Born: 17th June 1897, Ipswich.
Died: 16th February 1918; age 21; Died of wounds whilst Prisoner of War in Reserve Field Hospital, Caudry – from shot wound in abdomen.
Ex-265353 Acting Corporal 1/6th Cyclist Battalion Suffolk Regiment. Enlisted Territorial Force 22nd May 1915 – transferred to RNVR for RND 15th June 1917. Draft for BEF 4th July 1917 – joined Nelson Battalion 28th August 1917 – transferred to Drake Battalion 7th February 1918- reported missing 16th February 1918 – Prisoner of War.
Drake Battalion War Diary states 16/2/18:- “At 5.25am, enemy put down a Trench Mortar & light shell bombardment on Sunken Road at L34 Central & on trenches in rear. Following closely behind 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) pay book & identity disc were sent to Brigade early this morning.”
Rank: Leading Seaman; Service Number: R/3100
Regiment: Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, ‘Drake’ Battalion, Royal Navy Division.
Relatives Notified & Address: Son of Robert & Annie Kenny, of The Bakery, Nelson Road, Ipswich.
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.
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.
Arthur is also remembered on the war memorial at Northgate High School. Formerly Ipswich Grammar School for Boys.
Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve, ‘Drake’ Battalion, Royal Navy Division: