Kennedy, Hugh Victor Strain

Kennedy, Hugh Victor Strain (Hugh)

Second Lieutenant

14th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles

Killed in action on Thursday 16 August 1917 (aged 28)

No known grave


Commonwealth War Graves Commission

Tyne Cot Memorial, Belgium (Panel 138 to 140 and 162 to 162A and 163A)

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) War Memorial

Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Book of Remembrance


Hugh Victor Strain Kennedy was a member of the Queen’s University Belfast (QUB) Officers’ Training Corps (OTC) during 1914-1915.  He entered on 8 September 1914 and in QUB records his home address was 19 Southwell Road, Bangor.  His Belfast address was Messrs John Shaw Brown & Sons Ltd., (Linen Weavers) Dublin Road.

Hugh Victor Strain Kennedy was born on 9 October 1888 (1889 in QUB records) at 87 St Mary’s Terrace, Belfast and he was a son of Joseph and Jenny Kennedy (nee McCall sometimes McCaul).

The Kennedy family lived at 87 St Mary’s Terrace, Belfast.

Joseph Kennedy worked as a tenter before being appointed a manager.

Hugh Victor Strain Kennedy’s mother, Jenny, died of pneumonia on 9 July 1896 (aged 41) at 1 Laurel Bank, Belfast and in 1901 Hugh and his widowed father lived in Auburn Street, Belfast with Hugh’s grandfather, Robert McCaul, a retired grocer.

Hugh Victor Strain Kennedy attended Rosetta Academy, Belfast and he served as an Able Seaman (No. Z/2201) in the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve (RNVR).

He joined a Public Schools Battalion on 3 June 1915 and was discharged from Crystal Palace to the 17th Battalion, Royal Irish Rifles (Cadet Corps) Belfast.

His next-of-kin was Mrs G.L.Miller, Hopefield North Road, Carrickfergus, Co Antrim.

Second Lieutenant Hugh Victor Strain Kennedy was 28 when he was killed in action at the Battle of Langemarck and he has no known grave.

Second Lieutenant Hugh Victor Strain Kennedy is commemorated on the Tyne Cot Memorial in Belgium; on the QUB War Memorial and in the QUB Book of Remembrance.