Influenza


May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and admitted directly to the Cogswell Street Hospital in Halifax and the diagnosis is changed to read Pneumonia complicated with Pleurisy


Jun 28, 1919

Discharged from hospital and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario


Jul 4, 1919

TOS No. 3 District Depot in Kingston

Medical Board makes note of general weakness


Jul 5, 1919

Admitted to the Queen’s University Military Hospital in Kingston with a diagnosis that reads Anemia


Jul 17, 1919

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 213736

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 129 Besserer St., Ottawa, Ontario

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 129 Besserer St., Ottawa


Jun 23, 1923

Married to Hazel Gertrude Clost in Ottawa, Ontario


May 31, 1945

The 1945 Voter’s list shows him living in Westboro, Nepean Township with his wife.  His occupation is listed as Elevator Operator


May 31, 1965

The 1965 Voter’s List shows him living at 1702 Carling Ave., Ottawa, Ontario with his wife.  His occupation is listed as Retired


Jan 24, 1978

Frank Keenlyside died in Ottawa, and was buried in the Capital Memorial Gardens there.



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