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Pat Kemp .     Women's Land Army

It was very hard work and long hours in the Women's Land Army, but we had lots of laughs, no matter how tired we were at the end of the day.

Pat Kemp



T/5 William Webb Kemp .     United States Army   from USA)

My father, T/5 William Webb Kemp, was a POW in Stalag 4B. The only thing handed down from him about this place was that liberation was the day after FDR's death. Timely, too, as he nearly died of pneumonia and suffered frostbite problems for the rest of his life. I still have his POW dogtags.

Bill Kemp



Sgt. Victor Ronald "Taffy" Kenchington .     British Army. 2nd Btn. Band Royal Irish Fusiliers   from Chichester, Sussex)

I joined the Band of the Royal Irish Fusiliers on 12th April 1937 as a Band Boy, as there was no vacancies in any Welsh Regiment at that time. I hated working in the Pit, I played the Cornet.

The first Barracks I went to was Gaudaloupe in Borden, Hants, then onto Aldershot. We then Trooped the Colour in London, and sailed to Malta in January 1938. We had a trip to Palestine in late 1938 and back to Malta in 1939, where we did all sorts of work being infantry men during the War, filling in bomb holes on the Airfield, Takali was our Drome. Or, we may be unloading ships in Valetta, we had about 4000 air raids whilst we were there, having more bombs in a month than England had during the Blitz.

On the outbreak of War our Band was disbanded and we became Stretcher Bearers. Our food at sometimes was very small, and we had 15 Cigarettes a week during the Siege. We left Malta in June 1943, sailed to Egypt and went on double rations to get some of our weight back. We trained for a while doing L.C.A. Work, then moved to Syria and Lebanon more training.

Then a quick move to Leros in the Aegean in September on Destroyers as the Italians had packed in. We stayed on the Island until we were overwhelmed by large German Forces of sea and Air forces, and with no Aircraft to protect us the only planes being German, being bombed daily just like Malta. The Brigadier surrendered the Island so we were all made P.O.Ws.

I stayed for 36 hours and the chance came for me to leave along with 3 other soldiers, we found a decent boat with oars, left about 7 or 8 pm. We rowed for 22 hours and were able to get to Turkey and were interned. We were released by British Consul and taken to Bodrum and put aboard a Royal Navy Ship. Then after several days we sailed along the coast at night and got back to Palestine, then onto Egypt Transit Camp, total number of unit 27 only, these brought the name of the 2nd Royal Irish Fusiliers back to England in 1944 to be reformed as a unit again

Victor Kenchington



Cpl. Victor "Taffy" Kenchington .     British Army 2nd Btn. Royal Irish Fusiliers

I served all through WW2, as I joined the Royal Irish Fusiliers in 1937. I served in Malta from January 1938 until 1943. I have a lot of poems and stories of that period, but the story I want to tell is this:

I was a medical orderly and stretcher bearer in Leros, we were invaded by the German Brandeburgers and other units on the 12th of November 1943. One of my unit got injured and was left for 36 hours before we found him We were told where he was and I went out to pick him up with two other stretcher bearers. He was really badly injured, as he had been hit in the buttocks and legs, on seeing him, he kept asking 'could I please give him something to put him to sleep', all I could give him was 5 minims of morphine, I cut his clothes away, and the buttock wound was just a mass of maggots, he also had a compound fracture of his femur, I left the maggots and dressed his buttock wound with two shell dressings, put a dressing on his thigh, put him on the stretcher, tied a rifle sling on his ankle and to the handle of the stretcher. I gave him another shot of morphine, as we had a long walk back to the m.i.room, as we were behind enemy lines, and had to make a devious route back. We surrendered the island to the Germans to save lives, as we had no supplies, and everyone was made p.o.w.s. I was lucky as I was able to escape to Yatikavak in Turkey after rowing a boat 22 hours along with 3 others.

In 1946 when the war had finished I was stationed in Ballymena in Northern Ireland when a chap came to my room to say a chap wanted to see me at the guard room, on getting there this chap said "Hello Taffy", and burst out crying, he said his prayers were now answered, as he wanted to thank me for picking him up, but he had lost his leg. To me this was better than winning any medal, I was almost in tears myself.

