Arthur McLuer KENNEDY

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Arthur McLuer KENNEDY

Private Arthur McLuer Kennedy
24th Battalion, The Australian Imperial Force

Private Kennedy (Reg No: 6083) was treated at the 2nd Australian Auxiliary Hospital at Southall in Middlesex.

Arthur Mcluer Kennedy was born in 1880 in Sydney, the son of John Mcluer Kennedy and Margaret Rooney. He commenced a bookbinder apprenticeship at the age of 16 and completed it in 7 years. This was his trade and at age 35 he enlisted with the Army and served with the 24th Battalion Australian Imperial Force. He fought in many actions and was wounded in 1917 but returned to his battalion after recovering and as the result of a gunshot wound to the leg in May 1918 while fighting in France, lost his leg and was fitted with an artificial limb in the Second Australian Auxiliary Hospital in London. He was one of the recovering wounded to work on the embroidery project for the cathedral frontal, as part of his shell shock therapy. After the war he returned to Australia and married his nurse Harriet Wright. They lived in Enfield and had a son Arthur Maxwell who never married. Arthur continued his work as a book binder with the Government Printing Office in Sydney and in his later years he operated the lift at these offices. Arthur died on 21 January 1948 aged 68.

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