James Howard Keller



Jun 2, 1893

Born at Madoc Ontario


Nov 5, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59535 (temporary number 192)

Ø      Next of kin given as Frederick Keller of Crookston Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Wesleyan

Ø      Assigned to “A” Company


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to the West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 15, 1916

Reported as MIA (Missing In Action) 

On this date the 21st Battalion was engaged in heavy fighting to take the Sugar Refinery which was a German strong point on the Somme.


Oct 28, 1916

Declared by the Battalion now to have been Killed in Action on September 15th.

Because his body was either never found, or if found, was never identified, he is commemorated on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France


Below are 2 letters written home that were reprinted in the local newspaper

The following poem was written by his sister, Daisy Keller and printed in the paper as a tribute to her brother after he was declared to be Killed in Action

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