Sunday 21 March 2010

Private John Kinnier

Born on 1 July 1893 in Belfast, Ireland - son of Thomas Arther and Rose Ellen Kinnier, Belfast, Ireland - at the time of his enlistment in 1916: present address in Gananoque, Ontario; trade as paper maker; single; no current or previous military service; Methodist; height of 5 feet 5.75 inches; chest of 34 inches fully expanded; black complexion; blue eyes; dark brown hair.

Joined the 156th Battalion, CEF, in Gananoque, Ontario, on 25 May 1916 (number 640161) - taken on the strength of the 38th Battalion, CEF, on 24 May 1917 - wounded on 26 or 28 June 1917 - rejoined the 38th Battalion on 26 September 1917 - killed in action on 30 October 1917 - name inscribed on the Ypres (Menin Gate) Memorial (panel 10-18-26-28), Belgium.

(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; Commonwealth War Graves Commission, "Debt of Honour" register,

1 comment:

Unknown said...

John was my great uncle, most of his brothers fought in ww1 including my grandfather thomas kinnier dm2/195280 he serve ww1 in Army Service Corps Mechanical Transport Learners and survive. As far as I know john was the only one who left for canada and joint the cef and was kia.

Nice to see a write up on john kinnier.

Lets remember them who fought.