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James KENNY

Regimental number1680
Place of birthBrisbane Queensland
ReligionRoman Catholic
OccupationLabourer
AddressBrisbane, Queensland
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation26
Next of kinFather, William Simon Kenny, William Street, Breakfast Creek, Brisbane, Queensland
Enlistment date3 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name47th Battalion, 2nd Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/64/3
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board SS Hawkes Bay on 20 April 1916
Rank from Nominal RollCorporal
Unit from Nominal Roll47th Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 23 August 1918
Medals

Military Medal

'For carrying out valuable reconnaissance in 'No Man's Land' under fire during operations at GUEUDECOURT from 10th/20th February, 1917, in which he displayed bravery and initiative of a high order in reconnoitring the enemy wire for a lateral distance of 1000 yards. His work was chiefly responsible for our advance of 500 yards besides giving valuable information to Battalions on our flank for their successful operations. On one occasion he remained under the enemy wire for 12 hours in daylight and altogether was unceasing and tireless in his devotion to duty.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 133
Date: 21 August 1917

Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Medal, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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