Monday 30 August 1915 – We Lost 260

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Paul Aloysuis Kenna VC

Today’s losses include:

  • A Victoria Cross winner
  • A Brigadier General
  • The son-in-law of the 7th Earl of Abingdon
  • A 1912 Olympic competitor
  • A grandson of a member of the clergy
  • The nephew of a member of the clergy
  • A man whose brother will be accidentally killed in August 1917

 Today’s highlighted casualties are:

Brigadier General Paul Aloysuis Kenna VC DSO, General Officer Commanding 3rd Mounted Brigade, 2nd Mounted Division dies of wounds received in action at Gallipoli at age 53.  The previous day at ‘Chocolate Hill’, while inspecting his lines, he was hit, the bullet striking his left arm and entering his abdomen.  He is the son of Thomas Kenna, a wealthy stockbroker of Liverpool and is descended from a family of minor gentry from County Meath. Kenna was educated at Stonyhurst College and St. Francis Xavier College in Liverpool and he is honored in a memorial which can be seen in the main hall of the current college site in Beaconsfield Road, Liverpool. Kenna married Lady Cecil Bertie, daughter of the 7th Earl of Abingdon. Kenna was 36 years old, and a Captain in the 21st Lancers (Empress of India’s) during the Sudan Campaign when the following deed took place for which he was awarded the Victoria Cross (currently on display in the The Queen’s Royal Lancers Regimental Museum, Belvoir Castle). On 2nd September 1898, at the Battle of Omdurman, Sudan, when a major of the 21st Lancers was in danger, as his horse had been shot in the charge, Captain Kenna took the major up on his own horse, to a place of safety. After the charge Captain Kenna returned to help Lieutenant De Montmorency who was trying to recover the body of an officer who had been killed. He competed in the 1912 Summer Olympics for Great Britain as a horse rider. He did not finish the Individual event (Military) competition and the British team did not finish the team event. In the individual jumping event he finished 27th.

  • Lieutenant (Acting Captain) Henry Desmond O’Hara DSO (Dublin Fusiliers) is killed at age 23 on Gallipoli. He is the grandson of the Reverend James Dunn O’Hara and nephew of the Lord Bishop of Cashel.
  • Lieutenant Cyril Maxfield Dixon (York and Lancaster Regiment) is killed at age 20. His brother will be accidentally killed in August 1917.