2nd Battalion Canadian Machine Gun Corps
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Kane, Edward George, 1045922, Private (1889-)
Edward George Kane was born on 21 August 1889 at Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and enlisted in the 241st Overseas Battalion at Windsor, Ontario on 9 April 1917. He was unmaried and working as a labourer at 509 West Madison Street, Chicago, Illinois. He listed a friend, Thomas C. Barry of 611 South State Street, Chicago, Illinois, as next-of-kin.
On Thursday, 3 May 1917, the company supported the infantry in an attack which formed part of the Battle of Fresnoy. The War Diary entry for that day includes the following: "... Lts Carter and Wallbridge took up two fresh gun crews owing to Casualties and damages and rearranged section ..."
On the following day, the retaliation by the enemy artillery was considerable. The War Diary does not contain any details, but Donald Fraser elaborates in his diary (The Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books): "Friday, 4 May - The enemy began dropping shells in our lines and things were assuming a serious aspect. Our men had practically no cover and had to lie tight and take full punishment. Enfilade fire was coming from the direction of Mericourt in the northeast and on particular gun had a perfect register on our trench ... We were completely at the mercy of the artillery. Our crew had to keep close to the gun; consequently, we ran the gauntlet every time the explosions neared us ... Up and down the trench the enemy kept this type of shelling for a long time, making the situation almost unbearable. Much more of it and we would have had to retire."
Fraser then reports on the
casualties of the previous two days' activity: "Saturday, 5 May - Very
little information reached me as to how our company fared. The crews,
being located a fair distance apart, it is difficult to know what is transpiring
elsewhere. Three are wounded in No. 2 Section, including Keenan.
Some of the crews became separated and members were arriving back claiming
they were the sole survivors; others stated that they did not know what
had happened to their comrades. Here and there they were disorganized
by the shelling. No. 1 Section had a similar number of wounded.
In No. 3 Section Branion, who
was wounded on the Somme, was killed, while another was wounded."
Donald Kehoe was born on 2 April 1897 at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the 40th Battalion at Yarmouth, Nova Scotia on 12 April 1915, at which time he was unmarried and working as a labourer. He listed his grandfather, Lawrence Cavanagh, also of Yarmouth, as next-of-kin.
Private D. Kehoe was killed
during the attack on Vimy Ridge on 9 April 1917. Donald Fraser mentions
this in his diary (The
Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books)
as follows: "Wednesday 25 April 1917: Word has been received that Keyhoe
[sic] of the Machine-Gun Company, who was reported missing, has been found
killed and is buried at Thelus. He was an ammunition carrier with
the company on the 9th." Kehoe was buried at Zivy Crater (originally
CB1), on the south side of the road from Thelus to Neuville-St. Vaast,
to the south of Lichfield Crater (Grave Ref. I). Zivy and Lichfield Craters
are preserved as cemeteries because each of them is in fact one large grave,
used for the burial of bodies found on the battlefield. The names
are inscribed on panels fixed in the sides. (Ref. Commonwealth
War Graves Commission)
Elmer Fred Keith was born on 10 November 1886 at Cornhill, Kings County, New Brunswick, son of John Keith. He enlisted in the 104th Overseas Battalion at Sussex, New Brunswick on 8 November 1915, at which time he was unmarried and working as a clerk in mens' furnishings. He listed his father, also of Cornhill, as next-of-kin.
Timothy Keleher was born on 24 September 1896 at St. John, New Brunswick. He enlisted in the 140th Overseas Battalion at Sussex, New Brunswick on 26 October 1915, at which time he was single, living at North Street, Fairville, St. John County, New Brunswick, and working as a labourer. He listed his mother Mrs. Sarah J. Keleher, also of North Street, Fairville, as next-of-kin.
Private T. Keleher was gassed
on 17 September 1918. The War Diary entry for that day includes the
following: "Shelling worked over to this Divisional front and enemy
used much gas."
