Cyril Kennedy

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Cyril Frost Kennedy
Member of Parliament
for Colchester—Hants
In office
June 1957 – September 1967
Preceded by Gordon Purdy
Succeeded by Robert Stanfield
Personal details
Born 20 April 1915
Hilden, Nova Scotia
Died 12 January 1974(1974-01-12) (aged 58)
Political party Progressive Conservative
Profession Building Contractor, Businessman, Lumberman
Military service
Allegiance  Canada
Service/branch Canadian Army
Years of service 1936–1945
Rank Canadian Army OF-3.svg Major
Unit North Nova Scotia Highlanders
Battles/wars Second World War

Cyril Frost Kennedy DSC (20 April 1915 – 12 January 1974)[1] was a Progressive Conservative party member of the Canadian House of Commons.

Kennedy was born in Hilden, Nova Scotia to Liberal-Conservative Nova Scotia MLA Robert H. Kennedy along with 9 other siblings. He took up lumber work and carpentry working with the family sawmill until joining the Canadian Army.

Kennedy became a commissioned officer in 1936 as part of The North Nova Scotia Highlanders. Kennedy participated in the 1938 Army Operational Shooting Competition in England as part of the Canadian contingent. In 1940, he volunteered for overseas service and on June 6, 1944 fought at Juno Beach as Officer Commanding of his regiment's "D" Company. On June 7 Kennedy was engaged in fighting in Buron where elements of the 12th SS Panzer Division had attacked. Two other North Nova Scotia companies were encircled and surrendered (and some of the prisoners where executed during the Ardenne Abbey Massacre, but "D" Company dug in and after 4 hours of fighting were able to repulse the German advance with limited support. For gallantry during this action Kennedy received the Distinguished Service Medal. Later on July 8 while fighting in the re-taking of Authie Kennedy received shrapnel from a Nebelwerfer rocket in his right arm which required amputation. Despite this injury, after the war Kennedy resumed work as a carpenter.

He was first elected at the Colchester—Hants riding in the 1957 general election, then re-elected there in 1958, 1962, 1963 and 1965. On 17 September 1967, Kennedy left the House of Commons before the end of his term in the 27th Canadian Parliament and did not campaign for any further re-election. He resigned his seat for Robert Stanfield who had not secure a seat in 1965, the recently elected Leader of the Progressive Conservative Party of Canada.


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