Private John Keddie

Private John Keddie, 16th ( Canadian Scottish ) Battalion, Canadian Infantry. He was killed in action in France, aged 29, on the 28th July 1918. He was born in Selkirk in 1889 and was the son of Thomas and Sarah Keddie of Heatherlie, Selkirk and 503 Nairn Avenue, Elmwood, Winnipeg, Canada and is buried in Wanquetin Communal Cemetery Extension, France. He had been employed at St Mary’s Mill in Selkirk before the family emigrated to Canada in 1906. There he worked as a teamster and joined the local Militia, the 69th Cameron Highlanders of Canada before volunteering for Overseas Service. After arriving in England he became an Instructor with the Reserve Battalions before he was eventually posted to France in October 1917. His Headstone is inscribed ” And From The Ground There Blossoms Red Life That Shall Endless Be “.

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