Charles Edward Keller was born on 22 December 1898 at Portland, Oregon, USA, son of Frederick Keller. He enlisted in the 130th Overseas Battalion (via the 42nd Regiment) at Perth, Ontario on 11 January 1916, at which time he was single and farming. He listed his father, of Portland, Oregon, as next-of-kin.
"20 April 1917 - No. 8
Crew No 2 Section under Cpl Hunn
became casualties by shell hitting position. Cpl Hunn's conduct after being
wounded is worthy of the highest praise. Crew was replaced 3 hours later."
[War Diary] Donald Fraser describes the incident as follows: "Friday,
20 April 1917 - The gun crew of No. 8 gun were practically cleaned up
today. While they lay sleeping in their improvised dug-outs, a shell
landed and the whole six of them were wounded, three rather badly - Cpl.
Hunn, Kelly and Murphy. They
would never have been noticed if it were not for an Observation Officer
who happened to pass and thought there was something strange about the
place. Going over, he found them in a sorry plight."
Allan Kelly was born on 2 August 1898 at Toronto, Ontario, son of Dennis Kelly. He enlisted in the 1st Depot Battalion, 2nd C.O.R. at Toronto, Ontario on 22 October 1917, at which time he was unmarried, working as a varnishmaker, and living at 3349 South Hamilton Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.A. He listed his father, of the same address, as next-of-kin.
The 2nd Battalion CMG Corps War Diary shows Private W.J. Kelly (636183) as gassed on 14 September 1918. The entry for that date includes the following: "Enemy shelled with gas shells in forward area and caused strong concentration. 13 O.R's gassed. Shells used by enemy were all H.E. containing small portion of gas."
Howard Kenary was born on 23 December 1889 at Peterboro, Ontario. He enlisted in the 1st Depot Battalion, 2nd C.O.R. at Toronto, Ontario on 29 January 1918, at which time he was single, working as a farmer, and living at 607 Locust Street, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A. He listed his friend Harry Cordes, of General Delivery, Des Moines, Iowa, as next-of-kin.
Frank Kennedy was born on 3 June 1897 at Halifax, Nova Scotia, son of J.B. Kennedy. He enlisted in the 185th Overseas Battalion (Cape Breton Highlanders) at Sydney, Cape Breton, on 21 March 1916, having served for two years in the cadets. At the time he was working as an electrician, and living with his father at 127 Cottage Road, Sydney, Cape Breton.
John Anneskey Kenny was born on 22 August 1897 at Campbelles Bay, Quebec. He enlisted in the 151st Overseas Battalion at Wainwright, Alberta on 22 January 1916, at which time he was unmarried and working as a baggageman. He listed his mother, Mrs Missena Teressa Kenny of Wainwright, Alberta, as next-of-kin.
Private J.A. Kenny was reported
missing on 28 August 1918, during the Battle of Arras. Presumably
he was subsequently found, since he does not appear in the CWGC on-line
database of soldiers killed in WW1.
John Richard Kenward was born on 27 February 1892 at Birtle, Manitoba, son of Richard John Kenward. He enlisted in the 78th Overseas Battalion at Winnipeg, Manitoba on 27 December 1915, at which time he was unmarried and working as a farmer in Birtle, Manitoba. He listed his father, also of Birtle, as next-of-kin.
Lawrence Michael Keoughan was born on 2 February 1895 at Summerside, Prince Edward Island. He enlisted in the Cyclist Platoon at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 6 September 1916, at which time he was unmarried and a student, living at Prince George Hotel, Halifax, Nova Scotia. He listed his mother, Jane Keoughan of Millbank, New Brunswick, as next-of-kin.
Arthur Leslie Kern was born on 26 August 1895 at Burford, Ontario, and enlisted in the 86th Machine Gun Battalion at Hamilton, Ontario on 10 September 1915. At this time, he was unmarried and living in Burford, Ontario. He listed L.F. Kern, also of Burford, as his next-of-kin.
