KAEBLE, Joseph. (reg No. 663).
Corporal. 22nd Battalion. Quebec Regiment (French-Canadian) Canadian Expeditionary Force.
London Gazetted on 16th September 1918.
Born on 5th May 1893 at St. Moise, Quebec, Canada.
Killed in action 9th June 1918 at Neuville-Vitesse, France.
Memorial at Wanquetin Communal Cemetery Extension, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 8th/9th June 1918 at Neuville-Vitesse, France, Corporal Kaeble was in charge of a Lewis gun section during a strong enemy attack, when all of his section but one became casualties. As soon as the barrage lifted and about 50 of the enemy advanced, Corporal Kaeble jumped over the parapet with his Lewis gun, emptying several magazines into the advancing enemy. Although hit several times, he continued to fire blocking the enemy advance, until he fell mortally wounded. Even while lying on his back in the trench, he fired his last cartridge over the parapet at the retreating enemy.
Additional information: Corporal Kaeble also held the Military Medal (MM).

KAMAL RAM. (reg No. 664).
Sepoy*. 8th Punjab Regiment. Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 27th July, 1944.
Born on 18th December, 1924 at Bholunpura, a village in the Karauli State, India.
Died in 1982 (Place and date of death unknown.)
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 12th May 1944 at the River Gari, Italy, the advance of the company was held up by heavy machine-gun fire coming from four posts on the front and flanks. The capture of the position was essential and Sepoy Kamal RAM volunteered to get to the rear of the right post and silence it. He attacked the first two posts single-handed, killing or taking prisoner the occupants and together with a Havildar** he then went on and completed the destruction of a third. His outstanding bravery unquestionably saved a difficult situation at a critical period in the battle.
* Private
** Sergeant
Additional information:. Kamal Ram attained the rank of Subadar (Captain).

Lieutenant. 4th Battalion. 58 Punjab Regiment. Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 3rd July, 1945.
Born on 25th May 1923 at Kapurthala, India.
Killed in action on 18th March, 1945, near Meiktila, Burma.
Tribute on the Taukkyan Cremation Memorial, Burma.
Digest of Citation reads:
On the 18th March, 1945 near Meiktila, Burma, Lieutenant Karamjeet Singh Judge, a platoon commander of the company ordered to capture a cotton mill, dominated the battlefield by his numerous acts of gallantry. After eliminating 10 enemy bunkers he directed one tank to within 20 yards of another and asked its commander to cease fire whilst he went in to mop up. It was whilst doing this that he was mortally wounded.

Rifleman 2nd/3rd Battalions Queen Alexandra's Own, Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 21st June 1918.
Born on 20th December 1898 at Mangalthan, Litung, in the Bahlung District of Nepal.
Died on 6th August 1973 at Litung, in the Bahlung District of Nepal.
Memorial not yet recorded.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 10 April 1918 at El Kefr, Egypt, during an attack, Rifleman Karabahadur Rana and a few other men crept forward with a Lewis gun under intense fire to engage an enemy machine-gun. No 1 of the Lewis gun team opened fire but was shot almost immediately, whereupon the rifleman pushed the dead man off the gun, opened fire, knocked out the enemy gun crew and then silenced the fire of the enemy bombers and riflemen in front of him. During the remainder of the day he did magnificent work and finally assisted with covering fire in the withdrawal, until the were close on him.
Additional information: On Saturday the 2nd August, 1919 there was a parade of His Majesty's Indian Troops through London. Naik (Corporal) Karanbahadur Rana was in that proud assembly.They were received at Buckingham Palace by King George V who personally thanked them for their loyalty and magnificent service during the war. Also on this occasion Naik Karanbahadur Rana was decorated by the King with the Victoria Cross.

KAVANAGH, Thomas Henry. (reg No. 667).
Mr. Bengal Civil Service.
London Gazetted on 6th July, 1859.
Born on 15th July, 1821 at Mullingar, County West Meath, Ireland.
Died on 11th November 1882 on Gibraltar.
Memorial on grave at North Front Cemetery, Gibraltar.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 9th November, 1857 at Lucknow, India, Mr Kavanagh volunteered to go, in disguise,through the city, to the camp of the relieving force outside, so that he could guide them to do beleaguered garrison in the Residency. This mission was performed against overwhelming odds and was successful. The garrison was relieved.

KEATINGE, Richard Harte. (reg No. 668).
Major. Bombay Artillery. Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 25th February, 1862.
Born on 17th June 1825 at Dublin, Ireland.
Died on 25th May 1904 at Horsham, Sussex.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 17th March 1858 during the assault of Chundairee, India, Major Keatinge voluntarily led the column through the breach which was being protected by heavy crossfire. He was amongst the first to enter a and was severely wounded. The column was saved from serious loss which would probably have resulted, but for the major's knowledge of the area. Having cleared the breach, he led the column into the fort where he was wounded again.
Additional information:. Lieutenant General Keating was made a Companion of the Order of the Star of India. (CSI).

