Frederick Kiff

Aug 5, 1882

Born in Two Waters, Hertfordshire, England to James and Mary Ann (nee Hart) Kiff


Dec 25, 1906

Married to Maude Fredenburg in Toronto, Ontario

Jun 26, 1914

Shown on the payroll of the 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers with the rank of Private in “B” Company


Nov 4, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59549 (temporary number 539)

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. Maude Kiff, wife, 139 Sherbrooke St., Peterborough, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Marine Fireman

Ø  Previous military experience given as 57th Regiment, Peterborough Rangers

Ø  Religion given as Baptist

Ø  Posted to “E” Company

o   This was later reorganized into “C” Company

o   He was later posted to the Transport Section

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


Feb 14, 1916

Attached to the 2nd Canadian Labour Battalion and attached to the CORCC (Canadian Overseas Railway Construction Corps) for duty


May 20, 1916

Ceased to be attached and rejoined the battalion


Aug 5, 1916

While on a work party near Vlamertinghe, Belgium Private Kiff accidentally fell and received lacerations to his face and right arm.  He was admitted to the No. 88 Field Ambulance for first aid before being transferred the same day to the No. 29 DRS (Division Rest Station)


Dec 20, 1916

Rejoined the 21st Battalion from the rest station


Dec 21, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 2, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 2, 1917

The move into the Passchendaele front line as told by Martin Henry Timms during an interview for the CBC radio series In Flanders Fields that aired in 1964.  This part of the interview was edited out and not part of the final program.



Dec 6, 1917

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 23, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from leave


Nov 21, 1918

Granted 14 days leave


Dec 6, 1918

Admitted to the No. 2 London General Hospital in Chelsea with a diagnosis that reads Influenza while on leave in England.

Transferred to the EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) for pay purposes while in hospital


Dec 23, 1918

Transferred to the Princess Patricia Red Cross Hospital in the Cooden Camp, Bexhill


Jan 7, 1919

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


Jan 21, 1919

Attached to Military District Wing #3, Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Feb 10, 1919

Embarked the SS Royal George in Liverpool



Feb 20, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was posted to the Military District #3 Casualty Company


Feb 25, 1919

Granted leave until March 10, 1919


Mar 14, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 90591

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 585 Division St., Peterborough, Ontario

 Following his discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 585 Division St., Peterborough, Ontario

Frederick Kiff died in Peterborough, Ontario in June of 1962


Frederick Kiff is honoured for his service on the Peterborough, Ontario
Wall of Honour

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