John Kenning

First Name: 
John
Last Name: 
Kenning
Mother's Name: 
Mary Kenning
Father's Name: 
George Kenning
Date Enlisted: 
Saturday, November 27, 1915
Rank at Enlistment: 
Private
Rank at Discharge: 
Private
Unit: 
4th Battalion
Company: 
Medium Trench Mortar Battery
Service: 
Artillery
Awards: 
British War Medal
Victory Medal
Date of Death: 
Wednesday, July 19, 1916
Place of Death: 
France
Cause of Death: 
Killed in action
Details: 

John Kenning (Service No 4824) was born in Blyth, England, around 1877, and came to live in Australia at a young age.  He attended Keira Public School, near Wollongong, N.S.W.  In 1899 he married Lena Green at Wollongong and by the time he embarked they had 2 children.

John enlisted at the age of 38 year, when he worked as a miner, and John and his family lived at Balgownie, N.S.W.

John embarked from Sydney on board HMAT A15 Star of England with 15th Reinforcements, 4th Battalion, on 8th March 1916.  After arriving in Egypt on 19th June 1916 he was sent on to France and arrived there on 29th June 1916.  

On 15th July John was transferred to the Medium Trench Mortar Battery.  At about 2 pm on 19th July 1916 John was in a dugout that was hit by a shell and he was killed.

John is buried in Anzac Cemetery, Sailly-Sur-La-Lys, France: Plot II, Row J, Grave 5.

Sources: 
NAA: B2455, KENNING JOHN

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