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William James KENNEDY

Regimental number3827
Place of birthTantanoola, South Australia
ReligionRoman Catholic
AddressLaura, South Australia
Marital statusSingle
Age at embarkation21
Height5' 11.5"
Weight154 lbs
Next of kinMother, Mrs Margaret Kennedy, Laura, South Australia
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date25 April 1916
Place of enlistmentAdelaide, South Australia
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name32nd Battalion, 9th Reinforcement
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Adelaide, South Australia, on board HMAT A73 Commonwealth on 21 September 1916
Rank from Nominal RollPrivate
Unit from Nominal Roll32nd Battalion
FateReturned to Australia 10 June 1919
Discharge date21 September 1919
Other details

War service: Western Front

Embarked Sydney, 19 September 1916; disembarked Plymouth, England, 14 November 1916.

Proceeded overseas to France from 8th Training Bn, 17 December 1916; taken on strength, 32nd Bn, in the field, 23 December 1916.

Wounded in action, 18 October 1917 (shrapnel wound, fractured left fibula and back of left thigh), and admitted to 3rd Australian Field Ambulance, and transferred to 10th Casualty Clearing Station; to Ambulance Train No 20, 19 October 1917, and admitted to 3rd Canadian General Hospital, Boulogne, 19 October 1917; transferred to England, 22 October 1917, and admitted to Eastbourne Military Hospital; transferred to 3rd Australian Auxiliary Hospital, Dartford, 3 December 1917; discharged to No 3 Command Depot, Hurdcott, 5 December 1917.

Found guilty, 21 January 1918, of being absent without leave, Hurdcott, from 10 pm, 17 January, till 5.20 pm, 19 January 1918: awarded 7 days' confined to camp, and forfeited 3 days' pay under Royal Warrant.

Marched out to Overseas Training Brigade, Longbridge Deverill, 28 March 1918.

Proceeded overseas to France, 1 May 1918; rejoined 32nd Bn, in the field, 10 May 1918.

Marched out to England for return to Australia, 17 April 1919.

Commenced return to Australia on board HT 'Port Lyttleton', 10 June 1919; disembarked Melbourne, 5 August 1919, for onward travel to Adelaide; discharged (termination of period of enlistment), Adelaide, 21 September 1919.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
Date of death19 May 1976
SourcesNAA: B2455, KENNEDY William James

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