KELLAWAY, Joseph. (reg No. 669).
Boatswain 3rd-class .Royal Navy.
London Gazetted on 24th February, 1857.
Born on 1st September 1824 at Kingston, Dorset.
Died on 2nd October 1880 at Chatham in Kent.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 31st August, 1855 in the Sea of Azov, Crimea, Boatswain Kellaway of HMS Wrangler, along with the Mate and three Seamen, were put ashore to burn enemy boats, fishing stations and haystacks on the opposite side of a small lake. They had almost reached the spot when they were ambushed by 50 Russians. One seaman fell into their hands, but Mr Kellaway and the other two Seamen had escaped when the Mate accidentally fell. Mr Kellaway immediately went back to his aid, but they were soon surrounded by the enemy. In spite of the gallant resistance by Mr Kellaway they were tak.en prisoner.
Additional information:. Chief Boatswain Kellaway also held the Legion d'Honneur of France.

KELLIHER, Richard. (reg No. 670).
Private. 2nd/ 5th Battalion. (Queensland). Australian Military Forces.
London Gazetted on 30th December 1943.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born 1st September 1910 at Ballybeggan, Tralee, County Kerry, Ireland.
Died on 28th January 1963 at Melbourne, Australia.
Memorial on grave at Springvale Lawn Cemetery, Melbourne and on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 13th September, 1943 in New Guinea, the platoon to which Private Kelliher was attached came under very heavy fire from a concealed machine gun. It prevented the platoon's advance and caused many severe casualties. On his own initiative, Private Kelliher, suddenly dashed towards the post and hurled two grenades at it, killing some, but not all, of the enemy. He returned to his section, seized a Bren gun then dashed back to the enemy post and silenced it. Asking and recieving permission, he then went out again to rescue his wounded section leader, which he accomplished successfully under heavy fire from another enemy position.

KELLS, Robert. (reg No. 671).
Lance-Corporal. 9th Lancers *
London Gazetted on the 24th December, 1858.
Born on 7th April, 1832 at Meerut, India.
Died on 14th April 1905 in London.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 28th September, 1857 at Bolandshahr, India, when his commanding officer was lying in a street with his collarbone broken and his horse disabled, Lance-Corporal Kells defended him against a number of the enemy and stay with him until the danger was over.
* Queen's Royal
Additional information: He also held the Royal Victorian Medal (RVM). On leaving the 9th Lancers he became a sergeant in the Yeomen of the Guard and Trumpet Major.

KELLY, Henry (Reg.No.672)
Temporary Lieutenant (later Major) 10th Battalion Duke of Wellington's Regiment. (West Riding)
London Gazetted on 25th October 1916
Born on 10th July 1887 at Moston, Manchester, Lancashire.
Died on 18th January 1960 at Prestwich, Lancashire.
No recorded Memorial.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 4 October 1916 at Le Sars, France, Second Lieutenant Kelly twice rallied his company under the heaviest fire and eventually led the only three available men of h9is company into the enemy's trench, remaining there bombing, until two of his men became casualties and enemy replacements arrived from the rear. He then carried his wounded company sergeant-major back to our trenches, a distance of 70 yards, and subsequently brought in more wounded.
Additional information: He was the son of Charles Kelly from Dublin, and his wife, Jane,(née McGarry) of Manchester. He was educated at St. Patrick's School and Xavarerian Brothers' College, both in Manchester. On the 5th September 1914 he joined the Army. His promotions were on the following dates, 12th May 1915 to Temporary 2nd Lieutenant; 11th September 1916 to Temporary Lieutenant; 21st September 1917 to Temporary Captain and 19th July 1919 to Temporary Major.
He sailed for France in May 1916 and he served there in the European War (WW1) and also in Belgium and Italy. He was involved in the battles of the Somme 1916, Ypres, ( Messines Ridge 7th June 1917 and Menin Road on 20th September 1917.) On the 15th June 1918 he was in Italy at the Asago Plateau and the following October 27th at Piave.
.He was also awarded The Military Cross ,London Gazetted 24th September 1918,whilst in charge of two companies, carried out a raid on the night of 21/22nd of June 1918 on enemy trenches, and in bright moonlight, captured 51 prisoners and two machine-guns.also killing a large number of the enemy. The following October at the Piave he attacked Austrian positions and captured several machine-guns and showed great quality of leadership. For this he was awarded a Bar to his MC. He also held the Grand laurelled Cross of San Fernando. (Spain)



KENEALLY, William, (Reg. No.674)
Private, (later Sergeant) 1st Battalion The Lancashire Fusiliers.
London Gazetted on 24th August 1915.
Born on: 26th December 1886 at Wexford, Ireland.
Died on: 29th June 1915 at Gallipoli
Memorial at: Lancashire Landing Cemetery, Gallipoli.
Digest of Citation reads:
On the 25th April 1915 west of Cape Helles, Gallipoli, three companies and the Headquarters of the 1st Battalion, Lancashire Fusiliers, when landing on West Beach, were met by very deadly fire from hidden machine-guns which caused a large number of casualties. The survivors however, rushed up and cut the wire entanglements not withstanding the terrific fire from the enemy and after overcoming supreme difficulties the cliffs were gained and the position maintained. (Private Keneally was one of the six members of the Regiment elected for the award. The other five* were BROMLEY. C; GRIMSHAW J.E.; RICHARDS A.J; STUBBS, F.E; and WILLIS, R.R). * SEE INDIVIDUAL CITATIONS.


