Neil Kennedy


Nov 28, 1899

Born in Finch Township, Ontario


Dec 7, 1915

Attested into the 154th Battalion in Cornwall, Ontario 

Ø      Number 633002

Ø      Next of kin given as John Kennedy, father, Lancaster, Ontario

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Methodist 

The battalion trained in the Barriefield Camp, Kingston, Ontario 

He lied about his age, stating that he had been born in 1897, not his actual birth year of 1899


Mar 7, 1916

Transferred to the 59th Battalion in Kingston and assigned to “D” Company


Apr 1, 1916

Embarked the SS Olympic in Halifax, Nova Scotia


Apr 11, 1916

Disembarked in Liverpool, England and proceeded to the Bordon Camp, West of Bramshott


Jun 1, 1916

Transferred to the 45th Battalion in Shorncliffe


Jul 4, 1916

Transferred to the CPTD (Canadian Pioneer Training Depot) in Shorncliffe


Oct 26, 1916

Transferred to the 166th Battalion in Shorncliffe


Nov 11, 1916

Transferred to the Signals Base in Seaford to train as a Signaller


Dec 31, 1916

Transferred to the 196th Battalion in Seaford.  On this same day, the battalion was absorbed into the 19th Reserve Battalion


Mar 17, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion


Jul 11, 1917

Transferred to the 21st Battalion and arrived at the No. 2 CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France as part of a draft of 108 reinforcements from England and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Jul 17, 1917

After leaving the base depot, Private Kennedy joined the 21st Battalion in Angres, France and was assigned to the Signals Section


Nov 12, 1917

While serving on the Passchendaele front, Private Kennedy’s company came under a heavy barrage of shell fire and he was severely wounded.  While being carried out of the area on a stretcher, he was hit again by an enemy shell and killed.  He was buried in the Kink Corner Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium.


One of those helping to carry his stretcher was Clarence Anderson MM


When the war ended the Imperial War Graves Commission exhumed his remains and reburied him in the Tyne Cot Cemetery, Zonnebeke, Belgium.  Unfortunately when he was exhumed, there was uncertainty as to the identification of the individuals as there were multiple burials in each grave.  His headstone in the Tyne Cot Cemetery reflects this with the wording “Known to be buried in this cemetery”



Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. J.A. Kennedy, Box 1214 Cornwall, Ontario


The Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny) and Scroll were sent to his father, Mr. J.A. Kennedy, at the same address


Below is an excerpt from the book written by a 21st Battalion Signaller, J. A. Bain, self published in 1986


Neil Kennedy is honoured on the Lancaster, Ontario War Memorial



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