Born on 14 February 1892 in Bradford, Yorkshire, England - next of kin listed as J.P. Kelsall, Wilmot, Nova Scotia - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: trade as student; single; currently a member of the MacDonald College Canadian Officers' Training Corps; no previous military service; Non-Sectarian Christian; height of 5 feet 6 inches; chest of 35.3 inches fully expanded; medium complexion. blue eyes; brown hair.
Joined the 38th Battalion, CEF, in Ste. Anne de Bellevue, Quebec, on 8 March 1915 (number 410938) - transferred to Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry on 16 July 1915 - wounded on 2 or 4 June 1916 - promoted to Lance-Corporal at some time with Princess Patricia's Canadian Light Infantry.
(sources: Library and Archives Canada (www.collectionscanada.gc.ca), online attestation papers; Canadian War Museum, 19740281-001, Manu 58F 2 3, 207th Canadian Infantry Battalion and 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Nominal Roll; The Cameron Highlanders of Ottawa Regimental Museum, A400-0007, Master Personnel List for the 38th Canadian Infantry Battalion, Canadian Expeditionary Force)