J. A. C. Kennedy

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J. A. C. Kennedy (“JACK“) attested to the Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF) to serve in the Great War of 1914-1919. Prior to the Great War he served in the 102nd Militia Regiment Rocky Mountain Rangers. At the start of the war Josiah (whom I believe was better know as “Chancellor”) attested to the 30th Overseas Battalion (later designated the 30th Reserve Battalion) from where he was transferred to the 16th Battalion (Canadian Scottish) and finally to the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry (P.P.C.L.I.). He shipped out of Canada on January 21, 1915 and after a short amount of training in England, he embarked for the Western Front on March 16, 1915. Josiah was one of two soldiers wounded in the PPCLI on May 10, 1915, perhaps fortunate as most of the PPCLI men did not survive the 1915 Battles of Ypres! After recovery of his wounds and a subsequent medical condition, Josiah retrained and accepted an Officers Commission with the Royal Irish Rifles (R.I.R.) of the Imperial Forces in October 1916. Two of his brothers served in the RIR as well but neither survived the war. Grandfather Kennedy was captured on March 21, 1918 and lived out the remained of the war in a German POW Camp inĀ Freiburg.

Summary:

Josiah Alexander Chancellor Kennedy
Regimental Number 51288

  • 102nd Regiment, Rocky Mountain Rangers, August 1914
  • 30th Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force (CEF), November 10, 1914
  • 30th Reserve Battalion, CEF
  • 16th Infantry Battalion, CEF, February 9, 1915
  • Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Reinforcements, December 31, 1914
  • Royal Irish Rifles, October 1916
  • Guest of the Kaiser (POW), March 1918 – November 1918

There is considerable confusion on the early dates in Grandfather Kennedy’s records which appear to relate to the fact that he was underage when he attested in 1914. There is strong evidence to suggest he made it to England but was sent back home, where he re-attested when he became 19. He made it back to England as a reinforcement for the PPCLI.