James Kelly

Jul 1, 1879

Born in Belfast, Ireland


Nov 25, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59536 (temporary number 1103)

Ø  Next of kin given as Rachel Kelly, sister, 65 Limestone Road, Belfast, Ireland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Ship’s Rigger

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

Ø  Posted to the Depot Company

The 21st Battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area through the winter of 1914-15.


Jan 30, 1915

Fined an unrecorded amount for being drunk


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama in Montreal, Quebec



May 15, 1915

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


Aug 28, 1915

Posted to “A” Company


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Sep 28, 1915

Attached to the 2nd Division Salvage Company for duty


Nov 17, 1915

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 4, 1915

Rejoined the salvage company from leave


Nov 17, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Nov 25, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Jun 30, 1917

Transferred to the 2nd Division Employment Company and remained attached to the 2nd Division Salvage Company


Apr 17, 1918

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads PUO (Pyrexia of Unknown Origin), a fever without a known cause, sometimes referred to as Trench Fever

Transferred to the No. 6 General Hospital


Apr 25, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. David


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Boscombe Military Hospital

Transferred to the General Depot for pay purposes while in hospital


May 6, 1918

Transferred to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park


Jun 1, 1918

Sentenced to 7 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being AWL (Absent Without Leave) for 2 days


Jul 27, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Jul 29, 1918

Admitted to the Manor, County of London War Hospital in Epsom to be treated for Acute Alcoholism


Aug 2, 1918

Transferred back to the Military Convalescent Hospital in Woodcote Park to continue his treatment for Alcoholism


Aug 22, 1918

Fined $5.00 and sentenced to 13 days Field Punishment No. 2 for being drunk


Dec 2, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

Discharged from hospital with 12 days sick leave and instructed to report to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford on completion of leave


Jan 6, 1919

Attached to Military District No. 3, Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 19, 1919

Embarked the SS Aquitania in Liverpool



Jan 23, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario and posted to the Military District No. 3 Casualty Company


Jan 28, 1919

Granted leave until February 10, 1919


Feb 12, 1919

Medical Board in Kingston, Ontario notes

Ø  Man suffers from Myalgia and Defective Vision

Ø  Complains of pain in his legs, lower back and shoulders

Ø  Complains that he is short sighted and print looks blurred

Ø  Specialist reports that he has no eye disability and glasses are not required

Ø  His Myalgia is determined to be a result of his service at the front


Feb 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90147

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number C55388

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Montreal, Quebec

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 20A Bonsecours St., Montreal, Quebec


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