KENNA, Edward. (reg No. 675).
Private. 2nd/4th Battalion. (New South Wales). Australian Military Forces.
London Gazetted on 6th September, 1945.
Born on 6th July, 1919 at Hamilton, Victoria, Australia.
Death not recorded.
Memorial on Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 15th May 1945 near Wewak, New Guinea, when fire from a Japanese bunker held up the company's advance, Private Kenna stood up in full view of the enemy, who were less than 50 yards away, engaged the enemy bunker, firing his Bren gun from the hip. Retaliating, the enemy fired back, the bullets actually passed between Private Kenna's body and arms. Undeterred, still completely exposed, he went on firing until his magazine was empty, then continuing with a rifle. As a result of his gallant action the bunker was taken without further loss.

KENNA, Paul Aloysius. (reg No. 676).
Captain. 21st Lancers *
London Gazetted on 15th November, 1898.
Born on 2nd February, 1862 at Everton, Liverpool.
Died of wounds on 30th August 1915 at Suvla, Gallipoli.
Memorial on grave at Lala Baba Cemetery, Suvla Bay, Gallipoli.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd September, 1898 at the Battle of Khartoum in the 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. Captain Kenna returned, after the charge, to help Lieutenant R.H,L.J. DE Montmorency (reg No. 321)., who was trying to recover the body of an officer who had been killed.
* 21st (Empress of India's) Lancers.
Additional information:. Brigadier General Kenna also held the Distinguished Service Order (DSO). At the commencement of the European War (WW I) he commanded the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Mounted Brigade, serving in Egypt in 1914 and then to Gallipoli.
On the 2nd December, 1906 he was appointed ADC to King Edward VII until 1910, continuing to as ADC, to King George V, until his death in Gallipoli in 1915.
More to be added.

KENNEALLY, John Patrick. (reg No. 677).
Lance-Corporal. Irish Guards.
London Gazetted on 17th August, 1943.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Guards Regimental HQ
Born on 15th March 1921 at Birmingham.
Death not recorded.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 28th April 1943 at Dj Arada in Tunisia, Lance-Corporal Kenneally charged alone down a bare forward slope straight into the main body of the enemy who were about to make an attack, firing his Bren gun from the hip. The enemy were so surprised that they broke up in disarray. The Lance-Corporal carried out a similar action on 30th April when, accompanied by a sergeant of the Reconnaissance Corps, he charged the enemy forming up for an assault and inflicted many casualties. After he was wounded he still refused to give up. Using a comrade as a support on one side, he hopped from one firing position to another carrying his gun in one hand.
Additional information:. He attained the rank off Company Quartermaster Sergeant. He was the last person in the African campaign to be awarded the Victoria Cross.

KENNEDY, Charles Thomas. (reg No. 678).
Private. 2nd Battalion. Highland Light Infantry.
London Gazetted on 18th October, 1901.
Born on 6th January 1876 at Westport, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Died on 24th April 1907 at Edinburgh.
Memorial on grave at Merchiston Cemetery, Edinburgh.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 22nd November, 1902 at Dewetsdorp, South Africa, Private Kennedy carried a wounded comrade who was bleeding to death, from Gibraltar Hill to a hospital, a distance of three quarters of a mile, under very heavy fire. The following day, he volunteered to carry a message to the Commandant across a piece of country, over which it was almost certain death to venture. He was severely wounded before he had gone 20 yards, thus enabling him incapable of delivering the message.

KENNY, Henry Edward. (reg No. 680).
Private. 1st Battalion Loyal North Lancashire Regiment.
London Gazetted on 30th March, 1916.
Born on 27th July 1888 at Hackney, London.
Died on 6th May, 1979 net Chertsey, Surrey.
Memorial on grave at St John's Cemetery, Woking, Surrey.
Digest of Citation reads:
On the 25th September, 1915, near Loos, France, Private Kenny went out on six different occasions, under extremely heavy shell, rifle and machine gun fire. Each time he carried back, to a place of safety, a wounded man who had been lying in the open. Whilst handing the last wounded soldier over the parapet, he himself was wounded.


KENNY, James. (reg No. 681).
Private. 53rd Regiment *
London Gazetted on 24th December, 1858.
Born in 1826 (?)
Died on 3rd October, 1862 at Mooltan, India.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 16th November, 1857 at Lucknow, India, Private Kenny showed conspicuous bravery at the assault on the Secundra Bagh, when in spite of most heavy crossfire he volunteered to bring up fresh ammunition to his company.
* King's Shropshire Light Infantry.
Additional information:. Private Kenny was elected the the Victoria Cross by the Regiment.

KENNY, Thomas. (reg No. 682).
Private. 13th Battalion. Durham Light Infantry.
London Gazetted on 7th December, 1915.
Born on 4th April 1882 at South Wingate, County Durham.
Died on 29th November, 1958 at Durham.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 4th November 1915 near La Houssoie, France, in thick mist, an officer in charge of a Patrol was shot through both thighs. Private Kenny, although repeatedly fired on by the enemy, crawled about for more than an hour with the wounded officer on his back, as he sought his way through the fog to our trenches. Although told several times to leave the officer, he refused, until at last, utterly exhausted, he left him in a comparatively safe ditch and then went for help. He then guided a rescue party to the wounded officer, who was brought to a place of safety.
Additional information:. He attained rank of Lance Sergeant.

