Martin Lawrence Kilby



Jun 18, 1894

Born in Renfrew, Ontario to Francis and Emily Emma (nee Turpin) Kilby


Nov 22, 1917

Medical examination conducted under the MSA (Military Service Act, 1917) in Renfrew, Ontario.  He was declared fit for service.


Jan 14, 1918

Conscripted into the 2nd Depot Battalion EOR (Eastern Ontario Regiment) under the MSA, 1917, in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Number 3320262

Ø  Next of kin given as Mrs. F. Kilby, mother, Knightington, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø  No previous military experience given

Ø  Religion given as Roman Catholic


Feb 13, 1918

Embarked the SS Lapland in Halifax, Nova Scotia as part of the 2nd Depot Battalion’s 1st Draft


Feb 25, 1918

Disembarked in England and proceeded to the Seaford Camp where the entire draft was absorbed into the 6th Reserve Battalion for training


Jun 10, 1918

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Jun 11, 1918

Arrived at the CIBD (Canadian Infantry Base Depot) in Etaples, France and TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion.


Jun 17, 1918

After leaving the base depot, Private Kilby joined the CC Rein C (Canadian Corps Reinforcement Camp) Aubin St. Vaast


Jun 27, 1918

After leaving the reinforcement camp he joined the 21st Battalion in Division Reserve south of Fosseux, France


Oct 11, 1918

In the 21st Battalion’s action during the battle of Amiens, their task was to assist with the capture the town of Iwuy, France.  This was the last charge of Allied Cavalry and the fighting was fierce.  Private Kilby received a through and through shrapnel wound to his left leg and was evacuated to the No. 9 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to a casualty clearing station


Oct 13, 1918

Transferred to the No. 20 General Hospital in Camiers, France


Oct 18, 1918

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship Stad Antwerpen

On arrival in England he was admitted to the Royal Herbert Hospital, Woolwich

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


Feb 17, 1919

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Epsom


Mar 17, 1919

Discharged from hospital with 10 days sick leave and transferred to the 6th Reserve Battalion in Seaford


Apr 8, 1919

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


May 7, 1919

Embarked the SS Orduna in Liverpool



May 15, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Ottawa, Ontario


May 19, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Ottawa, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  War Service Badge Class “A” issued number 184526

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge Knightington, Ontario

Following his discharge, the British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at Knightington, Ontario


Oct 7, 1919

Married to Elfrie Ida Landry in Pembroke, Ontario


May 8, 1956

Died in Pembroke, Ontario and buried in the St. Columbia Roman Catholic Cemetery, Pembroke


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