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Name: Donald Kehoe Regimental Number: 415582 Rank: Private Battalion: 6th Machine Gun Company Date of Birth: April 2, 1897 Place of Birth: Yarmouth, Nova Scotia Date of Enlistment: April 12, 1915 Place of Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Address at Enlistment: Yarmouth, NS Age at Enlistment: 18 Height: 5 Feet 5 Inches Complexion: Fresh Eye Colour: Blue Hair Colour: Brown Marital Status: Single Trade: Labourer Religion: Wesleyan Next of Kin: Lawrence Cavanagh (Grandfather), Yarmouth, NS Date of Death: April 9, 1917 Age at Death: 20 Cemetery: Zivy Crater, Thelus, France Grave Reference: Panel 5. Col. 1. Commemorated on Page 266 of the First World War Book of Remembrance. This page is displayed in the Memorial Chamber of the Peace Tower in Ottawa on June 13 Donald Kehoe was the adopted son of Mrs. Frances Effie (Cavanagh) Raymond, of Yarmouth, NS. He enlisted with the 40th Battalion in Yarmouth and trained in Canada, embarking Halifax on October 18, 1915. He disembarked in England on October 25, 1915. Initially assigned to the 17th Reserve Battalion in England, he was reassigned to the 6th Machine Gun Corps and arrived in France on March 16, 1916 and taken on strength in the field on March 17. Private Kehoe was killed in action on April 9, 1917. He was buried in the Zivy Crater one of two mine craters (the other being Lichfield Crater) which were used by the Canadian Corps Burial Officer in 1917 for the burial of bodies found on the Vimy battlefield. The numerous groups of graves made about this time by the Canadians were not named as a rule, but serially lettered and numbered; the original name for Zivy Crater was CB 1. The crater is essentially a mass graves and contains 53 First World War burials, five of them unidentified. The names of the men buried in the crater, all of whom died in April or May 1917, are inscribed on panels fixed to the boundary wall.
Donald Kehoe
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