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James KENNEDY

Regimental number800
Place of birthSale, Victoria
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationBlacksmith
AddressKing Street, Dandenong, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation20
Height5' 6.5"
Weight147 lbs
Next of kinFather, James Kennedy, Dandenong PO, Dandenong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the 48th Bn, Citizen Military Forces; still serving at time of AIF enlistment.
Enlistment date19 August 1914
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name8th Battalion, G Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/25/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board Transport A24 Benalla on 19 October 1914
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll8th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 13 December 1918
Discharge date25 May 1919
Other details

War service: Egypt, Gallipoli, Western Front

Embarked Alexandria to join the Mediterranean Expeditionary Force, Gallipoli, 5 April 1915.

Admitted to 1st Australian Casualty Clearing Station, 12 December 1915 (pyrexia, unknown origin); transferred by Hospital Ship to Egypt, and admitted to No 1 Auxiliary Hospital, Heliopolis, 15 December 1915 (debility); transferred to No 1 Australian General hHspital, 29 December 1915 (para-typhoid); to No 2 Auxiliary Hospital, 8 February 1916 (enteric); to No 3 Auxiliary Hospital, 29 February 1916; discharged to duty, 3 March 1916; rejoined Bn, 11 March 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 26 March 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 31 March 1916.

Wounded in action, 18 August 1916 (gun shot wound, left leg); admitted to 3rd Casualty Clearing station, 19 August 1916; transferred to England, 25 August 1916, and admitted to Lakenham Hill Military Hospital, Norwich; discharged to No 1 Command Depot, Perham Downs, 4 October 1916.

Granted furlough, 5 October 1916.

Admitted to Lakenham Military Hospital, while of leave, 9 October 1916 (wound, left leg); transferred to 2nd Auxiliary Hospital, 2 November 1916; discharged from hospital, 4 November 1916, and marched in to No 2 Cmmand Depot, Weymouth.

Attended Course of Instruction at Physical & Bayonet Training School, Aldershot and Portsmouth, 1-25 May 1917.

Found guilty, 2 August 1917, of being in Kimpton at 6.30 am, 30 July, without a pass: severly reprimanded.

Selected to attend Officer's Cadet Course, 5 October 1917.

Confidential Report, OC, 2nd Cadet Bn, Cambridge, 1 March 1918: 'Standard of education: Very fair; Military knowledge: Poor; Power of Command & Leadership: Fair; Remarks: A good sportsman. Bad at examinations and book-work. Practical work, fair.'

Appointed 2nd Lieutenant, 1 April 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 10 April 1918; taken on strength, 8th Bn, in the field, 20 April 1918.

Promoted Lieutenant, 4 July 1918.

Wounded in action (second occasion), 31 July 1918 (fractured right tibia), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance; transferred to 8th Red Cross Hospital, 31 July 1918; to England, 25 August 1918, and admitted to 3rd London General Hospital, Wandsworth.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Karoola', 13 December 1918; disembarked Melbourne, 29 January 1919; appointment terminated (discharged), 25 May 1919.

Medals: 1914-15 Star, British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KENNEDY James

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