Josiah Alexander Chancellor Kennedy, ("JACK")
Regimental Number: 51288

Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
& Royal Irish Rifles 

This Page Last updated: February 07, 2013

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We are pleased to report that Library and Archives Canada has added this site to their list of external research links for World War One History.  This group of archive links can be found on their site under the heading of 940.3 World War I, 1914-1918 or by directly following this link:

We have searched ArchiviaNet of Library and Archives Canada and found the Attestation Papers of Josiah Chancellor Kennedy, listed as Regimental Number 51288.

It appears that the issue is complicated as Josiah has two (2) sets of Attestation Papers.  The first is dated November 10, 1914 and the second February 9, 1915.  It would appear that he was underage at his first attempt and had to try again later.

Here is an extract of the actual documents, all of which are accessible from the link noted above or by clicking on this extract to obtain the PDF document:


For an expanded version, click on the document:

Link to LAC


The details of the documents are provided here:

Library & Archives Canada Reference Documents to Soldier's File
Transfer from CEF 30th Battalion to P.P.C.L.I.
Pay Records for service with P.P.C.L.I
Medical Records - Wounded in the Somme
(as well as treatment for his Orchitis / Hydrocele)
Pay Records - Transfer to Imperial Army, Royal Irish Rifles
Promotions & Appointments Record

It is interesting how these records change the reports that have passed down through the family history.  I had always heard that Grandfather Kennedy was hospitalized as a result of the gas attack at the Somme - but these records record only the original wound to the foot and later his surgery to deal with the Orchitis and Hydrocele (testicular swellings).

Note that these records are of Canadian origin and so they do not deal with Grandfather Kennedy's subsequent release from the convalescent hospital in England, his training in the Imperial Army officer's college, nor his subsequent position with the Royal Irish Rifles.  As we find more on those topics they will be posted on the Imperial Army "R.I.R" Page.

In addition to the personal records of JACK we have retrieved the PPCLI War Diary from the Library and Archives web site.  The following files are available:

Princess Patricia's Index of War Diaries

November 1914-October 1915
November 1915-December 1916
January 1917-March 1918
April 1918- January 1919

To date we have download and cleaned these up for the period from November 1914 to December 1916, covering Jack's time with the PPCLI.  As each of these pages were posted to the archives site as an individual JPEG file, we have downloaded all of these, enhanced them with PaperPort ScanSoft, converted them to B&W PaperPort files to reduce the file size from 36 megabytes to 3.9 megabytes, and then printed them to ADOBE PDF format for easy viewing.  We also made a Microsoft Excel file that shows the date of the war diary entry and the corresponding Library & Archives Canada file reference number (i.e. November 1914, page 1 = LAC File 1072321 = our file 321).  The available files are on our PPCLI page



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