William David Kenny

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William David Kenny
William David Kenny VC.jpg
Lieutenant William Kenny c. 1919
Born (1899-02-01)1 February 1899
Saintfield, County Down, Ireland
Died 2 January 1920(1920-01-02) (aged 20)
near Kot Kai, Waziristan
Allegiance United Kingdom
Service/branch British Indian Army
Years of service 1918–1920
Rank Lieutenant
Unit 4/39th Garhwal Rifles
Battles/wars Waziristan Campaign
Awards Victoria Cross

William David Kenny VC (1 February 1899 – 2 January 1920) was a British Indian Army officer and an Irish recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces.

Early life[edit]

Kenny was born in Saintfield, County Down on 1 February 1899.

Military career[edit]

Kenny was commissioned in to the Indian Army as a second lieutenant on 31 August 1918.[1] He was promoted to lieutenant a year later.[2]

He was 20 years old, and a lieutenant in the 4/39th Garhwal Rifles during the Waziristan Campaign when the deed took place for which he was awarded the VC. The citation was published in a supplement to the London Gazette of 7 September 1920 (dated 9 September 1920):[3]

The medal[edit]

His Victoria Cross is displayed at the National Army Museum in Chelsea.

Memorials: India Gate, Delhi, India,[4] and Donaghadee, Co Down, Northern Ireland.



  1. ^ "no. 31212". The London Gazette. 4 March 1919. p. 3027. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  2. ^ "no. 31708". The London Gazette. 30 December 1919. p. 16041. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  3. ^ "(Supplement) no. 32046". The London Gazette. 7 September 1920. pp. 9133–9134. Retrieved 2008-01-15. 
  4. ^ Casualty Details: Kenny, William David at Commonwealth War Graves Commission website. Retrieved 2008-03-11


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