James Carr Kelly

Aug 11, 1895

Born in L’Amable, Ontario to James and Mary Elizabeth (nee Ferguson) Kelly


Dec 24, 1915

Attested into the 155th Battalion CEF in Coe Hill, Ontario 

Ø      Number 636221

Ø      Next of kin given as James Carr Kelly, father, L’Amable, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Lumberman

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year in the 49th Regiment, Hastings Rifles, Canadian Militia

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The battalion trained in the Kingston, Ontario area 

It would appear that James Kelly could not read or write as all of the documents in his file requiring his signature are marked with an X and noted as “his mark” and witnessed by another person


Jul 6, 1916

Admitted to the Barriefield Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Otitis Media, an ear infection


Jul 11, 1916

Discharged to duty from hospital


Oct 17, 1916

Embarked the SS Northland in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Oct 28, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott


Dec 5, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Dec 6, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 147 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Dec 8, 1916

After leaving the base depot, Private Kelly joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Bully Grenay, France


Aug 15, 1917

The 21st Battalion took part in the capture of Hill 70, north of Lens, France.  The fighting was very severe and many men of the battalion were involved in hand-to-hand combat with German soldiers.  During the fighting, Private Kelly was killed and his body was never recovered and identified.  His name is listed on the Canadian National Vimy Memorial, Vimy Ridge, France for those soldiers who died in France and have no known grave.

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Mary Kelly, Madoc, Ontario 

His widowed mother remarried and became known as Mrs. Mary Birkett, Madoc, Ontario


James Kelly in commemorated on the Coe Hill, Ontario War Memorial


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