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John KENNING

Regimental number4824
Place of birthBlyth, North Cumberland, England
SchoolKeira Public School, New South Wales
Age on arrival in Australia5-6
ReligionChurch of England
OccupationMiner
AddressBarker Street, Balgownie, New South Wales
Marital statusMarried
Age at embarkation38
Height5' 2.75"
Weight118 lbs
Next of kinWife, Mrs L M Kenning, Barker Street, Balgownie, New South Wales
Previous military serviceNil
Enlistment date27 November 1915
Date of enlistment from Nominal Roll20 November 1915
Place of enlistmentCasula, New South Wales
Rank on enlistmentPrivate
Unit name4th Battalion, 15th Reinforcement
AWM Embarkation Roll number23/21/4
Embarkation detailsUnit embarked from Sydney, New South Wales, on board HMAT A15 Star Of England on 8 March 1916
Rank from Nominal RollGunner
Unit from Nominal Roll5th Medium Trench Mortar Battery
FateKilled in Action 19 July 1916
Age at death from cemetery records39
Place of burialAnzac Cemetery (Plot II, Row J, Grave No. 5), Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France
Panel number, Roll of Honour,
  Australian War Memorial
20
Miscellaneous information from
  cemetery records
Parents: George William and Mary KENNING; husband of Lena KENNING, Barker Street, Balgownie, New South Wales. Native of Newcastle-on-Tyne, England
Family/military connectionsTwo nephews killed in action; Cousin died on active service.
Other details

War service: Egypt, Western Front

Taken on strength, 56th Bn, Ferry Post, 20 April 1916.

Embarked Alexandria to join the British Expeditionary Force, 19 June 1916; disembarked Marseilles, France, 29 June 1916.

Transferred to 14th Medium Trench Mortar Battery, 6 July 1916.

Taken on strength, Y5 Australian Medium Trench Mortar Battery, and mustered as Gunner, 15 July 1916.

Killed in action, 19 July 1916.

Medals: British War Medal, Victory Medal
SourcesNAA: B2455, KENNING John

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