Murdo Kennedy

Oct 12, 1888

Born in Lochcarron, Ross, Scotland


Dec 11, 1917

Medical examination held under the MSA (Military Service Act) of 1917 in Kingston, Ontario.  He was determined to be fit for service


Dec 12, 1917

Conscripted into the 1st Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) in Kingston, Ontario under the MSA 

Ø      Number 4020091

Ø      Next of kin given as Hector Kennedy, father.  The only address given was Scotland.

o       Father’s address was later recorded as Locharret, Scotland

Ø      Previous occupation given as Labourer

Ø      Previous military experience given as 2 weeks in the 1st Canadian Contingent, with no reason given for his discharge

Ø      Religion given as Presbyterian


Jan 22, 1918

Embarked the Troopship Scotian in St. John, New Brunswick as part of the depot battalion’s 2nd Draft


Feb 6, 1918

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to Seaford where the draft was absorbed into the 7th Reserve Battalion to continue training


Feb 15, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Aug 9, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Aug 15, 1918

After leaving the base depot Private Kennedy joined the 21st Battalion Rear Details in Marcelcave, France as part of a draft of 48 reinforcements.  The main part of the battalion was involved in heavy fighting on the Amiens front.


Aug 17, 1918

The Rear Details joined up with main body of the battalion in Guillaucourt when they came out of the front line.


Aug 27, 1918

Just 12 days after joining the battalion, Private Murdo Kennedy was killed in action during the 21st Battalion’s advance on the German lines at the Sensee River, south-east of Vis-en-Artois. 

Private Kennedy was buried in the Vis-en-Artois Cemetery, Haucourt, France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his brother, Duncan Kennedy, Craighead Farm, Cromarty, Scotland

No Memorial Cross was issued


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