Ernest Arthur KENDALL CMG

KENDALL, Ernest Arthur

Service Number: Commissioned Officer
Enlisted: 1 November 1915
Last Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Last Unit: 2nd Remount Unit
Born: Ambleside, Westmorland, Enlgand, 30 August 1876
Home Town: Brighton, Bayside, Victoria
Schooling: Scotch College Melbourne; Melbourne Veterinary College; University of Melbourne
Occupation: Veterinary Surgeon
Died: Bay Street, North Brighton, Vic., 21 March 1938, aged 61 years, cause of death not yet discovered
Cemetery: Melbourne General Cemetery, Carlton
Memorials: Attwood University Veterinary School Honour Roll
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Boer War Service

1 Oct 1899: Involvement Captain, 1st Victorian Mounted Rifles

World War 1 Service

1 Nov 1915: Enlisted AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Commissioned Officer, 2nd Remount Unit
10 Nov 1915: Embarked AIF WW1, Lieutenant Colonel, Commissioned Officer, 2nd Remount Unit, --- :embarkation_roll: roll_number: '24' embarkation_place: Sydney embarkation_ship: HMAT Orsova embarkation_ship_number: A67 public_note: ''
18 Apr 1918: Honoured Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George, Commonwealth of Australia Gazette 18 April 1918 on page 846 at position 10 London Gazette 1 January 1918 on page 6 at position 10

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Capt Kendall was an officer of rank in the mounted rifles from October 1897, and later served as Veterinary Officer of the 1st Victorian Contingent in the Boer War. Capt Kendall re-enlisted for service in the First World War on 18 October 1915, and was posted to Headquarters, 2nd Remount Unit as Veterinary Officer. He embarked from Melbourne in November 1915, and shortly after arriving in Cairo, was appointed Deputy Director of Veterinary Services with the temporary rank of Colonel. Joining the Australian Army Veterinary Service (AAVC) in England and France, Colonel Kendall proved an able administrator of the AAVC, and was awarded the Companion of the Order of St Michael and St George (CMG) on 18 April 1918 in recognition of his service. Colonel Kendall retained his appointment as Deputy Director until the end of the war, and returned to Australia aboard RMS Morea in October 1919.

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Biography contributed by Sharyn Roberts

Noted Veterinary Surgeon.

Mr. E. A. Kendall, one of the most distinguished veterinary surgeons in Australia, and a member of a family devoted for three generations in this State to that profession, died yesterday afternoon at his home in Bay-street, Brighton.

His health had been variable for several months, yet he strove until  very recently to continue with the latest duties with which the State had entrusted him—the chairmanship of the Milk Board.

Mr. Kendall was the eldest son of the late Dr. W. T. Kendall, the founder of the Melbourne Veterinary College, the first institution of its kind in Australia. Coming from Scotch College, he graduated in voterkir.ry science at ills father's college, and, later, when the School of Veterinary Science was established at Melbourne University, took tho degree of Bachelor of Science.

In the South African war he was principal veterinary officer of the Victorian contingent, and, in tho world war, he formed and commanded the Australian Army Veterinary Corps, with the rank of Colonel, seeing service in Egypt and France, and being awarded tho C.M.G. Upon return to civil avocation, he rejoined the service of
the Victorian Department of Agriculture, becoming chief veterinary officer about twelve years ago upon the retirement of Mr. W. A. N. Robertson.

More recently he was chairman of a special committee appointed by the Government to Investigate Melbourne's milk supply. Upon his report was based the legislation creating the Milk Board, and he was appointed chairman of the board to implement tho act. It was a source of gratification in his last months to realise that order was
being established into the industry, with better prices to farmers, organised distribution, and a purer supply to the people. 

Mr. Kendall was prominent in the Masonic fraternity, being a Past Master of the Combemcre Lodge, and having received honors from the Grand Lodge of England.

He is survived by a widow, three daughters and two sons. Three of his brothers are veterinary surgeons — Colonel W. A. Kendall, of Melbourne; Major J. Kendall, of Seymour, and Mr. H; Kendall, director of the Zoological Gardens. Another brother is Mr. E, P. Kendall, an officer of the State Rivers and Water Supply Commission. His sister, Miss E. J. Kendall, ls a sister in the nursing service.