Timothy Keating
served as Thomas Kenny

Apr 10, 1866

Born in Queenstown, Ireland


Aug 24, 1914

Taken On Strength of the 96th Lake Superior Regiment for Guard Duty in Port Arthur, Ontario


Oct 23, 1914

Attested into the 28th Battalion CEF in Port Arthur, Ontario under the name of Timothy Keating

 Ø  Number 373

Ø  Next of kin given as Margaret Keating, sister, 18 Roaches Row, Queenstown, Ireland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Fireman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 12 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery in England

Ø  Religion given as Presbyterian


Jan 15, 1915

SOS (Struck Off Strength) the 28th Battalion in Winnipeg for misconduct


Mar 19, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Lindsay, Ontario under the name of Thomas Kenny


Ø  Number 59543 (temporary number 1321)

Ø  Next of kin given as Margaret Carnivan, sister, 12 Rosses Row, Queenstown, Ireland

Ø  Previous occupation given as Rigger

Ø  Previous military experience given as 7 years in the Royal Garrison Artillery in England

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic

He lied about both his true name and his birth date, stating that he was born April 8, 1884, not his true birth date of April 10, 1866.

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


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 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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


Jun 30, 1916

While being relieved from the front line trench near Verbrande Molen, Belgium, Private Kenny fell into a shell hole and bruised his left side and hip.  He was treated by the Medical Officer and carried on


Jul 5, 1916

Admitted to the No. 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads Asthenia.  He was transferred the same day to the No. 4 Canadian Field Ambulance and the diagnosis was changed to read Debility


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Jul 7, 1916

Discharged to the convalescent camp from the field ambulance


Aug 24, 1916

Transferred to the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre and classified “TB” (Temporary Base) meaning he was not fit for front line duty


Aug 31, 1916

After being classified “C”, meaning he was not fit for combat duty, he was invalided to England

Transferred to the CCAC (Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre) for pay purposes


Sep 8, 1916

Attached to the 6th Training Brigade Headquarters for permanent base duty


Sep 9, 1916

Attached to the 93rd Battalion for light duties


Dec 28, 1916

Medical Board notes that he is over age and is unable to perform military duties

Ceased to be attached and reported to the Canadian Casualty Assembly Centre in Hastings


Dec 31, 1916

Attached to the GDD (Garrison Duty Depot) in Hastings for light duties


Jan 10, 1917

Attached to the Garrison Duty Company in Crowborough for duty


Jan 15, 1917

Placed under arrest for refusing to do Guard Duty


Feb 16, 1917

Tried by District Court Martial under 2 charges

Ø  While on active service disobeying a lawful command by refusing to do Guard Duty

Ø  While on active service using insubordinate language to a superior officer

He pled not guilty to both charges

Testimony was given that he refused to do guard duty because the Medical Officer had given him light duties and was placed under arrest.  While in confinement, he was insubordinate to a Field Officer who was inspecting the guard room.

He was found guilty on both charges and sentenced to 6 months confinement.  On review, the sentence was reduced to 3 months in consideration of the time spent in pre trial confinement


Mar 16, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Garrison Regiment Depot for pay purposes while in confinement


Apr 18, 1917

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 29, 1917

Returned to the Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot


May 31, 1917

Transferred to the CRTD (Canadian Railway Troops Depot) in Purfleet


Jun 4, 1917

Attached to the CAMC (Canadian Army Medical Corps) in Orpington


Nov 29, 1917

Medical Board at Purfleet notes

Ø  Man is overage

Ø  Suffers from Arteriosclerosis

Ø  Arteries are hard and thick

Ø  Man looks poorly nourished


Dec 14, 1917

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


Dec 23, 1917

Embarked the SS Metagama in Liverpool



Jan 5, 1918

Disembarked in Saint John, New Brunswick and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength Military District No. 2 and posted to the Casualty Company


Jan 24, 1918

Medical Board at the Ravina Barracks in Toronto notes

Ø  Man suffers from General Debility and over age

Ø  Becomes short of breath on slight exertion

Ø  Has slight varicose veins in both legs

Ø  Board recommends he be discharged as over age


Feb 4, 1918

Discharged from the CEF in Toronto, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 29849

Ø  War Service Badge Class “B” issued number C10535

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 265 Queen St., Toronto, Ontario

Following the end of the war, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 31 Peter St., Toronto, Ontario


Jun 12, 1924

Timothy Keating signed a sworn statement stating that he had attested into the 21st Battalion under the assumed name of Thomas Kenny and that he lied about his age because he was too old for service


Jul 4, 1945

Timothy Keating, aka Thomas Kenny, died while a patient of the St. Anne de Belleview Hospital of Hypostatic Pneumonia.  This was determined to be a result of his service at the front and he was buried in the Cote des Neiges Cemetery, Montreal, Quebec




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