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Francis Kenny

Rank: Private
Street: Great Water Street
Town/Village: Longford
Civil Parish: Longford
Catholic Parish: Templemichael
Alternative Address: Putney, Wandsworth, London (formerly Middlesex); Ashfield, Ballinalee Road, Longford - possible
Census 1901:
Census 1911: Possible census entry, Great Water Street
Regiment/Unit: Irish Guards, 1st Battalion;
Regiment Number: 12735
Date of Death: 02-08-1918
Cause: Killed in action, 2nd Battle of the Somme 1918
Memorial: Bac-du-Sud British Cemetery, Bailleulval, Pas-de-Calais, France

Francis was born in Longford town. His mother at least lived on Great Water Street in 1918. 

He enlisted for war service with the Irish Guards in Putney, but was killed in action possibly around the final day of the Second Battle of the Somme 1918. despite the fact that the regimental diary notes it as a particularly quiet day and notes no casualties. 

Parents Names: Son of Margaret Kenny, Great Water Street, Longford
Notes: CWGC next-of-kin noted as Mrs. M. Kenny, Great Water Street, Longford, but there had been no reply to contact made. If the census record above relates to this soldier, he was likely born at Ashfield, on the outskirts of the town, Ballinalee Road, on the 10 March 1892 - his father would have been Stephen Kenny, a coachman, and his mother, Margaret (née Lovett). A previous note of a possible association with the Household Regiment (No 3483] was made, but it does not appear to relate to this soldier.

Link to CWGC entry; link to Soldier's Will; possible Civil Record of Birth; Rudyard Kipling, The Irish Guards in the Great War, Vol I; 

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