LieutenantKENNY, WILLIAM DAVID

Died 02/01/1920

Aged 20

4th Bn.
39th Garhwal Rifles

V C

Native of Saintfield, Co. Down. (Buried Jandola Cem. 5.).

Citation

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 This very gallant act of self-sacrifice not only enabled the wounded to be withdrawn but also averted a situation which must have resulted in considerable loss of life."

Commemorated at DELHI MEMORIAL (INDIA GATE)

Location: India
Number of casualties: 13220

Cemetery/memorial reference: Face 31.

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