William Morrow Kennedy

Jan 25, 1878

Born in Ayrshire, Scotland


May 13, 1911

Embarked the SS Hesperian in Glasgow, Scotland



May 22, 1911

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Nov 25, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59542 (temporary number 1101)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Janet Bennett, mother, Wylie Place, Stewarton, Scotland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Miner

Ø  Previous military experience given as Queen’s Own Cameron Highlanders for 12 years

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

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


Feb 19, 1915

Sentenced to 5 days detention and fined $2.00 for an unrecorded offence


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


Sep 6, 1915

Admitted to the St. Martin’s Plain Tent Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Gonorrhea


Sep 8, 1915

Transferred to the Barnwell Military Hospital in Cambridge


Sep 9, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 14, 1915

The 21st Battalion proceeded to France while Private Kennedy remained behind in hospital


Sep 25, 1915

Transferred to the 39th Reserve Battalion while in hospital


Oct 5, 1915

Discharged from hospital to duty with the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Oct 31, 1915

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Nov 2, 1915

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Nov 9, 1915

After leaving the base depot, Private Kennedy rejoined the 21st Battalion at the front on the Ypres Salient in Belgium


Nov 27, 1915

Admitted to the 142nd Field Ambulance with a diagnosis that reads Accidental Sprained Ankle.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 7 Field Ambulance


Nov 28, 1915

Transferred to the No. 8 Field Ambulance and admitted to the 3rd Division Rest Station at Loker, Belgium


Nov 29, 1915

Transferred to the No. 2 CCS (Casualty Clearing Station)


Dec 1, 1915

Transferred via the No. 17 AT (Ambulance Train) and admitted to the No. 26 General Hospital in Etaples, France


Dec 14, 1915

Discharged to the Convalescent Camp in Etaples


Jan 15, 1916

Discharged from the convalescent camp to the base details in Etaples


Jan 19, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Base Depot in the Rouelles Camp, Havre and posted to “A” Company for those recovering from wounds and illness.  While here he complained of pain in back and legs in addition to pain in his injured ankle


Jan 27, 1916

Proceeded to England and transferred to the Canadian Training Division in Shorncliffe when he was classified PB (Permanent Base) meaning he was not fit for duty at the front

Taken On Strength the 39th Reserve Battalion in West Sandling


Apr 8, 1916

Forfeited 1 day’s pay and allowances for being absent


Jul 4, 1916

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre)


Aug 5, 1916

Transferred back to the 39th Reserve Battalion


Oct 9, 1916

Transferred to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre


Oct 11, 1916

Attached to the CDD (Canadian Discharge Depot) in Bath pending return to Canada


Oct 28, 1916

Embarked the SS Scandinavian in Liverpool



Nov 6, 1916

Disembarked in Quebec City, Quebec


Nov 7, 1916

Medical Board in Quebec City notes

Ø  Man suffers from Myalgia and Arthritis

Ø  Complains of pain in his shoulders, knees, legs and ankles

Ø  Pain is worse in damp weather

Ø  Soft murmur in his heart is heard

Ø  Board recommends 2 months in convalescent home


Nov 10, 1916

Transferred to Kingston, Ontario to be treated as an Out Patient of the Elmhurst Convalescent Home


Mar 10, 1917

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge c/o H.M. Campbell, Box 293 Phoenix, British Columbia

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him c/o H.M. Campbell, Box 293 Phoenix, British Columbia


May 23, 1917

Address changed to read c/o Returned Soldiers Club located in the Elysium Hotel, 1142 West Pender St., Vancouver, British Columbia


Jul 11, 1918

Married to Margaret Hawkins in Vancouver, British Columbia


Oct 24, 1961

William Morrow Kennedy died in Vancouver, British Columbia and was buried in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Burnaby, British Columbia



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