Sergeant A.L. Kern was gassed
on 8 September 1918. The War Diary entry for that day includes the
following: "Considerable shelling reported in forward area causing a
George Byron Kerr was born on 6 February 1899 at Elgin, Ontario, son of George Stanton Kerr. He first enlisted at Weyburn, Saskatchewan on 2 February 1916, at which time he said that he was unmarried, and a farmer of Carlyle, Saskatchewan. He named his father, also of Carlyle, as next-of-kin. A note of this attestation paper dated 15 April 1916 states "Under Age", and it appears that he may have been rejected for this reason. He filled out a new attestation paper at Regina, Saskatchewan, on 1 December 1916, this time giving his date of birth as 6 January 1897, and this time he appears to have been accepted.
Lt. J. Ketchum, of No. 2 Section, "K" Battery, No. 3 Company was first mentioned in a report accompanying the Battalion War Diaries on operations on 26 and 27 August 1918: "At 6.00 a.m. 27th this Battery was ordered to attack again with the 4th Canadian Inf. Brigade ... At ZERO ... No. 2 Section under Lieut. Ketchum [moved forward] with ... [a] Company of that Battalion. Heavy Machine Gun fore was encountered during the whole of this advance and there was also considerable direct Artillery fire. The Battery followed the Infantry closely and took up forward positions for direct overhead fire. Fire was quickly opened on men and horses seen on opposite side of the river range - 1000 yards, some men were seen to escape over the hill. The enemy soon began to shell the gun positions with H.E. and gas causing some casualties, and as the attack was not to be pushed then, the guns were moved to the Sunken Road in rear, and dug in."
Earnest Kielly was born on 24 April 1887 at New London, Prince Edward Island, son of Joseph Kielly. He enlisted in the 105th Overseas Battalion at Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island on 5 January 1916, at which time he was an active militia member of the 82nd Regiment, unmarried and working as a farmer at New London, P.E.I. He listed his father, of Rugwash, Nova Scotia, as next-of-kin.
Henry Kier was born on 26 October 1884 at Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. He enlisted in the 68th Overseas Battalion at Regina, Saskatchewan on 14 August 1915, at which time he was single and working as a painter. He listed William Kier, of 597 Pritchard Avenue, Winnipeg, Manitoba, as next-of-kin.
William Henry Killen was born on 7 October 1894 at Halifax, Nova Scotia. He enlisted in the 40th Battalion at Halifax, Nova Scotia on 2 August 1915, having previously served with the 66th Regiment for five years. He was single, working as a clerk, and listed his mother Elizabeth Killen, of 10 Ar..ong Street, Halifax, as next-of-kin.
Norman Adam Kilpatrick was born on 2 September 1893 at Crookston, Hastings, Ontario, son of John Kilpatrick. He enlisted in the 39th Battalion at Belleville, Ontario on 9 March 1915, at which time he was single and working as a farmer. He listed his father, still of Crookston, as next-of-kin.
Frank Henry King was born on 11 January 1884 at High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England, son of William & Agnes King (later of 66 Newlands Meadows, High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, England). [Family Notes] He enlisted in the 37th Battalion at Niagara, Ontario on 18 August 1915, at which time he was married and working as a moulder. He listed his wife, Lucy Martha King, of Box 892, Cobalt, Ontario, as next-of-kin.
Private F.H. King died on
11 April 1918, aged 34, and was buried at Bellacourt Military Cemetery,
Riviere (Grave Ref. II.C.11). His next-of-kin was shown as his wife,
Mrs G.T. Deering (formerly King) of Cobalt, Ontario. There is no
report of casualties in the Battalion War Diary for this day, although
the following entries may be of relevance: "6-10 a.m. Enemy fire rather
heavy, with barrage over front line system. Enemy raided at 9.30 a.m. but
was driven back with loss on Left Battalion frontage. 2 p.m. One
gun put out of action by German artillery fire. Complete spare part kit
Jack Harold King was born on 20 August 1896 at London, Middlesex, England. He enlisted in the 1st Depot Battalion, 1st C.O. Regiment at Toronto, Ontario on 10 January 1918, at which time he was single and working as a driver at St. Louis, Missouri, USA. He listed his friend, Miss May Franklin of 139 Maran Street, Detroit, Michigan, USA, as next-of-kin.