Victor Kenchington



Dick Kendal .     Royal Canadian Air Force

Dick Kendal served with the Royal Canadian Air Force during WW2 and was a prisoner of war at Stalag 8b.




G. Kendal .    




Denzel "Jack" Kendall .     United States Army

My uncle Denzel Kendall landed on Omaha Beach. If anybody knows him let me know.

David Kendall



P/O G. H. Kendall .     Royal Canadian Air Force 97 Squadron




Richard Mare Kendall .     Auxiliary Unit North East Kent   from Faversham)

This is just a brief contact to let you know that my father was an early recruit to what became known as the Auxiliary Units. He had one of the little shield pins. My father was the owner of Davington Farm on the outskirts of Faversham in Kent. He was also a Whipper-in of the Tickham Hunt and as so knew the country very well. According to my mother my father was directley recruited by Peter Fleming who she says came to dinner at the farm with his brother Ian.

Timothy Kendall



John Kendrick .     British Army Royal Warwickshire Regiment   from Birmingham)

My Uncle John Kendrick was a prisoner of war at Stalag XXB. As far as we know he was captured at Dunkirk and spent the remainder of the war in the POW camp. He was in the Royal Warwickshires Regiment and their museum in Warwick (now called the Royal Regiment of Fusiliers museum) was very helpful in finding out information about where he was a POW and what his service (511823) and POW numbers (282) were. I would recommend them. I want to find out what battalion he was in and wonder if there is any quicker process than going via an army war records enquiry which I understand can take up to a year. I Would also love to know if anyone else has any information relating to him

Jacky Walters



Gnr. John W. Keningale .     British Army 2/28th HAA Royal Artillery   from Leyton)

Looking for any information on John Keningale (or Jack as he was known). My grandfather served in the 8th Army, Royal Artillery as a Gunner, although I'm finding it hard to come up with any info on his particular outfit due to conflicting information on his discharge papers. On one set of documents he is listed as belonging to the 28/2 HAA RA and on another he is docmented as belonging to the 16/2 RA. I know he served in Africa and I believe he was also in Italy, as that's where he met my grandmother. If anyone has any stories about him or knew him personally, I love to hear about them.

Benjamin Keningale



Pte Edward Kenna VC.     Second Australian Imperial Force 2/4th Australian Infantry Battalion   from Australia)

S. Flynn



George Kennard .    

My sister's late husband, George Kennard, was in Stalag VIIIB for about four years.

Robert Bearman



Flt.Sgt Leslie John Kennard .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 40 Squadron   from Amersham On The Hill)

(d.15/16 May 1941)

My Grt Uncle Leslie Kennard (1919-1941) was Flt Sgt on Wellington Bomber R1167 of 40 Sqn. While on a re-con mission over Hannover, Germany the plane developed engine trouble (details unknown) and went down. Only one crew member survived, Percy Addison who spent the remainder of the war as a POW. Any information about the rest of the crew would be greatly appreciated.

Clare Trend



Sqd Ldr Hugh Kennard. .     Royal Air Force 121 Sqd.




Sub Lt. Duncan Cameron Kennedy .     Royal Naval Reserve HMS Prunella

Supplement to the London Gazette
4th October 1940. NEWSPAPER ARTICLE
HONOUR FOR TOWNSMAN

Mentioned in Despatches
Sub-Lieutenant Duncan Cameron Kennedy, R.N.R. , has been mentioned in despatches for "seamanship, bravery and good leadership", and his name appeared in the "London Gazette" of October 4. Sub-Lieut, Kennedy is the son of Mr and Mrs Sam, Kennedy, 19 South Street, He is aged 25 years, and before the war he was a first mate with the Lyle Shipping Company.He is a former pupil of Finnart School and was a popular member of the West-End Baths.
Sub-Lt, Kennedy had charge of one of the lifeboats after his ship had been attacked and sunk by a u-boat in the Atlantic.(He rescued 28 people.)The ship's boats were scattered by a fierce storm that was raging, but Mr Kennedy managed to keep course. After the occupants of his boat had been exposed to Atlantic weather for 3 days, they were sighted by a British flying-boat which gave their position to a steamer, The steamer (Cassamance) picked them up and landed them in a port in England. The survivors made him a presentation as a token of their gratitude for his bravery and efficiency in navigating the lifeboat.
A year or two before the war, Mr Kennedy was on a ship which rescued 32 Portuguese fisherman off the Azores during a storm. Duncan Cameron Kennedy was treated for frost bite after the 3 days at sea and it took it's toll on his health.

