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Joseph Kiernan

Rank: Private
Town/Village: Havelock, Ontario, Canada
Civil Parish:
Catholic Parish:
Alternative Address: Longford, Co. Longford
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Possible entry as a lodger in York, Ontario with wife. Country of birth given as USA however.
Regiment/Unit: 1st Battalion, Canadian Infantry (Western Ontario Regiment), Canadian Expeditionary Force
Regiment Number: 163382
Date of Death: 03-05-1917
Cause: Killed in action, near Fresnoy, France
Memorial: Vimy Memorial, Arras, Pas-de-Calais, France

Joseph was born on 14 May 1878 in Longford. Alternative information gives his birthplace as New York. He emigrated to Canada in his youth. He married Elizabeth Jane Beatty in York, Ontario, in June 1901, and with whom he had three children: Helen, John and Francis. Prior to the war Joseph was working as a locomotive fireman in Havelock, Ontario. 

Pte Kiernan enlisted in Canada on 28 July 1915, and went to the Western front in February 1916. He received a number of gunshot wounds to the arm during his service, but recovered and was returned to the front; he was fatally was wounded in action on the 3 May 1917 during the 3rd Battle of the Scarpe, in an attack north of Fresnoy. He went missing but was later presumed dead. 

Parents Names: Son of Nicholas Kiernan of Co Longford. and Annie (née Glen)

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