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Major Christopher Patrick John O’Kelly

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PERSONAL INFORMATION

Date of birth: 1895-11-18
Place of birth: Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada
Next of kin: Christoper and Cecelia O’Kelly, 2 Chelsea Ct., Winnipeg Manitoba (parents)
Marital status: no data
Occupation (attested): Student, St Johns College
Occupation (normalized): Other Professional, Technical and Related Workers Not Elsewhere Classified
Date of death: 1922-11-15

MILITARY INFORMATION

Regimental number: NA
Final Rank: Major (52nd Battalion)
Rank detail
  1. Major, 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army).
  2. Major, Royal Winnipeg Rifles, Canadian Militia (Army). 1922-03-01 to 1922-11-01
  3. Captain, 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army). 1917-12-02 to 1922-03-01.

    Note: Made substantive Captain after award of Victoria Cross for action at Paschendale, October 26th, 1917.

  4. Captain, 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army). 1917-09-19 to 1917-12-02.

    Note: Promoted after award of Military Cross for actions at Vimy Ridge

  5. Lieutenant, 52nd Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army). 1917-02-19 to 1917-09-19
  6. Lieutenant, 144th Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Army). 1916-02-26 to 1917-02-19
  7. Lieutenant, 90th Regiment, Winnipeg Rifles, Canadian Militia (Army). 1915-10-10 to 1916-02-26
Degree of service: Europe
Survived war: yes
Commemoration location: Red Lake Ontario Legion
Awards

Military Cross (Vimy Ridge)
Description: Written up in the London Gazette #30466 from January 8, 1918.
Date of award: 1917-09-19
Notes: Canadian War Museum, Ottawa

Victoria Cross (Paschendale)
Description: Written up in the London Gazette #30471, January 8, 1918
Date of award: 1917-10-26
Notes: Canadian War Museum

RESEARCH INFORMATION

Uploader's Notes: Then a Lieutenant, he was awarded the Military Cross for actions at Vimy Ridge on September 19th 1917. He was promoted to Captain shortly thereafter and on October 17th, 1917 was awarded the Victoria Cross at Paschendale. He was wounded at Cambrai on September 28, 1918 and survived the war. After the war he rejoined The Winnipeg Rifles as a Major. He died on a prospecting trip near Red Lake, Ontario, in November 1922.This information comes from an article in the CSMMI Journal from 1998 and was authored by MWO George J. Romick.
Uploader's Research notes: Then a Lieutenant, he was awarded the Military Cross for actions at Vimy Ridge on September 19th 1917. He was promoted to Captain shortly thereafter and on October 17th, 1917 was awarded the Victoria Cross at Paschendale. He was wounded at Cambrai on September 28, 1918 and survived the war. After the war he rejoined The Winnipeg Rifles as a Major. He died on a prospecting trip near Red Lake, Ontario, in November 1922.This information comes from an article in the CSMMI Journal from 1998 and was authored by MWO George J. Romick.

ARCHIVAL INFORMATION

Date added: 2007-04-07
Last modified: 2011-05-13