Private J.H. King was wounded
on 21 September 1918. The War Diary entry for that day includes the
following: "Enemy shelled the forward area heavily throughout the morning.
3.00 pm Enemy laid down heavy barrage, followed by an attack on MOEUVRES.
4.00 pm S.O.S. Signal was sent up by 52nd Division on right. Guns
opened up slow rate of fire. Artillery was very active and stiff
bombardments by both sides carried on until 9.35 p.m. When all quietened
down the enemy did not attack."
Joseph Claude King was born on 21 November 1898 at Renfrew, Ontario. He enlisted in the No. 2 Overseas A.S.C. (Army Service Corps) Training Depot at Ottawa, Ontario on 23 March 1917, at which time he was unmarried, living at 267 Centre Street, Ottawa, and working as a chauffeur. He listed his mother Mary king, also of 267 Centre Street, as next-of-kin.
Private J.C. King was gassed
on 7 September 1918. The War Diary entry for that day includes the
following: "Enemy shelled area around BUISSY very heavily and all forward
Batteries." He was detached to the 6th Battalion, C.E. Unit Group
No. 10 "G" Ottawa on 25 March 1919, for the purpose of demobilisation.
Kenneth Kirkland was born on 26 September 1887 at Manchester, Lancashire, England. He enlisted in the 1st Depot Battalion 2nd C.O.R. at Toronto, Ontario on 17 December 1917, at which time he was married, living at 452, 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, U.S.A., and working as a druggist. He listed his wife, Claire Kirkland of 452, 6th Avenue, Brooklyn, New York, as next-of-kin.
Donald Fraser mentions Private
Kitson in his diary (The
Journal of Private Fraser, ed. Reginald H. Roy, publ. 1998, CEF Books),
shortly after the Battle of Lens: "Wednesday, 23 August 1917 - The scrapping
quietened down considerably last night. Word was received that Kitson,
and Curly Elwood were wounded and
was missing. The [infantry] battalions have been relieved."
William Russell Knight was born on 28 November 1892 at Souris, Prince Edward Island. He enlisted in the 46th Battalion at Regina, Saskatchewan on 22 March 1915, having previously served for two years with the 27th Battalion C.F.A. He was unmarried and working as a carpenter, and listed his mother Mrs. W.H. Knight, also of Souris, P.E.I., as next-of-kin.
Onesimus Waldus Kolding was born on 19 January 1894 at Stephenson, Michigan, U.S.A., son of the Reverend N.H. Kolding. He enlisted at Ca..nta..i? on 31 March 1916, at which time he was single and working as a farmer at Murray Valley, Alberta. He listed his father, of Revesville, P.O. Alberta, as next-of-kin.
William Henry Jervis Kreitzer was born on 7 March 1886 at London, Ontario. He enlisted in the 118th Overseas Battalion at Berlin, Ontario on 23 February 1916 - being initially assigned a rank of Captain - having served in the 7th and 48th Regiments, and an active member of the 108th Militia Regiment (Berlin). He was married, working as a jeweller, and living at 52 Duke Street, Berlin, Ontario. He listed his wife, E. Nettie Kreitzer of 29 Victor Street, London, Ontario, as next-of-kin.
Lieut. W.H.J. Kreitzer is shown in "G" Battery of No. 2 Company in the first Nominal Roll compiled for the 2nd Battalion CMG Corps, dated April 1918, on attachment from the 18th (Canadian Infantry) Battalion. He reappears in the June 1918 roll for the last time, so presumably he returned to his unit after that date.
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