Edward (Ted) KENNA VC

KENNA, Edward

Service Numbers: VX700330, V55955, VX102142
Enlisted: 9 August 1940, Hamilton, Victoria
Last Rank: Private
Last Unit: 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion
Born: Hamilton, Victoria, 6 July 1919
Home Town: Hamilton, Southern Grampians, Victoria
Schooling: Not yet discovered
Occupation: Plumber
Died: Natural causes, Geelong, Victoria, 8 July 2009, aged 90 years
Cemetery: Hamilton Public Cemetery, Victoria
Tree Plaque: Not yet discovered
Memorials: Keith Payne VC Memorial Park, North Bondi War Memorial
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World War 2 Service

9 Aug 1940: Enlisted 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX700330, 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion, Hamilton, Victoria
10 Aug 1940: Involvement SN V55955
10 Aug 1940: Involvement SN VX102142
1 Oct 1944: Embarked 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX700330, 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion
5 Jun 1945: Wounded New Guinea - Huon Peninsula / Markham and Ramu Valley /Finisterre Ranges Campaigns, At Wewak (face and chest)
22 Feb 1946: Discharged 2nd AIF WW 2, Private, SN VX700330, 2nd/4th Infantry Battalion

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Edward (Ted) Kenna was born at Hamilton, Victoria, on 6 July 1919. He completed his education in his home town before becoming a plumber. He enlisted in the Australian Imperial Force in August 1940 and served in the 23/21st Battalion in Victoria and later in the Darwin area. In June 1943 his unit returned to Victoria before being sent to Queensland. At this point the unit was disbanded and its members allotted as reinforcements to other units. Kenna was assigned to the 2/4th Battalion and embarked for New Guinea in October 1944.

When Australia entered the Second World War, Ted like most men of his generation 'joined up', he signed up in August 1940, initially posted to the 23/31st Battalion, a Victoria based infantry unit which saw service in Darwin and later in Queensland. In 1943 his unit was disbanded and the members were sent to other units as reinforcements. As a reinforcement Ted went into the 2/4th Australian Infantry Unit