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Patrick was born in Chepstow in 1894 a son of James and Elizabeth Kennedy. His father was a confectioner and baker.  By 1911 he has left school and is working at the Post Office, but later that year is appointed to Brecon as a clerk and worked in the town for a number of years.

Patrick enlisted in Brecon and joined the Brecknock Battalion of the South Wales Borderers, travelling to Asia in July 1915.  He later went to Mhow in India with the Battalion.

He was treated for enteric (intestinal) problems in Cumballa Hospital, Bombay but unfortunately died. Patrick was initially buried in Bombay (Sewri) Cemetery but later reburied at Kirkee War Cemetery.

Private John Henry Kingdon

South Wales Borderers 1st Brecknock Battalion, service no.


Died 22nd November 1918, aged 25

Commemorated at the Tehran War Cemetery, Iran

Born in 1893 in Cardiff, son of John Joseph and Jane Kingdon.  His father was originally from Cardiff and John and his sisters, Alexander and Mabel, were born there. The family moved to Newport in about 1900. Emma Jane was born there in about 1902. They move to 1, Lion Yard, Brecon by 1911.  John worked as an apprentice cycle fitter, Alex an apprentice plumber and the girls still at school. John's father died in 1917 at 55 and had worked as a baker for Mr Hood Williams at 34, The Watton for many years. Due to recent ill health he moved to confectionery opening a small shop in The Watton. John's mother Jane moved back to Cardiff.

Alex, John's younger brother had been a corporal in the Church Lads Brigade with a very good record and had joined the army himself by 1917. John enlisted at the outbreak of war and joined the Brecknockshire Battalion of the South Wales Borderers. He went to Aden in early July 1915 with the Brecknocks but he was later attached to the Royal Engineers as part of a Wireless Signals unit. He served all through the war and died in Mesopotamia, of pneumonia, 11 days after the armistice.

He was engaged to a cousin, Edith, from Cardiff.

Private Patrick George Kennedy

South Wales Borderers, Brecknock Battalion, service no.


Died on Active Service January 29th, 1917 in India, aged 22

Commemorated at the Kirkee Memorial, Mumbai (Bombay),

Maharashtra, India