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  • Name: William KENNY
  • D.O.B: 24th Aug, 1880
  • D.O.A: 23rd Oct, 1914
  • D.O.D: 10th Jan, 1936
  • Award: Victoria Cross
  • Occupation at time of action: Drummer, 2nd Battalion The Gordon Highlanders, 20th Brigade, 7th Division
  • Book: The Complete History - Volume 2
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Kruiseecke near Ypres, Belgium 23 October 1914

23 October 1914

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The First World War 1914 

North of Armentières the line curved to the east to form a salient round Ypres. Kruiseecke (Kruiseke), just over half way between Ypres and Menin, was at the south-eastern corner of this salient. On 23 October 1914, in the early stages of the 1st Battle of Ypres, the Germans attempted to capture the town. It fell to them on 26 October.


 For conspicuous bravery on 23rd October, near Ypres, in rescuing wounded men on five occasions under very heavy fire in the most fearless manner, and for twice previously saving machine guns by carrying them out of action. On numerous occasions Drummer Kenny conveyed urgent messages under very dangerous circumstances over fire-swept ground. 

Fourth Supplement to The London Gazette of 16 February 1915. 18 February 1915, Numb. 29074, p. 1699

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