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Francis Joseph Leo Kenny

Rank: Second Lieutenant
Townland: Church Quarter
Town/Village: Granard
Civil Parish: Granard
Catholic Parish: Granard
Alternative Address:
Census 1901: Pupil at the Loreto Convent Boarding School, Navan, Co. Meath
Census 1911: Student at Blackrock College, Rock Road, Blackrock, Co. Dublin
Regiment/Unit: Connaught Rangers, 5th (Service) Battalion, attached to the 1st Battalion, Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers
Regiment Number:
Date of Death: 09-08-1916
Cause: Killed in action, Ypres/Ieper
Memorial: Potijze Chateau Wood Cemetery, Belgium

Francis (Frank) was born 26 July 1893 in Granard, the eldest son of Dr. Jospeh M. Kenny, and his wife Elizabeth. He was schooled originally in the Loreto Convent in Navan before completing his secondary education at Blackrock College.

After completing his education, Frank moved to Malayasia, where he worked as an assistant manager on a rubber plantation, before moving to western Canada. Here he worked as a sheep farmer, where he was at the outbreak of the war. He enlisted intitally with the Canadian Expeditionary Force before tbeing promoted into the Connaught Rangers as a Lieutenant. Frank is recorded in the Longford Leader as having returned home to Granard on leave in November 1915. He was killed in action during a night attack at Ypres.

At the time of his death, Lt. Kenny was attached to the 1st Royal Inniskillings. In a letter to his father, Major Harness Lloyd wrote: "I regret very much to tell you that your son has been killed. He had only lately joined us, but I had chosen him to be second in command of a company, as he was a very fine officer. We all miss him very much." Lt Kenny is recorded in Du Ruvigny's Roll of Honour. 

Parents Names: Eldest son of Joseph M.S. Kenny M.B., and Elizabeth M. (née O'Flanagan) of Fernmount, Granard, Co. Longford

Link to CWGC entry; Longford Leader, 13 Nov 1915; Notice of death, Longford Leader, 19 Aug 1916; 

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