He did not want to drown at sea like his Grandfather, Duncan Cameron, who drowned at sea in 1886.

Captain Duncan Cameron Kennedy was born on 24/02/1916 in Greenock, Scotland. When Duncan was a first mate in the Merchant Navy he married Isabella Wallace Picken, an Engineer's Machinist. On 22//07/1942 at Orangefield Baptist Church Greenock, Scotland.

Read more about Duncan Cameron Kennedy




Jesse Edgar Kennedy .     USAAF 466th Bomb Group   from Texas, USA)

I'm helping a friend trace his dad, Jesse Edgar Kennedy (from Texas) who was at Attlebridge, Station 120 in the 466th Bomb Group in 1945, if you could help or offer any advice to get closer, please drop me a line.

Zena



Flt Sgt. John James O'Neil Kennedy .     Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve 77 Sqd.   from Oxford)

(d.16th Feb 1944)

John was a bomb aimer on Halifax Bomber LW341. The plane was shot down on a mission to Berlin which left RAF Elvington on 15th February 1944. It crashed into the Baltic Sea, and John's body was never found. One member of the crew was buried on the Danish Island of Keppel. John was a member of the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve and was just 20 when he died. He is commemerated at the Runnymede Memorial on Panel 219.

Paul Kennedy



L/Sgt. John James Kennedy .     British Army 68th Heavy A A Regt. Royal Artillery (d.30th Aug 1945)

My Grandfather, L/Sgt John James Kennedy, was in the 68th Heavy A A Royal Artillery Regt. He was killed 30th August 1945 andis buried in Mazargues Cemetary, which is just outside Marsailles, South of France. The story we were always told was that he had chartered a private flight home from France, to surprise his family, as he was travelling via ship, was taking too long. So together with a couple of others, they got a flight, which was then struck by lightening and all aboard died. I have been fortunate on a number of occasions to visit his grave which is kept to an excellent standard by the CWGC. Following recent visit and attempts to find out exactly where and what my grandad's regiment were doing, I keep hitting brick walls. I was wandering if anyone can help me fill in the gaps in regards to manouveres his regt were involved with. Was it that he was a prisoner of war? Any info would be greatly appreciated thanks.

Tony Doyle



Lt.. Joseph P. Kennedy .     United States Navy VPB-110

Lt Joseph P. Kennedy, Jr (older brother of the future president JFK) and Lt Wilford J. Willy each served in VPB-110 at Dunkeswell; their names are listed among the fallen of Fleet Air Wing Seven. They volunteered to serve in Special Attack Unit One (SAU-1) piloting PB4Y-1 drones loaded with high explosives for attacks against German V-weapons sites in France. They were lost during a mission in August 1944. Intending to bail out when their aircraft was under radio control, they were killed when their aircraft exploded prematurely. Each was awarded the Navy Cross posthumously.

I am a combat veteran of the Vietnam War, not WWII, but I am very familiar with the airfield at Dunkeswell, UK, dating to the three years I served at the U.S. Navy's European headquarters in London during the 1980s. I thought visitors to your site and those who have listed information would want to know that the citizens of Dunkeswell remember those who served at the airfield with Fleet Air Wing Seven.

In the nearby village church in Dunkeswell, a large brass plaque is mounted on an interior wall of listing the names of the 182 men of the Air Wing who lost their lives flying ASW and other missions from the Dunkeswell Airfield. A U.S. flag is displayed next to the memorial. The inscription above their names reads, "In Memory of These Officers and Men of the United States Navy Who Died for Their Country September 1943 to July 1945." Each summer, the pastor of the church invited a naval aviator assigned to the U.S. Navy staff in London to attend a memorial service for the fallen aviators. It was my honor to attend over three successive years. My wife and I became good friends with the pastor and his wife at the time, the Rev. Nick Walls. He has since retired, and the U.S. Navy relocated its European headquarters from London to the Mediterranean. I don't know if the memorial service continues.

