Lieutenant Duncan Cameron Kennedy

Biography of Lieutenant Duncan Cameron Kennedy

Duncan Cameron Kennedy had just finished his first year in the Arts Faculty when the Great War began. The son of a lawyer, Alexander, who came originally from Appin, and his wife Mary Melville, he was born in Glasgow and educated at the Glasgow Academy. The family home was in Kelvinside, at Kelvin Drive. Duncan was a promising student in the Ordinary classes of Latin, Greek and French, ending his first year with a First Class Certificate for his mastery of French texts. When he went to France, however, it was as a soldier rather than a scholar. He did not return for a second year at University but took a commission in November 1914 with the 9th Bn. Highland Light Infantry (Machine Gun Corps). His older brother served in the Royal Scots Fusiliers.

It was while serving at the Somme that he was killed in action at the Battle of Givenchy on the 9th September 1916. He was part of a successful British offensive which finally deprived the Germans of observation posts over the battlefield. Commemorated at Thiepval Memorial, his name is also on the family gravestone at Appin Old Churchyard, the resting place of his father, who died in 1926 and his mother, who died in 1944.

Summary

Lieutenant Duncan Cameron Kennedy
Rank: Lieutenant
Regiment: 9th Bn. (Glasgow Highlanders) Highland Light Infantry attd. 47th Bn. Machine Gun Corps (Infantry)
Degree: Student
Awards: N/A
Comments: Killed in action, 9 September 1916.
Note/Press Clipping: Ch 4/4/2/3/1077
Photo ID: Ch 4/4/2/113

Sources

University of Glasgow Roll of Honour Ch4/4/2/3/1077

University of Glasgow Registry R8/5/34/4, R7/3/6

London Gazette, 8 December 1914.

Memorial Place: Commonwealth Graves Commission - Debt of Honour Register

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