SYLVESTER KENNEDY: A light horse hero

Mansfield Courier - - NEWS -

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.

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