FWW Names – K

Private Albert Robert KENDRICK

Regimental Number: 75502
Birth Date / Location: 7 May 1893 / Port Haney, BC
Parents: Robert Albert Kendrick and Agnes Baillie
Enlistment Date / Location / Unit: 14 December 1917 / Winnipeg, MB / 1st Depot Manitoba Battalion
Occupation on Enlistment: Blacksmith
Date of Death / Location: 19 July 1916 / Ypres, Belgium
Age at Death: 23
Unit on Date of Death, or on Demobilization: 29th Battalion
Circumstances of Death: Killed in action at the Battle of the Somme, in trenches near Zillebek, Ypres, Belgium
Medals/Awards: 1914-15 Star
Cemetery or Memorial: Reninghelst New Military Cemetery, Arrondissement Ieper, West Flanders, Belgium, 3 ¼ miles South East of Poperighe; and 9.5 kms south west of Ypres, in the village of Reninghelst, Sheet 28. G.34.c.8.8, Grave: Plot: I. G. 18.
Where commemorated: Canadian Virtual War Memorial, Veterans Affairs Canada; First World War Book of Remembrance page 112, Memorial Chamber, Parliament Buildings, Ottawa, ON; Maple Ridge Cenotaph, Maple Ridge, BC; St John the Divine Anglican Church Memorial Plaque, Maple Ridge, BC; Municipality of Maple Ridge Honour Roll, St John the Divine Anglican Church, Maple Ridge, BC; The Gold Stripe Roll of Honour, Maple Ridge, page 89

Albert Robert Kendrick was born in Port Haney, BC and raised in his family home together with his four sisters and three brothers. His parents married in Ontario in 1889. They moved to Port Haney in 1892. Albert attended the Maple Ridge School and was a member of the Port Haney Basketball Club.

Albert and his two brothers volunteered to serve in the Maple Ridge Home Guards. Albert joined the 104th Regiment of the Westminster Fusiliers of Canada on 18 August 1914, followed by his enlistment in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, 29th Battalion, on 12 November 1914, in Vancouver, at the age of 21. He was 1.75 meters (5 feet 9 inches) tall and weighed 73 kilograms (161 pounds); he had gray eyes and dark brown hair.

He landed in England on 30 May 1915, and after training as a bomb thrower, he was sent to France on 17 September 1915. There he fought in the Battles of Mount Sorrel and later in the Battle of the Somme 1916, where he was killed in action at Ypres, Belgium.

Albert’s brother Edwin Marklin Kendrick, Regimental No. 75503, 29th Battalion was wounded, survived the war, and brought home a bride, Annie Littleworth.

A. Kendrick’s name was on the Cenotaph when it was unveiled in 1923.
(Updated 20-Feb-2024)