ARTHUR EDWARD KENNY

Born: 17th June 1897, Ipswich.

Died: 16th February 1918; age 21; Died of wounds whilst Prisoner of War in Reserve Field Hospital, Caudry – from a shot wound in the abdomen.

Residence: The Bakery, Nelson Road, Ipswich.

Religion: CofE.

 

Previous Service:

Enlisted into the Territorial Force 22nd May 1915; Location: Ipswich; age: 19 & 3 months. Signed up for the Duration of the War. Rank: Acting Corporal, Service Number: 265353, of the Suffolk Regiment, 1/6th Cyclist Battalion. Served 2 years and 1 month. Discharged for re-enlistment in the Royal Navy Division.

15th June 1917 – Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, Royal Navy Division, 4th Reserve Battalion.

Promoted to Able Seaman on the 16th June 1917

Promoted to Leading Seaman on the 17th June 1917

Joined Nelson Battalion B.E.F., at Blandford.

Embarked Folkstone 5th July 1917 – Disembarked Boulogne 6th July 1917 and joined Base Depot, at Calais.

Appointed Acting Petty Officer on the 12th July 1917, while at Base Depot, Calais.

Reverts to Leading Seaman on th 27th July 1917 on leaving Base Depot, Calais to join XIII Corps Draft Training Depot.

Joined Drake Battalion on the 7th February 28th August 1917.

Reported Missing – 16th February 1918 – Next of Kin informed.

Arthur’s Paybook was found.

Previously reported Missing – now reported a Prisoner of War in German hands – 25th March 1918.

In July 1918 the C. 2. Cas. recorded: “No use making further enquiries in Germany, in the absence of any information to the country, probably indicates that the man is dead, but, that in view of the possibility that the Paybook may have been lost by the owner and merely found and sent in by Germans. The report will not be accepted as sufficient evidence of death for official purposes.”

In September the German report was accepted that Arthur Kenny had died 16th February 1918 in Reserve Field Hospital, Caudry – from a shot wound in the abdomen. The body was buried at Caundry German Military Cemetery – 5 miles W. N. W. of Le Cateau. Next of Kin informed.

 

Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: R/3100

Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, ‘Drake’ Battalion, Royal Navy Division.

 

The body was buried at Caudry German Military Cemetery by the Germans in grave No. 194 with a standard wooden cross. In June 1920 the body was exhumed, identified by the cross and a list before reburial at the renamed Caudry British Cemetery.

 

Grave Reference:

IV.C.22.

Caudry British Cemetery,

France.

 

Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Annie Kenny, of The Bakery, Nelson Road, Ipswich.

 

CENSUS

 

1901   Nelson Road Bakery, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was 3 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert Kenny, 31, a Baker of Bread & Grocer – own account, born Bardwell, Suffolk.

Annie Eliza Kenny (nee Briggs), 30, born London.

Robert Stanley Kenny, 6, born Ipswich.

Olive Annie Kenny, 2, born Ipswich.

1 boarder – baker’s assistant.

 

1911   Bakery – 1, Holland Road, Ipswich.

 

Arthur was 14 years old and living with his parents & siblings.

Robert, 42, a Master Baker – own account.

Annie, 40, Assisting in Business.

Robert, 17, an Assistant Foreman – Chemical Manure Works.

Olive, 13.

Grace Dorothy Kenny, 10, born Ipswich.

Florence Elizabeth Kenny, 6, born Ipswich.

Ivy Lillian Kenny, 3, born Ipswich.

Herbert James Kenny, 3 months, born Ipswich.

 

Robert Kenny was a Baker and Grocer at the junction of Nelson Road and Holland Road, the business was known as the Nelson Road Bakery. The house and shop were owned by Mr. Horace William Harris.

 

Arthur is also remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.

 

Drake Battalion War Diary states 16/2/18:- “At 5.25 am, the enemy put down a Trench Mortar & light shell bombardment on Sunken Road at L34 Central & on trenches in the rear. Following closely behind the barrage a German raiding party of from 50 to 60 men who came from the direction of L34.d.15.85 & entered our Lewis Gun Post L34.d.15.85 & captured the garrison except the NCO. Seven men missing. Two wounded. One dead German lay out in front of this Lewis Gun Post & his cap (NCO’s polished black peak) paybook & identity disc were sent to Brigade early this morning.”

 

Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, ‘Drake’ Battalion, Royal Navy Division:

http://www.1914-1918.net/63div.htm

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/63rd_(Royal_Naval)_Division

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