Alfred Randolph MacKinnon

Thank you to Bruce Kettles for providing the service file


Jun 20, 1884

Born in St. John, New Brunswick to John and Emily MacKinnon


May 28, 1915

Attested into the 55th Battalion in Sussex, New Brunswick

Ø      Number 444688

Ø      Next of kin given as Emily MacKinnon, mother, 320 Rockland Rd., St. John, New Brunswick

Ø      Previous occupation given as Traveling Salesman

Ø      Previous military experience given as Home Guards, St. Catherines, Ontario

Ø      Religion given as Baptist

The battalion began it’s training in Sussex, New Brunswick


Jun 15, 1915

The battalion moved to Valcartier, Quebec to continue training


Oct 30, 1915

Embarked the SS Corsican in Montreal, Quebec


Nov 9, 1915

Disembarked in Devonport, England and the battalion proceeded to Bramshott to continue training


Apr 7, 1916

Transferred to the Brigade Signals Base with the 39th Reserve Battalion, West Sandling


Sep 27, 1916

Transferred to the 21st Battalion


Sep 28, 1916

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France as part of a draft of 99 reinforcements from England.  On arrival he was TOS (Taken On Strength) the 21st Battalion


Oct 12, 1916

Left the CBD to join his battalion


Oct 14, 1916

Joined the 21st Battalion in billets in Divion, France


May 17, 1917

Attached to the 4th Field Company, Canadian Engineers for duty


Jun 1, 1917

Rejoined the battalion from the 4th FCCE


Aug 12, 1917

Admitted to the No. 10 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) with a diagnosis that reads ICT (an Inter Connective Tissue infection)


Oct 6, 1917

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 8, 1917

Granted 10 days leave


Dec 16, 1917

While in the trenches south of Acheville, Private MacKinnon was killed in action.  He was buried shortly after in the Beehive Cemetery, Willerval France

Following the war the British War Medal, Victory Medal, Plaque (Dead Man’s Penny), Scroll and Memorial Cross were sent to his mother, Mrs. Emily MacKinnon, 66 Lansdowne Ave., St. John, New Brunswick


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