KENNEDY, John Archibald
(Service number 32348)

First Rank Rifleman Last Rank Lance Corporal


Date 23 January 1882 Place of Birth Timaru

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment Mt Somers
Occupation Shepherd
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status
Next of Kin Mrs Margaret KENNEDY (mother), Sophia Street, Timaru
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Rifle Brigade
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 10th Reinforcements, 3rd Battalion, G Company
Date 15 November 1916
Transport Maunganui
Embarked From Destination Plymouth, Devon, England
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With

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Date 21 January 1956 Age 73 years 363 days
Place of Death Of Alford Forest
Memorial or Cemetery Ashburton Cemetery; memorial Timaru Cemetery
Memorial Reference Ashburton - Area 180 RSA, Plot 15; Timaru Cemetery - General Section, Row 34, Plot 339
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

John Archibald Kennedy was the second son of Robert and Margaret (née Armstrong) Kennedy. John was educated at Waimataitai and Timaru Main schools, as well as at a private school. His father, who was the bailiff in Timaru for 31 years, died in January 1908. John was a shepherd at Lake Heron when he enlisted. He returned to New Zealand in March 1919 per the "Athenic". He married Katherine McRae in 1931. John's brother Armstrong also served in World War I. John is buried in the Ashburton Cemetery, while a memorial is inscribed on his parents' grave stone in the Timaru Cemetery.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [16 March 2019]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [16 March 2019]; Ashburton Cemetery headstone image (Ashburton District Council) [17 March 2019], Timaru Cemetery headstone image (Timaru District Council) [17 March 2019]; Sun, 8 March 1919 (Papers Past) [11 March 2019]

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