KENNY, Thomas James Bede. (reg No. 683).
Privates. Second Battalion (New South Wales) Australian Imperial Force.
London Gazetted on 8th June, 1917.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 29th September, 1896 at Paddington, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
Died on 15th April, 1953 at Sydney, Australia.
Memorial on grave at Eastern Suburbs Cemetery, Sydney and on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 9th April 1917 at Hermies, France, when his platoon was held up by an enemy strong point, and severe casualties prevented progress, Private Kenny, under very heavy fire and at close range, dashed forward alone towards the enemy's position. He killed one man who tried to bar his way and then bombed the position. Private Kenny captured the gun crew, all of whom he had earlier wounded, killed an officer and seized the gun.
Additional information:. He attained the rank of corporal.

KENNY, William. (reg No. 684).
Drummer. 2nd Battalion. Gordon Highlanders.
London Gazetted on 18th February, 1915.
Born on 24th August, 1880 at Malta.
Died on 10th January 1936 at London.
Memorial on grave at Brookwood Cemetery, Woking, Surrey.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 23rd October 1914 near Ypres, Belgium, Drummer Kenny rescued wounded men on five occasions under very heavy fire. Twice previously he had saved machine guns by carrying them out of action, and on numerous occasions he conveyed urgent messages under very dangerous circumstances over fire-swept ground.
Additional information:. Attained rank of Drum Major.

KENNY, William David. (reg No. 685).
Lieutenant. 4th/39th Garhwal Rifles. Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 9th September 1920.
Born on 1st February, 1899 at Saintfield, County Down, Ireland.
Killed in action on 2nd January 1920 at Kot Kai on the North West Frontier of India.
Tribute on Delhi Memorial, India.
Digest of Citation reads:
At Kot Kai, on the North West Frontier of India, on 2nd January 1920, Lieutenant Kenny was in command of a company who were holding an advanced covering position which was being repeatedly attacked by the Mahsuds in far superior numbers. For more than four hours Lieutenant Kenny maintained the position repulsing three determined attacks. He was foremost in the hand to hand fighting that took place. In the subsequent withdrawal, realising that a diversion would be necessary in order to remove some of the wounded men, he turned back with a handful of men, counter-attacking the pursuing enemy. Lieutenant Kenny, with the rest of his men, was killed fighting to the last.

KER, Allan Ebenezer. (reg No. 686).
Lieutenant. 3rd Battalion. Gordon Highlanders attached to 61st Battalion, Machine Gun Corps.
London Gazetted on 4th September, 1919.
Born on 5th March, 1883 at Edinburgh, Scotland.
Died on 12th September 1958 at London.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 21st March, 1918 at St Quentin, France, when the enemy had penetrated the line, Lieutenant Ker, with one Vicker's gun, succeeded in holding up the attack, inflicting many enemy casualties. He stayed at the post with a sergeant and several men who had been badly wounded, beating off bayonet attacks with revolvers after the Vickers gun had been destroyed. Although exhausted from lack of food and gas poisoning, from fighting and looking after the wounded, Lieutenant Ker surrendered only after all his ammunition was gone and they were overrun by the enemy. He and his men had held 500 enemy at bay for over three hours.
Additional information:. He attained a rank of Major .

KERR, George Fraser. (reg No. 687).
Lieutenant. 3rd Battalion. 1st Central Ontario Regiment *. Canadian Expeditionary Force.
London Gazetted on 6th January, 1919.
Born on 8th June 1894 at Deseronto, Ontario, Canada.
Died on 8th December 1929 at Toronto, Canada.
Memorial on grave at Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Toronto.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 27th September 1918 at Bourlon Wood, France, Lieutenant Kerr acted with conspicuous bravery and leadership during operations, giving timely support by outflanking a machine-gun which was impeding the advance. Later, when the advance was held up again by a strong point and being well in advance of his company, he rushed the enemy strong point single-handed and captured four machine-guns and 31 prisoners.
* Toronto Regiment.
Additional information:. Captain Kerr also held the Military Cross (MC) and Bar and the Military Medal (M M).

KERR, John Chipman. (reg No. 688).
Private. 49th Battalion. Alberta Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
London Gazetted on 26th October, 1916.
Born on 11th January 1887 at Fox River, Cumberland County, Nova Scotia, Canada.
Died on 19th February, 1963 at Port Moody, British Columbia, Canada.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
During a bombing attack on the 16th September 1916 at Courcelette, France, Private Kerr, acting as a bayonet man, noticed that they were running short of bombs. He ran along the parados under heavy fire until he was close to the enemy. He opened fire at point blank range inflicting heavy losses. Assuming that they were surrounded, 62 of the enemy surrendered as well as 250 yards of the enemy trench being captured. Earlier in the action, Private Kerr's fingers had been blown off, but didn't stop to have his wounds dressed until he and two others had escorted the prisoners back, still under heavy fire, before reporting for duty.


KERR, William Alexander. (reg No. 689).
Lieutenant. 24th Bombay Native Infantry.
London Gazetted on 24th April, 1858.
Born on 18th July, 1831 at Melrose, Roxburghshire, Scotland.
Died on 19th May 1919 at Folkestone, Kent.
Memorial on grave at Cheriton Road Cemetery, Folkestone, Kent.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 10th July 1857 at Kolapore, India, Lieutenant Kerr, along with a small party, went to attack the position taken up by mutineers in the stronghold near the town. The attacking party had no guns and the enemy kept up a ceaseless fire. Lieutenant Kerr made a dash at one of the gateways with a some dismounted men and forced an entrance. The attack was a success, the defenders being either killed, wounded or captured.
Additional information:. He later attained the rank of Captain.

