Frederick Kelsey

May 3, 1890

Born in Dorking, Surrey, England to Henry and Frances Kelsey


Apr 2, 1911

The 1911 British Census shows him living in Dorking, Surrey with his parents and brother George.  He is listed as being employed as a Picture Framer


Jun 30, 1911

Embarked the SS Tunisian with his brother George



Jul 9, 1911

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec and proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario with his brother


Mar 5, 1913

Fred Kelsey returned to England for a visit


Aug 13, 1913

Embarked the SS Victorian in Liverpool



Aug 20, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Peterborough, Ontario


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59539 (temporary number 538)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. A Kelsey, mother, 64 High St., Dorking, Surrey, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Electrician

Ø  Previous military experience given as 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers for 1 year

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

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


Dec 4, 1914

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal


Feb 24, 1915

Appointed to the provisional rank of Corporal


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


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in the rank of Corporal


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jan 7, 1916

Attached to the 250th Tunnelling Company for duty


Apr 10, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Tunnelling Company for duty


May 12, 1916

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


May, 20, 1916

Transferred to the 2nd Division Rest Station and the diagnosis was changed to read Influenza


May 29, 1916

Discharged to duty from the rest station


Jun 7, 1916

Attached to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company


Jul 19, 1916

Admitted to the No. 6 Canadian Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Contusion to left Index Finger and transferred the same day to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance


Jul 21, 1916

Transferred to the No. 5 Canadian Field Ambulance and admitted to their Division Rest Station


Aug 4, 1916

Transferred to the North Midland CCS (Casualty Clearing Station) and admitted to their rest station at Mont des Cats, France


Aug 12, 1916

Discharged to duty from Mont des Cats


Jan 26, 1917

Transferred to the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company for permanent duty


Jan 27, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 30, 1917

Married to Caroline Elizabeth Emma Hilton in the Church of England Parish Church, Dorking, England


Feb 9, 1917

Joined the 1st Canadian Tunnelling Company from leave


Nov 23, 1917

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Feb 6, 1918

Severely reprimanded for overstaying his leave of absence by 24 hours and forfeited 2 days pay


Jul 11, 1918

Transferred to the 7th Battalion, Canadian Engineers


Jul 12, 1918

Promoted to position of CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant)


Jan 2, 1919

Granted 14 days leave to the United Kingdom


Jan 27, 1919

Rejoined unit from leave


Feb 15, 1919

Proceeded to England


Mar 10, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Corps Camp in Witley and posted to “H” Wing pending return to Canada


Jul 25, 1919

Transferred to “R” Wing in Witley


Aug 25, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London, England

Ø  Rank on discharge CQMS (Company Quartermaster Sergeant)

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 104 Rothes Road, Dorking, Surrey, England

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 104 Rothes Road, Dorking, Surrey, England


Feb 2, 1943

Frederick Kelsey died in Dorking, and his death was considered a result of his service at the front.  He was buried in the St. Martin Church Cemetery, Dorking, Surrey, England

The Memorial Cross was sent to his widow, Mrs. Caroline E. Kelsey, 43 Parkway, Dorking, Surrey, England


Frederick Kelsey is remembered on the Wall of Honour in
Peterborough, Ontario



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