Alfred John Kitchener, MM



Oct 16, 1895

Born at Portsmouth England


Nov 6, 1914

Attested into the 21st Battalion at Kingston Ontario 

Ø      Number 59555 (temporary number 773)

Ø      Next of kin given as Mrs W Falkner (mother) of #1 Morleland Rd, Gosport England

o       Mother’s name is alternately spelled Faulkner.  Her address is also later changed to #7 Fort Road, Hythe Kent, then again changed to #1 York Terrace, John St, Gosport Hants, England

Ø      Previous occupation given as Farmer

Ø      No previous military experience given

Ø      Religion given as Church of England

Ø      Assigned to “G” Company

o       This was later reorganized into “D” Company


Apr 9, 1915

Appointed to provisional rank of Lance Cpl


May 6, 1915

Embarked the RMS Metagama at Montreal Quebec



May 15, 1915

Disembarked at Devonport England and proceeded to West Sandling Camp, near Hythe Kent


Jul 1, 1915

Confirmed in appointment as L/Cpl


Sep 14, 1915

Embarked the St Seiriol at Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked at Boulogne France and proceeded to St Omer


Mar 5, 1916

Promoted to rank of Cpl to replace Cpl A Trappitt who was promoted


Jun 5, 1916

Granted 9 days leave


Jun 14, 1916

At duty from leave


Jul 17, 1916

Appointed to rank of Lance Sgt to replace L/Sgt H Muspratt who was promoted


Sep 15, 1916

Promoted to rank of Sgt to replace Sgt Jealous who was killed in action 

He became Platoon Sgt for 14 Platoon, “D” Coy


Dec 21, 1916

Awarded the Military Medal per the London Gazette #29873


Citation reads

For energy and initiative between Sept 28th-30th 1916.  When digging an outpost line, his party sustained heavy casualties from shell fire.  He continued his task until ordered to advance to dig another line, and by his courage and intelligent leading performed his new task and held the trench until relieved.

AFW 3121


May 9, 1917

Admitted to No 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with shrapnel wounds to his head 

This occurred while “D” Coy was under the command of the 20th Battalion for an attack at Fresnoy. 

Transferred same day to No 12 CFA


May 10, 1917

Transferred to No 14 Canadian General Hospital at Wimereux


May 11, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St Andrew


Posted to EORD (Eastern Ontario Regimental Depot) while in hospital 

Admitted to No 3 Southern General Hospital at Oxford


Jun 9, 1917

Transferred to Canadian Convalescent Hospital at Epsom 

On admission he is noted as still having shrapnel fragments in his scalp causing headaches.  There is no record of these fragments being removed


Jun 15, 1917

Discharged from hospital and posted to the 6th Reserve Battalion at Seaford


Jun 1, 1918

Pay assignment changed from mother to Miss Alma Argall, 32 Saint Lawrence Market, Toronto Ontario


Jun 30, 1918

Appointed to rank of Acting Company Quartermaster Sgt with pay


Dec 13, 1918

Appointed to position of Acting CSM (Company Sgt Major) with rank of Acting Warrant Officer Class II while so employed


Jun 23, 1919

Embarked the SS Belgic at Liverpool



Jul 1, 1919

Disembarked at Halifax Nova Scotia and proceeded to Toronto Ontario


Jul 3, 1919

Discharged from the CEF at Toronto Ontario 

Ø      War Service Badge Class “A” issued, number 318068

Ø      Proposed residence on discharge – 488 Carlaw Ave, Toronto Ontario


Jun 30, 1921

British War Medal and Victory Medal were sent to 488 Carlaw Ave, Toronto Ontario and it appears that they were returned


Sep 14, 1921

Above medals were resent to 213 Logan Ave, Toronto Ontario


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