Private Moses KEALEY
Enlisted with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916
May 15, 2012:
I am always pleased when I check this page on Bytown or Bust and see the photo of the St. Pat's parish list of war veterans.
It shows both my father John Dunlop and his younger brother, Gerald. Dad completed his RCAF service as a Technical Sargent
[airfield controller]. He went on to a long career in the Post Office and Uncle Gerry to the Ottawa Police Force.
But I wanted to offer something from the maternal side of the family. I prepared a brief report for my Mother, Rita Dunlop,
on the WWI army service of her uncle, Moses Kealey.
From the Regimental Documents, Military Records, Library & Archives Canada
(born Dec.11, 1885, South March, Ontario)
[Note that the Moses Kealey name appears with a number of mis-spellings and corrections, including Kelley and Keeley.]
Moses Kealey enlisted in Ottawa in the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force (CEF) on St. Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1916.
He was 30 years old, a labourer, and was 137 lbs and 5' 6.75". Brown Hair, grey eyes. He listed as his next-of-kin, his sister,
Mrs. Margaret Blake of 365 Parkdale Ave. Unable to read or write, he signed with an " X ". In latter documents the Blake
address is changed to indicate 213 Armstrong St. which is at the corner of Parkdale Ave.
He was assigned to the 207th Battalion with Regt. No. 145783. Private Kealey was discharged from service on Oct. 14, 1916 being
found medically unfit for overseas service due to "... subacute rheumatism contracted while in active service..." which caused him
difficulty in walking because of pain and stiffness in the left knee joint. He was treated for rheumatic fever at the
Water Street Hospital and the Fleming Convalescent Home. Later in December he was considered to have an 1/8 disability and was
awarded a (one time) Disability Gratuity of $50.
He re-enlisted in Rockland, Ontario on March 12, 1917. He listed his brother, John as next of kin, at 212 Armstrong St., Ottawa.
He was found fit for overseas service and assigned to the 235th Battalion of the 1st Central Ontario Regiment with Regt. No. 2309331.
Private Kealey embarked in Halifax on May 3, 1917 aboard the troopship, S.S. Metagama. He disembarked in Liverpool,
England on May 14. There he was transferred to the 3rd Canadian Reserve Battalion (CEF) stationed at West Sandling. After a stay
at the No. XI Canadian General Hospital, Moore Barracks in Shorncliffe for phimosis, he was transferred to the Canadian Corps
Reinforcement Camp and finally, the 4th Battalion, Canadian Mounted Rifles (CMF). This unit was considered dismounted cavalry and
fought as infantry. Private Kealey served in the 4th Light Mortar Battery. He was treated for PUO (pyrexia (fever) of unknown origin)
in France during July and August 1918 at army hospitals in Rouen and Trouville, France. He was returned to the U.K. in late Feb. 1919.
Moses embarked for Canada aboard the S.S.Oylmpic at Southampton on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1919. He was discharged as part of
the general demobilization, in Kingston, Ontario on March 28, 1919.
Private Moses Kealey was entitled to the British War medal and the Victory medal. He passed away at the National Defence Medical Centre,
Ottawa on September 10, 1963.
... Will Dunlop
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