SYLVESTER KENNEDY: A light horse hero
SYLVESTER Kennedy was born in Bonnie Doon in 1891. Sylvester and his elder brother John enlisted just two weeks after the declaration of war in August 1914, becoming
Having joined the Fourth Australian Light Horse Regiment, he landed on Gallipoli in May 1915.
In September Kennedy, very ill, was evacuated from the Peninsula, returning to the regiment in January 1916.
He was transferred to the First Anzac Mounted Regiment which was to accompany the First Anzac Corps to France.
He undertook various duties including reconnaissance patrols,
On July 15, 1916, Kennedy was seriously wounded with a shrapnel wound to the neck and was evacuated to England, returning to France in November 1917.
For his exceptional conduct at Kemmel in April 1918, where he rescued wounded men, he was awarded the Military Medal.
Kennedy returned to the Somme in August 1918, and while on patrol duty near Mametz, was severely wounded and died the following day.
He is buried in the Daours Commimat Cemetery, France.