KEYES, Geoffrey Charles Tasker. (reg No. 690).
Lieutenant Colonel. Royal Scots Grays, (2nd Dragoons), Royal Armoured Corps.
London Gazetted on 19th June 1942.
Born on 18th May 1917 at Aberdour, Fifeshire, Scotland.
Killed in action on 18th November, 1941 at Beda Littoria, Libya.
Memorial on grave at Commonwealth War Graves Commission Cemetery, Benghazi, Libya and at St James' Cemetery, Dover, Kent.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 17th/18th November, 1941 at Beda Littoria, Libya, Lieutenant Colonel Keyes commanding a detachment* of a force which had landed 250 miles behind enemy lines, led his men, without guides, in dangerous and precipitous country to attack a house which was believed to be General Rommel's headquarters. When they reach their objective, Colonel Keyes took one officer and one NCO with him and, having evaded the guards and dealt with the sentry, dashing into the first room they came to, killed all the occupants. Rushing into the second room, the occupants were the first to open fire and Colonel Keyes was mortally wounded.
* Consisting of Lieutenant Colonel Keyes, Captain Campbell and 17 other ranks of Scottish Commando.
Additional information: lieutenant Colonel Keyes also held the Military Cross (MC).

KEYSOR*, Leonard. (reg No. 691).
Private. 1st Battalion. (New South Wales). Australian Imperial Force.
London Gazetted on 12th October 1951.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 3rd November 1885 at Maida Vale, London..
Died on 12th October 1951 at London.
He was cremated at St John's Wood Crematorium, London.
Memorial on Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 7th August 1915 at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, Private Keysor was in a trench which was being heavily attacked by enemy bombers. Picking up two live enemy bombs, threw them back at great risk to himself. He continued throwing bombs until wounded. On 8th August in the the same place, he successfully bombed the enemy out of a position where they had gained temporary mastery over his own trench. He was again wounded but refused to go into hospital. He volunteered to throw bombs for another company which had lost its bomb throwers, continuing the bombing until the situation was relieved.
* or KEYZOR.
Additional information:. He attained the rank of Lieutenant


KEYWORTH, Leonard James. (reg No. 692).
Lance-Corporal. 24th Battalion * London Regiment *
London Gazetted on 3rd July, 1915.
Born on 12th August, 1893 at Lincoln.
Died on 19th October 1915-at Abbeville, France. (killed in action).
Memorial at Abbeville Communal Cemetery, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 25th/26 May it 1915 at Givenchy, France Tarmac after a successful attack on the German position, by the battalion, was launched, during the course of which 58 out of a total of 75 men became casualties. During this extremely fierce encounter Lance-Corporal Keyworth stood fully exposed in the face of the enemy for two hours. He stood on top of their Parapet throwing around 150 bombs amongst the Germans who were only a short distance away.
* County of London.
* The Queen's Regiment.

KHUDADAD KHAN. (reg No. 693).
Sepoy * 129th Duke of Connaught's Own Baluchis. Indian Army.
London Gazetted on 7th December, 1914.
Born on 26th October, 1888 at Dabb, Chakwal, in the Jhelum District of the Punjab, India.
Died on 8th March 1971 in Pakistan.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 31st October 1914 at Hollebeke, Belgium, Sepoy Khudadad Khan was in the Machine-Gun section of his battalion, operating one of the two guns. The British officer in charge of the detachment was wounded and the other gun was put out of action by a shell. Sepoy Khudadad Khan continued working his gun although he himself was wounded, after all the other five members of the detachment had been killed. Left for dead by the enemy, he was able to crawl carefully back and rejoin his unit later.
* Private.
Additional information:. Khudadad Khan attained rank of Subadar (Captain). He was the first Indian-born soldier to receive a Victoria Cross.

KIBBY, William Henry. (reg No. 694).
Sergeant. 2nd/48th Battalion. * Australian Military Forces.
London Gazetted on 28th January, 1943.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 15th April, 1903 at Winlaton, County Durham.
Killed in action at Mateiriya Ridge, Libya.
Memorial on grave at El Alamein War Cemetery, Egypt and on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra.
Digest of Citation reads:
In the initial attack at Miteiriya Ridge, in the Western Desert between the 23rd/31st October, 1942, Sergeant Kibby greatly distinguished himself by leading the platoon after its commander had been killed. On 23rd October he silenced an enemy machine gun, killing three, and capturing 12 of the enemy. During the following days he directed fire and cheered his men on. He went out to repair the Platoon line communications on several occasions under intense enemy fire. On 30th/31st October in order to achieve the company's objective he went forward alone and threw grenades in order to destroy the enemy, who were only a few yards away. Just as success appeared imminent, he was killed in action.

