1003 PRIVATE ARCHIBALD JOHNSON KENNEDY
Canadian 1st Div.Supply Column
Interred in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent.
Archie Kennedy was born at Ballyboyland, a short distance outside Ballymoney on 25th September 1883. He had at least one brother, Robert, and a sister Mary.As a young man he spent five years in the Royal Navy before he emi- grated to Canada and settled near Quebec where he worked as an engineer. He enlisted at Valcartier Camp, a huge military camp on the outskirts of Quebec on 8th September 1914. He was five feet eight and a half inches tall with a dark complexion, brown eyes and brown hair. He eventually arrived in France on 10th February 1915. In July of that year he spent a week in hos- pital suffering from a bowel complaint, followed by another spell in hospital with a severe toothache. Then in January of 1916 he was granted a weeks leave to help him recover from these complaints. Following this in April he was transferred to the Canadian Supply Column and here he was to remain. He was again granted leave in October 1916 and was home for ten days. On 22nd January 1917 he was awarded the Good Conduct Badge although his records do not state the reasons for this award. Then in April he reported sick and was removed to the hospital ship "Lanfranc" and transferred to England. Reports by the doctors there mention a heart problem and of him being fat and very much over weight. Reports tell of a very gradual, slow recovery, but always mention the seriousness of the situation and the fact that he is over weight. He died from heart failure on the 28th of September 1917. He is buried in Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, Kent. In April 1917 Archie Kennedy was in hospital suffering from shell shock.