Edward Neill McKegg

May 22, 1897

Born in Kingston, Ontario to Cornelius James and Georgina (nee Allport) McKegg


Jun 14, 1914

Volunteered with the Princess of Wales’ Own Rifles in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Number 1868

Ø  Posted to “H” Company


Mar 25, 1915

Attested into the 21st Battalion in Kingston, Ontario


Ø  Number 59728 (temporary number 1347)

Ø  Next of kin given as Neill McKegg, father, 2 Jenkins St., Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Previous occupation given as Clerk

Ø  Previous military experience given as 14th Regiment, PWOR for 8 months

Ø  Religion given as Church of England

Ø  Posted to “B” Company

Edward McKegg lied about his age, stating he was born in 1897 instead of his actual birth year of 1898.

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


Jul 3, 1915

Admitted to the Monks Horton Hospital with a diagnosis that reads Pneumonia


Sep 2, 1915

Posted to the Depot Company while in hospital


Sep 11, 1915

Discharged to duty from hospital


Sep 14, 1915

Posted to “D” Company

Embarked the St. Seiriol in Folkestone



Sep 15, 1915

Disembarked in Boulogne, France and the battalion proceeded to St. Omer


Dec 22, 1916

Granted 10 days leave


Jan 2, 1917

Declared to be AWL (Absent Without Leave)


Feb 15, 1917

Arrived at the CBD (Canadian Base Depot) in the Rouelles Camp, Havre, France after overstaying his leave


Feb 20, 1917

Rejoined the 21st Battalion west of Vimy Ridge under arrest

There is no record of any punishment issued for his absence


Apr 6, 1917

Awarded the Good Conduct Badge


May 9, 1917

While in the front line east of Vimy Ridge along the railway line near the town of Farbus, Private McKegg received a glancing shrapnel wound to his right temple and was evacuated to the No. 4 CFA (Canadian Field Ambulance) for first aid before being transported to the No. 12 Canadian Field Ambulance


May 10, 1917

Transferred to the No. 13 Stationary Hospital in Boulogne, France


May 16, 1917

Invalided to England aboard the Hospital Ship St. Andrew


On arrival in England, he was admitted to the Red Cross Hospital in Torquay

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




Jun 21, 1917

Transferred to the Canadian Convalescent Hospital in Monks Horton


Jun 29, 1917

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


Feb 13, 1918

Admitted to the Special Division Military Hospital in Chiseldon with a diagnosis that reads VDG (Venereal Disease Gonorrhea)


Apr 18, 1918

Discharged to duty from hospital


Nov 7, 1918

Designated as 1st Class Signaller


Dec 27, 1918

Attached to Military District No. 3 in Kinmel Park, Rhyl pending return to Canada


Jan 11, 1919

Embarked the SS Olympic in Southampton



Jan 17, 1919

Disembarked in Halifax, Nova Scotia and proceeded to Kingston, Ontario where he was Taken On Strength Military District No. 3 Casualty Company


Jan 21, 1919

Granted leave until February 3, 1919


Feb 10, 1919

Discharged from the CEF in Kingston, Ontario

Ø  Rank on discharge Private

Ø  Entitled to War Service Badge Class “A”

Ø  Proposed residence on discharge 249 Victoria St., Kingston, Ontario

Following hid discharge, the 1914-15 Star, British War Medal and Victory Medals were sent to him at 680 Princess St., Kingston, Ontario


Apr 18, 1923

Married to Helen Olive McQuaid in Kingston, Ontario


Jul 2, 1926

Employed as a display layout clerk at the J.L. Hudson department store, Detroit, Michigan


Mar 6, 1953

Edward Neill McKegg died of a heart attack while at work and was buried in the St. Alphonsus Roman Catholic Cemetery in Windsor, Ontario





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