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Thomas Henry KENNEDY

Regimental number322
Place of birthKyneton Victoria
ReligionPresbyterian
OccupationFarmer
AddressHodgkinson Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation32
Next of kinMother, Mrs Jane Kennedy, Hodgkinson Street, Bendigo, Victoria
Enlistment date11 January 1916
Rank on enlistmentSergeant
Unit name38th Battalion, A Company
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/55/1
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Melbourne, Victoria, on board HMAT A54 Runic on 20 June 1916
Rank from Nominal RollLieutenant
Unit from Nominal Roll38th Battalion
Recommendations (Medals and Awards)

Military Cross


Work at Ploegsteert on 27-28 May 1917.
Recommendation date: 31 May 1917

FateKilled in Action 15 April 1918
Age at death from cemetery records34
Place of burialRibemont Communal Cemetery Extension (Plot III, Row A, Grave No. 3), France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
130
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: Hugh and Jane KENNEDY, Hodgkinson Street, Bendigo, VIctoria. Native of Greenhill, Victoria
Medals

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when in charge of a raiding party on enemy trenches. Though an obstinate resistance was offered, in the course of which seven of his ten men became casualties, and he had himself a thumb and finger blown off, he continued to lead his party until the enemy's resistance was broken down. His courage was most marked.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No.
Date: 8 November 1917

Family/military connectionsBrothers: 6327 Pte James Robert KENNEDY, 24th Bn, died of disease, 26 February 1917; 1604 Pte Hugh KENNEDY, 4th Squadron, Australian Flying Corps, returned to Australia, 1 April 1919; Sister: Staff Nurse Jean KENNEDY, Australian Army Nursing Service, returned to Australia, 4 January 1918.
Other details

War service: Western Front

Medals: Military Cross, British War Medal, Victory Medal

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