Monday 23 April 2012

Private Albert Edward Kneller

Born on 6 September 1896 in London, England - son of Thomas Godfrey and Sarah Kate Kneller, Walsingham Centre, Ontario - brother of Private Thomas Charles Kneller, 38th Battalion, CEF - at the time of his enlistment in 1915: present address in Aylmer, Ontario; trade as farmer; single; no current or previous military service; Baptist; height of 5 feet 2.25 inches; chest of 35.25 inches fully expanded; medium complexion; grey eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 91st Battalion, CEF, in St. Thomas, Ontario, on 1 December 1915 (number 189511) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 20 or 21 August 1916 - wounded on 18 or 19 November 1916 - invalided to England on 24 November 1916 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 6 July 1917 - invalided sick to England on 20 March 1918.

(Photo of Pte Kneller - with his brothers Thomas Charles to the left and Thomas Godefroy to the right - courtesy of Paul Freeman and the Elgin County Archives).

(sources: Library and Archives Canada (, 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; e-mail, Kathy Wyatt, 4 February 2013)

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