William Ennis Kidd, MC

Feb 23, 1879

Born at Burritts Rapids, Grenville Twsp, Oxford County, Canada


Nov 1, 1914

Attested into 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario

Ø  Number 59548

o   Very shortly after was made an Honorary Captain, and Chaplain to the Battalion

Ø  Next of Kin given as Mrs Margaret Louise Dealtry Kidd (wife) of Brockville Ontario

Ø  Former occupation given as “Clerk in Holy Orders”

Ø  Previous military experience given as “Boy Scouts and Cadets”

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

o   Note that the Attestation Papers are dated November 1, 1915 in 3 separate places, it clearly should read 1914

May 6, 1915

Embarked the SS Metagama at Montreal for England



May 15, 1915

Disembarked in England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe


Jul 31, 1915

TOS (Taken on Strength) Duchess of Connaught Red Cross Hospital


Sep 5, 1915

TOS by the Department of Chaplain Services


Sep 9, 1915

Transferred to 2nd Div HQ and detailed for duty to the 4th CIB (Canadian Infantry Brigade) as Chaplain (Church of England) by the OC of the Canadian 2nd Division


Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in France


Dec 24, 1915

Admitted to No 5 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with Bronchitis and transferred to the Officer’s Rest Station at Mont Noir


Jan 1, 1916

Discharged from hospital to duty


Nov 25, 1916

Awarded the Military Cross, London Gazette #29837



Dec 29, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 8, 1917

Granted extension of leave to January 11, 1917


Jun 11, 1917

To be Honorary Major, London Gazette #30178


Feb 2, 1918

Posted to 2nd Division HQ and attached to 21st Battalion for duty


May 28, 1918

Mentioned in Despatches, London Gazette #30706


Jul 19, 1918

Transferred to Canadian Corps at Shorncliffe


Jul 20, 1918

TOS Chaplain Service OMFC on returning from France


Jul 21, 1918

Granted leave until July 31, 1918


Aug 1, 1918

Posted for duty to Bramshott Area


Oct 6, 1918

Proceeded on Command to Canadian Segregation Camp at Rhyl


Nov 29, 1918

Attached to HQ Canadian Concentration Camp at Kinmel Park and assumes duties of Senior Chaplain


Jul 25, 1919

Ceases to be on Command


Aug 3, 1919

SOS OMFC on embarkation for Canada


Aug 14, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Quebec City, Quebec, on general demobilization

Address on Discharge, Trinity Rectory, Brockville Ontario


Rev. W.E. Kidd MC, served as president of the 21st Battalion Association
from 1939 to 1945.  In recognition of that service, the association
presented him with the Past President’s Medal



Apr 4, 1970

Deceased at Galt Ontario

Buried in the Anglican Cemetery, Brockville Ontario, but prior to burial, there was a service for 21st Battalion veterans in Kingston


Above is from the September 1970 issue of The Communiqué

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