Arthur Cyril Kettridge

Nov 4, 1897

Born in Quendon, Essex, England to Ernest Henry and Henrietta Caroline (nee Barker) Kettridge


Apr 2, 1911

The 1911 England Census shows him living with his parents in Quendon, England and at the age of 13, his occupation is listed as Stockman on a farm


Jun 24, 1913

Embarked the SS Laurentic in Liverpool



Jul 2, 1913

Disembarked in Montreal, Quebec and proceeded to Toronto, Ontario


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59546 (temporary number 315)

Ø  Next of kin given as Henrietta Kettridge, Quendon, Essex, England

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “C” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “B” Company

He lied about his age, stating that his birth year was 1896, not his actual birth year of 1897

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


Aug 6, 1915

Arthur’s father Ernest H., was killed in action while serving with the 1st Battalion, Essex Regiment BEF in Gallipoli


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

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

Appointed to the rank of Lance Corporal to replace L/Cpl RH Bliss who had been promoted


Nov 25, 1915

Promoted to the rank of Corporal to replace Cpl RR Mitchell who had been wounded and invalided to England


Apr 3, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Apr 11, 1916

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Jun 22, 1916

Appointed to the rank of Lance Sergeant to replace L/Sgt WW Chamberlain who had been promoted


Aug 25, 1916

Promoted to the rank of Sergeant


Sep 19, 1916

During fighting near Courcelette, France, Sergeant Kettridge received shrapnel wounds to his legs and arms and was evacuated to a field ambulance for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station


Oct 1, 1916

Transferred to the No. 12 General Hospital in Rouen


Oct 3, 1916

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Lanfranc


On arrival in England he was admitted to the Southwark Military Hospital in East Dulwich, London

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


Nov 4, 1916

Transferred to the Hillingdon House Convalescent Hospital in Uxbridge


Nov 10, 1916

Discharged from hospital


Nov 17, 1916

Attached to the 3rd CCD (Canadian Command Depot) for 6 weeks of physical training at the St Leonard’s Hospital


May 24, 1917

Discharged from hospital care and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Jan 28, 1918

Received a severe reprimand for Neglect of Duty


Sep 17, 1918

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) and attached to the 11th OTC (Officer Training Course) in Bexhill and paid as an Officer Cadet


Sep 21, 1918

Arthur’s brother Ernest, was killed in action serving with the 10th Battalion, Essex Regiment BEF


Oct 1, 1918

Transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford

No explanation is given as to why he left the Officer Training without a commission


May 20, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in London, England

Ø  Rank on discharge Sergeant

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 1 Cambridge Cottage, Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, England

Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 1 Cambridge Cottage, Lion Lane, Haslemere, Surrey, England


Jun 1, 1919

In June of 1919 Arthur Kettridge married Hilda Mary Hoy in Fareham, Hampshire, England

In 1939 Arthur was employed as a Fireman


Feb 25, 1948

Arthur Cyril Kettridge died in Plaistow, Essex, England and was buried in a Greenwich cemetery


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