Private James Bernard Kanalley

Born May 15th, 1868 in Cobourg, Northumberland Co, Ontario, Canada, James was the 8th of 9 children to Irish immigrants, Thomas Kanalley and Rose Flynn. His brother Michael had a son Arthur Kanalley in 1886. Arthur also fought in WWI.

James grew up in the Roman Catholic family and became a painter. He married Mary Ann Wallace also of Cobourg, daughter of Andrew Wallace and Catherine Bulger. They had 5 children: Wallace James (1902), Catherine Rose, Mary Marjory, Marlene Frances, and Ann. My great-grandfather was Wallace Kanalley. Relatives in America spelled the name KANALEY, in Ireland spelled the name KENNELLY, and in Australia spelled the name KENNEALLY. My particular branch, beginning with James, preferred the spelling KANALLEY. I have also seen various other spellings in older records, as I have done genealogical research on this family.

James died in 1918 after returning home to Cobourg, from complications of mustard gas.

This account was submitted by Craig Kanalley, great-great-grandson of James.
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