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Leslie Frederick KENNEDY

Regimental number2677
Place of birthChiltern, Victoria
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSalesman
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation19
Height5' 2.25"
Weight110 lbs
Next of kinFather, John Kennedy, Pleasant Street, Newtown, Geelong, Victoria
Previous military serviceServed in the Cadets.
Enlistment date14 January 1916
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll1 February 1916
Place of enlistmentGeelong, Victoria
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name29th Battalion, 5th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/46/2
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A68 Anchises on 14 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll29th Battalion
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Miscellaneous details (Nominal Roll)*date of fate 19th to 20th
Age at death from cemetery records20
Place of burialNo known grave
Commemoration detailsV.C. Corner (Panel No 1), Australian Cemetery Memorial, Fromelles, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
115
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: John and Annie KENNEDY, 68 Russell Street, Chilwell, Victoria. Native of Chiltern
Family/military connectionsBrother: 1154 Lance Corporal William Gordon KENNEDY, 32nd Bn, returned to Australia, 13 April 1919; Cousin: 6291 Pte Thomas Frederick KENNEDY, 14th Bn, returned to Australia, 31 October 1917.
Other details

Embarked Melbourne, 14 March 1916; disembarked Suez, 15 April 1916.

Taken on strength of 29th Bn from 8th Training Bn, 25 May 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 16 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 23 June 1916.

Reported missing in action, 19/20 July 1916.

Court of Enquiry, held in the field, 23 August 1917, pronounced fate as 'Killed in Action, 20 July 1916'.

Handwritten note on B.103: 'Buried in Fromelles, Sh.36 N 22 d&b.'

Note on Red Cross File No 1500202: 'No trace Germany. Cert. by Capt. Mills. 10.10.19.'

Statement, 2675 Pte R.L. JENKIN, 29th Bn, 3 November 1916: 'He got blown to pieces across "No Man's Land"[.] I was pretty close to him.'

Second statement, 1136 Sergeant G. HARPER, 29th Bn, 29 March 1917: Pte. L.F. Kennedy was under my command on the night of the 19th 20th. July last and was with me during part of the night bit[.] I missed him in the early hours of the morning. A portion of the trench where he ought to have been was blown up and I am afraid he was killed although I have no evidence to prove that he was.'

Third statement, 1303 Pte R.M. WAKELING, D company, 29th Bn, 28 March 1917: 'I saw him in the German trenches at Fleurbaix on the evening of July 19th ... L.F. Kennedy was only a little lad. We sent him back out of danger, as we thought, to our own lines. He never reached them.'

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KENNEDY Leslie Frederick
Red Cross file 1500202

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