Captain Kenneth W. Junor, MC
SAC 1908-1912

Lt Kenneth William JunorKenneth William Junor was born in Toronto, Ontario on August 3rd, 1894, son of William and Alice E. Junor of 106 Jameson Avenue, Toronto, Ontario. 

He attended Queen Victoria Public School, followed by St Andrew's College from 1908 to 1912 and continued his education at the  University of Toronto (University College) from 1912 to 1915 where he was a member of Kappa Alpha.

At the time of his enlistment on July 24, 1915 with the 75th Battalion, he indicated previous service with the 9th Mississauga Horse and the 4th Mounted Rifles. He went overseas with the Canadian Expeditionary Force in 1916 and where he joined the 11th Machine Gun Company in England. He went to France in July and served first on the St. Eloi and then on the Somme front. 

He was seconded to the Royal Flying Corps at Reading on April 24, 1917; and was then posted as follows:

  • To Hendon, 1 June 1917; 
  • To No. 65 TS, 21 June 1917; 
  • To No. 63 TS, 28 July 1917; 
  • Seconded to the Royal Flying Corps and commissioned as 2nd Lieutenant, 28 July 1917; 
  • To 56 TS, 15 August 1917; 
  • To CFS, 18 August 1917; 
  • To No. 72 Squadron, 23 September 1917; 
  • To No. 65 TS, 8 December 1917; 
  • May have briefly been in No. 70 Squadron, November 1917; 
  • Served in No. 56 Squadron, 15 December 1917 to 23 April 1918. 
With the RFC he served on the Third, Fourth, and Fifth Army fronts from Arras to St. Quentin. Junor is credited with 8 victories making him an Air Force "Ace":
Date Time Unit Aircraft Opponent Location
1 29 Jan 1918 1140 56 S.E.5a (B591) Albatros D.V (OOC) Beaurevoir
2 30 Jan 1918 1410 56 S.E.5a (C9532) Albatros D.V (DESF) NW of Wambaix
3 17 Feb 1918 1145 56 S.E.5a (C9532) Albatros D.V (DESF) Moeuvres
4 26 Feb 1918 1320 56 S.E.5a (B536) Albatros D.V (OOC) Sains les Marquion
5 22 Mar 1918 1550 56 S.E.5a (B536) Albatros D.V (DES) Havrincourt Wood
6 01 Apr 1918 1235 56 S.E.5a (C1086) Fokker DR.I (OOC) Guillemont
7 11 Apr 1918 1830 56 S.E.5a (C1086) Albatros D.V (DES) W of Aveluy
8 20 Apr 1918 1015 56 S.E.5a (C1086) Rumpler C (DES) SW of Paisieux

Leutnant Egon KoepschHe was killed in action aged 24, after being shot down by Leutnant Egon Koepsch at Bray-sur-Somme on April 23rd, 1918. This was the same day that his Military Cross was announced (see below).

His grave is unknown but his name is recorded on Arras Flying Services Memorial, at Pas de Calais, France, which  commemorates more than 1,000 airmen of the Royal Naval Air Service, the Royal Flying Corps, and the Royal Air Force, either by attachment from other arms of the forces of the Commonwealth or by original enlistment, who were killed on the whole Western Front and who have no known grave.

Military Cross

"For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty in aerial fighting. He destroyed two enemy machines and drove down two others out of control, which crashed on landing. He always showed the greatest courage, skill and resource."
As per London Gazette dated 13 May 1918

NOTE: Public Record Office Air 1/1515 has recommendation passed by Headquarters, 3 Brigade, Royal Flying Corps to Headquarters, Royal Flying Corps, 15 March 1918.

For skill and gallantry.

On 29 January 1918 Lieutenant Junor shot down out of control a hostile scout near Beaurevoir; the nest day he shot down another in flames northwest of Wambaix.

On 27 February 1918 whilst out on a special mission by himself he attacked, and again shot down in flames, a hostile scout over Moeumres, and on 26 February 1918, while on patrol, he sent down out of control another enemy aeroplane near Marquion.

He has, therefore, accounted for four enemy machines, two in flames and two completely out of control and undoubtedly crashed.  In all the fights in which he has taken part he has been conspicuously good, and has shown the greatest gallantry and skill.