This Day In History

1805 Malta. Private William Williams, 81st Regiment (later 2nd Loyals)  stabbed and killed by Giovanni Vassallo following an argument about non payment for wine.
1831 After 12 years of duty on the island, 82nd Foot (later 2nd South Lancashires) embarks at Port Louis, Mauritius, under orders for England.
1899 2nd Boer War. Ordered South to the war,1st South Lancashires depart Fulwood Barracks, Preston
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Private Henry Edward Kenny VC

Henry Edward Kenny VC

Henry Edward Kenny VC

Henry Kenny was born in Hackney, East London, in July 1888. In 1915 he was 27 years old and a Private in the 1st Battalion, Loyal North Lancashire Regiment, in action on the first day of the Battle of Loos.

On six separate occasions he went out into ground swept by very heavy shell, rifle and machine-gun fire to rescue wounded men lying in the open, on each occasion carrying them to a place of safety. On the last occasion, as he handed the wounded man over the parapet into safety, he was himself wounded in the neck.

Henry continued the serve throughout the war, achieving the rank of Sergeant.

During World War II he served in the Home Guard.

Henry Kenny died in Chertsey, Surrey, on 5 May 1979, aged 90.

His Victoria Cross is on display in the Imperial War Museum, London, as part of the Lord Ashcroft collection.