KILBY, Arthur Forbes Gordon. (reg No. 695).
Captain. 2nd Battalion. South Staffordshire Regiment.
London Gazetted on 30th March 1916.
Born on 3rd February, 1885 at Cheltenham, Gloucestershire.
He was missing, presumed killed, on 25th September 1915.
Memorial at Arras Road Cemetery, France, at York Minster and at the Garrison Church, Whittington Barracks, Lichfield, Staffs.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 21st September, 1915 near Cuinchy, France, Captain Kilby, at his own request, was selected to lead his company in an attack on a strong enemy Redoubt. Headed by the captain, who was already wounded, they charged along the narrow towpath, under devastating machine-gun fire and a hail of bombs, right up to the enemy wire. He was shot down and his foot blown off but he continued to cheer his men on and use his rifle. He was missing after this action and presumed killed.
Additional information:. Captain Kilby also held a Military Cross



KINGSBURY, Bruce Steel. (reg No. 696).
Private. 2nd/14th Battalion * Australian Military Forces.
London Gazetted on 9th February, 1943.
VC Medal's Custodian is the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Born on 8th January 1918 at Armadale, Melbourne, Australia.
Killed in action on 29th August, 1942 in New Guinea.
Memorial at grave in Port Moresby War Cemetery, New Guinea and on the Australian War Memorial, Canberra, Australia.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 29th August 1942 in Isurava, New Guinea, when the enemy had managed to break through the battalions right flank, seriously threatening the rest of the Battalion and its Headquarters. Private Kingsbury volunteered to join a platoon that had been ordered to counter-attack. Rushing forward, firing a Bren gun from the hip, he succeeded in clearing a path through the enemy, inflicting an extremely large number of casualties. He was seen to fall, being shot by a sniper. This show of superb courage made it possible to recapture the position thus saving the Battalion HQ.

KINROSS, Cecil John. (reg No. 697).
Private. 49th Battalion. Alberta Regiment, Canadian Expeditionary Force.
London Gazetted on 11th January 1918.
Born on 13th July, 1897 at Hillhead, Clackmannan, Scotland
Died on 21st June 1957 at Loughead, Alberta, Canada.
Memorial not known:
Digest of Citation reads:
On third in October 1917 at Passchendaele, Belgian, shortly after an attack was launched, Private Kinross' company came under very heavy fire, any chance of further advance being held up by an enemy machine-gun. Private Kinross carefully surveying the situation, removed all of his equipment except for his rifle and bandolier and then advanced alone over open ground in broad daylight. He charged the machine-gun killing the crew of six, seizing and destroying the gun. His superb example and courage allowed an extremely important position to be established

KIRBY, Frank Howard. (reg No. 698).
Corporal. Royal Engineers.
London Gazetted on 5th October 1900.
Born on 12th November 1871 at Thame, Oxfordshire.
Died on 8th July 1956 at Sidcup, Kent.
Memorial at Chatham Garrison Church, Kent.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd June, 1900, near Delagoa Bay Railway, South Africa during the retirement of a small party being hotly pressed by superior numbers of the enemy, Corporal Kirby rode back to aid a man whose horse had been shot and was running after his comrades. By the time he reached the man they were under very heavy fire at close range. Corporal Kirby managed to get the man up on his horse and rode clear of the firing over the next rise there was held by our rearguard. Corporal Kirby had shown great gallantry in the face of the enemy for the third time.
Additional information: Lieutenant Colonel Kirby was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). He also held the Distinguished Conduct Medal (DCM).
F H Kirby was the son of Mr William Henry and Ada Kirby of Thame in Oxfordshire. He was educated at Alleyn's School, Dulwich, London. On 8th August 1892 he enlisted in the Royal Engineers at St George's Barracks, London and was sent to South Africa in 1899. He served in the South African War until 19 02, gaining the DCM for blowing up the Bloemfontein Railway, in March 1900. He won the VC during a raid north of Kronstadt under General Hunter Weston. He was mentioned several times in Despatches.
In July 1900 he was promoted in the field by Lord Roberts to Troop Sergeant-Major (direct from corporal).
On 19th August 1901 he was presented with the Victoria Cross by his Royal Highness the Duke of Cornwall and York at a ceremony in Cape Town.
In 1906 he became a Warrant Officer. He married a Miss Kate Jolly in 1909 and they had two sons and two daughters. He was commissioned from the ranks in April 1911. Lieutenant Kirby was posted to the Air Battalion of the Royal Engineers stationed at Farnborough and in 1912 was gazetted to to the Royal Flying Corps, becoming a Squadron Commander.
He served in the European War (WWI) in 1916-17. He was given his captaincy in the field and was later promoted to temporary Lieutenant-Colonel.


