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WW1 Casualty: Sergeant P/6413 John Kenyon -

Sergeant P/6413 John Kenyon

Unit/Regiment Mounted Branch, Corps of Military Police
Date of Death 10/04/1919 Age at Death 34
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Lille Southern Cemetery
II B 13
CWGC Family Details (if shown) Husband of Ann Kenyon of Suez Lodge, Portico, Eccleston, Prescot, Lancs

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Census Details 1911 Census -
John was living as a Boarder at Brook House on Liverpool Road, Prescot. This was the home of James Beesley and his family.

John was single, aged 26, and was employed as a Carter for the Railway Company.
Birth/Marriage/Death Registrations Marriage to Ann Melling registered Prescot, Q3/1913, Vol 8b, Page 1275
SDGW – Where Born Blackpool
Enlisted Knowsley
Resided Prescot, Lancs
How Died Died Theatre of War France & Flanders
Notes Formerly 992, Lancs Hussars Yeomanry John Kenyon is also commemorated on the web site of the London and North Western Railway (LNWR) which shows that he worked as a Parcel Vanman at Prescot Station
Research Ref. No. P173

Service Details

A native of Blackpool, John Kenyon attested to the Lancs Hussars Yeomanry on 29th August 1914 at Knowsley. He was 27 years old, married and recorded that he worked as a Railway Driver. He was appointed Lance Corporal on 14th November and then Corporal on 4th December.

The Military Mounted Police (MMP) was established in 1877 for service both at home and abroad. It was followed in 1882 by the Military Foot Police (MFP), raised in 1882 for service in Egypt, and becoming a permanent corps for service at home in 1885. The MFP and MMP first worked together at the Battle of Neuve Chapelle in 1915.

John Kenyon transferred to the MMP on 27th January 1917 and was immediately appointed to the role of Acting Sergeant. He sailed from Southampton for Havre, France with the MMP on 12th February 1917.

In December of 1917, he had a spell in hospital suffering from Gas Poisoning, though the details of this are not known.

John Kenyon's Medal Index Card

Record of John Kenyon's award of the Meritorious Service Medal. Note that the 'Date of Gazette' is shown as 'Peace Gazette'., a special issue of the London Gazette issued to mark the Armistice.

The 'Meritorious Service Medal", by the time of the Great War, had become purely a award for meritorious service, usually awarded to Colour Sergeants and above. The MSM was also rarely awarded for acts of gallantry not in the face of the enemy. The award came with an annuity, in the case of a service award to those who had completed 21 years continuous service and were already in receipt of the Long Service and Good Conduct Medal. The Treasury placed a limit of 200 men who could receive the annuity at any one time.

John Kenyon died of Pulmonary Tuberculosis at 39 Stationery Hospital, Lille, on 10th April 1919. He was entitled to the British War Medal and Victory Medal. Within his records, it is stated that he "died of Broncho Pneumonia and Meningitis contracted on Military Service and aggravated by exposure and fatigue whilst on military duty".

On 2nd October 1919, his effects were returned to his widow, comprising photos, 2 pipes, 2 diaries, numerals, badge, ribbon, knife, fork and spoon, tobacco pouch, cigarette case, false teeth, wallet, purse, key and a 9 ct gold ring.

John Kenyon's grave at Lille Southern Cemetery

His widow, Anne, received his MSM on 7th February 1920

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