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William Henry KENNEDY

Regimental number20964
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationSaddler
AddressDutten Street, Hawthorne, Bulimba, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation18
Next of kinMother, Mrs M Kennedy, Dutten Street, Hawthorne, Bulimba, Queensland
Previous military service9th Infantry
Enlistment date16 November 1915
Rank on enlistmentGunner
Unit name9th Field Artillery Brigade, 34th Battery
AWM Embarkation Roll number13/36(a)/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A8 Argyllshire on 11 May 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll4th Field Artillery Brigade
FateReturned to Australia 21 December 1918
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Plaque in Queensland Garden of Remembrance
Medals

Military Medal

'During the operations North East of PERONNE on the 2nd September 1918, this linesman showed an utter disregard for personal safety throughout the operations, maintaining for a period of ten hours a line between his Battery and the Battalion which it was supporting, all the time being subjected to very heavy hostile shelling and during the early part of the operation to enfilade fire from machine guns. It was due to this linesman's devotion to duty that the closest support was given to the assaulting infantry and during their subsequent consolidation.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 115
Date: 10 October 1919

Date of death18 November 1975

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