James Albert Kellar

Sep 19, 1895

Born in Trenton, Ontario to James and Eliza Kellar


Nov 10, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Trenton, Ontario.  He was determined to be fit for service


Jan 4, 1918

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario under the MSA 

Ø      Number 3055379

Ø      Next of kin given as James A Kellar, father, Trenton, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Steamfitter

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to the 3rd Regimental Draft


Feb 21, 1918

Embarked the SS Melita in Halifax Nova Scotia


Mar 4, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for additional training


Jul 8, 1918

Admitted to the No. 14 Canadian General Hospital in Eastbourne, Sussex with a diagnosis that reads Sprained Ankle


Jul 15, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Aug 17, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Aug 18, 1918

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 71 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 23, 1918

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Aubin St. Vaast, France


Aug 27, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Kellar joined the Rear Details of the 21st Battalion in Achicourt, France as part of a draft of 50 reinforcements.  The main body of the battalion was involved in heavy fighting in the Sensee River Valley.


Aug 29, 1918

The Rear Details, along with Private Kellar, joined the main part of the battalion in Arras where he was assigned to “B” Company


Sep 19, 1918

While in position with a Lewis Gun crew along the Arras-Cambrai Road near Cagnicourt, the battalion came under an enemy artillery barrage and Private Kellar was instantly killed when a shell exploded near him.  He was later buried in the Dominion Cemetery located near Hendecourt-les-Cagnicourt, France.  The same shell also killed Private H. King 3055223.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Eliza Kellar, Box 918, Trenton, Ontario 

The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, James A. Kellar, at the same address


James Albert Kellar is shown on the Trenton, Ontario War Memorial


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