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Kennedy, A., Pte., 1918

Albert Kennedy

Machine Gun Corps Badge

On the Soissons Memorial is the name of 139312 Private Albert Kennedy, serving with the Machine Gun Corps who died 29/07/1918.

Derek Johnstone and Carole Fife have provided the following:

Albert Kennedy was born at Newsham, a village near to Blyth in Northumberland about 1889 to parents to Robert Kennedy from Dalbeattie in Scotland and Elizabeth Kennedy who was born in Cornwall.

In 1891 Albert Kennedy’s family lived at 1, Cottage South Newsham. At this time Albert was two years old and had siblings Robert 16, Arthur 7 and Martha 5. His father Robert Kennedy worked in the coal mines.

By 1901 the Kennedy family had moved to 22, Double Row, Newsham where his father was still employed in the coal mines. The family had increase in size and now included Alice 10, William 8, Thomas 6 and Lily 3. Arthur was now 19 years old and working in the coal mines as a putter.

Albert married Rose S. Brady in the latter part of 1914 and they had one son, also named Albert one year later.

The 1911 Census shows the Kennedys living at 28, Salisbury Street Newsham where Arthur and all his brothers were working in the coal mines.

Albert enlisted at Newcastle. After his death his wife remarried and became Mrs Henderson living at 31, Sidney Street, Blyth Northumberland.

Albert Kennedy is remembered in Blyth on B42.24 and in Cowpen on C58.01

The CWGC entry for Private Kennedy

If you know more about this person, please send the details to janet@newmp.org.uk