Colonel Thomas Laird Kennedy

T.L. Kennedy enlisted with the Canadian Over-Seas Expeditionary Force in December 1914. He assumed command of the 2nd Canadian Division Cyclists in France, but was seriously injured in July 1915. After 10 grueling months in the trenches, he was returned to Canada for operative treatment. His medical leave was extended a number of times until it was clear that he would not be returning to active duty and he was struck off strength with the rank of major in September 1917. He later attained the rank of colonel in the militia. Prior to enlisting, Kennedy played an important role in recruiting men for the war effort. He is pictured here in the middle of his men at their camp on the Cooksville Fair Grounds in 1914.


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