Howard Kelly

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With thanks to grandson Ted Kelly for images and information

Jul 26, 1883

Born in Marmora Township Ontario to Samuel and Annie Eclishy (nee Wannamaker) Kelly


Dec 1, 1916

Attested into 254th Battalion at Madoc Ontario

Ø  Number 1093080

Ø  Next of Kin given as Samuel Kelly, father, of Malone Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Carpenter

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Methodist

The battalion trained in the Belleville area

Private Howard Kelly’s dog tag


Dec 11, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Acting Pioneer Sergeant


May 29, 1917

Reverted to the rank of Private and embarked SS Olympic at Halifax for England


Jun 10, 1917

Disembarked at Liverpool England and the battalion proceeded to Seaford where the men were taken on Strength of the 6th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Nov 14, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion

Arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 12 reinforcement from England and Taken On Strength the 21st Battalion


Nov 17, 1917

After leaving the base depot, he joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) in Calonne Ricouart, France


Nov 24, 1917

After leaving the reinforcement camp, Private Kelly joined the 21st Battalion in the front line east of Vimy Ridge

Family records show that he served in the Headquarters Section as a Batman to an officer


Dec 1, 1917

Attached to the 182nd Company, Royal Engineers for duty


Dec 21, 1917

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the 21st Battalion in billets in Auchy au Bois, France


Nov 6, 1918

Granted leave to England


Nov 24, 1918

Rejoined the battalion in Lambusart, Belgium


Dec 13, 1918

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


The battalion proceeded to Seigburg, Germany to occupy billets and patrol the town


Apr 3, 1919

Embarked the Western Australia in Havre, France


On arrival in England he was attached to “P” Wing in Witley pending return to Canada


May 14, 1919

Embarked the SS Caronia in Liverpool



May 22, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario by train


May 24, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 277337

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Madoc, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Madoc, Ontario


Mar 22, 1922

Married to Jennie May Kincaid in Belleville, Ontario

Following the marriage, Howard and Jennie moved to Kelfield, Saskatchewan and then to Jellicoe, Saskatchewan in 1926.  In 1949 the family moved to Saskatoon


Oct 31, 1969

Howard Kelly died while a patient of a Saskatoon, Saskatchewan hospital and was buried in the Woodland Cemetery, Saskatoon



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Back row L-R Howard Kelly, David Hugh Kelly (founder of Kelfield, Saskatchewan), and George Kelly II
Front row L-R William Kelly, John Kelly and Samuel Kelly (Howard's father)



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