This Day In History

  • 1691 Castleton’s Regiment (later 1st East Lancashires) embarks at Portsmouth for active service in Flanders as part of the largest English Army sent abroad since the days of Henry the Eighth.
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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.