Kenneth Folkard DWYER MiD


DWYER, Kenneth Folkard

Service Number: NX147
Enlisted: 26 October 1939
Last Rank: Captain
Last Unit: 2nd/1st Field Regiment
Born: Sydney, New South Wales, 29 November 1911
Home Town: Chatswood, Willoughby, New South Wales
Schooling: North Sydney Boys High School
Occupation: Salesman
Died: Killed in Action, Greece, 20 April 1941, aged 29 years
Cemetery: Phaleron War Cemetery, Athens, Greece
Memorials: Australian War Memorial Roll of Honour
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World War 2 Service

26 Oct 1939: Enlisted SN NX147, Sydney, New South Wales
26 Oct 1939: Enlisted SN NX147, 2nd/1st Field Regiment
20 Apr 1941: Involvement Captain, SN NX147, 2nd/1st Field Regiment, "Operation Lustre" Greece 1941

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Captain Dwyer was one of four brothers born to William and Alice Dwyer of Chatswood, NSW.  All four brothers, volunteered to fight in the Second World War with Kenneth the only one not returning home.

Before the war he attended North Sydney Boys High School and after being educated, became a salesman making a reasonable living selling office machinery. When war broke out he quickly enlisted and attained the rank of Captain in a very short space of time.

He served in various campaigns in the Middle East with distinction and is mentioned several times in the book “Six Years in Support – Official History of 2/1st Australian Field Regiment” by DSO Brigadier AG Hanson and Major EV Haywood.  He was killed by an exploding bomb during a German aerial attack at a railway yard near the village of Kravasaras, south of Thermopylae in Greece. It should be noted that he was the only officer casualty of his regiment.