This web site is the second of my "Great War Projects"
to record the history of the Laughton and Kennedy families (my
grandfathers). This is the history of Josiah Alexander Chancellor
Kennedy ("JACK") who signed up in Canada with the Canadian
Expeditionary Force (CEF) as a Private with the Princess
Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry (PPCLI), was wounded and recovered, then
rejoined the war as a 2nd Lieutenant and then Acting/Captain with
Irish Rifles (RIR) of the British Army.
My first project, which is still ongoing, records the
exploits of George Van Wyck
Laughton, who won the Military Cross at Vimy Ridge. I knew this second
project, would be tougher, as I did not have the family records and memorabilia
that I have for Grandfather Laughton. What limited information I did have to
start came from my Uncle Guiler ("JACK"'s son), who has since deceased.
Additional information came from research at the Library
and Archives Canada site in Ottawa CANADA and the National
Archives site in the Kew, ENGLAND. We also contracted to have a
Military History completed by Chris Baker, a copy of which is now posted
on this web site (see Josiah Kennedy Military
Thanks also to the many members of the Great
War Forum and the Canadian
Expeditionary Force Study Group for their valuable input. In
particular, members of the GWF were instrumental in providing background
information and records related the Josiah Kennedy, as well as for his
brothers William and James.
War Record Summary
This web site summarizes my research on my maternal grandfather in the Great War (1914-1918) as seen by Josiah Alexander Chancellor Kennedy
(J.A.C.K.). Grandfather Kennedy joined the Canadian Expeditionary Force in Canada, where he trained prior to his embarkation to England for further training. Initially attached to the CEF 30th Battalion
(later designated 30th Reserve Battalion and absorbed by the 1st Reserve
Battalion) he was transferred to the 16th Battalion (Canadian
Scottish). From there he moved to the Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry
"Reinforcements" and then to the PPCLI in the field (France) in March 1915.
On May 10, 1915 Grandfather Kennedy was wounded in the battles at Ypres (Flanders, Belgium) in the vicinity of Bellewaerde Lake. After recovering from his wounds
Jack rejoined the Princess Patricia's, but was again struck off strength
due to additional medical complications, as described elsewhere within
After travel back to England for medical treatment (including
surgery), Jack completed officers training and then signed up this time not with the CEF and the Princess Patricia's but rather with the
Royal Irish Rifles of the British Army. The dates would suggest that this is about the time that the CEF was undergoing reorganization and a number of CEF soldiers were accepting training as officers for subsequent posting to
British units. The records show that Jack signed up with the RIR in October 1916
and was later promoted to "Acting Captain" when he took over a
Company. He was captured by the Germans in March 1918 and released in November 1918. He was discharged in July 1919.
For both of my projects, I also retained the services of Chris Baker, a war
historian and author of "The Long, Long
Trail" and founder of the Great
War Forum in the United Kingdom. In April 2006 I received his reports,
copies of which have now been posted to this site. For details on that
please now go to the new section entitled "Service
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