Item MC2885 - Canadian Kilties songs

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Canadian Kilties songs

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  • [ca. 1917?] (Creation)
    Rainsford, John Benison

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5 pp. of textual records

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(4 June 1883 - 27 March 1929)

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"Canadian Kilties" was composed (words and music) by John Benison Rainsford about 1917. He was the son of Margaret Lee Black and Henry B. Rainsford, born 4 June 1883, at Fredericton, York County, New Brunswick. John Benison Rainsford was working as a telegraph operator when he first enlisted in the Canadian Expeditionary Force, on 23 September 1914, and was subsequently declared fit for overseas service. He enlisted a second time, on 5 April 1915, and was again declared fit for action overseas.

Private J. B. Rainsford served overseas with the 26th Canadian Infantry, during World War I. He was reportedly issued a war medal on 26 September 1918 for service in England. In addition to "Kilties", he also composed "Take Me Back to Old New Brunswick: A Song from the Trenches," about 1916. At the time of his death, on 27 March 1929, he was working as an examiner for Canada Customs, in Saint John, N.B. He died there, and was buried at St. Peter's Cemetery, Springhill, located near Fredericton.

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This is a single item, sheet music entitled "Canadian Kilties songs" with words and music by J. Benison Rainsford. The music was printed by Louis H. Ross Music Publishing Co., of Boston, Massachusetts. The copyright (1917) is held by J. Benison Rainsford.

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