KIRK, James. (reg No. 699).
Second Lieutenant. 10th Battalion. (attachd 2nd Battalion) Manchester Regiment.
London Gazetted on 6th January, 1919.
Born on 27th January, 1897 at 'Willow Bank' Adswood, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire.
Killed in action on 4th November 1918 at Ors, France.
Memorial at Ors Communal Cemetery, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 4th November 1918 the Battalion was attempting to bridge the Oise Canal, north of Ors, France. To cover this activity, Second Lieutenant Kirk took a Lewis gun, and went, under intense fire, paddling, on a raft, across the canal. At a range of only 10 yards, he expended all his ammunition. More ammunition was paddled across to him and he continued to maintain covering fire, for the bridging party, from a most exposed position. He maintained this post until he was killed.
Additional information:. James Kirk was born at 'Willow Bank', Adswood, Cheadle Hulme, Cheshire. He was the son of James and Rachel Kirk. He was educated at Miss Chadwick's, of Cheadle Hulme and at Brentnall Street, Stockport. He played football for the Seymour's Old Boys Association and was also a member of the Edge Lane Cricket Club. On 10th October 1914, at the age of 17, he joined the 6th Battalion of the Manchester Regiment as a Private. He left for the Dardanelles in July 1915 and was present at the storming of Achi Baba in September 1915. The following November he was invalided from Gallipoli to Egypt, suffering from frostbite, where he spent six weeks in hospital in Cairo.
On his release he joined the 1st Camel Corps being promoted to Quartermaster-Sergeant on the 5th January 1916. Whilst on a trek, across the desert, he came across his old outfit, the Manchester Regiment, which he rejoined in January 1917 and they were sent to France. In December 1917 he left France with a recommendation for a commission and in June 1918 was London Gazetted Second Lieutenant. He returned to France in October 1918 and was killed just one week before the end of the war.
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KIRK, John. (reg No. 700).
Private. 10th Regiment *
London Gazetted on 20th January, 1860.
Born in July 1827 at Liverpool, Lancashire.
Died on 30th August, 1865 at Liverpool, Lancashire.
Memorial on grave at Anfield Cemetery, Liverpool.
Digest of Citation reads:
For daring gallantry shown at Benares, India, Private Kirk, on 4th June 1857, volunteered along with Sergeant-Major P. Gill (reg No. 451) and Sergeant-Major M.Rosamund (reg No. 1082 ) to rescue the Pension Paymaster, Captain Brown and his family, who were surrounded by rebels in the compound of their bungalow. He succeeded, at the risk of his own life, in helping to rescue them.
* Lincolnshire Regiment.
Additional information:. Private Kirk was presented with the Victoria Cross by Queen Victoria at Windsor Castle.
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KNIGHT, Alfred Joseph. (reg No. 701).
Sergeant. 2nd/8th Battalion *. London Regiment. *
London Gazetted on 8th November, 1917.
Born on 24th August 1888 at Ladywood, Birmingham.
Died on 4th December, 1960 at Birmingham.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 20th September 1917 at Alberta Section, Ypres, Belgium, when his platoon came under very heavy fire from an enemy machine gun, Sergeant Knight rushed through our own barrage and captured it single-handed. Without regard for personal safety he performed many other acts of conspicuous bravery single-handed, all the time under heavy machine-gun and rifle fire. The platoon officers of the company had become casualties before they had even reached the first objective. Sergeant Knight took command, not only in the men of his own platoon, but of the platoons without officers. His energy in consolidating and reorganising was unflagging.
* City of London.
* Post Office Rifles.
Additional information:. Second Lieutenant Knight was also a Member of the British Empire (MBE).
He was the son of Joseph and Annie Knight of Ladywood, Birmingham. He was educated at St Philip's Grammar-School, Edgbaston, Birmingham. On 26th October 1914 he joined the 2nd/ 8th Battalion of the London Regiment. (Post Office Rifles), serving in France during the European War (WWI).
He was promoted Second Lieutenant (Gazetted 26th July 1919) in the Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire Regiment (Sherwood Foresters).

KNIGHT, Arthur George. (reg No. 702).
Sergeant. 10th Battalion. Alberta Regiment. Canadian Expeditionary Force.
London Gazetted on 15th November, 1918.
Born on 26th June, 1886 at Haywards Heath, Sussex.
Died of wounds on 3rd September, 1918 at Villers-les-Cagnicourt, France.
Memorial on grave at Dominion Cemetery, France.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 2nd September, 1918 at Villers-les-Cagnicourt, France, after an unsuccessful attack, the bombing section which she was leading was held up by the enemy. Sergeant Knight went forward alone, bayoneted several machine-gunners and trench mortar crews which caused the remainder to retire. He brought forward a Lewis gun and directed the fire on the retreating enemy. Whilst his platoon went off in pursuit, he saw about 30 of the enemy going into a tunnel leading off the trench. Again, alone, he went forward, killing one officer and two NCOs and taking 20 twenty. Following this, yet again single-handed, he routed another hostile party. On each occasion he displayed the greatest Valour under extreme conditions of fire. His example of courage of the gallantry and initiative was an inspiration to all. A short while later he was fatally wounded.
Additional information:. No. 426402 Sergeant Knight also held the Croix de Guerre of France.
He joined the 46th Battalion at Regina in Decembewr 1914, being with the 10th Battalion when he won his Victoria Cross. He was a carpenter by trade.

KNIGHT, Henry James. (reg No. 703).
Corporal. 1st Battalion. King's (Liverpool) Regiment (No 1 Coy. 4th Mounted Infantry)
London Gazetted on 4th January, 1901.
Born on 5th November, 1878 at Yeovil, Somerset.
Died on 24th November, 1955 at Anderson, near Blandford, Dorset.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 21st August 1900 near Van Wyk's Vlei, South Africa, Corporal Knight and four men were attacked by the enemy whilst, posted in some rocks, covering the right rear of the detachment of their company.under Captain Ewart. Corporal Knight held his ground, ordered his men to retire, one by one, to seek better cover. He maintained his position for nearly an hour covering the withdrawal of a part of Captain Ewart's force, during which time he lost two of his four men. When he retired he took with him two wounded men. He left one of them in a place of safety whilst he carried the other for almost two miles. They were under continuous enemy fire at all times.
Additional information:. Henry Knight attained the rank of Captain.(Sketch 12th March 1915)

