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Edward McKenna

Edward wearing his VC (it is on display at the Auckland War Museum in Auckland New Zealand). This image is from

Ensign Edward McKenna VC

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  • Title
  • Forenames
    Edward AWMM
  • Surname
    McKenna AWMM
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  • Gender
    Male AWMM
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Civilian life

About birth

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Wars and conflicts

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Military decorations

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  • Medals and Awards
    Victoria Cross (VC) AWMM
    VC: London Gazette, 16 January 1864. Citation: "On 7 Sept. 1863 near Cameron Town, New Zealand, after both his officers had been shot, Colour-Sergeant McKenna, with a small force, heavily outnumbered by the enemy, charged through their position with the loss of one man killed and one missing. The colour-sergeant's coolness and intrepidity amply justified the confidence placed in him by the soldiers brought so suddenly under his command." (Register of the VC, p207) Colonel Wyatt recommended to General Cameron that Sergeant McKenna be awarded the VC for his valour at Camerontown. In addition, McKenna was granted promotion to Ensign. AWMM

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Medical history

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  • Medical notes
    Hospital Diseases , Wounds, New Zealand Wars AWMM
    Wounded at Camerontown on 7 September 1863 AWMM

Biographical information

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  • Settled in New Zealand

    Family came to the Auckland Museum during the July 2011 school holidays to look and hold the medals.

    Victoria Cross held by the Auckland War Memorial Museum, Auckland, New Zealand. It is on display in the New Zealand Wars section of the Scars on the Heart Galleries situated on level 2 of the Museum. AWMM


About death

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  • Death
    8 June 1908 AWMM
    Age 81 AWMM
    Palmerston NorthManawatu-Wanganui AWMM
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    Terrace End Cemetery, Palmerston North, New Zealand AWMM Block 011 Plot 065 AWMM
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  • In loving memory of my great, great grandfather.
    Public - Adele Maree - Direct descendant - 20 September 2020



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21 July 2021Adele MareeTimaru New ZealandDirect descendant

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