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Lieutenant WILLIAM DAVID KENNY

Regiment & Unit/Ship

39th Garhwal Rifles

4th Bn.

Date of Death

Died 02 January 1920

Age 20 years old

Buried or commemorated at

DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE)

Face 31.

India

  • Country of Service Indian
  • Awards Victoria Cross
  • Additional Info Native of Saintfield, Co. Down. (Buried Jandola Cem. 5.).
  • Additional Citation note

    An extract from the Third Supplement to the "London Gazette," dated 7th Sept., 1920, records the following:- "For most conspicuous bravery and devotion to duty near Kot Kai (Waziristan) on the 2nd January, 1920, when in command of a company holding an advanced covering position, which was repeatedly attacked by the Mahsuds in greatly superior numbers. For over four hours this officer maintained his position, repulsing three determined attacks, being foremost in the hand-to-hand fighting which took place, and repeatedly engaging the enemy with bomb and bayonet. His gallant leadership undoubtedly saved the situation and kept intact the right flank, on which depended the success of the operations and the safety of the troops in rear. In the subsequent withdrawal, recognising that a diversion was necessary to enable the withdrawal of the company, which was empeded by their wounded, with a handful of his men he turned back and counter-attacked the pursuing enemy, and with the rest of his party, was killed fighting to the last. This very gallant act of self-sacrifice not only enabled the wounded to be withdrawn but also averted a situation which must have resulted in considerable loss of life."

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