William KENNEDY MC, MID

KENNEDY, William

Service Number: 1
Enlisted: 22 August 1914
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 51st Infantry Battalion
Born: New Zealand, 22 November 1884
Home Town: Hobart, Tasmania
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Soldier
Memorials: Lindisfarne Officers of the 12th Battalion Pictorial Honour Roll
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World War 1 Service

22 Aug 1914: Enlisted AIF WW1, Warrant Officer, SN 1, 12th Infantry Battalion
27 Aug 1914: Promoted AIF WW1, Regimental Sergeant Major, 12th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Involvement SN 1, 12th Infantry Battalion
20 Oct 1914: Embarked SN 1, 12th Infantry Battalion, HMAT Geelong, Hobart
1 May 1915: Promoted AIF WW1, Second Lieutenant, 12th Infantry Battalion
12 Mar 1916: Promoted AIF WW1, Captain, 12th Infantry Battalion
9 Dec 1916: Transferred AIF WW1, Captain, 52nd Infantry Battalion
18 Apr 1918: Honoured Mention in Dispatches
24 Apr 1918: Wounded AIF WW1, Captain, SN 1, 12th Infantry Battalion, GSW left leg
27 Jul 1918: Transferred AIF WW1, Captain, 51st Infantry Battalion, As temporary Major
27 Nov 1918: Honoured Military Cross, For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when handling his company. When the front posts held by his platoons had been driven in, he led his reserved forward so effectually as to re-establish the line. His tenacious defence at a critical moment greatly assisted the counter attack by his brigade
25 Feb 1919: Discharged AIF WW1, Captain, SN 1, 51st Infantry Battalion

Capt WILLIAM KENNEDY, MBE, MC, MID,

From Sue Guinan

Born 22nd November 1884 New Zealand the son of William and Agnes Kennedy (nee McAlpine) he enlisted Hobart and embarked with the 12th Battalion later transferring to the 51st. He died 15th March 1957 Randwick New South Wales.

Military Cross.

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when handling his company. When the front posts held by his platoons had been driven in, he led his reserved forward so effectually as to re-establish the line. His tenacious defence at a critical moment greatly assisted the counter attack by his brigade.'

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Biography contributed by Faithe Jones

Military Cross

'For conspicuous gallantry and devotion to duty when handling his company. When the front posts held by his platoons had been driven in, he led his reserved forward so effectually as to re-establish the line. His tenacious defence at a critical moment greatly assisted the counter attack by his brigade.'
Source: 'Commonwealth Gazette' No. 185
Date: 27 November 1918