Thomas Kennedy

(08/05/1892 - 20/09/1916)

Thomas Kennedy, born 8th April 1892 was a soldier killed in World War I, who lived in 2 Wellington View(now demolished) on the Crumlin Road.  His father Daniel Kennedy, a time keeper and mother Mary Teresa Hanlon married on 25 November 1888, both living in Thomas Street, Dublin. They had ten children, seven of which were alive in the 1911 census – Patrick, Thomas, Michael, Christina, Teresa, Daniel, Eileen. The family moved to Bow Lane buildings and then in 1905 moved to 2 Wellington View, Crumlin Road.

He joined the 121st Battery, a part of the 27 Brigade, Royal Field Artillery under command of 5th Division. The brigade was located at Newbridge, Kildare at the declaration of war and it moved to Phoenix Park, Dublin on 15 August 1914 and embarked onto the ships SS Bellerophon, Chinese Prince and Courtfield. The brigade landed at Le Havre in France on 18 August 1914. He ws a gunner and this regimental number was regimental number is 67811.

Gunners, like Thomas, played an indispensable role in the 121st Battery, Royal Field Artillery, during World War I. During the Battle of the Somme in 1916, gunners operated artillery to provide crucial support to infantry units. They conducted pre-battle bombardments, targeted enemy artillery positions, and provided covering fire during infantry advances. Their efforts were instrumental in weakening enemy defenses, protecting friendly troops, and facilitating the advance of Allied forces.

The Battle of Flers-Courcelette, which took place from September 15 to 22, 1916, marked a significant phase of the larger Somme Offensive. It was during this battle that several innovative tactics were employed, including the first widespread use of tanks in warfare. Despite these advancements, the battle was fiercely contested, with heavy casualties on both sides.

On September 20, 1916, Thomas sustained wounds while fulfilling his duties on the battlefield. Despite the best efforts of medical personnel and fellow soldiers, he succumbed to his injuries and made the ultimate sacrifice for his country. His bravery and dedication to duty in the face of adversity serve as a testament to the courage displayed by all who served during World War I.

His final resting place is in Heilly Station Cemetery, Mericourt-L’Abbe, Somme, France. This serene cemetery, situated in the heart of the Somme region, is a testament to the sacrifices made by soldiers like Thomas during the Great War. Here, amidst rows of white gravestones, Thomas’s memory is preserved for eternity, a poignant reminder of the toll exacted by the conflict.



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