Lieutenant Colonel William Kennedy

Biography of Lieutenant Colonel William Kennedy

Lieutenant-Colonel William Kennedy, born on 19th December 1885, was the son of Mr John Kennedy, Dunview, St Mary's Drive, Dunblane. He was at the High School of Glasgow from 1897 to 1903, and was one of the brilliant band of scholars that made the years 1903-1904 so illustrious in the annals of the School. His school honours included the Wellpark Medal for Modern Languages, the Dr. Mackinlay Scholarship, the Rector's Gold Medal, the Sir James Lumsden Medal, and the City Medal for special commercial subjects. He played a prominent part in all the social functions of the School.

His subsequent career was a continuation of his school successes. Combining his apprenticeship to chartered accounting with attendance at the University, he took his final CA with Honours, graduated MA in 1907, and got First-Class Honours in Economic Science in 1908. He won the Gladstone Memorial Prize and the John Clark Scholarship in Economics. He also won prizes in Logic and Metaphysics, Civil (or Roman) Law, History and Class Prize in Political Economy. In 1909 he got a Research Scholarship for work to be done concerning theories of the distribution of taxation in the nineteenth century.

The following year he went to London School of Economics as a Research student, and embodied his work in the publication (1913) of English Taxation, 1640-1799, An Essay on Policy and Opinion. The London School of Economics and Political Science awarded him the Adam Smith Gold Medal, and he took a degree of Doctor of Science (Econ.) at London University. In 1913 he went to Germany, and studied at Munich, Leipzig and Heidelberg the German theories of foreign trade.

Returning in 1914, he taught in Wren's College and the London School of Economics. In December, 1914, he joined the London Inns of Court OTC, and was gazetted in April 1915, Captain in the 18th Highland Light Infantry (HLI). His military career was as brilliant as his academic. For his part in the Somme campaign he was awarded the Military Cross (MC). The citation in the London Gazette of 20th October 1916 reads:

"For conspicuous gallantry during operations. He handled his company with great skill in the defence of his part of the line. He organised men from various regiments who were retiring before the counter-attack. Though himself wounded, he remained at his post, and was mainly instrumental in repulsing a counter-attack."

He became Major in March 1917, and Lieutenant-Colonel of the 18th Welsh regiment in July. Taking part in a struggle for Cambrai, he fell on 23rd November while leading his men at Bourlon Wood against a German counter-attack. He was thirty-two years of age.



Lieutenant Colonel William Kennedy
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
Regiment: Welsh Regiment
Degree: MA
Awards: Military Cross
Comments: Killed in action
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Obituary: The High School of Glasgow: the book of Service and Remembrance (Glasgow: Maclehose, Jackson, 1921)

Memorial Place: Commonwealth War Graves Commission ' Debt of Honour Register

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