Years later, while serving as the senior editor of the Navy League's Seapower magazine, I interviewed U.S. Senator Edward Kennedy. I told him about the memorial to the men of Fleet Air Wing Seven and the annual observance in the church. He showed me two framed shadow boxes hanging on the wall in his Senate office. One contained Joe Kennedy's Navy Wings of Gold and the gold buttons from his service dress blue uniform; the other shadow box contained JFK's dog tags dating to his wartime service in the Pacific theater as the skipper of PT-109. I would be pleased to share several photos of the chapel in Dunkeswell, the memorial, and scenes of the airfield as they appeared in the 1980s. A flying club was using the field at that time.

Gordon Peterson



Greaser M. Kennedy .     Naval Auxiliary Personnel HMS Forfar

M. Kennedy survived the sinking of HMS Forfar.




Thelma Kennedy .     Land Army

Vivien Harvey



PO. William Kennedy .     Royal Navy HMS Nigeria

My grandad served on Nigeria and Albrighton during WW2, his name was William Kennedy and I know that he was involved with signals and was a petty officer. He didn't really share much of his experiences with me as I was probably too young at the time. I know he was torpedoed twice and was also invloved in the Anzio landings. I have recently read with huge interest Jack Edwards "Twenty-Two Hundred Days To Pulo We" and recommend it to anyone else interested in HMS Nigeria during WW2. If anyone can help me by sharing info on links, websites, or anything else that would help me track down a record of my Grandads history in the Navy then I would be most grateful.

Duncan Kennedy



Sgt Bernie J Kennedy. .     RAF 12sqd




Lt. Gordon Barrett "Ken" Kennington .     US Navy Reserve VP-11   from Dedham, MA)

Gordon Kennington served as a Lieutenant Commander in the US Navy during WW2. A pilot of PBY-5s, the Catalina Flying Boat, before and during the War, he trained many, and had five PBYs destroyed out from under him. One "friendly" bullet found his co-pilot, who died of his wounds. Most were operational losses, but one caught fire from flares that had set off. He and his aircrew swam to an enemy-held island, where he was greeted by a "naked savage", who asked, "You talk Jesus talk?"

I am seeking information on a Dallas Harding Jones, who served in PBYs before the battles prior to Guadalcanal. (And after, in the Bay of Biscay).

I have "Torpedo Run" already...

Bob



Douglas Kenny .     514 Squadron Royal Air Force (d.20th Feb 1944)

Doug Kenny was a rear gunner on Lancasters and was killed on 20th Feb 1944. He was my great uncle. I recently went to the Imperial War Museum and they have a database which told me the date he was killed. It prompted me to find out more about his service. I was born on 20th Feb 1964, and as my grandmother always told me I was very much like him, it compels me to learn more about him and his time in the RAF. If anyone has any information I would be really interested and grateful to hear about him and the squadron.

Andrew Heaton



Sean Kenny .    




Kenrick .    




Sgt G. Kensall .     RAF 428 Sqd

Sgt Kensall flew as a Mid-upper Gunner. His aircraft was shot down on ops to Frankfurt on 20/21 Dec 1943.




Sergeant George Kensall .     RAF 428 Squadron (d.20th December 1943)

Halifax LK928 Squadron 428 Operation Frankfurt Date 1 20th December 1943 Date 2 21st December 1943 LK928 was one of two No.428 Squadron Halifaxes lost on this operation (the other was EB252). Airborne 1614 20Dec43 from Middleton St.George. Cause of loss not established. Crashed at Glees some 7 km NNW of Mendig. Burials are reported from Glees 27Dec43; their graves are now located in Rheinberg War Cemetery.

The brother of Sgt Jessiman, William Herkis Jessiman, was also KIA. F/S Tycoles survived the crash as his death is reported to have taken place at Reserve Lager Maria Loast 24Dec43.

  • F/S J.L.Keighan RCAF PoW
  • Sgt George Herkis Jessiman RCAF R/68645 KIA age 22
  • F/O Keith Maxwell Mosher RCAF J/21553 KIA
  • F/S Elmer Lawrance Tycoles RCAF R/128073 Inj
  • Sgt John Patrick Slater RAF 1516173 KIA age 29
  • Sgt George Kensall RAF 1052337 KIA age 22
  • Sgt Thomas Stanley Roy Dagnall RAF 1600759 KIA
  • F/S J.L.Keighan was interned in Camps L6/357, PoW No.1463.





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