KENNEDY, Donald Colquhoun
(Service number 24180)

First Rank Private Last Rank Sapper


Date 16 October 1888 Place of Birth Saddle Hill near Mosgiel

Enlistment Information

Date Age
Address at Enlistment C/o Railway, Ashburton
Occupation Railway porter
Previous Military Experience
Marital Status Single
Next of Kin Donald KENNEDY (father), 30 Godley Street, Temuka
Religion Presbyterian
Medical Information

Military Service

Served with NZ Armed Forces Served in Army
Military District

Embarkation Information

Body on Embarkation New Zealand Expeditionary Force
Unit, Squadron, or Ship 13th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, C Company
Date 27 May 1916
Transport Willochra or Tofua
Embarked From Wellington Destination
Other Units Served With
Last Unit Served With NZ Engineers

Military Awards

Service Medals
Military Awards

Award Circumstances and Date

No information

Prisoner of War Information

Date of Capture
Where Captured and by Whom
Actions Prior to Capture
PoW Serial Number
PoW Camps
Days Interned
Liberation Date


Date 12 June 1919 Reason

Hospitals, Wounds, Diseases and Illnesses

Post-war Occupations

Railways employee


Date 24 May 1967 Age 78 years
Place of Death Dunedin
Memorial or Cemetery Andersons Bay Cemetery, Dunedin
Memorial Reference Sevices Section, Block 32A, Plot 5
New Zealand Memorials

Biographical Notes

Donald Colquhoun Kennedy was born on 16 October 1888 at Saddle Hill, near Mosgiel, the youngest son of Donald and Margaret (née Fleming) Kennedy. He was educated at Saddle Hill School, leaving at the age of fifteen to go home. By 1911 he was a creamery assistant at The Creamery, Clandeboye, where his oldest brother, Wlliam Fleming Kennedy, was the manager. He moved into the cheesemaker position in 1914.

When he enlisted, he was a railway porter at Ashburton. Single and Presbyterian, he named hs father as next-of-kin – Donald Kennedy, 30 Godley Street, Temuka. Private D. C. Kennedy embarked at Wellington, with the 13th Reinforcements, Canterbury Infantry Battalion, on 27 May 1916.

D. C. Kennedy, of Temuka, returned by the “Arawa” (Draft 244) in mid-1919. He was discharged on 12 June 1919 and resumed his employment with the Railways. In 1922 at Timaru, Donald married Elsie Bertha Todd. Their first-born daughter died in infancy and is buried with her Kennedy grandparents at Timaru.

His brother, James Fleming Kennedy, who had moved from a cheesemaker position at Waikouaiti into the Railways employ, also served in World War One. His nephew, Claude William Kennedy, was killed in action in 1944 at Cassino, Italy.

Donald Colquhoun Kennedy died on 24 May 1967 at Dunedin, aged 78 years. He was interred in the Services section of Andersons Bay Cemetery. Elsie died in 1974, her ashes interred in the same plot.


Auckland War Memorial Museum Cenotaph Database [17 December 2021]; NZ BDM Indexes (Department of Internal Affairs) [17 December 2021]; School Admission record (Dunedin Branch NZSG) [17 December 2021]; NZ Electoral Rolls ( [17 December 2021]; Otago Daily Times, 29 April 1919 (Papers Past) [12 May 2019]

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