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Brentford’s most decorated war hero discovered

9 November 2014

Former player George William Kennedy added to Brentford list of honour as Remembrance Sunday marked

Last minute research before this year’s Remembrance Sunday has revealed a further addition to the list of former Brentford footballers that died in service of their country.

George William Kennedy won the Distinguished Conduct and Military Medals before his death in the First Word War, and was also mentioned in despatches.

The Club were unaware of this news until supporter Paul Briers contacted the Club asking for help in solving a possible lead, as Kennedy’s death during was not yet corroborated.

A Scot, born in Dumfries in 1882, he joined Brentford in the summer of 1909 from Chelsea, having made ten league appearances for The Blues after two years with Lincoln City.

Several Kennedys died during the conflict, but diligent research by the Club’s media team and Paul himself has revealed that not only did Kennedy actually perish, but is Brentford’s most decorated war hero.

Having retired from professional football, he emigrated to Canada in 1914 to start a new life.

In March 1915, Kennedy enlisted with the 42nd Battalion, (Royal Highlanders) Quebec Regiment and won the Military Medal in January 1916.

He rose to the rank of Company Sergeant Major before dying from wounds on November 16 1917.

Kennedy is buried at Lijssenthoek Military Cemetery, Ypres, in Belgium.

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