Lorne Campbell Kelly, MM



Sep 23, 1897

Born at Arnprior Ontario


Nov 7, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59537 (temporary number 439)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs Charles Kelly (mother) of Arnprior Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Laborer

o       Later recorded as Machinist

Ø      Previous military experience given as 1 year with the 42nd Militia Regiment

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø      Assigned to “D” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “B” Company.  He was also a drummer in the Pipe Band 

He lied about his age, stating that he was born in 1896


Mar 22, 1915

Forfeited 1 days pay (offence not recorded)


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 16, 1915

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


Sep 10, 1915

Reported to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Sep 11, 1915

At duty from being absent and forfeits 2 days pay for absence


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Sep 15, 1916

Received shrapnel wounds to left arm and hand but remained in the lines and initially treated by Battalion Medical Officer before proceeding to the Casualty Clearing Station at Albert.


Sep 16, 1916

Admitted to No 1 Australian General Hospital at Rouen


Sep 19, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Maheno


Posted to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) while in hospital


Sep 22, 1916

Admitted to the Bethnal Green Military Hospital, London 

Surgery performed to remove shrapnel


Oct 15, 1916

Transferred to the Ontario Military Hospital at Orpington


Nov 7, 1916

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


Nov 22, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Dec 4, 1916

On Command to 3rd CCD (Canadian Convalescent Depot)


Jan 1, 1917

Transferred to 1st CCTB (Canadian Casualty Training Battalion) at Hastings


Feb 3, 1917

Posted to 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Mar 6, 1917

Posted to the 21st Battalion 

Arrived at CBD (Canadian Base Depot) at Havre France and TOS 21st Battalion


Apr 2, 1917

Joined the 2nd Entrenching Battalion in the field


Apr 17, 1917

Joined the 21st Battalion in the Field


Aug 28, 1917

Proceeded on course


Oct 2, 1917

Rejoined Battalion from course


Dec 26, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Jan 11, 1918

Rejoined from leave


Jan 12, 1918

On parade at Westrehem France, he was presented with his Military Medal by Lieut General Sir Arthur Currie, KCB, KCMG.


Feb 23, 1918

Awarding of the Military Medal in the London Gazette #30540


Citation reads

For conspicuous bravery on the night of the 4th-5th November.  This man remained on duty dressing wounded under very heavy shell fire.  His exceptionally good work and his coolness under fire was a fine example to the stretcher bearers and all others working with him.  This man did duty on two evacuation parties, and on each occasion though much fatigued, volunteered to go back to the front line in case his services might be required.

AFW 3121    29-11-17


Apr 1, 1918

Received shrapnel wounds to his head and was knocked unconscious for about 15 minutes.  When he regained consciousness, he walked to the Aid Station.  From there he was transported to No 2 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) then transferred same day to No 8 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Apr 3, 1918

Transferred to No 20 General Hospital at Camiers


Apr 4, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Jan Breydel


Posted to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to 1st Western General Hospital at Liverpool


Apr 12, 1918

Shrapnel ball and fragments removed from his skull behind his right ear


Apr 25, 1918

Transferred to the Military Auxiliary Hospital at Liverpool


May 9, 1918

Transferred to the Granville Canadian Special Hospital at Buxton


Jul 15, 1918

Discharged from hospital and placed On Command to 3rd CCD for PT (Physical Training) etc


Aug 19, 1918

Admitted to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Eastbourne diagnosed with Hemorrhoids


Aug 30, 1918

Discharged to duty from Hospital


Nov 8, 1918

Posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Nov 16, 1918

Admitted to No 12 Canadian General Hospital at Bramshott diagnosed with Tonsillitis


Nov 26, 1918

Discharged to duty


Jan 3, 1919

On Command to Kinmel Park, Rhyl, pending return to Canada


Jan 12, 1919

Embarked the Empress of Britain at Liverpool



Jan 22, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa Ontario


Jan 23, 1919

Granted leave with subsistence until February 8, 1919


Feb 17, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Ottawa Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 60993

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge Arnprior Ontario

Ø      Rank on discharge Pte


Jun 6, 1921

Married to Kathleen Viola Sullivan at Arnprior Ontario


Sep 18, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal sent to him at Arnprior Ontario


Mar 8, 1956

Died at Burnaby British Columbia



From the January 1953 issue of The Communiqué, the post war newsletter of the 21st Battalion Association

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