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Thomas James Bede KENNY

Regimental number4195
Date of birth29 September 1896
Place of birthPaddington, Sydney, New South Wales
SchoolChristian Brothers' College, Waverely, New South Wales
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationChemist
AddressDrynane, Park Parade, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Kenny, Drynane, Park Parade, Bondi, Sydney, New South Wales
Enlistment date23 August 1915
Place of enlistmentWarwick Farm, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name2nd Battalion, 13th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/19/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A6 Aeneas on 20 December 1915
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll2nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 24 August 1918
Medals

Victoria Cross

'For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty, when his platoon was held up by an enemy strong point, and severe casualties prevented progrress. Private Kenny, under very heavy fire at close range, dashed alone towards the enemy's position, killed one man in advance of the strong point who endeavoured to bar his way. He then bombed the position, capturred the gun crew, all of whom he had wounded, killed an officer who showed fight, and seized the gun. Private Kenny's gallant action enabled his platoon to occupy the position, which was of great local importance.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 169
Date: 4 October 1917

Discharge date12 December 1918
Family/military connectionsCousin: 4261 Pte Harry Joseph PRESS, 2nd Bn, killed in action, 4 May 1917.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Promoted Corporal, 1 August 1918.

Medals: Victoria Cross, 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death15 April 1953
Place of burialBotany Cemetery