Melvin Earl Kennedy

Melvin Earl Kennedy

Cpl. Melvin Earl Kennedy died on November 8, 1944, as a result of multiple internal injuries according to official notification received by his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Kennedy, 127 Eagle Ave. This message came only a short time after another telegram, which had reported Cpl. Kennedy still in a dangerous condition, following the official word the previous week that he had been dangerously injured in a road accident while serving in Italy. He was buried at Ancona, in Italy. Donning the uniform of the Canadian Army, Melvin had enlisted with the 2/10 Dragoons in Brantford in June 1942, and after training at Niagara-on-the-Lake and Debert, N.S., was posted overseas in December of that year. The next summer in July he was with the Royal Canadian Regiment in the invasion of Sicily and continued in action up the Italian "boot". He became ill in 1943 and was sent to North Africa for treatment. Returning to the Italian battle area in October his good soldiering was recognized by his superior officers and he was given his second stripe and made a corporal. It was while on his way to Rome for seven days hard-earned leave that the accident occurred at Jesi. Born in Brantford, June 21, 1915, Cpl. Kennedy was educated at King Edward and Central Public Schools and at the Collegiate Institute. Before enlisting he was employed by the Cockshutt Plow Company, Ltd. He was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church and Sunday School. One of his favorite interests was softball.

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