KNOWLANDS, George Arthur. (Reg. No.704)
Lieutenant The Royal Norfolk Regiment. attchd No 1 Commando Unit.
London Gazetted on 12th April 1945
Born on: 16th August 1922 at Catford in Kent.
Killed in action on: 31st January 1945 at Kangaw, Burma.
Memorial at grave in Taukkyan War Cemetery in Burma.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 31 January 1945 at Kangaw, Burma, Lieutenant Knowland wazs in command of a forward platoon of a troop which was being heavily attacked; some 300 of the enemy concentrating on his 24 men. When all the crew of one of his Bren-Guns had been wounded, the lieutenant manned it himself, standing up to fire at 10 yards range, until the casualties had been evacuated. For 12 hours he held his ground until he was eventually mortally wounded.
Additional information: In a more detailed account of Lieutenant Knowlands action, it states, that when reinforcements arrived, he then took over a 2 inch mortar and fired it from the hip, a most unusual thing to do mainly because the recoil would be phenominal. He was protecting supplies being landed on the banks of the Myitka River. It gave the men around him inspiration as he stood in full view of every soldier involved, including the Japanese. He was only 22 years old when he was killed.


KNOX, Cecil Leonard. (reg No. 705).
Second Lieutenant. 150th Field Company. Royal Engineers.
London Gazetted on 4th June 1918.
Born on 9th May 1888 at Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
Died on 4th February 1943 at Nuneaton, Warwickshire.
Memorial not known.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 22nd March 1918 at Tugny, France, Second Lieutenant KNOX was instructed to demolish 12 bridges. He carried out this task successfully although on one of the steel girder bridges the time fuse failed. Without hesitation, under heavy rifle and machine-gun fire, he ran to the bridge, which the enemy were actually on, ripped out the time fuse and lit an instantaneous fuse. To do this he had to get under the bridge, knowing full well that he took an extreme risk, of his own life, in doing so.
Additional information:. He was by profession a civil engineer. He attained the rank of Major. He was the cousin of the Chairman of the Frome Rural District Council, Mr E. Knox, of Kilmersdon.

KNOX, John Simpson. (reg No. 706).
Sergeant. Scots Fusilier Guards and also the Rifle Brigade.
London Gazetted on 24th February, 1857.
Born on 30th September 1828 at Calton, Glasgow.
Died on 8th January 1897 at Cheltenham, Gloucester.
Memorial on grave at Cheltenham Cemetery, Gloucester and on Rifle Brigade Memorial, Winchester Cathedral.
Digest of Citation reads:
On the 20th September, 1854 at the Battle of Alma, Crimea, Sergeant KNOX during service with the Scots Fusilier Guards, he acted with conspicuous courage in reforming the ranks of the Guards at a a decisive moment of the action. On the 18th in June 1855, while serving with the Rifle Brigade as a lieutenant, he volunteered for the ladder party attack on the Redan. He remained in the field until he was twice wounded, all the time acting with great gallantry.
Additional information:. Brevet-Major KNOX also held the Légion d'Honneur of France.
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KONOWAL, Filip. (reg No. 707).
Corporal. 47th Battalion. British Columbia Regiment. Canadian Expeditionary Force.
London Gazetted on 26th November 1917.
Born on 15th September 1888 at Podolsky, Ukraine, Russia.
Died on 3rd June 1959 at Ottawa, Canada.
Memorial on grave at Notre Dame Cemetery, Ottawa, Canada.
Digest of Citation reads:.
In the period 22nd to 24th August 1917 at Lens, France, Corporal Konowal was in command of a section that had the difficult task of mopping up cellars, craters and machine-gun emplacements. Under his competent direction any resistance was overcome successfully and heavy casualties were inflicted on the enemy. In one cellar ,he personally bayoneted three enemy and single-handed attacked seven others in a crater, killing them all. On reaching the objective, a machine gun was holding up the right flank causing heavy casualties. He rushed forward and entered the emplacement, killing all the crew, then bringing back the gun to our lines. The following day, single-handed, he again attacked a machine gun post, killed three of the crew, destroying the gun and emplacement with explosives.
He killed at least 16 of the enemy and during the two days of fighting managed to keep up the excellent work until he was wounded.
Additional information:. He was the son of Russian farmer Miron Konowal and his wife Eudkice.
He married Anna Stanka on the 25th of July 1909 and had a daughter, May.
On the 12th July, 1915 he joined the Canadian Military Forces and fought in the European War (WW I)..
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KULBIR THAPA. (Reg.No.708)
Rifleman (later Havildar*) 2nd Battalion 3rd Gurkha Rifles, Indian Army
London Gazetted on 18th November 1915.
Born on on 15th September 1888 at Nigalpani, Palba, Nepal.
Died on 3rd October 1956 in Nepal.
Memorial not recorded.
Digest of Citation reads:
On 25 September 1915, south of Fauquissart, France, Rifleman Kulbir Thapa, having been wounded himself, found a wounded soldier of The Leicestershire Regiment behind the first-line German trench. Although urged to save himself, the Gurkha stayed with the wounded man all day and night. Early next day, in misty weather, he took him through the German wire and, leaving him in a place of comparative safety, returned and brought in two wounded Gurkhas, one after the other. He then went back, and , in broad daylight, fetched the British soldier, carrying him most of the way under enemy fire.
Additional information: Service No:2129. It was reported that on the 26th September, during the misty weather, the German troops left their trenches to barbarically shoot and bayonet the wounded.
Surviving his wounds he went with his regiment to Egypt. Kulbir Thapa eventually returned to his home country of Nepal.