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Edward Kennedy

Rank: Regimental Sergeant Major
Town/Village: Queensland, Australia
Civil Parish: Clongesh
Catholic Parish: Clonguish
Alternative Address: Newtownforbes, Co. Longford
Census 1901: Likely 1901 Census for Clooniher, Newtownforbes
Census 1911: Resident in Australia
Regiment/Unit: 26th Battalion, 14th Reinforcement [formerly 25th/ 9th Battalion] Australian Imperial Force
Regiment Number: 416
Date of Death:
Cause: Survived the war
Memorial: Goodna Cemetery, Goodna, Queensland, Australi

Edward Kennedy was born 9 August 1878 in Cloonither, near Newtownforbes. He later emigrated to Australia, where he worked as a telephone-wire linker and labourer prior to the war.

He enlisted in the AIF in February 1915 at Hughenden, Queensland. He had previous military experience, having served a full short term service in the 1st Battalion Irish Guards. Kennedy first embarked for the Eastern Front on the 29th June 1915 and served initially at Gallipoli, before falling ill. He returned to active service in 1916, serving in France and England.

During his service Kennedy served as a Sergeant, occassionally as Acting Company Sergeant Major and Ships Sergeant Major (voyage only), retiring as a Regimental Sergeant Major.

Edward passed away 13 June 1922, in Goodna, Queensland.

Parents Names: Son of Edward Kennedy and Maria (née Cahill), Cloonither, Co. Longford
Notes: *Additional genealogical infomation received with thanks from Edward's great-niece, Susan O'Connor.

Link to landing page for Pte Kennedy's AIF record; link to digital copy of AIF record (may expire)

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