Second Lieutenant John Gilbert Kennedy, 1st Battalion, Leicestershire Regiment, was killed in action on the 14th September 1916 aged 29. He enlisted as a private in the 28th Battalion, London Regiment on the 7th September 1914, and was allocated the regimental number 2509. He sailed from Southampton and arrived in France in February 1915. He was commissioned in November of the same year and posted to the Leicestershire Regiment.
He has no known grave and is commemorated on the Thiepval Memorial, France.
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He is remembered on the memorials at St Andrew's Church, Catford
He was the son of Ann Painter Christie (formerly Kennedy) of 336 Brownhill Road, Catford. His father was the late Alfred G Kennedy, a stock broker’s agent. Prior to the war he was employed as a bank clerk, the same occupation as his stepfather Alexander Christie. He married Katharine M.S Willoughby in Sevenoaks in 1915. On his death an identity disc marked “2509 Pte Kennedy J.G., 1/28th London Regt” was recovered from his body. His widow, Katharine, requested that all his personal effects be sent to his mother.
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