This is Dundee's story of those that served in the First World War, and of the people left at home
- Date of enlistment:
- Place of enlistment: Dundee
- Service no: 9674
- Rank: Private
- Service Occupation:
- Regiment/Service: Highland Light Infantry
- Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion
- Place of Death: Belgium
- Age at Death: 26
- Date of Death: 13.11.1914
- Burial Country: Belgium
- Cemetery: Menin Gate Memorial, Ypres
- Grave/Mem Ref no: Panel 38
- Date of Birth: 11.08.1888
- Place of Birth: Dundee
- Address: 145 Princes Street, Dundee
- Occupation: Railway Porter, Wormit Station
Jessie Lesslie Innes (formerly Kennedy), 145 Princes St, Dundee
More about George Kennedy
George has no known grave but is remembered on the Menin Gate Memorial. He is also remembered on the Dundee United FC Roll of Honour.
George Kennedy 9674 Highland Light Infantry
STRUCK BY A “JACK JOHNSON.”
DUNDEE SOLDIER’S TRAGIC FATE.
Private Geo. Kennedy, of the Highland Light Infantry, a Dundee Reservist, met with a terrible death in the trenches. Official news that he was killed in action on 13th November has been received by his wife, who is at present residing with an aunt at 22 Gellatly Street, Dundee.
Kennedy, prior to the war, was a porter at Wormit railway station, and his wife has also received a letter from a Wormit soldier. Private Joe Dick, of the R.A.M.C., telling how Kennedy met his death. The letter stated that Kennedy was lying in the trenches when he was struck on the temple by a “Jack Johnson.” He was driven right into the ground, and his comrades, the writer concluded, had to dig him out.
Only the night before Dick and Kennedy were talking of how things would be going on in Wormit, and at that time he was in the best of spirits.
Private Kennedy, was formerly employed in the “Courier” Office, and was a great football player. He served about nine years with his regiment, and while in India played for the regimental team, while he also played for Montrose in a Cup tie when he came home three years ago. He also played in a benefit match for Dundee Hibs.
Besides a widow, Private Kennedy leaves a young child.
Dundee Courier 11th December 1914
Born, Dundee, 11 August 1888. No father named. Mother – Mary Kennedy, who had died befored he married Jessie Lesslie in 1912.
De Ruvigny’s Roll of Hounour, 1914 – 1919.
Kennedy, George, Private, No. 9674, 2 nd Battn. Highland Light Infantry ;
served with Expeditionary Force :
Killed in action at Poperinghe 13 Nov. 1914.
Additional information and image kindly supplied by Michael Caldwell, additional information and images kindly supplied by Brian Hutton
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