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Donald Kennedy

Portrait of Captain Donald Kennedy, Archives New Zealand, R18056345. Image may be subject to copyright restrictions.

Portrait of Captain Donald Kennedy, Archives New Zealand, R18056345. Image may be subject to copyrig …


  • Title
  • Forenames
    Donald AWMM
  • Surname
    Kennedy AWMM
  • Ingoa
  • Also known as
  • Service number
    • South African 8830 AWMM
    • WWI 26/56 AWMM
  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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  • Hapū
  • Waka
  • Rohe
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Civilian life

About birth

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  • Birth
    24 April 1872 AWMM
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
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  • Address before enlistment
    WW1 Pre 7 April 1902 AWMM Martinborough, New Zealand AWMM
  • Post war occupation
  • Next of kin on embarkation
    WW1 Mrs R. Guy (sister), Grove Road, Kelburn, Wellington, New Zealand AWMM
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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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Training and Enlistment

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Prisoner of war

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Medical history

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  • Served overseas in both the Anglo-Boer War and World War 1 and with the Home Guard during World War 2

    Kennedy was commissioned 2nd Lieutenant on 1 February 1916

    Promoted to Lieutenant, 1 February 1917

    Promoted to Captain, 10 September 1918

    Two days later, on 12 September 1918, Kennedy was involved in the battle of Trescault Spur, during which he earned his DSO (see citation above)

    Appointed Assistant Provost Marshal of 'D' Group, NZEF at Sutton Coldfield, England towards the end of WWI

    Appointed Captain of Waitomo Battalion, NZ Home Guard, 1 August 1941

    Transferred to Reserve of Officers, Supplementary List, Home Guard on 1 January 1944

    Father was named Donald Kennedy. AWMM
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About death

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  • Death
    3 January 1978 AWMM
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  • Donald Kennedy, my grandfather, was a very wise old chap. He spoke little about the war. I do recall, however, he had fond memories of a cat he had rescued which he cared for in the trenches until it touched a hot shell fragment and bolted away.

    When we would stay at his house, we would be woken in the night by the sounds of his recurring nightmares. Vera, my grandmother would then gently remind him he was home in NZ and the war was over. These nightmares continued till he died.

    I began to understand the nightmares when I read the account of the battle he had been in which led to his being awarded the DSO and one of his Sergeants the VC. I have visited the site of the battle and its nearby cemetery with its fern leaf headstones. His companions lie there so far from home.
    Public - donald - Direct descendant - 25 April 2022
  • Donald Kennedy, my grandfather, father of my Lindsay Kennedy (my mother). A wise, gentle man with a delightful sense of humour. In his 90's he was still active and used to go for regular walks, grow vegetables and maintained a beautiful garden. Lived in Takapuna, Auckland in his later years with his wife, Vera. I miss you and am immensely proud to be related to you.
    Public - Susan - Direct descendant - 25 April 2016



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  • External links
  • References
    • Haigh, J. (1983). Men of faith and courage: the official history of the New Zealand Chaplains Department. Auckland, N.Z.: The Word Publishers. AWMM
    • New Zealand Army Expeditionary Force. (1917). Nominal Rolls of New Zealand Expeditionary Force Volume II. Wellington, N.Z.: Govt. Printer. AWMM
      24: 25 AWMM
    • Beattie, P.J. & Pomeroy, M. (2013-2020). Onward : portraits of the New Zealand Expeditionary Force (vols 1-5). Auckland, New Zealand: Fair Dinkum Publications AWMM
      Vol. 3: Includes portrait AWMM
    • Stowers, R. (2009). Rough riders at war : history of New Zealand's involvement in the Anglo-Boer War 1899-1902 and information on all members of the 10 New Zealand contingents. Hamilton, N.Z.: R. Stowers. AWMM
    • McDonald, W. (2013). Honours and Awards to the New Zealand Expeditionary Force in the Great War, 1914-1918. (3rd ed.). Hamilton, N.Z.: Richard Stowers. AWMM


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25 April 2022donaldMonjingup Western AustraliaDirect descendant
25 April 2016Susan Sydney, AustraliaDirect descendant

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